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Nicholson hires new policy adviser, PM needs new tour manager

By Laura Ryckewaert      

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

National Defence Minister Rob Nicholson recently hired a new senior policy adviser to work in his ministerial office.
Greg MacDougall is now working in Mr. Nicholson’s office as a senior policy adviser under the direction of Andrew Bernardo, the minister’s director of policy, as indicated by the government’s electronic directory service (GEDS).
Though he’s now doing policy work for Mr. Nicholson, Mr. MacDougall has a lot of experience in communications management. In the fall of 2004, Mr. MacDougall joined the Public Health Agency of Canada as the agency’s first director general of communications and helped to set up a communications directorate for PHAC.
In 2007, Mr. MacDougall returned to his alma mater, Carleton University, to serve as a visiting fellow. He also helped design a graduate course on the integration of policy and communications focused on “the machinery of government,” according to his LinkedIn account. He had obtained his master’s degree in 2001 in public policy and administration.
Mr. MacDougall was most recently working as director of health technology assessment and reimbursement at Rx&D, an association representing research-based pharmaceutical companies in Canada for the past two years, according to his online profile. Before that, he was director of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, in which capacity he participated in “the development and implementation of the memoranda to Cabinet” as well as other submissions, such as to Treasury Board, according to LinkedIn. Mr. MacDougall also has his bachelor’s degree in public relations from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, N.S.
Casey Babb is also doing policy work in Mr. Nicholson’s office as a policy adviser and caucus liaison along with policy adviser Steve Beniac and director Mr. Bernardo. Chief of Staff Maureen Murphy is in charge of the minister’s office.

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