Born and raised in London, Ontario, Hanny Hassan has been involved in interfaith and community service work for the past fifty years. For his work in Christian-Muslim relations, he was named an Honourary Fellow of St. Michael's University College at the University of Toronto in 2009. Hanny is a founding board member of the Canadian Dawn Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Governors and the Senate of the University of Western Ontario. He is also the chair of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee (Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General) and vice chair of the Ontario Panel of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. Hanny is a former co-chair of the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee and was, until 2010, a member of the community advisory committee of OMNI Television.
After obtaining his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1964, Hanny received his Master of Engineering degree from Dalhousie University (formerly Technical University of Nova Scotia) in 1971. He has been an active professional, advancing within a major professional engineering consulting firm, where he served as a director and a partner of the firm until his retirement in 2002. He now manages an independent consulting engineering practice in London, Ontario.