Minister of Advanced Education and Skills
Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
Member for Gander
Kevin O’Brien was sworn in as the Member for the District of Gander on November 12, 2003.
Born at Ferryland, where he received his early education, he graduated with Honours from Baltimore High School. He first moved to Gander District in 1974 to complete his pharmacy internships under the watchful eyes of Albert and Roy Jenkins at Gander Drugs. Upon his graduation from the School of Pharmacy, he moved to Gander to make it his permanent home. He started his career in pharmacy at Gander Drugs, and went on to establish his own business – O’Brien’s Pharmacy and Medical Centre.
During his career, he has been elected to the Board of Directors of the ARP pharmacy banner program, where he has served as a director and chaired several committees. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Medi-Plus Pharmacies, a national pharmacy chain, and served as chair of the board for two years. He was presented with the National Commitment to Community Care Award by the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association. Mr. O’Brien has also served as director on both the Gander Area Chamber of Commerce and Gander World Wide, and prior to 2003, he served as President of Aero Marine Products Ltd, an aerospace supply company.
Always an active community member, Mr. O’Brien served for a number of years as Chairman of the Board of Golden Legion Manor in Gander, a non-profit affordable housing complex. As Chairman, he was responsible for spearheading the construction of two additional wings at the facility, resulting in the availability of an additional 54 apartments.
Mr. O’Brien served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier from April 6, 2005 to July 5, 2006. He was appointed Minister of Business on July 5, 2006.
On October 9, 2007, Mr. O’Brien was re-elected to the House of Assembly, and on October 30, he was appointed Minister of Government Services and Minister Responsible for the Government Purchasing Agency.
He was re-elected once again on October 11, 2011 and, on October 28, 2011, was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services – Newfoundland and Labrador, and Registrar General.