Canada's Ambassador for Religious Freedom

Dr. Andrew P. W. Bennett

Dr. Andrew P. W. Bennett

Dr. Andrew P. W. Bennett was appointed Canada’s first Ambassador for Religious Freedom on February 19, 2013. Ambassador Bennett heads the Office of Religious Freedom and is based in Ottawa.

Ambassador Bennett is a public servant and academic with an extensive educational background in history, political science and theology. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh in 2002, and is in the process of completing a degree in theology in Eastern Christian Studies at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa.

Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Dr. Bennett worked for the Privy Council Office, Export Development Canada and Natural Resources Canada in a wide variety of analytical, research and corporate roles. Since March 2014, he has also served as Canada’s Head of Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Ambassador Bennett is also a religious leader in his capacity as subdeacon and cantor with Holy Cross Eastern Catholic Chaplaincy and St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine, both in Ottawa.