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.
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.
Joel Watson is on leave from Toronto law firm Shibley Righton to work for Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole.
Jeremy Hunt is on the rise in the PMO.
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
National Defence Minister Rob Nicholson recently hired senior policy adviser Greg MacDougall.
A recent update of Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s ministerial staff roster has revealed a number of new staffing changes.
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 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.
Alykhan Velshi recently left the PMO and was replaced by Nick Koolsbergen.
Alyson Queen left the office last week after three years working as a communications aide to Public Works Minister Diane Finley.
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.
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.
Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford has a new director of policy in his office.