Derek Bennett is a lifelong resident of Lewisporte.
A graduate of the Community Recreation Leadership Program at the College of Trades and Technology, Derek worked as the Director of Recreation and Tourism with the Town of Lewisporte for 25 years. In his role as director, Derek oversaw major community enhancement projects and has served on numerous local, regional and provincial boards including President of Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador. Derek was first elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2019.
Since his election Derek has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development, Deputy Speaker, Secretariat to the 2025 Canada Summer Games and currently as Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Municipalities and Minister Responsible for the Multi-Material Stewardship Board and Registrar General.