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Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan to open CNA2020

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Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan

Seamus O’Regan, the recently appointed minister of natural resources, will be the opening guest speaker for CNA2020 on Thursday, February 27.

In 1999, Maclean’s magazine named O’Regan, then 28, as one of the 100 Young Canadians to Watch. He is best known for his 10 years as co-host of CTV’s Canada AM. In 2007, he became the first journalist to be named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He also has two Gemini nominations.

O’Regan was first elected as the member of parliament for his home riding of St. John’s South—Mount Pearl in 2015. During his first term, he served as minister of Veteran Affairs, associate minister of National Defence, vice-chair of the Reconciliation Cabinet Committee and minister of Indigenous Services. After being re-elected in October, he was named minister of Natural Resources in November.

In his December mandate letter to the Minister of Nature Resources, the Prime Minister stated that O’Regan’s work would ensure that the natural resources and energy sectors would remain sources of good, middle-class jobs across the country.

“Building on the work completed in the Government’s first term, work with partners to implement, as appropriate, the recommendations of the Generation Energy Council Report [Canada’s Energy Transition: Getting to Our Energy Future, Together], including wasting less energy, switching to clean power, using more renewable fuels, and producing cleaner oil and gas, including in the offshore,” the mandate letter states.

The Prime Minister also instructed O’Regan to “[w]ork with the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and the Minister of Indigenous Services to support the transition of Indigenous communities from reliance on diesel-fueled power to clean, renewable and reliable energy by 2030.”

Find the complete schedule at https://cna.ca/cna2020/program/.

To register for the conference, visit https://cna.ca/cna2020/registration/.


Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver to Deliver Keynote Address at CNA2014

By Romeo St-Martin
Digital Media Officer
Canadian Nuclear Association

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver entered politics with an impressive academic and investment banking resume.

He obtained both his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Civil Law at McGill University and later graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

He began his investment banking career at Merrill Lynch, and served in senior positions at other investment dealers and as Executive Director of the Ontario Securities Commission. He was then appointed President and CEO of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and played a prominent role as Chair of the Advisory Committee of the International Council of Securities Associations and as Chair of the Consultative Committee of the International Association of Securities Commissions.

He ran in a Toronto-area riding in the 2008 federal election, but lost in a close race to the Liberal incumbent, Joe Volpe. In a subsequent election in 2011, he defeated Volpe to win the seat. On May 18, 2011, Oliver was sworn in as the Minister of Natural Resources.

While Oliver is one of the most high-profile cabinet ministers in the Conservative government due in large part to his advocacy for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, he still understands the importance of Canada’s nuclear sector.

“Nuclear continues to be a key part of Canada’s energy mix and a major contributor to our status as a world leader of clean energy,” he told last year’s CNA conference.

“We all take pride in Canadians’ roles in developing nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Canadians continue to play a leading role in demonstrating the safe and effective use of nuclear energy.

“Our commitment is to ensure Canada’s tradition of excellence and leadership in nuclear science and technology will continue in support of the needs of Canada and Canadian business and in respect for the Canadian taxpayer,” he said.

The Honourable Joe Oliver will be speaking at CNA2014 this month.