Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
Dwight Ball is the thirteenth premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is proud to lead Newfoundland and Labrador, which is blessed with an abundance of natural resource wealth. The Way Forward vision, launched by Premier Ball in November 2016, includes a number of initiatives aimed at advancing new development involving the province’s natural resources.
At the age of seventeen Ball headed to St. John’s to study pharmacy and returned to Deer Lake after graduation, opening several pharmacies on the west coast of the province. He earned significant professional recognition as a pharmacist, becoming president of the Canadian Pharmacists’ Association, representing Canada’s pharmacists on the world stage, and receiving the Bowl of Hygeia, which is the highest honour for a community pharmacist.
Ball diversified his business interests to include personal care homes, real estate development and venture capital investments, creating hundreds of jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador. He received Employer of the Year awards in both Deer Lake and Springdale for his involvement in employment programs for persons with disabilities. He served as president of the Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce and as a director of the Deer Lake Airport Authority, Western Regional Hospital Foundation and Deer Lake and Area Food Bank.
Ball was elected to the House of Assembly in 2007, and again in 2011, to represent his home district of Humber Valley. In January 2012, he became interim party leader and leader of the official opposition, and was elected party leader in 2013.
On November 30, 2015, Dwight Ball was elected to the House of Assembly for the district of Humber-Gros Morne, leading his party to victory in the general election and forming a majority government. On December 14, 2015, he was sworn in as Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. He also serves as president of executive council, minister of intergovernmental and indigenous affairs and minister of Labrador affairs.