Ryan Lock

Director, Federal Affairs and Public Policy, GSK

Ryan W. Lock is Director, Federal Affairs and Public Policy for GSK Canada. Leading a small team within GSK’s Government Affairs and Market Access department, Ryan is responsible for developing GSK policy positions on market access and reimbursement issues and implementing evidence-driven national advocacy campaigns. Ryan is also responsible for GSK’s publicly-tendered vaccines portfolio, which includes managing relationships with the Public Health Agency of Canada and provincial public health departments.

Previously, Ryan was the Sr. Manager – External Affairs (Ontario).

Prior to joining GSK in February 2016, Ryan was a member of the Ontario Public Service for sixteen years, including over ten years at the senior management level. His varied roles included Director of the Access to Capital and Business Development Branch for the Ministry of Research and Innovation; Director of Strategic Policy for the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services; and Director of the Office for Social Enterprise with the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

Ryan has extensive policy experience, both in industry and in government. In industry, Ryan was active in helping to shape and inform Ontario’s Bill 160 health transparency legislation. During his time with the Ontario Government, working closely with industry and other key stakeholders, Ryan led the development of leading-edge policies, programs and marketing initiatives to help reinforce Ontario’s position as a Top Five life sciences cluster internationally. This included:
• Launching a $161 million Life Sciences Commercialization Strategy that is helping to make Ontario a preferred destination for global clinical trials (e.g. establishment of Clinical Trials Ontario);
• Through the Biopharmaceutical Investment Program (BIP), leveraging over $140 million in new investment by the innovative pharmaceutical industry to Ontario, and creating 500 new jobs;
• Partnering with industry, academia and the Province of Quebec to help lay the foundations for the Ontario – Quebec Life Sciences Innovation Corridor, announced in 2012 at BIO in Washington.
• In 2013, Ryan was also a key architect of Ontario’s award-winning $25 million Social Enterprise Strategy, a first-of-its-kind in Canada.

Ryan has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), Political Science and French (minor) from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.