Bryan, 42, attended Memorial University of Newfoundland, earning a bachelor’s in English literature and philosophy. He completed coursework toward graduate studies from St. Patrick’s College, National University of Ireland, Maynooth Campus. He holds a Cambridge Certification in English Language Teaching to Adults and worked as a language instructor in South Korea, Yemen and Qatar for the College of the North Atlantic, a Newfoundland-based technical teaching institute. Previously, he worked in privacy management, as a supervisor with at-risk youth in the St. John’s area and with ex-offenders as a coordinator with the John Howard Society. He volunteered with the northeast Avalon, Newfoundland and Labrador ground search and rescue team, the ROVERS.