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which he is well known, Andrew landed his first job at ten years old, working
at a truck repair shop in Crofton. As a teenager, he worked in the family
business, including every weekend and every summer.
In the late ’70s and early ’80s, Andrew’s family lived in Duncan where he
attended high school. As a visible minority he experienced instances of
racism at school, but when asked about these challenges he invariably
prefers to focus on how smaller communities often excel at collective inclusion
and tolerance. This innate ability to be positive and see the good in others
is something Andrew inherited from his late mother Prem, who was the
strong, primary caregiver to the Mayer children and to whom Andrew credits
his own strength of character.
After high school Andrew went straight to UBC where he majored in classics.
As a student he worked his way through university, sometimes holding
up to three jobs at a time. Andrew worked at Expo ’86, worked as a Vancouver
taxi driver and worked his way up in the Earls restaurant chain to hold
managerial positions, again all at a young age.
It was during his time as a UBC student that Andrew first met Helen
Moore in 1988. A decades-long courtship ensued, punctuated by several
geographical separations and culminating in their marriage in 2001, when
their respective paths happily converged again in Vancouver.
Largely setting his future career direction, Andrew took a job in the communications
department of the Vancouver Port Authority (“VPA”) in the
summer of 1989 and continued to work summer jobs both at the VPA and
as a dispatcher for Ports Canada police. This took him to the Pacific Marine
Training Institute where he received a diploma in maritime services.
Andrew went on to work in terminal and container operations in the Vancouver
harbour until 1996 when he was accepted to the Schulich School of
Law at Dalhousie.
Andrew’s interest in all things nautical continued at Dalhousie, where he
specialized in maritime law under Professors Phillip Saunders and Aldo
Chircop. A summer placement in the Marine Environmental Law Program
saw him working at the Oceans Institute of Canada, researching the implementation
of treaties in the Caribbean states. Andrew excelled in law
school, winning both the Kerr Memorial prize for high academic standing
and the Edward C. Foley Memorial prize for his demonstrated commitment
to public and community service.
Andrew summered and then articled at Campney and Murphy where he
was quickly absorbed into the maritime law group, which would later
become Bernard LLP. Andrew counts Peter Bernard, Q.C., as a key mentor
in his career. Andrew also gained invaluable experience with other distin-