Brendan was born in Lethbridge and grew up in small towns throughout central and southern Alberta. He worked at Lethbridge Iron Works for close to six years while attending the University of Lethbridge for his undergraduate degree. After graduating with an Honors B.A. in History in 2016, Brendan is now working on a Master of Arts at the UofL, examining the intersections of church and state in early nineteenth-century America. Brendan's father was one of the first students at the University of Lethbridge in 1967, and his daughter is now a student here, making it three generations who received or are receiving higher education at the UofL.
Brendan is active in the community, volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and serving as a director on the Lethbridge Public Library Board. Brendan will be serving as President of the Graduate Students' Association for 2017/18.