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Seamus O'Regan

Distinguished Visiting Innovator with Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone.

Seamus O’Regan is well known for his roles on CTV  as news correspondent and famed co-host of CTV’s Canada AM, national morning show leader.  Hailing from Newfoundland, he has interviewed such newsmakers as former U.S. president Bill Clinton, prime minister Paul Martin, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Shania Twain, Conrad Black and Prince. He is one of the few journalists to have interviewed four former prime ministers — Brian Mulroney, Kim Campbell, John Turner and Joe Clark — together.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Innovation
The future of the Canadian economy depends on our ability to invent and create, finding better ways to make better products. Some of the most compelling and inspiring stories Seamus O’Regan covered in his nine years at CTV’s Canada AM involved inventors and their stories.

Mental Illness
Over his nine years at CTV’s Canada AM, Seamus O’Regan spoke to many people, and their families, who suffer from various types and levels of mental illness – they were amongst the most emotional and compelling interviews he did. As a spokesman for Bell Let’s Talk Day, Seamus is passionate proponent for the need to talk openly about mental illness.

Identity & Leadership
The confidence that comes from a clear sense of your identity, your strengths, weaknesses, and limitations – can help in your job, and in your life. Over his varied career, Seamus O’Regan attributes his identity as the constant that got him through, and thriving. A strong, healthy sense of self is what you need to lead.

Experiences with Canada AM
Over his nine years at CTV’s Canada AM, our number one national morning show, Seamus O’Regan has interviewed a lot of people! From President Bill Clinton, to Prince, Arnold Schwarzenegger to Taylor Swift, and every Prime Minister from Joe Clark to Paul Martin. Traveling to Afghanistan, Somalia, and Antarctica, he’s got more than a few stories to tell!

Social Media
Social media is changing how we do business, and how we live our lives. Seamus O’Regan was on the front lines as social media took a firm hold on the journalism profession. How exactly did things change? What new challenges presented themselves? And are we better for it? O’Regan has his thoughts, in 140 characters and more.

Awards

Canadas Top 40 Under 40 (2007)
Macleans Magazine 100 Young Canadians to Watch (1999)
  • Seamus is among the hardest working and most dedicated journalists in this country and his commitment to community and charity work is second to none.

    - President, CTV News

Summary Profile

Accomplished TV news reporter and host to participate in mentoring, partnership-building, community outreach.

Seamus O’Regan, the former co-host of CTV’s morning show Canada AM who has covered breaking news and cultural affairs worldwide, has recently been appointed a media innovator in residence at Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) and RTA School of Media in the Faculty of Communication & Design. His appointment is for a two-year term.

O’Regan has interviewed heads of state, artists and peacemakers, and conducted on-the-ground reporting of news including the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the 2010 Winter Olympics. He has reported from Afghanistan and the Antarctic Peninsula, and traveled to Somalia to raise awareness of the country’s devastating famine. O’Regan was nominated for two Gemini Awards, named to Maclean’s magazine’s “100 Young Canadians to Watch” and is the first journalist on the “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40” list.

“As an established journalist who has reported on a broad range of issues for top Canadian media outlets, and who has an in-depth understanding of Canada’s media industry, Seamus O’Regan will provide valuable insights and expertise to students at Ryerson’s DMZ and RTA School of Media,” said Mohamed Lachemi, provost and vice president academic.

As a media innovator in residence, O’Regan will mentor and advise DMZ entrepreneurs and RTA Media graduate student innovators, promote the stories of DMZ innovators worldwide, and represent Ryerson to the wider community.

“Seamus’ acute understanding of and perspective on Canada’s evolving media landscape means our students will learn how effective storytelling can help to advance their ideas and innovations,” said Gerd Hauck, dean, Faculty of Communication & Design.

“Ryerson is a leading training ground and incubator for Canada’s future media professionals and digital innovators, so I’m grateful for this opportunity to contribute to its reputation and to support students in their career endeavours,” said O’Regan.

A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, O’Regan studied politics at St. Francis Xavier University and University College, Dublin, and marketing strategies at INSEAD in Paris. He achieved his Masters of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, England.

His media career began in 2000 with his involvement in the innovative current affairs program the chatroom. In 2002, he began co-hosting Canada AM, where he worked for over nine years. He was host of Bravo TV’s The O’Regan Files and Arts & Minds. Among the newsmakers O’Regan has interviewed are Prime Minister Stephen Harper and seven other prime ministers, as well as President Bill Clinton, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Conrad Black. O’Regan is a national ambassador for Bell’s Let’s Talk, which supports those suffering mental illnesses.