William (Bill) Butt
Bill Butt was appointed to the OMERS AC Board effective January 1, 2014 on the nomination of the Electricity Distributors Association. He is Chair of the Investment Committee and serves as a member of the Human Resources Committee.
In addition to OMERS, Mr. Butt serves on the Board of Directors of Xplornet Communications ($3 billion communications company) and its Human Resources & Governance (Chairperson) and Audit & Finance Committees. He also serves on the board of CI Financial (wealth and asset management company) and its Audit & Risk Committee (Chairperson).
Mr. Butt spent many years with BMO Financial Group most recently as Global Head of Investment & Corporate Banking where he was responsible for all of BMO’s business with major corporations worldwide encompassing equity and debt underwriting, corporate lending, mergers & acquisition advisory services, merchant banking, trade finance and global treasury management. He had profit and loss and risk responsibility for a ~$60 billion portfolio (corporate credit & private equity) and a team of 600 professionals in 18 offices in 10 countries. As one of BMO’s most senior officers, Mr. Butt sat on BMO’s Management and Performance Committees and BMO Capital Markets’ Executive, Operating and Management Committees.
Mr. Butt is Chairperson of the St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto) President’s Council (2011-present) and is a member of the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. He is Co-Chairperson of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s $60 million “National Campaign for Child Welfare” and a member of the Children’s Aid Foundation’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee (2016-present).
He holds a BComm (Windsor), MBA (Ivey), ICD.D (Institute of Corporate Directors) and studied at the Rotterdam Graduate School of Management. He was named to Canada's Top 40 Under 40.