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guished litigators at Campney, including David Roberts, Q.C., Nicole Garson,
Q.C., Nevin Fishman and Murray Smith.
Andrew practised civil litigation at Bernard from 2002 to 2008 and
worked in a diverse range of areas including maritime law, insurance
defence, general commercial and real estate, administrative law, product
liability defence and medical malpractice defence.
In a move that resulted in a major redefinition of his life and career,
Andrew accepted a position as the director of legal affairs for the Prince
Rupert Port Authority (“PRPA”) in late 2008. This career shift not only
entailed moving to Prince Rupert with Helen and his two young sons
Gabriel and Lucas, but also marked the beginning of a new legal journey.
Andrew was quickly promoted to vice-president and general counsel of the
PRPA in 2010.
His tenure at the PRPA started at a crucial time, with the port seeking a
major expansion of its Fairview Terminal. Embroiled in litigation with local
Tsimshian First Nations, the PRPA faced major hurdles. Andrew took on the
role of lead negotiator for the PRPA, and over the course of several years, multiple
impact benefit agreements were reached. Andrew counts these agreements
as among the most significant achievements of his career. Not only did
he gain direct experience with the evolving jurisprudence of Indigenous law,
but also, importantly, he was directly involved in the practical inclusion of
Indigenous peoples in projects within their traditional territories.
Life in Prince Rupert resonated with Andrew, bringing him back to his
childhood affinity with smaller communities. As well as rounding out the
Mayer family with twins Kieran and Laura, Andrew was very involved in
the civic life of Prince Rupert, including working on food drives for the local
food bank and fundraising for his children’s swim team.
In addition to his local work, Andrew has committed time to global
causes, notably serving for several years as a director of the International
Sailor’s Society and completing the U.K. Three Peaks Challenge to raise
money for welfare relief for sailors in need.
Any account describing Andrew would be remiss if it omitted his passions
for carpentry, renovation and cooking. He could be described as a
“serial renovator”, not truly happy unless involved in some kind of major
building project. Often these projects involve his own house, but he is
happy to tear down and rebuild others’ houses as well. In addition to renovation,
Andy has used his carpentry skills to design and build beautiful
wooden furniture which he has generously given as gifts to his friends and
family. He is also a consummate chef, a skill that dates back to his days
working at Earls, and he often treats friends and family to his culinary gifts.