André Schutten

André is General Legal Counsel and Ontario Director for ARPA (Association for Reformed Political Action) Canada. Based in ARPA Canada’s Ottawa office, he has the mandate of equipping the Reformed community, especially in Ontario, for political action on a broad range of issues. He conducts regular analysis on the impact of different government bills and court judgments and also acts as ARPA’s chief Parliamentary lobbyist.

Since the spring of 2010, he has 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 January of 2012 André started part-time studies for a Master’s degree in Constitutional Law through Osgoode Hall Law School, completing the degree in the summer of 2013. He has appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada for three constitutional cases.

He and his wife Karyn and their son Gabriel, live in Gatineau Québec and are members of Jubilee Church, a Canadian Reformed Church in Ottawa. In his spare time, André trains in the army reserve as a corporal with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. He enjoys running and outdoor sports.