Brian Peckford to deliver luncheon keynote address at 2017 conference

St. John’s, NL — The Newfoundland and Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association (Noia) today announced former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Brian Peckford as a luncheon keynote speaker at this year’s Noia Oil & Gas Conference.

The Noia Oil & Gas Conference is Canada’s flagship offshore oil & gas industry information event, attracting global oil & gas industry leaders as both speakers and delegates. Themed Offshore Newfoundland: Relevant, Untapped & Resilient, the 2017 conference will once again deliver the latest updates on exploration, production and development activities in Canada’s offshore oil & gas industry and offer over 1,000 delegates the opportunity to partake in discussions about timely industry issues and participate in unparalleled networking opportunities.

Brian Peckford was premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from March 1979 to March 1989 and is best known for his administration’s ground breaking Atlantic Accord, an agreement with the federal government which provided revenues to Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil & gas resources as if those resources were on land.  The Atlantic Accord became the catalyst for the development of the province’s offshore industry.

In honour of Noia’s 40th anniversary being celebrated in 2017 with the theme of Learning from the past. Focused on the future, Mr. Peckford will provide a timely address about the origins of the industry, the efforts that led to the Atlantic Accord and his thoughts on the future during his presentation titled “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” This keynote luncheon will close the conference on Thursday, June 22, at 1:00 p.m.

With a number of speakers already confirmed, and others being added regularly, this is a conference not to be missed. To register, please visit the conference registration page.


BACKGROUNDER: Brian Peckford Biography

Brian Peckford was premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from March 1979 to March 1989, the youngest first minister in one hundred and twenty-four years. He was elected to the House of Assembly in March 1972, the first ever Progressive Conservative for the district of Green Bay.  He was, at the time of his election, a high school teacher in Springdale, Newfoundland. He graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1966.

Mr. Peckford retired from politics in 1989 and established a consulting business with his wife Carol. In 1993 they moved with their son, Justin, to Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.

Brian Peckford is best known for his administration’s ground breaking Atlantic Accord, an agreement with the federal government which provided revenues to Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil & gas resources as if those resources were on land.  The Atlantic Accord became the catalyst for the development of the province’s offshore industry. It is because of the Accord that Newfoundland and Labrador achieved ‘have’ status in Canada, one of only four provinces to have such a status today.

Mr. Peckford received the Vanier award as an outstanding young Canadian, an honorary doctor of laws degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, an outstanding contribution award from Noia, served on the Board of the CBC for five years and is a member of Canada’s Privy Council.  He has served as Chancellor of Acsenda School of Management, a private degree granting international business school in Vancouver.

Mr. Peckford conducted a public inquiry into the status of Pacific salmon stocks for the Government of British Columbia.  Additionally, he chaired an expert panel for the federal government on diabetes and chronic disease policy.

On September 12, 2012 Mr. Peckford launched his second book, entitled Some Day the Sun Will Shine and Have Not Will Be No More which became an instant Canadian best seller for non-fiction. It details the province’s successful efforts in achieving the Atlantic Accord, becoming a ‘have’ province and corrects the record on how Canada’s Constitution was changed, leading to the Constitution Act of 1982.