Dr Butler represents Concordia on Canada's Big Data Consortium. He is Director of the Data Science Research Centre at Concordia and served in 2015 on the committee of experts for Montreal International's profile of the Big Data Industry in Montreal and Quebec. Dr Butler is a founding member of the Canadian Semantic Web Interest Group.
Dr Butler is a co-founder of the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics at Concordia where he directs the development of the bioinformatics platform for large-scale fungal genomics projects. This covers scientific data management, data integration, and data provenance; algorithms, data analysis, data mining and text mining; ontologies and the semantic web.
Dr Butler obtained his PhD from the University of Sydney in 1980. He was a faculty member at the University of Sydney for nine years, prior to joining Concordia University in 1992.