Sami Helewa

Associate Professor; President (Campion College)

Phone: 306-359-1217

Current classes
Fall 2024 - RLST 227-C01 / Winter 2025 RLST 241-C01

Sami Helewa, S.J., was born and raised in Lebanon where he completed his first studies.  He came to Canada in 1981 and enjoyed a career in the financial sector after he completed his undergraduate studies (B.Sc 1986) at the University of Toronto, and became also an editor to G-7 Report in international economics. After he completed his M. Divinity at Regis College (University of Toronto) he entered the Society of Jesus in 1998.  Since then, he has completed Special studies in Philosophy (2002) at University of Toronto, M. Theology and S.T.L (Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge MA, 2006), MA in religious studies at University of Toronto (2008), and a PhD in Islamic studies (University of Edinburgh, 2012).  Sami is no stranger to Campion College since during his regency he served as a chaplain and an assistant lecturer between 2002 and 2004. Dr. Helewa lectures and works in various capacities: Islam and world religions in the department of religious studies; Arabic in the department of international languages; director of Catholic Studies at Campion.

Dr. Helewa is currently the chairman of the Jesuit Forum (Toronto) and since July 1, 2018, he became the president of Campion College.


  • Models of leadership in the Adab narratives of Joseph, David and Solomon. Lament for the Sacred. Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Lexington, 2018. 

Currently he is researching on dialogue with Muslims at time of the Crusades.