About Andrew

Andrew Wong is a National Geographic Young Explorer, photographer, climber and artist whose work focuses on understanding sustainable livelihoods of peoples of the world, particularly indigenous cultures.

With food, water and natural resources becoming increasingly in need on this planet in this 21st century, Andrew's work seeks to learn how different cultures have found their own ways to live, eat and consume resources sustainably. If the 7,000 cultures of the world are unique answers to the fundamental question: what does it mean to be human and alive? the 7,000 cultures of the world are also unique answers to the vital question: how do we as humans live sustainably on this Planet Earth?

In recent years, Andrew's work has taken him to the Canadian Arctic, South America, Eastern Europe and Southern Asia. In 2014, Andrew lived in the Nepal Himalaya to learn about Sherpa lifeways and then lived in Nunavut to learn about Inuit knowledge of the land and hunting ways.

National Geographic Society has awarded Andrew a research and exploration grant and named him a Young Explorer. Andrew is also honoured to receive the Toyota Earth Day National Award and Canada’s Next Green Journalist by Environmental Defence.

Speaking Schedule

2017 Speaker, Abbey Park High School, Oakville, Ontario, December 13, 2017
2017 Speaker, BurlingtonGreen 10th Anniversary Eco-Youth Summit, Burlington, Ontario, Nov. 21, 2017
2017 Speaker and Film Screening, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, November 20, 2017
2017 Speaker and Film Screening, SHAD Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, July 18, 2017
2017 Speaker, Polar Knowledge Canada, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut; Ottawa, Ontario, June 13, 2017
2014 Speaker, Knowledge Integration Seminar, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Nov. 21, 2014: http://bit.ly/1v3YJdF
2014 Speaker, 8x10, Kitchener, Ontario, November 7, 2014
2014 Guest Lectures, Ataguttaaluk High School, Igloolik, Nunavut, Sept. 2, 2014
2014 Speaker, YouthFest Burlington Leadership Conference, Burlington, Ontario, May 27, 2014
2013 Guest Lecture, Shad Valley Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, July 22, 2013
2013 Guest Lecture Waterloo Unlimited, Waterloo, Ontario, May 16, 2013
2013 Panelist, Chasing Ice Documentary Showing, Waterloo, Ontario, May 12, 2013
2012 Speaker, TEDxUW, Waterloo, Ontario, November 2012
2012 Guest Lecture, Shad Valley Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, June 2012
2012 Speaker and Panel Moderator, Side Event, UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro, June 2012
2012 Guest Speaker, BurlingtonGreen Youth Network, Burlington, Ontario, May 2012
2012 Guest Speaker, To the Arctic Documentary Showing, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario, April 2012
2012 Guest Speaker, Nelson High School, Burlington, Ontario, April 2012
2012 Guest Lecture, Ecological Economics Course, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, February 2012
2011 Alumni Speaker, Students on Ice Alumni Summit, Ottawa, Ontario, May 6, 2011


For research collaboration, speaking, photography, film-making, writing or representation, please contact:

Andrew Wong alfwong@uwaterloo.ca