Tuesday 5 January 2021


Gerry Butts

Vice Chair and Senior Advisor at Eurasia Group

Eurasia's Top Risks 2021

Gerry will talk about the key themes shaping the world today as well as other Top Risks that we face as we head into 2021.

Gerry Butts

Gerry is vice chairman and a senior advisor at Eurasia Group.

He has successfully led Canadian and global organizations in the public and private sectors for 20 years. As the principal secretary to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from 2015–2019, Gerry was responsible for providing executive direction on the development, implementation, and communication of the government’s agenda. This work included overseeing economic policy, the negotiation of the Paris climate accord, and the creation of Canada’s first national climate change plan—which included an economy-wide price on carbon. He played a major role in managing relations with the US administrations of Barack Obama and Donald Trump, as well as in the renegotiation of NAFTA.

In addition to his work with Eurasia Group, Gerry leads New Climate Group, a private consultancy that advises global financial firms, educational institutions, and philanthropists on strategic investments in climate mitigation and resilience, and artificial intelligence. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from McGill University.