Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett is a senior research fellow with the Religious Freedom Research Project at the Berkley Center. In addition, Bennett is a senior fellow and program director for Cardus Law at Cardus, Canada’s faith-based think-tank, where he also serves as chair of the Cabinet of Canadians, a body of eminent Canadian lay and clerical leaders committed to reaffirming the role of religious faith within Canadian society. Bennett served as Canada's first ambassador for religious freedom and head of the Office of Religious Freedom in the Department of Foreign Affairs 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, he served as Canada's head of delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, a 31-country body that leads international efforts in Holocaust education, research, and remembrance. Bennett holds a B.A. (Hons.) in history from Dalhousie University, an M.A. in history from McGill University, and a Ph.D. in politics from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to his appointment as ambassador for religious freedom, Bennett served in a variety of roles in the Canadian civil service. A man of deep Catholic faith, Andrew is active as a sub-deacon and cantor in the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.
November 18, 2014