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Labour Minister’s Economic Update: The State of Labour Relations and What It All Means for Business

Thursday, November 30, 2023

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The bargaining table has changed a lot in 2023. Across North America and around the world, from movie sets to ports, workers have been making their demands of employers heard loud and clear. But what is behind this rise in labour disputes and what can we learn from them?

Join federal Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan Jr. for an economic update on the state of labour relations in Canada, and how business, labour and government can work together to address structural changes in the labour market and grow the economy amidst inflation, energy transition, automation and other challenges.

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Hon. Seamus O’Regan Jr.

Minister of Labour, Government of Canada

Seamus O’Regan Jr. was first elected Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl in 2015, subsequently re-elected in 2019 and 2021. He is currently Canada’s Minister of Labour and Minister for Seniors.

O’Regan has also previously served as Canada’s Natural Resources Minister, Minister of Indigenous Services, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

He 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 received his Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, specializing in Indigenous participation in natural resource development.

In the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, he served as Executive Assistant to the Minister of Justice, and later, Senior Policy Advisor to the Premier.

Seamus O’Regan Jr. a été élu pour la première fois député de St. John’s South-Mount Pearl en 2015, puis réélu en 2019 et 2021. Il est actuellement ministre du travail et ministre des aînés.

M. O’Regan a également été ministre des Ressources naturelles, ministre des Services autochtones, ministre des Anciens combattants et ministre associé de la Défense nationale.

Originaire de St-Jean, à Terre-Neuve, il a grandi à Goose Bay, au Labrador. Il a étudié la politique à l’Université St. Francis Xavier et à l’University College Dublin, puis a obtenu une maîtrise de philosophie à l’université de Cambridge, avec une spécialisation dans la participation autochtone au développement des ressources naturelles.

Au sein du gouvernement de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, il a été assistant exécutif du ministre de la justice, puis conseiller politique principal du premier ministre.

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Sal Rabbani

Chair of the Board of Directors, Empire Club of Canada