Shannon Ryan is the CEO of Nonlinear and was one its co-founders in 1995. As CEO, Shannon is responsible for the overall leadership, vision and execution of the strategic roadmap of the company, including the company’s current expansion in Brazil. For over 15 years, he has guided many of Nonlinear’s large, mission critical solutions for some of North America's largest organizations including Rogers, ADP, CP Rail, and many others. Shannon is a much sought-after speaker and commentator on topics ranging from the future of the internet to the use of collaboration and communities within the enterprise. He has recently spoken at Gilbane, Enterprise 2.0 and the Microsoft Canadian Leadership Summit.
In parallel to his tenure at Nonlinear, Shannon co-founded Buystream Inc. in 1999, a reporting and analytics company, successfully spearheading a $30 million VC investment. That company was purchased by Watchfire (now IBM). Prior to co-founding nonlinear, he was a consultant in the oil and gas field for Resources Engineering Systems (Cambridge, MA) and worked extensively in Russia and Europe.
Shannon completed his undergraduate degree in Soviet and Eastern European Studies from Carleton University and has his Masters from the University of Vienna. He speaks fluent Russian, passible German and restaurant quality French. He is married, with one son, and lives in Toronto.