Saturday, March 28, 2015
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HILL CLIMBERS
Kenney, Fantino settle Defence offices

Paul Hong is Jason Kenney’s director policy.


  
Press secretary Vallée leaving PMO

After six years working in the Prime Minister’s office, Carl Vallée is leaving on March 27.


  
Blaney, O’Toole, Bergen, Raitt hire new staffers

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole, Minister of State for Social Development Candice Bergen, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, and Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander have all recently undergone communications staff changes.


  
Staff changes continue following mini-Cabinet shuffle

  
PMO D. Comms MacDonald departs for Hill and Knowlton, to be replaced by Nicol

  
NDP leader hires new communications director

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has finally hired a new director of communications for his office as leader of the official opposition, welcoming Shawn Dearn to the OLO last week.


  
Baird resigns as Foreign Affairs minister, decisions ahead for staff

John Baird shocked political Ottawa on Feb. 3 when he announced his resignation as Foreign Affairs minister and his much-lauded ministerial staff team is now in limbo.


  
Veterans Minister O’Toole hires legal services director

Joel Watson is on leave from Toronto law firm Shibley Righton to work for Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole.


  
Longtime PMO tour director retires, replaced by Hunt

Jeremy Hunt is on the rise in the PMO.


  
Byrne back in PMO, Veterans Affairs Minister’s office begins to take shape after Cabinet shuffle

The Conservative Party’s top election campaign strategist Jenni Byrne will continue to keep a close eye on PMO operations as the October election nears


  
Hill Climbers: Aboriginal Affairs Minister Valcourt comms staffer joins Minister of State Yelich

  
Health Minister Ambrose hires two veteran staffers

  
Hill Climbers: PMO hires principal secretary, Fantino hires interim chief of staff

  
Nicholson hires new policy adviser, PM needs new tour manager

National Defence Minister Rob Nicholson recently hired senior policy adviser Greg MacDougall.


  
Speer back in PMO, Fast has new chief of staff

  
Hill Climbers: Storeshaw bids farewell to Ottawa

A recent update of Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s ministerial staff roster has revealed a number of new staffing changes.


  
Irwin back on Hill as D. Comms to Minister Finley

Public Works Minister Diane Finley bid farewell to her communications director of three years, Alyson Queen, at the beginning of October, but Hill Climbers has learned she wasn’t without a D. Comms for long thanks to the recent return of communications aide Amber Irwin from maternity leave.


  
Hill Climbers: Alykhan Velshi set to join McKinsey

Hill Climbers has confirmed that Alykhan Velshi, 30, who recently left his job as director of issues management in the Prime Minister’s Office, will be joining McKinsey & Company Canada’s Toronto office as an associate at the beginning of January.


  
Hill Climbers: Koolsbergen replaces Velshi as PMO issues management lead

Alykhan Velshi recently left the PMO and was replaced by Nick Koolsbergen.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Saturday, March 28, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Broadbent Institute Progress Summit 2015 - Day 2 panels March 27, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Workers' Action Centre coordinator Deena Ladd, Working Families Party co-chair Bob Master, CCPA-Ontario economist Kaylie Tiessen and Canadian Labour Congress political action director Nathan Rotman on a panel discussing "why unions can lead the progressive fight."

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Workers' Action Centre coordinator Deena Ladd

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Working Families party co-chair Bob Master

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Brian Topp and David Akin

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

The packed room at the "Fighting the Frame: How Progressives Can Win Back the Debate" panel discussion.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Summa Strategies' Tim Powers.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Tasha Kheiriddin and Tim Powers.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

David Akin and Anna Greenberg.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

The NDP's Rebecca Blaikie and Anne McGrath.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde spoke about Canada's relationship with Indigenous people

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh

Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian spoke about feminism 3.0 and online harassment.

The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh
The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh
Indigenous rights activist and instructor at University of Winnipeg Leah Gazan
The Hill Times photograph by Bea Vongdouangchanh
Quebec activist Dalila Awada

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