Jodi Butts


Jodi brings more than 20 years of experience in governance and law, working with public and private corporations, public sector entities, member-based organizations, regulatory bodies, and not-for-profit organizations. She gained her deep governance expertise through her experience as a lawyer, CEO, senior executive, and as a director of public, private, and not-for-profit corporations. Jodi is both an advisor as well as a practitioner, bringing a practical lens to the full spectrum of issues faced by boards today.

Most dangerous myth

“Best” practices – rather it’s about the right practices at the right time.

Favourite agenda item

"The one that helps focus the board on the WHY of the organization."

Reason for doing this work

"Governance matters"

Experience and Credentials

  • Called to the Ontario Bar in 2000
  • Jodi currently serves as an independent director of Canada Goose Inc. (Governance Committee Chair) and Tilray, Inc.
  • Chair of The Walrus Board of Directors
  • Advisory Board roles with Bayshore Home Healthcare and the Canadian Centre for the Purpose of the Corporation
  • Jodi is a retired member of the University of Windsor Board of Governors (member of the Audit Committee) and the Wellesley Institute (Governance Committee Chair)
  • Previously, Jodi served as CEO of Rise Asset Development, and Senior Vice-President Corporate Affairs and Operations for Mount Sinai Hospital
  • In 2020, she launched the podcast @Risk to explore how to better protect the things we care about most
  • Jodi holds a BA (English Literature and History) from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Toronto where she also received her master’s degree in Canadian history.

Our Thoughts on Boards

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Watson May 30, 2024
Enhancing Board Effectiveness: A Layered Approach to Governance

You may have noticed a few changes to our look and feel over the past few months at Watson – we’

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Rachel O'Connor May 14, 2024
Navigating Board Composition in Election-Appointment Environments

Board composition is a key part of governance effectiveness. What happens when you aren’t in control of it for

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Watson Mar 27, 2024
3 Ways Governance Professionals Elevate the Work of the Board

Governance professionals elevate the work of the board in all sorts of ways. Navigating everything from relationships to regulations, they