Honourable Dwight Ball is Newfoundland and Labrador’s 13th Premier. He is proud to lead Newfoundland and Labrador, which is blessed with an abundance of natural resource wealth that few jurisdictions in North America can match. This Energy Warehouse, which includes oil, gas, hydro, wind and other energy sources, positions Newfoundland and Labrador as a significant energy player on the international stage. “The Way Forward” vision, launched by the Premier in November of last year, includes a number of initiatives aimed at advancing new development involving the province’s natural resources.
Born in Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador, Dwight Ball and his four siblings were raised by hard working parents. His father William was an advocate for loggers throughout the province, and his mother Evelyn has worked her entire life. They instilled in him a strong work ethic and a tradition of community involvement.
At the age of seventeen Dwight 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. Mr. Ball 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.
Mr. Ball then 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 the Deer Lake and Area Food Bank.
Mr. 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 Member of the House of Assembly for his redrawn home district of Humber-Gros Morne, leading his party to victory in the general election and forming a majority government. On December 14, 2015, Dwight Ball was sworn in as Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is also President of Executive Council, Minister of Intergovernmental and Indigenous Affairs, and Minister of Labrador Affairs.
Dwight and his wife Sharon reside in Deer Lake. He has one daughter, Jade. In his spare time, Dwight enjoys salmon fishing, snowshoeing, and hockey.