Garry Keller is a seasoned senior executive with over twenty years of experience working with Canada’s political and business elite.
He has spent his career focusing on delivering strategic, communications and political advice on both international and domestic issues. He has also delivered high-priority and high visibility outcomes under tight deadlines and in extremely high-pressure situations, both in Canada and around the world.
Garry has served in several key leadership roles. Most recently, he served as Acting Chief of Staff to the Official Opposition in Alberta, bringing leadership and stability during a tumultuous time. He also served as the Chief of Staff to the Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition, Rona Ambrose, rebuilding an organization after the 2015 election and leading a team of over sixty people.
As the Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister, Garry was required to deliver strategic, communication and political advice on both international and domestic matters, as well as leading a team of senior staff. He has experience in dealing with regulatory and legal matters, national security matters, trade negotiations, as well as the promotion of Canadian interests and Canadian values on the world stage. In this role, Garry has built professional and personal relationships with individuals and companies from both the private and public sectors around the world.
Prior to serving as Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister, Garry acted in several key strategic, communications and policy roles, including serving the Prime Minister as his chief Parliamentary advisor and as the Executive Director of the Government’s Communications and Research Group.
He has served with distinction in other senior roles, including as Chief of Staff to both the Government House Leader, and the Chief Government Whip. He has been Director of Communications to the Minister of the Environment, Director of Parliamentary Affairs to the President of the Treasury Board, and Legislative Assistant to the Chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.
Garry’s work has been recognized both in Canada as well as internationally. In 2013, Canada’s national newsmagazine, Maclean’s, named him one of the “50 Most Important People in Canada” and said, “Keller has solidified his position as one of the most powerful and respected political staffers on (Parliament) Hill” as well as noting his “strategic management and tactical advice”.
Other publications that have recognized his work include Embassy Newsmagazine, who named him as one of the top 80 Canadians influencing Canada’s Foreign Policy. Power and Influence Magazine named Garry one of the “top 100 influencing Canada’s global future” and the Hill Times newspaper has named him one of the top 25 political staff members in Canada on several occasions.
In 2014, Garry attended the Brussels Forum, an annual high-level meeting of the most influential North American and European political, corporate, and intellectual leaders. In 2015, the European Union also named him to their prestigious International Visitors Program, and in 2010, the Government of France awarded Garry a placement in their International Visitor’s Leadership Program.
He speaks English and has a functional knowledge of French.