Andrew Frank is a university instructor and award-winning communicator, working with indigenous nations, nonprofits and businesses to help tell stories that change the world. He teaches in the Public Relations, Environmental Protection and Applied Communications departments at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, which is named after the Kwantlen First Nation.
A settler Canadian of mixed Scottish, English and Irish origin, Andrew works, studies, and lives in a region of the Fraser River watershed which overlaps with the unceded traditional territory of the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semihamoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt and Kwikwetlen peoples. He supports restitution and a government-to-government relationship for indigenous nations with the Canadian state, and over time, he hopes to contribute to reconciliation.
Through his communications consulting business, Andrew has produced and/or helped publicize some of British Columbia’s best-known public interest communications campaigns, including the Coastal First Nations’ award-winning “Sound of Silence” Exxon Valdez oil spill commercial, the BC Civil Liberties Association's Stop Illegal Spying campaign, and several high-profile First Nations legal challenges and initiatives, including the Save the Fraser Declaration, signed by more than 130 First Nations banning oil sands pipelines from their territories.
In 2013, the Gitga’at First Nation named Andrew a “Friend of the Great Bear Rainforest” for his work communicating Gitga’at opposition to oil tankers and concerns about environmental impacts in their territory.
In January 2012, Andrew acted as a whistleblower, exposing the Harper government's pressure tactics against a registered intervenor in the National Energy Board review of the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, including the use of the word "enemy" to describe critics of oil sands pipeline construction. The event sparked national media coverage, and was a watershed moment in raising public concern about the pipeline review process and the government's politically-motivated audits against environmental charities.
Andrew has a Master of Arts in Communication from Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Radio & Television from Ryerson University, where he was the recipient of the Ryerson Gold Medal for the Faculty of Communication and Design.