Born in Toronto, Wilf spent most of his youth in Tokyo, Japan before moving to Vancouver. He went to University of British Columbia where he studied Marine Biology and first became involved with the Sea Around Us Project as an research assistant. Wilf then spent two years in Fukuoka, Japan, as a Coordinator of International Relations before returning to UBC to do his MSc at the Fisheries Centre with Daniel Pauly. Following successful completion of his MSc., which focused on the transition of Japan from a fishing nation to a fish buying nation, Wilf moved to London, UK, where he spent three years as an Analyst for Nomura International, a Japanese investment firm. He returned to UBC for the third time to begin his PhD with Rashid Sumaila.
Wilf's PhD will focus on the expansion of marine fisheries and seafood market. He recently completed a study on the growth of seafood consumption footprint (Seafood Print), which was featured in the October 2010 issue of the National Geographic.