Andrew Wilkinson is the MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena in the BC Provincial Legislature and Minister of Advanced Education.
Before being elected to public office, Andrew worked as a lawyer in the Vancouver offices of a major national law firm, where he has a special interest in green renewable energy development.
Prior to being called to the bar, Andrew was educated and licensed as a physician. He lived and worked as a doctor in Campbell River, Lillooet, and Dease Lake.
Andrew Wilkinson was born in Australia and immigrated to Canada at age four. He grew up in Kamloops, B.C. and graduated in medicine from the University of Alberta in 1984. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1980 and took his first law degree at Oxford University. He received his LLB from Dalhousie in 1987 and was called to the British Columbia bar in 1988. He has been licensed as a medical doctor since 1985.
He is a former Deputy Minister of the British Columbia Ministry of Economic Development, where he had responsibility for economic issues, trade and tourism. He also served as Deputy Minister for Intergovernmental Relations in the Premier’s Office for two years.
He is past-President of the Vancouver Institute, and spent five years as co-chair of the Arts Umbrella Annual Fundraising campaign. He has served on a variety of boards including the Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism B.C., and the Federation of B.C. Mountain Clubs.
He has also served as President of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, President of the B.C. Mountaineering Club, and President of the B.C. Liberal Party.
Active in his community, Andrew has coached soccer in Kerrisdale and has coached for the Hollyburn Jackrabbits, a cross-country ski club.
Andrew Wilkinson is married with three children.