Before running for office, Bryan May was a senior manager in several nonprofit organizations, including the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, and the University of Waterloo. He left his full time job to focus on running in the 2015 election. He had previously run in 2011 and lost.
In his victory speech, May stated that he would put the needs of the riding and the interests of constituents first and the Liberal Party’s interests second. Immediately after the election Gary Goodyear, the Conservative cabinet minister May defeated, offered to help with any transition advice.
May is an active volunteer in the Cambridge region. He served on the committee for the Oxford Active Living/Youth Action Plan. He was also Executive Treasurer of the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries, an organization focused on collecting, analyzing and sharing data to strengthen the community and eliminating poverty. He also coaches baseball.
May has a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo. He is married with two children.