Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
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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.

Public Works Minister Finley on hunt for new D. Comms

Alyson Queen left the office last week after three years working as a communications aide to Public Works Minister Diane Finley.

Hill Climbers: PMO hires Hong as new appointments manager

Kennedy Hong has left the Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s office for a new gig in the Prime Minister’s Office as Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new manager of appointments, Hill Climbers has learned.

Pavlich joins PMO as cultural comms adviser

And Amber Russell has returned to work in the PMO as an event coordinator in the tour and scheduling unit overseen by director Deborah Campbell.

Ministers Rickford and Aglukkaq shuffle staff

Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford has a new director of policy in his office.


Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, February 27, 2015
Hill media, staffers send off PMO's Jason MacDonald at the Métropolitain Brasserie's bar Feb. 20, 2015

The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
Bloomberg's Theo Argitis and PMO chief of staff Ray Novak.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
The PMO's outgoing Director of Communications Jason MacDonald.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
PMO executive assistant Stephen Staley, PMO special assistant Myles Atwood, and Tory Party national campaign manager Jenni Byrne.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
PMO deputy chief of staff Howard Anglin and Postmedia's Stephen Maher.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
The Ottawa Citizen's Jason Fekete with the man of the hour, Jason MacDonald.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
The Toronto Star's Tonda MacCharles.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
CBC's Chris Hall and Melissa Lantsman, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's director of communications.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright
Michael White, Finance Minister Joe Oliver's policy director.