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Katie Telford        

Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada

Katie Telford is a Canadian political strategist and the chief of staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. She served as Trudeau's chief campaign advisor during his successful campaign in the 2015 election.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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