Before establishing his facilitation practice in 1989, John Butcher served with several private and public sector organizations, including:
- Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
- Canadian Council of Professional Engineers
- Human Resources Development Canada
- Council of Ontario Universities
- Oo-Za-We-Kwun Life Skills Centre
- A.B. Sunter and Partners
- Abt Associates
- Canadian Association in Support of the Native Peoples
John has published papers on process facilitation, change management, organizational planning and association management. He has chaired more than a dozen national labour-management committees addressing strategic human resource issues. He has also led workshops on strategic and operational planning and process facilitation skills for managers and staff.
John is a member of the International Association of Facilitators, from which he holds the designation "Certified Professional Facilitator" (CPF). From 2007 to 2009, he served as Canadian Regional Representative on the IAF Board of Directors. In October 2015, John was inducted into the IAF Hall of Fame.
He is also an active volunteer with Trent University, the United Church of Canada, and Hockey Eastern Ontario, which in 2015 awarded John a Life Membership for his contributions to officiating. For 25 years, until 2014, John helped to organize the annual Administrators Colloquium, a year-long series of public policy discussions sponsored by Carleton University's School of Public Administration, the Canada School of Public Service, and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. John is a past member of the Board of Governors of Trent University, where he is an Honourary Fellow of Champlain College. In 1998, he completed a four-year term as a public member of the Council of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario, one of the health professional regulatory bodies in the province. During his term with the College, he served on the Executive, Discipline, Registration, and Nominations committees.
John works with other facilitation firms and independent facilitators across Canada. This network of experienced consultants can be readily brought together for larger facilitation projects. The focus is always on ensuring that clients' needs are met in the most cost-effective way.