Ronan Ryan

Chief Development Officer

Ronan Ryan is Chief Development Officer of the Canadian Red Cross.  Ronan is a fundraising and marketing professional with 17 years in the not-for-profit sector and has served as a C-level executive in a number of organizations.

From 2010 to 2015, Ronan was Head of Communications and Fundraising at the Irish Red Cross.  In fundraising, he was responsible for all aspects of Philanthropy, including individual giving, major gifts, community fundraising and retail. His communication portfolio included brand management, press relations, digital and commercial marketing. As a senior leader of the Irish Red Cross, Ronan was part of the management team that drove the organization’s five-year strategy.  Ronan was named National Fundraiser of the Year in 2012 at the Fundraising Ireland Awards.  He also served the wider Red Cross Movement as the Chair of the International Federation of the Red Cross Corporate Fundraising Group.

A graduate of University College Dublin, Ronan has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce as well as a Master’s degree in German. A passionate fundraiser and supporter of international humanitarian organizations, Ronan has served in several Board of Director capacities. These include terms on the ICTR – a national representative body of Irish charities as well as a term supporting War Child Ireland.  

In 2015, Ronan, his wife and three children made the move to Canada as he settled into his new role at the Canadian Red Cross. With a responsibility to lead fundraising efforts within the organization, Ronan has developed a new Philanthropy structure to align staff into various centers of fundraising excellence.