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Mark Butler

Mark was Marine Coordinator and subsequently Policy Director with the Ecology Action Centre for 23 years, during which time the organization grew from 1 1/2 staff and an Apple fax machine to 40 plus staff and over 5000 members. At the EAC, he undertook policy development, government relations, media, fundraising, and more, all in the service of protecting nature and making the world a more just place. He has sat on a number of federal, provincial, and municipal advisory bodies, including Nova Scotia's Roundtable on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity from 2007 to 2019. Before working at the EAC, Mark worked as a marine educator, a fisheries consultant both in Canada and overseas, and as a deckhand on commercial fishing boats. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Environmental Studies. Mark likes to grow food, watch birds, spend time with his children, and think about ways to make change. He has a great appreciation of the contribution East Coast Environmental Law is making to strengthen the environmental fabric in Atlantic Canada and is delighted to contribute to this work as a Board member.