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Ray Pennings

Executive Vice President

Ray Pennings is a co-founder of Cardus and currently serves as its Executive Vice President, working out of the Ottawa office. He has long experience in Canadian industrial relations, as well as public policy, political activism, and political affairs generally. He has headed several of Cardus' largest research projects over the years, including a monumental education survey which led to the Cardus Religious Schools Initiative in association with the University of Notre Dame. Ray is a respected voice in Canadian politics as well, having held senior positions on campaign teams at municipal, provincial, and federal levels. Ray did his under-graduate at McMaster University and holds a Masters of Arts in Religion from Puritan Theological Seminary.

Ray's grasp of applied public theology is evident through his writings (much of which can be found at cardus.ca) but also through his volunteer efforts. He has served on the boards of charities, universities, community groups and in his church community. His present commitments include serving on the board of the Civitas Society and on the adjudication committee for the Redeemer Centre for Christian Scholarship. Ray and his wife Kathy have one adult son.


  • Industrial relations;
  • Religious schools;
  • Canadian politics;
  • Reformed thought and theology


  • B.A., History (McMaster University)
  • M.A., Religion (Puritan Theological Seminary)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Past Chair, Redeemer University College
  • Board Member, Rosebud School of the Arts
  • Board Member, Civitas Society
  • Founding President, EduDeo (formerly Worldwide Christian Schools)
  • Preaching Elder, Free Reformed Church
Bio last modified May 25th, 2017.

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