The Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Natural Resources
(St. John's South—Mount Pearl)
Minister O’Regan was appointed Minister of Natural Resources in 2019 with a mandate to put Canada’s natural resource sectors at the forefront of the fight against climate change. This mandate includes planting two billion trees over 10 years, developing low- and zero-emission fuels for widespread adoption, and retrofitting homes and infrastructure to ensure peak energy efficiency.
Prior to this role, Minister O’Regan served as the Minister of Indigenous Services, where he oversaw the passage and implementation of laws affirming Indigenous jurisdiction over child and family services.
Minister O’Regan’s first Cabinet position was Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, where he reinstated lifelong pensions and introduced an Education and Training Benefit for Veterans.
Minister O’Regan is from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and was raised in Goose Bay, Labrador. He studied politics at St. Francis Xavier University and University College Dublin and marketing strategies at the INSEAD Business School near Paris.
He received his master of philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, where he wrote his dissertation on Indigenous participation in large-scale natural resource development.
Minister O’Regan began his career in politics as Executive Assistant to the Minister of Justice, and he later served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.
He is known to many Canadians for his 10 years as co-host of the country’s top morning news program, Canada AM.
Over the years, he has championed causes dear to him, namely mental health, the arts and the environment, sitting on the Board of WWF-Canada.
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