Ryan Benn

CEO & Group Publisher

Wanna be chef, family man, outdoor lover. Multi award recognized CEO with a demonstrated history of business and board management. Growth focused, with an aptitude for the buying and selling of companies, international business, strategic planning, operational execution, legal, HR, and finance. An inspirational leader who has managed complex business structures including employee owned private businesses. Ryan is a go to adviser to his peers and gives tremendously to non-profit roles.

Since 2005, Ryan has been the CEO of Alive Publishing Group Inc. (APG). Early under this leadership, APG completed a top-down restructuring that has led to breakthrough results. Over the past 18 years, APG has introduced numerous new products and services, making it a multifaceted media company. With the launch of alive USA, sage, delicious living, Canadian Natural Health Retailer, Live Naturally (Kroger), and APG’s most recent acquisition, Canada Wide Media Limited., Ryan and his team have taken a trusted Canadian brand and transformed it into a global wellness community of more than 30 million readers.

Ryan’s accomplishments have been recognized with several honours, including EY Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist; Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Marketers in Canada under 30; a Business in Vancouver Top Forty under 40 accolade; and the BCIT Distinguished Alumni Award recognizing Entrepreneurial Innovation, the youngest recipient to ever receive this award.

Ryan holds an Honours Marketing Diploma in Entrepreneurship from BCIT, where he was awarded the BCIT Top Graduate Award (School of Business). Beyond his professional achievements, Ryan’s commitment to philanthropy and community engagement is noteworthy. Ryan generously serves—or has served—on numerous non-for-profit boards. Highlights include YPO BC Executive (Chair), Magazines Canada, InspireHealth (Board Chair), Camp Kerry Society, Global Mothers, Canadian Health Food Association (Vice Chair), Canada Organic Trade Association (Vice Chair), Organic Trade Association (USA), and A Better Life Foundation.