Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sajjan taps former diplomat for director of communications post

Renee Filiatrault (submitted  photo)
Renee Filiatrault (submitted photo)
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has chosen a familiar face from his past to serve as his director of communications.
Renée Filiatrault was posted in Afghanistan with Task Force Kandahar under now Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance when she first met Sajjan, who was serving one of his three combat tours with the Canadian Forces at the time. There, Filiatrault served as senior public diplomacy officer.
She has served two ministers of National Defence and one minister of Indigenous Affairs, and was head of media and public affairs for the British High Commission in Canada.
Up until recently, she was a professor of communications at Algonquin College in Ottawa — and, in fact, is still marking papers from her final term.
Sajjan also has appointed his chief of staff, Brian Bohunicky, who served as a senior policy advisor to then-Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff from late 2009 until the 2011 election. More recently, he was CEO of Maple Pure Products, and prior to that was a consultant at Baker Group International.

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