Jung-Suk (JS) Ryu

Jung-Suk (JS) Ryu joined Indefinite Arts Centre as its third Executive Director in June 2017 and later appointed CEO in March 2018. JS is also the inaugural CEO of the National accessArts Centre (NaAC), the next step in Indefinite Arts Centre’s redevelopment efforts.

Prior to this role, JS held senior roles advising high profile parliamentarians, diplomats, and non-profit executives in the areas of public relations, issues management, marketing, and government relations. Previous positions include: Director, External and Community Relations at Banff Centre; Director, Public Affairs at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind; Senior Consultant with the Alberta Medical Association; and Principal Speechwriter to His Excellency Kaoru Ishikawa, Ambassador of Japan.

Appointed one of 100 Centennial Ambassadors for the Province of Alberta in 2005, JS was also appointed to the National Unification Advisory Council by the President of the Republic of Korea in 2012. In 2017, he was named one of five fellows from Canada – one in 50 globally – to participate in the Salzburg Global Seminar’s Forum for Young Cultural Innovators. And in 2019, he was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine.

JS has served on boards of numerous organizations, including the Health Coalition of Alberta, Banff Heritage Corporation, the Korean Canadian Association of Ottawa, and the Canadian Mountain Arts Foundation.

A classically trained pianist, JS was the founding artistic director of the Ottawa Symphonic Ensemble, and music director of the Valley Winds Concert Band in their 2017 and 2018 seasons.