Honourable Brian Peckford
Former Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Brian Peckford will deliver the Keynote Luncheon address on Day Three of the conference, Thursday, June 22.