Gerald Butts

Gerald is President and CEO of WWF Canada, the country's largest environmental organization. WWF is a national charitable organization of 140 people, with six offices across Canada and an office in Havana, Cuba. WWF focuses its efforts and global resources on tackling our most significant conservation challenges, from freshwater to climate change, from species and wilderness preservation to helping Canadians live more sustainable lives. Prior to joining WWF, Gerald was Principal Secretary to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty where he worked directly with the Premier, Cabinet and Public Service to develop, implement and communicate the government's agenda. He was intimately involved in all of the government's significant environmental initiatives, from the Greenbelt and Boreal Conservation plan to the coal phase-out and toxic reduction strategy. Gerald holds an Honours B.A. and M.A. from McGill University, where he studied English Literature and Theology. He wrote his M.A. thesis on James Joyce's Ulysses. Gerald has taught Literature, Communications and Political Science at McGill and York universities. An avid lover of the outdoors, Gerald and his wife Jodi have hiked, camped, canoed and kayaked many of North America's National Parks and protected areas. They live in High Park with their two young children, Aidan and Ava.