Ambassador's Biography

Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett

Dr. Andrew P.W. Bennett

Dr. Andrew Bennett is Canada’s first Ambassador for Religious Freedom and heads Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom, established on February 19, 2013. Since March 2014, Ambassador Bennett has also served as Canada’s Head of Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Ambassador Bennett has worked as a public servant in the Government of Canada in a wide variety of analytical, research and corporate roles.

Ambassador Bennett is a career public servant and academic with an extensive educational background in history, political science and theology. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History (1st Class Honours) from Dalhousie University (1995), a Master of Arts in History from McGill University (1997) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh (2002). In addition, he is in the process of completing a degree in theology part-time through the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa.

As a community leader, Ambassador Bennett is particularly committed to higher education. He is actively involved at Augustine College, a small liberal arts college in Ottawa, where he is Professor of the History of Christianity and serves in a voluntary capacity as its Dean. He is also a religious leader in his capacity as Subdeacon and Cantor at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian-Catholic Shrine in Ottawa. He previously served as Vice-President and Chairman of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute Foundation.