Andre Schutten will be joining us at James North on Wednesday May 25th at 7:00pm. He’ll offer a one-hour "State of the Nation" talk. He will give a brief overview of many different political issues that Canada is currently facing, and offer a Christian critique of the good and the bad, followed by an hour of Q&A. His topic will be different than both topics covered at the conference last month. We encourage all of you to mark down this evening so you can join us.
André Schutten is Director of Law and Public Policy and General Legal Counsel for ARPA Canada. Based in ARPA’s Ottawa office, he researches and writes on public policy, conducts regular analysis on the impact of different government bills and court judgments and acts as ARPA’s chief Parliamentary lobbyist. He lectures regularly on constitutional and legal issues. He also represents ARPA in various court interventions, having made arguments before the Supreme Court of Canada three times and three provincial courts of appeal.
André completed his undergraduate degree in 2007, obtaining an Honours B.A. in Classics and Religion from McMaster University. He then completed a law degree with the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa in 2010. He worked as an intern for the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and for the Centre for Faith and Public Life, where he covered freedom of religion issues, wrote legal opinions on abortion legislation, and prepared written arguments for the Supreme Court of Canada. He was called to the Ontario Bar on June 21, 2011. In 2013, André completed a Masters degree in Constitutional Law through Osgoode Hall Law School. André is thankful for the opportunity to research and write on important legal issues and to have been published three times in peer-reviewed law journals: the National Journal of Constitutional Law (Whatcott and Hate Speech: Rethinking Freedom of Expression in the Charter Age, 2015), and the Supreme Court Law Review (Lethal Discrimination: A Case Against Legalizing Assisted Suicide in Canada, 2016, and Recovering Community: Addressing Judicial Blindspots on Freedom of Association, 2020).
André is a former infantry reservist and a church organist. He lives in Gatineau, Québec with his wife and three children. They are active members of Jubilee Church, a Canadian Reformed Church in Ottawa.