Andrew Higginson, P.Eng.

Presenter details:

  • Date:

     February 22, 2017

  • Company:

     High Performance Climbing Walls

  • Position:

     President & Chief Engineer

  • Industry:

     2017, Engineering

Andrew is a Vancouver Island ‘local’, Whittall House patriot, and keen adventurer who has successfully combined his technical expertise with his passion for the outdoors in a unique niche he calls ‘adventure engineering’.  After graduating Brentwood, he pursued civil engineering at the University of Alberta where he graduated with a major in structural design and a minor in rocky mountain deep powder skiing.  His career has since followed a path of engineering and construction for aerial adventure courses, ziplines, adventure swings and rock climbing walls at a variety of locations across North America for clients such as MEC, Petzl America, the Winnipeg Jets Foundation, the US Military, and the Canadian Forces.

A former winner of Vancouver Island’s Top 20 Under 40, and a Business Achievement Award in the 1-10 employee category; Andrew is the President of High Performance Climbing Walls (HPCW) – a unique company that offers design, engineering, manufacturing, and installation of indoor and outdoor rock climbing walls.  Alongside his team of designers, professional engineers, and licenced climbing wall installers, HPCW has showcased their work across the continent with successful projects coast to coast.

Andrew is a professional engineer, high angle rope rescue technician, certified adventure course inspector, certified climbing gym PPE inspector, and work at height trainer.



  • What is Engineering?  Do I get to drive trains..?
  • Tips and success stories for deciding if engineering is right for you
  • Passion – what is yours, follow it, get paid for it.
  • Relationships; building them, maintaining them, growing them
  • How the adventure tourism industry is changing the lives of Canadians through accessibility
  • An employers view to a millennial – how can you be more employable than the other 10,000 engineering graduates?
  • This is an interactive session, with opportunity for discussion.  Questions welcomed!


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