Public are welcome to attend a special Chiefs of Staff roundtable with Katie Telford, Ian Broadie, and Judy Samuelson - today at 10:30 a.m.

By Katherine Cormack Posted: May 31, 2018 9:45 a.m.

 Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at work in the nation’s capital.
Katie Telford, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at work in the nation’s capital. Photo: Open Source

Members of the general public are invited to join Congress 2018 attendees for The Special Roundtable: Chiefs of Staff today at 10:30 a.m. to Noon in the Classroom Building, Room CL 127.

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Ian Brodie’s book, At the Centre of Government, offers a first-hand view of the inner workings of the Canadian federal government.

Katie Telford (Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau), Ian Brodie (Former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper), and Judy Samuelson (Former Chief of Staff to Premier Roy Romanow) will shed light on the pivotal role of chief of staff.

Chiefs of staff sit at the top of the political staff hierarchy. In the context of the Office of the Prime Minister or Premier, the chief of staff is responsible for running an organization that provides policy and political advice, communications and speechwriting, and logistics for events and travel. Both a manager of personnel and a key advisor, the role of chief of staff has gained increasing attention in both academic and media circles.

Canada’s largest gathering of the country’s brightest researchers, thinkers, and policy-makers continues at the University of Regina until June 1.

Congress 2018, hosted by the University of Regina, welcomes 5,000 academics with the social sciences and humanities. The “Gathering diversities” theme of the Queen City’s largest-ever conference, celebrates the history of Regina as a traditional place of gathering and rich buffalo hunting grounds for numerous Plains cultures and explores education as a new buffalo.

For details on all Congress 2018 activities, visit the Congress 2018 website. More information about the Federation and Congress 2018 is available online at:, Twitter, and Facebook.