Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Seamus O’Regan was raised in Goose Bay, Labrador. He studied politics at St. Francis Xavier University and University College, Dublin, and global marketing strategies at INSEAD, the international business school outside of Paris. He received his Masters of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, England.
As Senior Policy Advisor to the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, O’Regan oversaw priority items for the Premier and drafted all major speeches. He helped lead a constitutional referendum campaign to reform the province’s education system and was also tasked with implementing an innovation agenda to promote local technology business growth.
O’Regan was at the table for intense negotiations between mining giant Inco and the Premier over the development of the Voisey’s Bay nickel mine, the world’s richest. He also took a lead role in negotiations with two major aboriginal groups in Labrador, furthering their land claims agreements to allow for large-scale resource development. O’Regan also tackled Aboriginal rights and natural resource extraction in his three years as Executive Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Labrador.
In 2000, O’Regan joined talkTV’s current affairs program, The Chatroom, as co-host. His experience with a daily, live-to-air, six-hour, completely interactive programme prepared him for the upcoming changes the media world would soon undergo. It also prepared him for the pace of Canada AM, where he began as co-host in 2002 and would remain for the next ten years.
At Canada AM, he interviewed a myriad of newsmakers, from President Bill Clinton, Prime Ministers Jean Chretien, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to Bishop Desmond Tutu, Shania Twain, William Shatner, 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. He reported from Afghanistan, Antarctica, the Somali border, and NORAD headquarters inside Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado. He covered the Royal Wedding from Westminster Abbey, followed the aftermaths of Hurricane Igor in Newfoundland and Katrina in Louisiana. He walked outside the top of the CN Tower, has trained with the Cirque de Soleiland piloted a CF-18 jet fighter.
O’Regan is a Five time host of the Giller Prize, Canadian fiction’s most coveted literary award, as well as the 2006 special The Next Great Prime Minister. For three years, he headlined The O’Regan Files and Arts & Minds programmes on Bravo. In 2010, he cohosted CTV Olympic Morning from Whistler B.C.
In 2012, O’Regan was named a Bell Let’s Talk Ambassador, alongside Clara Hughes, with the aim of removing the stigma of mental illness through greater communication and understanding. Most recently, O’Regan was invited to moderate a forum on mental health and creativity at Rideau Hall, hosted by Her Excellency, Sharon Johnston. In 2007, O’Regan became the first journalist to be named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 by Caldwell Partners International. In 1999, he was named to Maclean’s Magazine’s “100 Young Canadians to Watch”. He has been twice nominated for a Gemini Award – in 2004 for the Viewers’ Choice Award and in 2005 for Best Host or Interviewer in a News Information Program or Series.
O’Regan serves on the Board Executive of The Rooms, the home of the Provincial Art Gallery, Museum and Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a national ambassador for Bell’s Let’s Talk, in support of those suffering mental illnesses. He is a founding board member of both The Smiling Land Foundation and The Company Theatre. Over the years, he has served on the boards of World Wildlife Fund-Canada, Katimavik, and Canada World Youth.