Thank you for visiting my website. In the weeks ahead, as I travel throughout our great province, I hope to meet as many of you as possible.
Through this website and other means I will do my utmost to share with you who I am, what I stand for and what you can expect from the government I want to lead.
But more importantly, I want to hear what you think. What’s important to you? So I invite you to get in touch with me, ask questions, and follow me on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. In other words, let’s talk.
In the meantime, let me share a little about myself with you.
My Early Days
I was born and raised on historic Signal Hill and grew up learning all about the value of hard work, integrity, loyalty and education from my parents. I graduated from Memorial and went on to receive a Masters Degree in Engineering and later graduated from Harvard Business School where I was voted by my classmates as Co-Valedictorian.
My Roots with the Liberal Party
I have been active in the Liberal Party for twenty-five years. I firmly believe in its fundamental principles – individual freedom, political freedom, responsibility and human dignity. My commitment to these principles ensures I will lead an accountable, transparent and inclusive government. You will have a say in how the future of this province unfolds.
My Business Experience
I’m very proud of the fact that I’ve created businesses from nothing more than an idea and expanded them globally. I’ve developed and exported environmental technology to four continents and have worked in some 15 countries. I’ve created hundreds of jobs at home and abroad and currently employ hundreds of families in our province. I’m also proud to have played a defining role in establishing the environment industry here in Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada.
I’ve learned that to lead, you must listen. Recognizing this has helped me become a leader in business, and, I believe, respected and recognized in many countries. I was honoured to chair a Special Advisory Group on International Trade for the federal government and spent five years as a member of the Prime Minister’s National Round Table on the Environment and Economy.
My Commitment to Community
I believe that a commitment to community is a critical factor of success. To that end, I co-founded several significant non-profit organizations focused on environmental protection and conservation. I am an avid supporter of the arts and several noteworthy groups focused on humanitarian efforts, children’s health and education in Newfoundland and Labrador.
My greatest motivation is my family – my wife Renee and our three children: Mark, now all grown up at age 25, and our two little girls, Soleil and Cleo, who are seventeen months old and three months old respectively. If we are to safeguard the future for all our children we must ensure that decisions we make in this province today do not encumber their tomorrow. That’s why Renee and I decided that I would offer myself to serve our province.