The CRF Advisory Council

Cardus Religious Freedom (CRF) researches Canadian religious freedom issues in order to educate Canadians and to strengthen the national network of religious freedom advocates.

CRF operates in a bridge-building capacity, providing a link between the research and the advocates who use it. CRF also provides language and vocabulary to help express why religious freedom is important and how it relates to public faith.

Central to CRF’s work is the understanding that religious freedom is the fundamental right of all people, their communities, and their institutions to live out their most deeply held beliefs in both public and private contexts without interference from the state or other authorities.

The work of CRF is guided by a multi-faith advisory council with representatives from Canada’s Baha’i, Christian, Jewish, Mormon, and Muslim communities.

“Cardus Religious Freedom is an important new centre for research and public dialogue on religious freedom. Engaging Canadians across religious traditions, it will play a key role in sustaining religious freedom within our common life.”

– Dr. Dwight Newman


Meet the Director:
Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett


The Rev. Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett is Program Director of Faith Communities. He is an ordained deacon in the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in the Eparchy (Diocese) of Toronto and Eastern Canada.

Fr. Deacon Andrew 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 foreign policy. At the same time, he 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 Program Director of Faith Communities, Fr. Deacon Andrew works to promote religious freedom and the importance of public faith to our common life. In conjunction with his work at Cardus, Fr. Deacon Andrew is Director of the North America Action Team and Senior Fellow at the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) in Washington, DC. The RFI is a leading independent think-tank committed to achieving broad acceptance of religious liberty as a fundamental human right, the cornerstone of a successful society, and a source of national and international security.

Fr. Deacon Andrew holds a Ph.D. in Politics (2002) from the University of Edinburgh as well as degrees in history from McGill and Dalhousie universities. When not praying, studying, or advocating, Fr. Deacon Andrew can be found with his fly rod in a stream, listening to bluegrass or Bach, or reading the Church Fathers.

The CRF Advisory Council

David Anderson

Chair of the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB) steering group

Abba Brodt

Director General of Hebrew Foundation School

Barry W. Bussey

Director of Legal Affairs at Canadian Council of Christian Charities

Geoffrey Cameron

Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Baha’i Community of Canada

Dr. Stanley Carlson-Thies

Founder of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance

John N. Craig

Area Seventy Elder, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz

Vice Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)

Fr. Raymond J. de Souza

Editor-in-Chief of Convivium; Chaplain at Newman House; Cardus Senior Fellow

Dr. Janet Epp Buckingham

Professor at Trinity Western University and the Director of the Laurentian Leadership Centre

Dr. Douglas Farrow

Professor of Theology and Christian Thought at McGill University

Dr. Robert Joustra

Editor of the Public Justice Review; Associate Professor of Politics & International Studies at Redeemer University College

Rabbi Daniel Korobkin

Rabbinic leader of Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto (BAYT)

Sean Maxwell

Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Dr. Moira McQueen

Executive Director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute

Photo by Michael Swan of the Catholic Register

Archbishop J. Michael Miller

Archbishop of Vancouver

Dr. Dwight Newman

Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights in Constitutional Law and International Law at the University of Saskatchewan

Taleeb Noormohamed

Vancouver based technology entrepreneur and investor – and community volunteer

Dr. Ellen Roderick

Co-director of the Diocesan Centre for Marriage, Life and the Family

Dr. Paul S. Rowe

Professor of Political and International Studies at Trinity Western University

André Schutten

Director of Law & Policy and General Legal Counsel for the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada

Chris Stackaruk

Co-founder of Neighborly Faith

Karen Stiller

Senior editor of Faith Today magazine