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  Derek Butler, Board Chair and Executive Director  
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Derek Butler is the Chair of the Board and Executive Director of the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP), having joined the Association in 2004. As CEO of ASP, Derek is responsible for Association operations, board management, public policy, and industry, government and media relations. He has served on various industry boards, including One Ocean and the Business Coalition, and served previously as a director on the federally-appointed Fisheries Resource Conservation Council. Derek has also taught as a sessional lecturer in political science at Memorial University of Newfoundland.    

Immediately prior to working with ASP, Derek served with the Washington-based National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He was based in the Middle East and Africa, heading up NDIís offices in Madagascar, Yemen and Morocco, with shorter stints in West and Central Africa.  Derek began his professional career with Foreign Affairs Canada, later working with the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security. He later worked as a Legislative Aid in the Canadian parliament for the Chief Government Whip in the House and Senate, and the Government Leader in the Senate. He holds a BA (1988) and MA (2002) in political science from Memorial, and studied French for two years at Laval University in Quebec City.

 

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