Heavenly Father, we bring before you the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena. Thank you for his willingness to serve the citizens of British Columbia as the Minister of Advanced Education. We pray that you would give him understanding in the breadth of his scope, wise counsel and strategic answers to the complexities of his role. May he be blessed with good health and stamina to accomplish the goals associated with his position and be surrounded with a strong, collaborative staff to see these important matters brought to fruition. We speak a blessing of joy and peace over his household. Amen.
Andrew Wilkinson was appointed Minister of Advanced Education on December 18, 2014. Previously, he served as Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services from June 2013, after being elected MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena in the 2013 General Election. 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.
Prior to his election as MLA, Wilkinson worked as a lawyer in the Vancouver offices of a major national law firm. Prior to being called to the bar, Wilkinson was educated and licensed as a physician. He lived and worked as a doctor in Campbell River, Lillooet and Dease Lake. He holds degrees from the University of Alberta, Dalhousie University, and Oxford University, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.
He has also served as president of the BC Civil Liberties Association, president of the BC Mountaineering Club, and president of the BC Liberal Party.