Seamus O’Regan is the Minister of Natural Resources and the Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl.
He is best known to Canadians for his 10 years as co-host of CTV’s Canada AM.
From St. John’s, Newfoundland, Seamus was raised in Goose Bay, Labrador. He studied politics at St. Francis Xavier University and University College Dublin, and marketing strategies at INSEAD, near Paris. He received his Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, England.
While working for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Seamus worked for the Minister of Justice and as well for the Premier as Senior Policy Advisor.
In 1999, he was named one of Maclean’s Magazine’s “100 Young Canadians to Watch” and has been twice nominated for a Gemini Award. In 2007, he became the first journalist to be named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
In 2012, Seamus was named Bell Let’s Talk Ambassador, alongside Clara Hughes, with the aim of removing the stigma of mental illness through greater communication and understanding. He moderated a forum on mental health and creativity at Rideau Hall, hosted by Her Excellency, Sharon Johnston.
In 2013, Seamus was named Distinguished Media Innovator at Ryerson University. He also served as Executive Vice President, Communications, at The Stronach Group of Companies.
He has traveled to Liberia as a Spread the Net Ambassador in support of the fight against malaria, and to Antarctica with Students on Ice, to report on the effects of climate change on our polar regions.
For 10 years, Seamus sat on the board of The Rooms – the home of the Provincial Art Gallery, Museum, and Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a founding board member of both The Smiling Land Foundation and The Company Theater. Over the years, he has also served on the boards of World Wildlife Fund-Canada, The Walrus, Katimavik, and Canada World Youth.
In 2015 Seamus was elected to represent his hometown in the riding of St. John’s South – Mount Pearl, and in 2017 he was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. In January 2019, Seamus was appointed the Minister of Indigenous Services. Seamus was re-elected in October 2019 and is currently the Minister of Natural Resources.
In April of 2019, Seamus and Premier Dwight Ball signed a renewed Atlantic Accord Agreement, which will bring an additional $2 billion into Newfoundland and Labrador from Canada’s shares in Hibernia. Because of the Atlantic Accord, Newfoundland & Labrador receives 100% of the royalties from our offshore oil, meaning we have now become the principal beneficiary of our offshore. The agreement also outlines the federal government’s commitment to help ensure the provincial government can make the Lower Churchill Projects, including Muskrat Falls, financially sustainable for ratepayers.