Gerald Butts

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Gerald Butts
Born Gerald Michael Butts[1]
Nova Scotia, Canada
Residence Toronto
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater McGill University, York University
Predecessor Mike Russill
Successor David Miller
Spouse(s) Jodi (Heimpel) Butts

Gerald Michael Butts (born 1971) is the Principal Advisor to Justin Trudeau. Before joining the Trudeau campaign, he was President and CEO of the global conservation organization, WWF-Canada (World Wildlife Fund Canada). The official announcement of his WWF-Canada appointment was made on June 25, 2008 and he became President and CEO on September 2, 2008[2] succeeding Mike Russill. Butts left WWF-Canada in October 2012 and was succeeded by former Toronto Mayor David Miller.

Butts was also a former aide in the Government of Ontario. He was Policy Secretary and then Principal Secretary in the Office of the Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty, in Ontario, Canada.[3]

Butts has published articles in the Boston Book Review, the Literary Review of Canada and Gravitas. He has also appeared on television on programs such as W5 and TSN's Off The Record.

He is married to lawyer Jodi (Heimpel) Butts and has two children, Aiden and Ava.

Early life[edit]

Butts grew up in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. He received a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Gerald Butts is the nephew of former Canadian senator, the Hon. Sr. Mary Alice “Peggy” Butts (deceased 2004).