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PMO scoops up Environment Minister McKenna’s press secretary

Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is saying goodbye to her press secretary, Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers, who is set to start in her new role as a special assistant for communications in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently said goodbye to one of his senior-most staffers, Maryse Harvey, who exited her role as deputy chief of staff and director of strategy and planning to the minister in early February.…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said goodbye to special assistant Julie Savard-Shaw last week, and her replacement is already in place. Until recently, Ms. Savard-Shaw had been a special assistant for policy in the…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Federal Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef last week hired a new director of communications, Justine Villeneuve, to her ministerial office, arriving from the office of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale. Ms.…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould recently hired Nicky Cayer to her ministerial staff team as the office’s new press secretary. Until recently, Ms. Cayer was working on the Hill as a legislative assistant to Liberal MP…
A new outreach assistant recently started work in the Liberal caucus’ research bureau on the Hill, also known as the LRB. Mitchell White officially started on the job as a special assistant for outreach on…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Some major changes took place in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office last week, ahead of director of operations John Zerucelli’s planned departure around the end of the spring session, including splitting the PMO’s operations team…
Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer has hired a handful of new aides to help support the work of his official opposition caucus on the Hill, including a new digital media liaison, Morgan Swan. Ms. Swan…
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Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has made a few senior staffing changes in her ministerial office of late, including naming a new director of policy following the departure of Owen Teo in December. Mr. Teo…
Government House Leader Bardish Chagger, who is also the minister responsible for Small Business and Tourism, is down one political aide, following director of issues management Chad Mariage’s recent exit. After a little more than…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr’s in need of a new director of policy, with Michael Rau having recently left the minister’s office to return to work for the department. Mr. Rau is now acting director…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said goodbye to his executive assistant for the last two years, Tommy Desfossés. After nine years working for Mr. Trudeau overall, Mr. Desfossés departed the Hill at the beginning of…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Katherine O’Halloran has exited her role as the national manager of ministers’ regional offices in Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough’s office to instead serve as the Atlantic regional desk adviser in Prime Minister…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly recently promoted a new director of parliamentary affairs, Elliott Lockington, from within her ministerial office. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Mr. Lockington has been working for the heritage minister…
Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi has tapped one of his staffers to officially take over the currently vacant role of chief of staff in his ministerial office in February. Leslie O’Leary, who’s been on…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna has bolstered her communications team, hiring Julia Kilpatrick to serve as her director of communications as of Dec. 1. Before then, Ms. Kilpatrick was communications director for Clean Energy…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Sports and Persons with Disabilities Minister Kent Hehr, who found himself in hot water and fielding media questions last week, did so with the help of a brand new press secretary, Annabelle St-Pierre Archambault. Ms. St-Pierre…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier has hired a new director of communications and parliamentary affairs to work in her ministerial office after former director Cédrick Beauregard left to work for the Liberal government in Quebec. Bernard…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef has a pair of new advisers working in her office, including new senior policy adviser Lori Lee Oates, a former co-chair of Equal Voice’s Newfoundland and Labrador chapter. Ms.…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Transport Minister Marc Garneau has promoted a new director of policy in his office following the recent departure of Alain Berinstain for a job in the private sector. Mr. Berinstain officially switched to post-employment status…
Caroline Pitfield has exited Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor’s office, where she’d been serving as director of policy since the beginning of 2016. Ms. Pitfield is listed as having officially switched to post-employment status as…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Longtime Liberal staffer Greg McClinchey marked his exit from Parliament Hill’s hallowed halls earlier this year, after 26 years in the trenches, and says while the job remains unmatched, life as a Hill staffer, and…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott welcomed Kathy Kettler to her new ministerial office and political staff team earlier this month to serve as a special adviser. Ms. Kettler was previously a senior policy adviser who focused…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen has hired a new special assistant for the Quebec regional desk in his office, with Emilie Audy officially stepping into the role a few weeks ago. Before that,…
Jordan Owens has switched offices on the Hill, and has left her gig as press secretary to National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to take over as director of communications to Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has seen a couple of changes to his political staff roster in recent weeks, including the departure of Ben Berman from his office. Mr. Berman had been working as a…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office recently added two more names to its team, including new English correspondence writer Joshua Clarke. Mr. Clarke’s arrival comes on the heels of correspondence writer Jonathan Barry’s departure from the…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger has a new chief of staff in her office, with Olivier Duchesneau now serving as chief of staff to Families, Children, and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. Ms.…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Veterans Affairs and Associate Defence Minister Seamus O’Regan has hired a number of new political aides, including John Embury as his director of communications. Mr. Embury started on the job in early October, and before…
A new press secretary has started work in Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s office, diving into the job during a rocky time for the office, with the minister having largely had a rough go of it…
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is in the midst of a few staff change-ups in her ministerial office. Ben Hartley, senior adviser to the minister’s parliamentary secretary, Liberal MP Jonathan Wilkinson, is set to soon leave…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office has a new special assistant, Elise Maiolino, on board. Ms. Maiolino recently earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Toronto and while there taught courses on gender, politics, and society;…

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