Katie Telford

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Katie Telford
15th Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister
Assumed office
November 4, 2015
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byRay Novak
Personal details
Born1978 (age 40–41)
Political partyLiberal
Other political
Liberal (provincial)
Spouse(s)Rob Silver
Alma materUniversity of Ottawa

Katie Telford (born 1978) is a Canadian political strategist who is the current Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.[1][2] She served as Trudeau's chief campaign advisor during his successful campaign in the 2015 election.[3][4] Following the resignation of Gerald Butts, Telford has now been acknowledged as holding the highest ranking position within the office of the Prime Minister.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Telford, born in 1978, was raised in Toronto. Her parents were public servants; her father was Australian and her mother was from Hamilton, Ontario.[6]

When Telford was 12, she worked as a page for several weeks in the Ontario legislature. She studied political science at the University of Ottawa, where she joined the debate club and ultimately became the club's President. She was a two time national semi-finalist. She was also a semi-finalist at the North American competition and finished high at the world championship event in Glasgow, Scotland.[6]


From 2004 to 2006, Telford was chief of staff to Ontario Education Minister Gerard Kennedy and headed his campaign in the 2006 Liberal Party of Canada leadership election.[4] She later served as deputy chief of staff for Liberal leader Stéphane Dion, and worked as a consultant for StrategyCorp in Toronto between her positions with Dion and Trudeau.[4]

On September 21, 2016, it was reported by The Globe and Mail that Telford had charged moving expenses to Canadian taxpayers in the amount of $80,382.55 to relocate her residence from Toronto to Ottawa.[7] These expenses included a personalized cash payout of $23,373.71.[8] After it was revealed publicly, Telford agreed to repay a portion of the $80,382.55.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Telford is married to Rob Silver, a consultant for a public affairs agency and former regular Power & Politics panelist, with whom she has one child, George.[10][4]


  1. ^ "Cabinet 2015". ipolitics.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  2. ^ "Des femmes nommées à de gros portefeuilles" (in French). Métro. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  3. ^ Radwanski, Adam (October 27, 2015). "Trudeau expected to name Katie Telford chief of staff". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Delacourt, Susan (22 September 2015). "The architect of a Liberal campaign shakeup". Toronto Star. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  5. ^ Tasker, John Paul (February 18, 2019). "Gerald Butts resigns as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's principal secretary". CBC News. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Katie Telford: 'Hard-working, tough, honest and wicked smart'". The Ottawa Citizen. February 13, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Stone, Laura (September 21, 2016). "Top Trudeau aides Butts, Telford expensed over $200,000 for moving homes". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on June 7, 2017.
  8. ^ Zimonjic, Peter (September 22, 2016). "Senior PMO staffers Gerald Butts and Katie Telford to return $65K in 'unreasonable' moving expenses". CBC News. Archived from the original on June 7, 2017.
  9. ^ Stone, Laura (September 22, 2016). "Trudeau aides Butts and Telford to repay portion of moving expenses". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on June 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "Rob Silver says farewell". CBC News. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015.

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