Work to staff the new Liberal Cabinet continues to ramp up ahead of Parliament’s return next week, with a noticeable trend of McGill grads and Queen's Park staffers landing Hill jobs. As of deadline, only Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo had yet to hire a chief of staff. Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos has a small contingent of ministerial staffers officially hired, including chief of staff Josée Duplessis. Until recently, Ms. Duplessis was president of RECYC-QUÉBEC, Quebec’s recycling and responsible waste management organization. From 2005 to 2013, she served as a Montreal city councillor, president of the city’s executive committee, its the standing committee on infrastructure, environment and water, and of its urban planning advisory committee for Mont Royal. Ms. Duplessis has also previously worked as a researcher with the Canadian Environmental Network and as a development officer on the Island of Montreal’s Regional Development Council from 1998 to 2001, among other experience, as indicated by her LinkedIn account. Marianne Goodwin is director of issues management to Mr. Duclos. Since the spring of 2012, Ms. Goodwin has been working as a public affairs consultant in Ottawa, providing advice, analysis and helping to plan for government lobby days for a number of organizations, including Status of Women Canada, the Canadian Urban Transit Association, and Earnscliffe Strategy Group, among others, as a senior media and public affairs adviser. Before that, she was director of strategic communications and Parliamentary affairs in the office of the federal Information Commissioner. She’s briefly also worked as communications director to Ottawa mayor Jim Watson, and to the then Liberal Heritage minister in 2004 and before that as a press secretary in then Liberal PM Jean Chrétien’s PMO, among other experience. Rachel Desjardins is serving as a senior special assistant to Mr. Duclos as minister. Science Minister Kirsty Duncan has hired Rob Rosenfeld to serve as her chief of staff, Hill Climbers has learned. Mr. Rosenfeld has left his gig as director of public affairs to the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, a job he has held since April 2013 previously under the title of director of advocacy, to work for the minister. Before that, Mr. Rosenfeld was a consultant for StrategyCorp Inc. in Ottawa, and from 2005 to 2008, he worked as a Liberal staffer on the Hill, both in government and opposition, including for then Liberal MPs Keith Martin and Irwin Cotler. He studied a bachelor of political science at the University of Toronto—where Ms. Duncan previously has taught as an associate professor—and a master of law in international law and legal studies at the National University of Ireland in Galway. Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger hired former Liberal candidate Rachel Bendayan as her new chief of staff last week. Ms. Bendayan ran as the Liberal Party’s candidate, up against NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, in Outremont, Que., in the Oct. 19, 2015 federal election, ultimately coming second, and has been providing legal and constitutional advice to the federal party since 2012. Until recently, since 2007, she has worked as a lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, specializing in commercial litigation and international arbitration. Ms. Bendayan studied law at McGill University and has since taught law at the University of Montreal. Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo still had yet to hire a chief of staff as of filing deadline last week, but he has hired a couple of new staff, including Mike Murphy as communications director. Since the summer of 2014, Mr. Murphy has worked as a consultant in Ottawa, including as an associate with Hill and Knowlton Strategies. Before that, he was senior director of stakeholders and partnerships at Rx&D. He served as director of communications and public affairs for the Ontario Pharmacists Association. A former parliamentary correspondent for the ISN Television Network in Ottawa, Mr. Murphy worked under the Martin and Chrétien Liberal governments, as communications director to then Justice minister Martin Cauchon and for then minister Bob Nault before that. Last week, his first back on the Hill, Mr. Murphy told Hill Climbers he was “excited” to be back and while he’s currently “frenetically trying to get up to speed,” in some ways, he said it’s like he “never left”—though the technology has certainly changed. “I’m spending the time trying to get up to speed with the department and the many files and I find that to be very intriguing as well. It’s certainly a bit different than what I’ve done in the past,” he said. Mr. Murphy said he really likes the “collaborative” approach of the new Liberal government. “I think it’s caused a lot of excitement and a lot of people to want to get involved, and I’m humbled to be a part of that,” Mr. Murphy told Hill Climbers. “When the House gets into session it’s going to get more frenetic, but it’s very active right now. This is a government that is very active and the days are full,” he said. Sheldon Gillis has also recently been hired to work for the minister as a special assistant for the Atlantic, and last week was on the road with Mr. Tootoo on his tour of Atlantic Canada. Also working for Mr. Tootoo are Nick Pashkoski, policy adviser, and Kathy Pinksen, scheduling assistant, as previously reported. Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Minister Carolyn Bennett has hired Vince Haraldsen to serve as her director of parliamentary affairs. Previously an aide to Ms. Bennett as the Liberal MP for St. Paul’s, Ont., Mr. Haraldsen has also worked as a ministerial aide under the Chrétien and Martin Liberal governments, including as chief of staff to then Environment minister David Anderson and to then minister of state for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario Joe Comuzzi. Mr. Haraldsen supported Paul Martin in his contentious and successful 2003 bid for party leadership, and served as deputy chair of fundraising for his leadership campaign in British Columbia. Daniel Lindenas is now Ms. Bennett’s special assistant for parliamentary affairs. Sabrina Williams has been hired as press secretary to the minister. Until recently, and during the 2015 campaign, Ms. Williams was helping with media relations work for the Liberal Party in Quebec. According to her LinkedIn profile, Ms. Williams previously spent about a year working as press secretary in Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre’s office and has also worked as an executive assistant at the U.S. Consulate General office in Québec City. Rick Theis is Ms. Bennett’s chief of staff. Transport Minister Marc Garneau has also recently hired a press secretary, along with a couple of other new exempt staffers. Delphine Denis is now working as press secretary to Mr. Garneau, and joins the minister’s office from a job with the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (the Public School Board of Eastern Ontario) as head of media and public relations. She’s previously also briefly worked as a reporter for 94.5 CJFO-FM, a francophone Ottawa radio station, according to her LinkedIn account, which also indicates she studied journalism at the University of Ottawa. Alexander Jagric, who served as a co-campaign manager for Mr. Garneau’s 2015 re-election campaign in Westmount-Ville Marie, Que., is now a special assistant and caucus liaison to the minister. Mr. Jagric previously worked as an aide to Quebec Liberal MNA for Saint-Henri-Saint-Anne, Marguerite Blais, at the Quebec legislature after starting out in her constituency office in the fall of 2012. He studied a bachelor of arts in political science at McGill University. Carola Haney is also now an exempt staffer in Mr. Garneau’s office, serving as executive assistant to support staff from the ministry. Chief of Staff Jean-Philippe Arseneau is in charge of Mr. Garneau’s ministerial office, aided by policy director Alain Berinstain, communications director Marc Roy, policy advisers Adel Boulazreg and Gurveen Chadha, and special assistant for parliamentary affairs Jean Proulx. Finance Minister Bill Morneau is now busy criss-crossing the country holding pre-budget consultation meetings, while a number of new exempt staff recently officially began working in his ministerial office. Maximilien Roy is now a special assistant for Quebec in the office. He was most recently working as a consultant at National Public Relations and before that worked in Liberal PM Justin Trudeau’s Papineau, Que., office. A former member of the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee’s organizing committee, Mr. Roy has previously also briefly helped with communications work for the Quebec Liberal Party in Montreal. Elliot Hughes has been hired as a policy adviser to Mr. Morneau. Mr. Hughes joins the minister’s office from a gig as manager of public affairs at the Canadian Institute of Actuaries in Ottawa. Before that, he spent a couple of years working as a manager with the Lloyds Banking Group in London, England. Mr. Hughes worked on the Ontario desk in Stéphane Dion’s Hill office when Mr. Dion was Liberal leader and previously served as co-campaign manager of Martha Hall Findlay’s unsuccessful 2006 leadership bid. Back in 2003, he volunteered on Paul Martin’s leadership campaign and has also previously worked for the Ontario Liberals, including as a special assistant in then premier Dalton McGuinty’s office. Another McGill grad, he also studied an MBA in marketing at Queen’s University. Matthew Barnes is a communications assistant to Mr. Morneau, and Allie Chalke is a special assistant for Atlantic Canada. After helping new Liberal MP for Fredericton, N.B., Matt DeCourcey get elected in October, Ms. Chalke made her way to Newfoundland to help the provincial Liberals ahead of the Nov. 30 vote. Marion Pilon-Cousineau is also now in the minister’s office as executive assistant to the parliamentary secretary. Previously a legislative assistant on the Hill, Ms. Pilon-Cousineau also previously worked in Mr. Trudeau’s constituency office, according to her LinkedIn profile. Chief of Staff Richard Maksymetz is in charge of Mr. Morneau’s ministerial office, which includes policy director Robert Asselin, parliamentary affairs director Carlene Variyan, communications director Daniel Lauzon, senior special assistant Veena Bhullar, executive assistant Michele Kumara, legislative assistant Adam Austen, senior special assistant Sharan Kaur, and policy advisers Hersi Hujaleh and Ian Foucher. National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan hired a number of new exempt staff recently, including CBC’s senior parliamentary reporter James Cudmore, who has covered defence policy and foreign affairs for the CBC in recent years on the Hill and is now a senior policy adviser to the Defence minister—a hiring that spurred much talk, and some raised eyebrows, online last week. Mr. Cudmore served as a director on the Parliamentary Press Gallery executive from 2012 to 2014 and is also a former national correspondent for the National Post. His first day in Mr. Sajjan’s office was Jan. 12. Jordan Owens is joining Mr. Sajjan’s office this week as press secretary. She moved to Ottawa from Toronto to take on the job, leaving her gig as press secretary to the Ontario Ministry of Energy in the process. Ms. Owens previously worked as a consultant with the Gandalf Group in Toronto, appearing as a commentator on CBC and CTV evening political shows, and is also a former consultant for Innovative Research Group. From 2009 until the May 2011 federal election, she worked as a special assistant for media relations in Michael Ignatieff office as Liberal leader, and was a communications liaison on his 2011 leader’s tour. She is also a McGill University grad. Manjeet Vinning has also been hired as a special assistant to Mr. Sajjan. According to his LinkedIn profile, since 2013, he’s been a plans officer at 39 Canadian Brigade Group in Vancouver, B.C., a reserve brigade formation within the 3rd Canadian Division. Ben Berman, a field organizer for the federal Liberal Party in B.C. and Yukon for 2015, is now a special assistant to Mr. Sajjan, the MP for Vancouver South, B.C. Louis Landry is now director of parliamentary affairs to the minister, while Christine Roussel has been hired as senior special assistant. Brian Bohunicky is chief of staff to Mr. Sajjan, while Renée Filiatrault is communications director. Meanwhile, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has hired Christine Michaud, vice president of communications for the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario), to serve as her communications director. Ms. Michaud was until recently serving as director of communications to Ontario Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs Madeleine Meilleur, the MPP for Ottawa-Vanier, Ont. She’s previously also served as director of digital operations for Mr. Garneau’s 2012 leadership campaign and spent about five years working as a political and communications adviser to Liberal Senator Maria Chaput, among other past jobs. Health Minister Jane Philpott has poached Caroline Pitfield from the Public Health Agency of Canada to serve as her new ministerial director of policy. Until recently, Ms. Pitfield was executive director of strategic policy and ministerial services at PHAC, having been hired in June 2014, according to her LinkedIn account, and before that was director of strategic policy, research and Cabinet affairs at Public Safety Canada. She’s also previously worked for Health Canada, first providing legal counsel and then as an executive adviser to the deputy minister for Health. She should have some helpful insights into Health department goings on under the previous Conservative government for Ms. Philpott. Ms. Pitfield studied a bachelor’s and masters of law at the University of Toronto. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has hired Ryan Adam as a policy adviser in his ministerial office. Until recently, Mr. Adam was working as director of government relations for the Alberta government. He’s previously been involved with the Democratic Party south of the border, including working on the 2008 Obama for America campaign, and again in 2012 in North Carolina. Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion has hired Jenna Renée Martinuzzi as a special assistant for parliamentary affairs. She’s previously served as a legislative aide to Mr. Dion as the Liberal MP for Saint-Laurent, Que. Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef has hired former Senate staffer Laura LeBel is serve as a special assistant for Parliamentary affairs. Ms. LeBel, a graduate of Carleton’s political management master’s program, previously worked for Liberal Senator Charlie Watt. Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi recently welcomed a number of new staff to his ministerial team, as indicated in a Jan. 5 tweet from chief of staff John Brodhead. Leslie O’Leary is now director of issues management to the minister, arriving in Ottawa from Queen’s Park where until recently she served as communications director to Ontario deputy premier Deb Matthews. She’s also previously worked for former Ontario ministers George Smitherman and John Wilkinson Former B.C. Liberal Gurpreet Vinning is now a policy adviser and special assistant for Western Canada to the minister. He’s previously served as an adviser to B.C. Liberal Education Minister Mike Bernier and before that to B.C. Liberal Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training minister Shirley Bond. Julie Savard-Shaw, previously a special assistant for policy and research in the Liberal leader’s office on the Hill, is also a policy adviser to Mr. Sohi. Before joining the leader’s office in September 2014, she worked as a campaigns officer for Results Canada, as indicated on LinkedIn, and she’s also previously worked as a monitoring and evaluation officer with Chaitanya India, a microfinance institution in Maharashtra, India, among other experience. Maya Borgenicht has also been hired to work in Mr. Sohi’s office, which also includes communications director Kate Monfette. In a correction to last week’s column, Hill Climbers missed a handful of ministerial staffers who joined Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Minister John McCallum’s office in mid-December. Last week, Hill Climbers reported that Mr. McCallum had so far only hired chief of staff Mathieu Bélanger and scheduling assistant Denise Jackson. In fact, Bernie Derible is also working in his office as director of issues manager, Jennifer Bond is a special adviser to the minister, and Nathalie Guay, Camielle Edwards and Kyle Nicholson are all advisers to Mr. McCallum as minister. More staffers join PMO Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Langevin Block office continues to fill up, with five new exempt staffers officially working in the office as of filing deadline last week, bringing the total to 45 PMO staffers so far. Simon Robertson, a former legislative assistant to former Liberal MP Siobhán Coady (who’s now a Liberal MLA in Newfoundland), has joined the PMO and will be focused on policy work. Mr. Robertson studied law at the University of Ottawa after studying a master’s in international relations and affairs at Cambridge University in the UK. A former parliamentary page, Mr. Robertson worked as a special assistant to Mr. Dion as Liberal Environment minister and later as a senior assistant in his office as Liberal leader. He leaves a job as an associate at Miller Thomson LLP in Toronto to return to the Hill. Relatedly, during his time working for Ms. Coady, Mr. Robertson worked alongside Perry Tsergas, who’s now married to PMO communications director Kate Purchase (and is vice president and general manager of i2 Ideas & Issues Advertising). Richard Patrick Travers is also working on policy in the PMO, as is Zoë Caron, co-author of Global Warming for Dummies and a policy adviser at Clean Energy Canada in Edmonton until recently. Before that, she worked as a specialist for the World Wildlife Federation Global and Canada, and has also previously worked as a project coordinator for the Sierra Club of Canada in Halifax and is a past president, among other past jobs. She studied environmental science and international development applied to climate change at Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S., as indicated by her LinkedIn profile. Presumably, she’ll be working on environmental policy. Cyndi Jenkins is also now working in the PMO, as is Brittany Perreault, who’s helping with communications. Katie Telford is the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s chief of staff, working closely alongside principal secretary Gerald Butts, and assisted by Jeremy Broadhurst, deputy chief of staff and deputy principal secretary. Other senior staff working in the PMO so far include: Ms. Purchase, issues management director Zita Astravas, policy director Mike McNair, operations director John Zerucelli, research and advertising director Dan Arnold, and senior advisers Mathieu Bouchard, Cyrus Reporter and Roland Paris.