Minister of Municipal Affairs
Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services - Newfoundland and Labrador
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, Mr. O’Brien graduated with honours from Baltimore High School. He first moved to Gander District in 1974 to complete his pharmacy internship 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, moving on to Kelways where he worked for 16 years. Mr. O’Brien’s belief in Gander as a viable and growing area was demonstrated in 1995 when he established his own business, O'Brien's Pharmacy and Medical Centre.
During his career, Mr. O’Brien 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. Prior to 2003, he served as President of Aero Marine Products Ltd, an aerospace supply company. Mr. O’Brien comes with international experience doing business in several countries. But due to the long-term relationship between Gander and Cubana Airlines, his main focus has been the country of Cuba.
Mr. O'Brien served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier from April 6, 2005 to July 5, 2006. He was Minister of Business from July 5, 2006 to October 29, 2007. Mr. O'Brien was appointed Minister of Government Services on October 30, 2007. He was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs on October 13, 2010. Mr. O' Brien is married to Rhonda Graham; they have three daughters: Adrianne, Tricia and Taylor.