Former Mozilla Foundation Chief Strategy Officer to lead VC’s Public Affairs practice worldwide
TORONTO – September 3, 2013 – Vision Critical, the world’s leading provider of insight community technologies, is excited to welcome Ryan Merkley in his new role as managing director and senior vice president of public affairs.
Merkley brings to Vision Critical a proven track record of developing and executing strategy and communications across non-profit and government sectors in North America. This will be instrumental as VC continues its leadership in the online public consultation and civic engagement space.
Merkley most recently served as chief strategy officer of Mozilla Foundation, a global non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the Internet remains an open platform. Merkley has held senior communications roles at the City of Vancouver, the City of Toronto and for former Toronto Mayor David Miller. He currently serves on a variety of political, environmental and business boards, and is a founding member of TEDxToronto, the city’s premier annual event promoting ideas and innovation.
“I’m thrilled to have an experienced strategist and well-recognized communicator lead our renowned public affairs practice,” said Angus Reid, executive chairman of Vision Critical. “Vision Critical remains on a high growth path and, as such, it is essential for the business to expand the division responsible for producing public opinion and overseeing citizen engagement.”
Through his work supporting Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, Merkley helped recruit more than 35,000 residents to participate in ongoing public consultations, helping the city earn a Sustainable Communities Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, as well as secure global recognition from the World Wildlife Fund. During his tenure at the Mozilla Foundation, the organization launched three new products supporting online learning and engagement and raised more than $1.8 million from 44,000 new donors.
“Vision Critical is an innovative and leading Canadian-based global technology company that is changing the way that people connect with brands, governments, organizations and each other. I’m truly excited to be joining such a strong team,” said Merkley. “Public-facing organizations are looking for new tools to reach their communities, and I look forward to working with the executive team and Angus Reid to grow the business through public affairs.”
Media Contact: Shachi Kurl, Vice President Communications and Citizen Engagement