Brian was Premier of Newfoundland from March 1979 to March 1989, the youngest first minister in one hundred and fifty years. Before his election in 1972 to the House of Assembly, the first ever Progressive Conservative for the district of Green Bay, he was a high school teacher in Springdale, Newfoundland.
Brian retired from politics in 1989 and established a Consulting business with his wife Carol. In 1993 they moved with their son, Justin, to Qualicum Beach, British Columbia. Brian and Carol’s consulting firm served clients in Western Europe and North America from 1989 until 2010.
Mr. Peckford is best known for his administration’s ground breaking Atlantic Accord, an agreement with the Federal Government which provided revenues to Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil and gas resources as if those resources were on land. It is under this Accord that Newfoundland has achieved ‘have’ status in Canada, one of only four Provinces to have such a status today.
Brian received the Vanier award as an outstanding young Canadian, received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Memorial University, is a Member of the Privy Council of Canada, received an outstanding contribution award from the Newfoundland Ocean Industries Association, and served on the Board of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for five years.
Mr. Peckford has conducted public inquires for the Governments of British Columbia and Canada and remains active in resource development and public affairs in British Columbia.