Dr. Ryan Meili

Dr. Ryan Meili

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Leadership and Change Expert | Specialist in Systems Thinking for Organizational and Societal Health
Dr. Ryan Meili is a family physician in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan who is passionate about health equity and healthy public policy. He has experience practicing medicine in rural and Northern Saskatchewan, inner-city Saskatoon, and rural Mozambique. Dr. Meili put his belief in politics as "medicine on a larger scale" into action by running for Member of the Legislative Assembly and serving as Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party and Leader of the Official Opposition in Saskatchewan from 2018-2022. Dr. Ryan Meili is also the author of the best-selling book, "A Healthy Society: How a Focus on health can revive Canadian Democracy", and will publish "A Healthy Future: lessons from the Frontlines of COVID-19" in 2023. Dr. Ryan Meili lives in Saskatoon with his family.
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Dr. Ryan Meili is a family physician in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with a focus on health equity and a lifelong advocate for healthy public policy. He is an expert speaker on the topics of health and health care, economics and health, Canadian politics, and Global Health. Dr. Ryan Meili has been a featured keynote speaker at dozens of conferences across Canada and in the United States. Audiences appreciate his use of emotional storytelling to illustrate paradigm-changing concepts.

Dr. Ryan Meili trained in Family Medicine in Saskatoon and has practiced medicine in rural and Northern Saskatchewan, and inner-city Saskatoon. Dr. Ryan Meili has also practiced in Mozambique, working in a rural hospital and training local and Canadian medical students. His current practice has a primary focus on the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis in Saskatchewan’s Far North.

In 2017, Dr. Ryan Meili put the concept of politics as “medicine on a larger scale” into practice, running to become a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Saskatoon Meewasin. Dr. Ryan Meili served as Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party and Leader of the Official Opposition in Saskatchewan from 2018-2022. His time in leadership coincided with the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic during which he provided a much-needed evidence-based voice for smart public policy.

Dr. Ryan Meili is an accomplished writer in the academic and popular press. His best-selling book, “A Healthy Society: How a Focus on health can revive Canadian Democracy”, has influenced a new generation of healthcare providers and political thinkers across Canada. His upcoming second book, “A Healthy Future: lessons from the Frontlines of COVID-19” will be published by UBC Press in October 2023.

Dr. Ryan Meili is married to paediatrician Mahli Brindamour. They live in Saskatoon with their two sons, Abe and Gus.




Make Evidence Matter

Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski

Why Canadian doctors should be on the front lines of the anti-poverty struggle

Dr. Ryan Meili Topic Presentations

growth and development - the health of economies

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  • Economics is the study of the interaction between human behaviour and the exchange of goods and services. The health of people has a profound impact on the performance of economies, and vice versa.

    In this engaging talk on economics and health, Dr. Meili uses engaging stories of real people to illustrate the way in which economics at the individual and societal level impact health outcomes. He then explores how human health impacts productivity and economic performance. His talk concludes with key lessons on how we can work upstream from economic and health crises to prevent illness and improve economic outcomes for all.

moving upstream - beyond health care

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  • When we talk about health, our focus tends to be on hospitals and doctors, nurses and pharmacies. While acute care in response to illness is essential, this idea of health fails to capture the bigger picture of what makes a difference in whether we’ll be ill or well, whether our lives will be long or short.

    In this talk, Dr. Meili takes us from the front lines of serving those most in need to the halls of political power. He uses moving stories of real people to transform our understanding of health and imagine a path upstream to a world where everyone has a chance to live their best, healthiest life.

Dr. Ryan Meili travels from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan & delivers customized and tailored keynote speeches, presentations, workshops and training sessions. on the topics enlisted below. These services are designed for a variety of audiences, industries, and event types and event formats.


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Articles & Media

'His heart is in people:' Saskatchewan NDP leader hopes to reverse party fortunes

CBC News

The former dean of the U of S college of medicine said he was approached by Meili and another medical student about starting a clinic in the inner city. Albritton was struck because other students were being warned by their parents to stay clear of the area. Meili did start that clinic and later...

Sask. NDP leader Ryan Meili balances politics and young family

CBC News

Meili grew up in Courval, Sask., a tiny dot on the map southwest of Moose Jaw. A family doctor by trade, he has practised across the province and did his residency in Saskatoon, where he's spent the last several years. In 2012, he released a book called A Healthy Society which argues that a...

Beyond Band-Aids

This Magazine

IN 2010, RYAN MEILI STOOD in the medical clinic where he worked, on the west side of Saskatoon. A girl named Maxine walked in. She was a 20-year-old from the streets who moved as if she were 91. She wanted antibiotics, but really needed a hospital. With a case of full-blown AIDS and a drug...

CBC News

Adam Hunter

Opposition Leader Ryan Meili on prosecuting the premier and plans for 2022

Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Zak Vescera

Ryan Meili on hope, COVID-19 and the future of the Sask. NDP


Adam Hicks

LIVE with Ryan Meili - NDP Leadership Candidate - Talking Education


A Healthy Society: How a Focus on Health Can Revive Canadian Democracy, Updated and Expanded
A Healthy Society: How a Focus on Health Can Revive Canadian Democracy, Updated and Expanded
A Healthy Society offers a new approach to politics – and a new approach to building a healthier world. Dr. Meili argues that health delivery too often focuses on treatment of immediate causes and ignores fundamental conditions that lead to poor health, such as income, education, employment,...
A Healthy Future: Lessons from the Frontlines of a Crisis
A Healthy Future: Lessons from the Frontlines of a Crisis
This gripping account of the COVID-19 experience in Saskatchewan goes beyond pandemic memoir to draw lessons we can use to create a healthier future. Ryan Meili provides a unique and important perspective as both a doctor and the leader of Saskatchewan’s official opposition during the worst of...
Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthy Society
Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthy Society
When patients visit a clinic or hospital, they bring stories of the everyday life conditions that made them sick in the first place – stories about where they work, live, and play; stories about income, food security, and housing. Doctors today are listening. Personal stories and patient...
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