Executive Team


Matthew Marquardt
President/Founder

Having served as a police officer in Texas, an aerospace engineer with the Boeing Company, and as a business lawyer in a career that has now spanned 40 years, Matthew was inspired to found Catholic Conscience by an assignment he received as part of a lay formation program at the Archdiocese of Toronto, which caused him to reflect on ways in which society might benefit from an infusion of the Church’s social teachings. From the start, his goal has been to bring Catholics and the Gospel together at the heart of civic discourse. In addition to his work with Catholic Conscience, Matthew serves as counsel to a Toronto business law firm and as a member of several public and private boards. He is a member of St Patrick’s Parish and a Lay Associate of the Redemptorists.

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Brendan Steven
Executive Director

In the course of a professional political career that included speech writing for the Canadian minister of Finance, as well as other Government ministers and officials and exposure to inner party politics, Brendan found himself growing concerned for the tone and nature of political discourse in Canada. A conversation with Matthew, which showed that Matthew shared those concerns, proved Providential: with his political experience and sharp intellect, Brendan immediately began to spout ideas that have transformed Catholic Conscience and its mission, in ways that have already impacted Canadian politics, and set an exciting course for the future. A Graduate of McGill University and now a senior writer with GCI Canada, Brendan was selected as a 2019 Fellow of CivicAction’s Diverse City Fellowship Program and a delegate to Pope Francis’s pending gathering on a new global economy. Brendan is a member of St Basil’s parish in downtown Toronto.

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