Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

Colonel T.J. (Trevor) Teller, CD

CDN Visiting Defence Fellow 2021-22
Robert Sutherland hall #___

Colonel Teller was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta, and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1990. Upon completion of pilot training in 1994 he was posted to 417 Combat Support Squadron in Cold Lake, Alberta where he flew the CH118 Iroquois for one year before it was retired and replaced by the CH146 Griffon. In 2000 he posted to 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron; during his time there he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Roto 8 and 13, as well as to Southern Alberta for the G8 Summit in 2002. Promoted to Major in 2004, he posted to 1 Canadian Air Division as the CH146 Airworthiness Desk Officer. After two years in the headquarters he posted back to 408 Squadron in the summer of 2006. This second tour at 408 included employment as the Flight Commander for the initial deployment of the CH146 into the Afghanistan theatre of operations in the fall of 2008. Following his return from overseas he was employed as the Deputy Commanding Officer and Acting Commanding Officer until leaving the squadron in 2010. In 2012, after spending a year at each the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston and the Canadian Forces College, he was promoted and posted to 1 Wing Headquarters, Kingston as the A3/Wing Operations Officer. In 2013 he was appointed as the 1 Wing Chief of Staff, a position he held for two years. Lieutenant-Colonel Teller assumed command of 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron and returned to active flying duty in July of 2015, a position held until the summer of 2017. Following six months of second language training post-command, he deployed to Kuwait as the Air Task Force - Iraq Commander from July 2018 to March 2019. Following his return home and promotion in July 2019, he was appointed as the Director of Western Hemisphere Policy within the Department of National Defence Policy Group. Col Teller joined the Queens University Visiting Defence Fellow Program for the 2021-22 academic year.

Colonel Teller has over 4300 flying hours, primarily on the CH146 Griffon. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) Kingston, the Canadian Forces College Joint Command and Staff Program and the Advanced Tactical Aviation Course; he is a recipient of a Chief of Defence Staff Commendation.

Col Teller is married and the couple has one lovely daughter