Patrick Brennan joined McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development as Executive Director in 2014 and began his collaboration with the Foundation soon thereafter as a Senior Fellow, holding office hours for Sauvé Fellows. Alongside Senior Fellows Anita Nowak and Brett House, Patrick led the discussion on Next generation impact through mentorship at Sauvé Encore! 2015.
Prior to coming to McGill, Patrick served as the Manager of Multilateral Relations in the Intergovernmental and International Relations Directorate of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. During his time at the Department, Mr. Brennan assisted with Canada’s endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, initiated research for the examination of programming and policy approaches taken by other countries in the area of Aboriginal affairs, supported Canada’s work in the area of the Post 2015 Development Agenda, and contributed to Canada’s Strategy for Engagement in the Americas.
Patrick has also worked at the Department of Canadian Heritage on initiatives ranging from multiculturalism and citizen engagement to public service renewal and the establishment of a forum for the promotion and advancement of policy development within the department.
Prior to joining the Department of Canadian Heritage, he worked for six years at the Department of Foreign Affairs in support of international indigenous issues. In this role, he assisted with the negotiation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, co-led trade missions for indigenous entrepreneurs to the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, established bilateral and multilateral networks for the promotion of indigenous rights, and was a lead member of the team responsible for the first Indigenous Summit of the Americas. Patrick was also the Deputy Director of the Haiti Program at Foreign Affairs and assisted in writing Canada’s bilateral strategy for engagement in the country.
Patrick has also worked at both the United Nations World Food Programme and at the Canadian International Development Agency. As a program officer with the World Food Programme, he was responsible for the implementation of nutrition projects at both schools and maternal health care centres. While the Canadian International Development Agency, Mr. Brennan worked as a consultant on policy and programming issues in the Americas Branch, the Africa Branch and the Policy Branch.
Mr. Brennan holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in Montreal.