Ryan Leef


Yukon


Ryan has enjoyed a variety of occupations since his graduation from FH Collins Secondary School including Wildlife Guide, Conservation Officer, RCMP Officer, SCAN Investigator and Deputy Superintendent of Operations at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre.

Ryan’s family moved to the Yukon in 1984; they lived in Dawson and Whitehorse.

His interest in running was developed at an early age.  This interest led to opportunities to represent the Yukon in Canada and abroad such as at the Canada Summer Games, North American Championships and the World Championships.

Ryan attended the University of Windsor, graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminology.  During the summers, he returned home to the Yukon to work for a tourism company, and then as a Wildlife Guide.  After graduation, Ryan worked as a Seasonal Conservation Officer.

He joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and served in Watson Lake, establishing Community Consultative Group Meetings with the Upper Liard First Nation.

Having a deep affection for the Yukon, he chose to stay in the territory.  He again became a Conservation Officer, working to establish safe and clean campgrounds and parks.  Ryan served in Ross River, Dawson and Haines Junction.  He had the opportunity to work with the Kluane First Nation and the Champagne and Aishihik First Nation through business ventures.

He then became an Investigator with the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Unit.  He was part of the team that closed down the most notorious drug house in downtown Whitehorse – today, a Habitat for Humanity home occupies that site.  He is now the Deputy Superintendant of Operations at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre.

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