For over twenty years Ian Todd has distinguished himself as a public affairs expert at the most senior corporate and political levels in Canada. He has extensive leadership experience in public policy development, government relations, media and stakeholder relations, issues and crisis management, and complex tour logistics and event management.
Prior to joining Maple Leaf as a Partner, Ian most recently served as a VP Government Relations and Media for a large Alberta utility, and previously as a Chief of Staff to key Cabinet Ministers both provincially and federally.
He first entered federal politics as a volunteer and after successfully building the federal party organization in British Columbia, Ian was assigned to the role of Executive Assistant and Deputy Chief of Staff to Mr. Preston Manning, a position he held for almost a decade. In 2000, Ian was appointed Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Official Opposition.
In British Columbia, he has served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Provincial Revenue and Small Business, and under the Premier’s Office, the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. In 2006, Ian returned to Ottawa and served as Chief of Staff to two federal Ministers, in three different portfolios – Citizenship and Immigration, Human Resources and Skills Development, and Canadian Heritage.
Ian has senior national campaign experience serving on the Leader’s Campaign Tour for five federal elections. Most recently in the war room acting as a Co-Director of the Prime Minister’s Tour, for the 2008 and 2011 federal elections.
Ian moved to the corporate sector in early 2009 as Vice President, Government and Media Relations, an Officer of the company, and a member of the Executive Committee for ENMAX, Alberta’s largest utility company.
As a proud fourth generation Albertan, Ian and his wife Dawn reside in Calgary.