Speaker Profiles

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr.

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr.

Minister of Labour

Canada

Seamus O’Regan is the Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, elected in 2015. In 2021, he was appointed Canada’s Minister of Labour, having served in the roles of Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Indigenous Services, and Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.
Seamus was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and 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 earned his Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, studying Indigenous participation in natural resource development.

He began his career in the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, where he served as Executive Assistant to Minister of Justice and Attorney General Edward Roberts, and later as Senior Policy Advisor to Premier Brian Tobin.

Seamus is known to many Canadians for his ten years as co-host of CTV’s Canada AM, where he travelled across Canada and around the world, from Random Island to False Creek, and from Antarctica to Afghanistan. In 2007, he became the first journalist named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.

Seamus is proud to have been an Ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk, eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness. He has served on the Board of World Wildlife Fund Canada, and continues to champion causes dear to him, including mental health, sustainable jobs, the environment, and the arts.

As part of his mandate as Minister of Labour, he is tasked with making mental health a part of occupational health and safety, advancing pay equity, providing Canadians in the federally-regulated private sector with 10 paid sick days, building a federal “right to disconnect,” and lead a comprehensive plan to lower emissions and create more sustainable jobs for Canada’s workers.

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