His middle name is Joseph.
His father is a Canadian psychiatrist. Brendan lived in Boston until he was 6, at which time he and his family moved to France for a year.
At age 7, they moved permanently to Canada.
Brendan studied theatre at the Concordia University in Montreal.
He continued training under William B. Davis (cigarette smoking man of The X-Files) and Mark Bauer at the William Davis Centre for Actors Study in Vancouver.