Ryan Bater is leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party. He was acclaimed leader at the party’s convention in February 2009.
In the summer of 2009, Bater traveled to 31 communities across Saskatchewan as part of an outreach tour. He focused on rural communities. Although he does not currently hold a seat in the provincial legislature, Bater ran in the 2007 election, representing his party in the riding of The Battlefords. He finished third.
Bater has focused his career on promoting and assisting the economic development of The Battlefords as the general manager of the Battlefords Regional Economic Development Authority. The organization is a non-profit corporation formed as a partnership by local municipalities, First Nations, and the Province of Saskatchewan. He has also led trade missions, lobbied on behalf of The Battlefords, and championed several key socio-economic initiatives.
In 2007, he represented the province as the co-chair of the Economic Developers Association of Canada National Conference when it was held in Saskatoon. At this conference, Bater received the prestigious Ec.D. designation of Certified Economic Developer. In 2005, Bater was chosen “Economic Developer of the Year” by the Saskatchewan Economic Developers Association for his contributions to the economy of The Battlefords and Saskatchewan.
Bater earned a degree in business economics from the University of Saskatchewan. After graduation, he returned to his home community of The Battlefords. He has been actively involved in his community, including serving as director of the North Sask River Water Resource Committee and serving on the organizing committee for the 2008 Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life in The Battlefords, Previously, he was director of the Saskatchewan Economic Developers Association and the Economic Developers Association of Canada. Bater participates annually in the Saskatchewan marathon.