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Jung-Suk Ryu

Executive Director, Indefinite Arts Centre, Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Jung-Suk (JS) Ryu is the executive director of Canada's oldest disability arts organization - the Indefinite Arts Centre. His progressive career has been marked by senior roles spanning a wide range of sectors, including: senior aide to a prominent parliamentarian, principal speechwriter and press attaché to the ambassador of Japan, senior consultant with the Alberta Medical Association, director of public affairs for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), and most recently, as director of external and community relations for the globally-renowned Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity where he oversaw the management and growth of their public sector support. A classically trained pianist - graduating from the Royal Conservatory's performance program at the age of 13 - he was the founding artistic director of the Ottawa Symphonic Ensemble and a sought-after guest conductor in the Ottawa area. Notable public appointments include: Centennial Ambassador for the Province of Alberta in 2005, receiving the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2006, and being appointed to the National Unification Advisory Council by the President of the Republic of Korea in 2012. He resides in Canmore, Alberta with his wife Grace. They recently welcomed their newborn son Da-Seul.

 

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