Featured Alumnus: Andrew Orawiec

Andrew Orawiec

Class of 2017

Position: Senior Advisor, Tourism and Development

Organization: Tourism, Cultural Industries and Economics; Government of Nunavut

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-orawiec/

Andrew and a boaUpon graduating from Queen’s, Andrew immediately began pursuing entrepreneurial endeavours through the launch of a social venture which promoted computer literacy among the elderly.  This period was soon followed by a year abroad, wherein he took the opportunity to travel and teach English in a rural community on South Korea’s Jeju Island. Once returned to Canada, Andrew worked as a reporter for private interests on Parliament Hill, covering various Standing Committees including Environment and Sustainable Development, as well as Indigenous and Northern Affairs.

It was at this time that Andrew was offered the opportunity of a lifetime: a position as a policy analyst with the Government of Nunavut (GN).  Jumping at the chance to live ‘North of 60’, Andrew excelled in his new environment.  His love of the North grew deep, and it was with great difficulty that he departed for the MScSM program in the Fall of 2015.

Unsurprisingly, Andrew was lucky enough to return to the North for his 2016 Summer Internship.  He secured invaluable experience by working as a Senior Advisor for Tourism Development with the GN, with a particular focus on the Arctic cruise tourism industry.  He has had the opportunity to work intimately with the Crystal Serenity’s 2016 Northwest Passage planning and preparations, and hopes to publish work on the subject in 2017.

Andrew currently works for the Government of Nunavut, where he is responsible for helping chart the future course for sustainable tourism development in Nunavut, playing an essential role in planning, research, product development, and multi-stakeholder cooperation. His specific responsibilities include management of the territory’s arctic cruise industry, coordination and development of training initiatives, industry research and analysis, development of sustainability indicators, as well as operationalization of community-based sustainable tourism efforts.

Andrew is a PhD candidate in the Geography department at the University of Ottawa