With a Ph.D. in civil engineering, Ryan's engineering background assists him in dealing with the complex technical and practical issues faced by his construction, product manufacturer, and insurer clients.
Ryan has acted for both construction contractors and owners in a wide range of areas, including: contractual disputes over progress and payment, delays, lost productivity, builders' liens, construction deficiencies, tendering, and insurance/bonding. Ryan also assists his clients with contract review and general advice on construction related matters, with experience in industrial and commercial construction related projects.
Ryan also represents product manufacturers and distributors involved in product liability litigation. He has experience dealing with breach of warranty and negligence claims relating to allegedly defective industrial and construction equipment, farming equipment, building systems, motor vehicles, building materials and various consumer goods. He has experience with fire losses, and other product liability matters, such as personal injury losses.
Ryan also provides advice regarding the cross-border and jurisdictional issues that often arise when international manufacturers do business in Alberta.
Ryan's insurance practice focuses on coverage work, and the defence of property and personal injury claims.
Following the completion of his articles, Ryan was a Law Clerk to the Honourable Justice Marshall Rothstein at the Supreme Court of Canada, giving him a unique insight into the judicial decision making process. Ryan has appeared before the Alberta Provincial Court, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, and ad hoc commercial arbitration panels.
He is also a Term Lecturer teaching law to engineering students at the University of Alberta's Faculty of Engineering.
Honours and Awards
The Alberta Law Review, William Morrow Essay Contest, 2nd Prize 2009
Alberta Crown Attorneys Association Prize in Criminal Procedure 2009
The Carswell Prize in Law 2009
George Bligh O'Connor Silver Medal in Law for graduating with 2nd highest standing University of Alberta Faculty of Law 2009
Jason Lang Scholarship 2008
Alberta Law Foundation Scholarship 2008
Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship 2007
Blake, Cassels & Graydon Scholarship 2007
Chief Justice S. Bruce Smith Prize for the highest standing in 1st year law 2007
Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology 2005
Canadian Geotechnical Society Undergraduate Student Report Award, 2nd Prize 2004
Canadian Geotechnical Society Graduate Student Presentation Award, 2nd Prize 2004
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Canadian Graduate Scholarship 2003-2005
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada PGS-A Scholarship 2001-2003
The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering- Edmonton and Northern Alberta Section-R.L. Gerard Student Paper Competition- 1st Prize 2000
Volunteer / Pro Bono
Pro Bono Law Alberta Small Claims Duty Counsel 2012-Present
Investigation of Physical, Temperature and Chemical Effects on the Short Term and Long Term Performance of High Density Polyethylene Pipe Queen's University in Kingston 2006
Ledcor: Taming Sattva's Wild Horse of Contractual Interpretation for Standard Form Contracts The Advisor September 2016
Ledcor: Taming Sattva's Wild Horse of Contractual Interpretation for Standard Form Contracts Insurance Alert September 2016
Thou Shalt Not Deceive: The New Commandment for Canadian Business The Advisor July 2015
Recent Developments in the Canadian Law of Contract For the Defense (DRI) March 2015
The Use of Internal Experts in Canadian Litigation For the Defense (DRI) December 2014
Understanding Intent: The Enhanced Role Placed on the Surrounding Circumstances by the Supreme Court of Canada Proceedings of the Canadian Institute's 7th Annual Managing Risk in Construction Contracts Conference November 2014
Cross-Border Evidentiary Considerations When Confronting Loss or Destruction of Evidence in Canada For the Defense (DRI) November 2014
Buried High-density Polyethylene Pipe Deflections at Elevated Temperatures Geotextiles and Geomembranes October 2013
Not In Kansas Any More : Enforcing American Letters of Request in Canada For the Defense (DRI) May 2013
What to Do When a Major Fire Loss Occurs Insurance E-Bulletin October 2012
The Supreme Court of Canada Provides Clarity to Conflict of Laws Rules For the Defense (DRI) July 2012
Material Contribution is the Unicorn of Canadian Tort Law Insurance E-Bulletin June 2012
The Disclosure of Confidential Third-Party Information For the Defense (DRI) May 2012
Van Breda: The Supreme Court of Canada Provides Clarity to Canadian Conflict of Laws Rules Products Liability April 2012
Antioxidant depletion in high-density polyethylene pipes exposed to synthetic leachate and air Geosynthetics International 2011
Measured deformations and calculated stresses of high-density polyethylene pipes under very deep burial Canadian Geotechnical Journal 2009
Response of a Landfill Drainage Pipe Buried in a Trench Canadian Geotechnical Journal 2005
Laboratory Tests on an HDPE Pipe Under Enormous Overburden Pressure Proceedings of the 58th Canadian Geotechnical Conference 2005
Large Scale Laboratory Test of Leachate Collection Pipe in a Trench Proceedings of the 56th Canadian Geotechnical Conference 2003
Effect of Backfill Configuration on the Structural Response of Leachate Collection Pipes Proceedings of the 55th Canadian Geotechnical Conference 2002
Stress Concentrations Around Circular Holes in Perforated Drainage Pipes Geosynthetics International 2002
Canadian Bar Association 2010-Present
Canadian Bar Association, Insurance Law Section (North) Member 2011-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North) Member 2009-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Construction Law Section (North) Member 2009-Present
Defence Research Institute Member 2012-Present
Law Society of Alberta Member 2010-Present