Philip Mai


I am the Director of Business and Communications at Ryerson Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management and a co-founder of the International Conference on Social Media & Society. I am also the Manager of Academic Communications at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

I am responsible for strategic academic outreach and communications at Ryerson University. In my work at the Social Media Lab, I mainly focus on business and research partnerships, knowledge mobilization, information diffusion and the practical application of social media analytics. My aim is to connect people, knowledge and ideas. Some of the long-term projects I am currently working on include:

I graduated from Syracuse University with a Juris Doctor (JD) in International Law, Master in International Relations and Bachelor in Business Management. I have over a decade of experience working in communications and marketing in domains such as academia, high-tech and politics. Before joining Ryerson, I was the Projects and Communications Manager at the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship at Dalhousie University and the Research and Communications Manager at the Dalhousie University  Social Media Lab. While at Dalhousie, I managed numerous social media-related research projects and led efforts to raise the profile and impact of various other academic initiatives.

I currently live in bustling downtown Toronto. In my spare time, I am an avid traveler, amateur photographer, foodies, and political junkie.