|Born||Gerald Michael Butts
Nova Scotia, Canada
|Alma mater||McGill University, York University|
|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 appointment was made on June 25, 2008 and he became President and CEO on September 2, 2008 succeeding Mike Russill. Butts left WWF-Canada in October 2012 and succeeded by former Toronto Mayor David Miller.
He is married to lawyer Jodi (Heimpel) Butts and has two children, Aiden and Ava.
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).
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