Derek Butler is the Executive Director of the Association of Seafood Producers (ASP), having joined the Association at its founding in 2004. He is responsible for the operations of the Association, Board management, industry and government relations, and public policy. Derek serves on various industry boards, including the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, One Ocean, the provincial Fisheries Advisory Council, among others, and served a term on the federal Fisheries Resource Conservation Council. He also teaches a graduate course in fisheries policy at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and for several years taught a 4th year course on the preconditions of democracy in political science. Immediately prior to working with ASP, Derek served in Africa and the Middle East with the Washington-based National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, managing and implementing democracy aid programmes, including in Madagascar, Morocco and Yemen. Before that Derek worked with Foreign Affairs Canada, the Canadian Institute for International Peace and Security and in the Canadian parliament as a legislative aide. He holds both a BA and an MA in Political Science from Memorial University, and studied two years at Université Laval in Québec City.