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Andrew Bennett

Chair, FC150 Cabinet of Canadians

Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett is Senior Fellow at Cardus where he also serves as Program Director for Cardus Law and Chair of the Cabinet of Canadians for Cardus' Faith in Canada 150.

In his role as Chair of the Cabinet of Canadians, Dr. Bennett leads a group of esteemed Canadians from a variety of faith traditions and walks of life who are helping to guide our conversations about faith in our common life as we celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary.

Dr. Bennett also serves as the Program Director for the newly-launched Cardus Law program, which seeks to foster emerging scholarship, facilitate public discussion, and engage legal processes without intervening to uphold Cardus' belief that the law serves society thereby enabling human flourishing and the advancement of the common good.

Dr. Bennett served as Canada's first Ambassador for Religious Freedom and Head of the Office of Religious Freedom from 2013 to 2016 during which time he led in defending and championing religious freedom internationally as a core element of Canada's principled foreign policy. At the same time, Dr. Bennett served as Canada's Head of Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, a 31-country body which leads international efforts in Holocaust education, research, and remembrance.

As a Senior Fellow at Cardus, Dr. Bennett works to continue to promote religious freedom, as we broaden our commentary on issues faced in Canada and around the world. This is consistent with Dr. Bennett's passion for religious freedom. Apart from Cardus, Dr. Bennett holds the position of Research Fellow at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs in Washington, DC. He also serves as a Commissioner on the 8-member commission appointed to direct the recently-launched Commonwealth Initiative on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

An academic and public servant, Andrew holds degrees in History from Dalhousie and McGill as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador for Religious Freedom, Dr. Bennett served in a variety of roles in the federal public service. A man of deep Christian faith, Andrew is active as a subdeacon and cantor in the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church at St. John the Baptist parish in Ottawa.

When not praying, studying, or advocating, Andrew can be found with his fly rod in a stream, listening to bluegrass or Bach, or reading the Church Fathers.

Bio last modified May 25th, 2017.

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