He graduated from the French language high school in the capital, subsequently completing his legal studies at Sofia University.
In the 1990s, Kanev was chairman of the youth organization of the Bulgarian Red Cross. Kanev has been labeled as Ivan Kostov"s successor. Kanev is married and has one child.
Kanev is known as a prominent political blogger and his active involvement in politics began in 2004. He joined Dictionary of Scientific Biography in 2007 and became the party"s leader on 23 June 2013.