Keynote Speaker

Calvin G. ButlerCalvin G. Butler Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)

Calvin G. Butler Jr. became chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) on March 1, 2014. Butler previously served as BGE’s senior vice president, regulatory and external affairs. In that role, he was responsible for executing the company’s strategic direction and cultivating relationships with government, regulatory, community and other key stakeholders. He played a critical role in helping to successfully navigate company and stakeholder relations during the merger between Exelon and Constellation Energy.

Before joining Exelon in 2008, Butler held leadership positions for eight years with the print, digital and supply chain solutions company RR Donnelley, including senior director of government affairs, vice president of manufacturing and senior vice president of external affairs. Butler also managed RR Donnelley’s supplier diversity and oversaw government sales efforts at the local, state and federal levels and served as president of RR Donnelley’s nonprofit foundation. Butler spent his early career with CILCORP (Central Illinois Light Co.), where he worked in government affairs, legal and strategy.

Butler is very active in civic and community relations. He currently serves on the board of directors for the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Maryland Zoological Society (Maryland Zoo in Baltimore), the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. He is co-chair of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Competitiveness Coalition, on the board of governors for The Center Club, the board of trustees for the Baltimore Community Foundation and is a Governor appointee to the Maryland Private Sector Economic Development Commission. Butler is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., and also serves in multiple leadership capacities at his alma mater, Bradley University. He is currently vice chairman, member of the executive committee and chairman of the Presidential Search Committee.

In 2014, Butler served as the chair of the American Heart Association’s Greater Baltimore Heart Walk. Butler has received several honors and recognitions for his business, civic and community contributions. In 2015, he was recognized as one of the top 35 Influential Marylanders by the Daily Record. In 2014, Butler received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Morgan State University, the Presidents’ Roundtable Corporate Executive Trailblazer Award and the Icon Award from Associated Black Charities. From 2011 to 2014, he was recognized by Uptown Professional Magazine as one of the top “100 Executives in America.” 

Butler earned a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo. He is married to Sharon Crawford and has two children, Blake Calvin and Raini Alexis.