UPDATED - Staffing changes in Minister of Science and Sport, Kristy Duncan's office

An additional update from August 22nd:

Public services minister names a new policy director, as seniors minister staffs up

Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough has hired on a second director of policy to her office, Kristina Molloy, who’ll be focused on the minister’s accessibility file. 
Ms. Molloy was previously director of policy to Kirsty Duncan as the minister for sports and persons with disabilities. In the July 18 shuffle, Ms. Duncan, who was already also responsible for the science file, was named the new minister for sport and science, a combined role, and Ms. Qualtrough, already the minister for public services, was made responsible for the accessibility file as well.
Previously staffed by two separate offices, Ms. Duncan now has one office post-shuffle, and retained her science staff team. Including Ms. Molloy, a number of Ms. Duncan’s former sport staff have since found their feet in new offices.
For her part, Ms. Molloy started off as a staffer on the Hill in February 2016, when she was hired on as director of policy to then-sport minister Ms. Qualtrough. Ms. Qualtrough served as sport and persons with disabilities minister from November 2015 until August 2017, when she was shuffled into her current role as public services minister. Before coming to the Hill, Ms. Molloy was a director for Parapan Am planning and integration with the Toronto 2015 Pan/ Parapan American Games organizing committee. She’s also a former project manager with the Rick Hansen Foundation and a former manager for the Paralympic games for Vancouver’s Olympic and Paralympic 2010 Winter Games organizing committee.
Now back under Ms. Qualtrough’s employ, Ms. Molloy joins Taras Zalusky, who continues to work as the minister’s director of policy for procurement and parliamen- tary affairs. Matt Stickney is chief of staff to Ms. Qualtrough.
Seniors Minister Filomena Tassi has made a few more staffing decisions as she works to build up her brand new office, with two more coming from Ms. Duncan’s former office as sport minister. As previously reported by Hill Climbers, Ms. Duncan’s former chief of staff for sport, Jude Welch, is now chief of staff to Ms.Tassi, and former sport press secretary Annabelle St-Pierre Archambault is now doing the same job for Ms.Tassi. Heather Porter has also recently joined Ms.Tassi’s office as a scheduling assistant and executive assistant to the minister and her chief of staff. Ms. Porter was previously a scheduling assistant in Ms. Duncan’s office as sport minister. She had started in the office in January 2017, during Ms. Qualtrough’s tenure as minister. Julia Duncan, another former sport staffer, is now a special assistant for Western and Atlantic regional affairs. Ms. Duncan started off as a parliamentary assistant to Ms. Qualtrough, who’s also the Liberal MP for Delta, B.C. In the spring of 2017, she became a special assistant for parliamentary affairs and Atlantic regional adviser in Ms. Qualtrough’s office as the then-sport minister, and stayed on after Ms. Duncan took over the portfolio later that year. Colin Lalonde has also been hired on to work as a special assistant for Ontario regional affairs in Ms.Tassi’s office as seniors minister. Before the shuffle, Mr. Lalonde was working in Ms. Tassi’s office as the deputy Liberal whip since January 2017. Prior to that, he was a deputy lobby coordinator in the government whip’s office.


The following information was listed in the August 6th edition of the Hill Times:

Hill Climbers: Post-cabinet staffing decisions underway, changes happening in the Prime Minister’s Office

"... Previously, Melissa Rumble filled the role of executive assistant to Ms. Telford and Mr. Butts. Ms. Rumble has since left to join Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan’s office, where she’s now a coordinator for tour and operations.

Ms. Duncan has been minister of Science since November 2015, and took over the sports portfolio in January. Until recently, Ms. Duncan oversaw two separate cabinet offices, with two chiefs of staff and the like, but post-shuffle, the offices have officially been merged into one, albeit one that’s entirely made up of her team from Science, led by chief of staff Anne Dawson.

That team also currently includes Caroline Loiacono, director of parliamentary affairs; Michael Bhardwaj, director of communications; Ann Marie Paquet, press secretary; Felicity Feinman, digital and social media lead; Stephanie Muccilli, policy adviser; Joshua Lindner, special assistant for western regional affairs; Micaela Carrier, executive assistant; and recent addition, Jagmeet Sra, parliamentary affairs and policy assistant. Ms. Sra was previously an assistant to Finance Minister Bill Morneau in his capacity as the MP for Toronto Centre, Ont.

As well, former policy adviser Stephanie Muccilli is now Ms. Duncan’s director of policy, having been promoted in June after John Burnett left the minister’s office. He’s since started a new job as director of stakeholder relations and parliamentary affairs for the National Research Council Canada.

Hill Climbers understands that the fate of Ms. Duncan’s other staff team from sport is currently in the air and being sorted out—so far, Jude Welch, who was chief of staff to Ms. Duncan in her office as Sport Minister, has been tapped as chief of staff to Seniors Minister Filomena Tassi, a new addition to cabinet with a new portfolio. ..."