Tristan Downe-Dewdney

Senior Associate, Municipal Affairs
416-961-6611 x 117

Tristan is a Senior Associate in the Municipal Affairs practice at Sussex. Tristan monitors policy and political activity at Toronto City Hall and advises municipal clients across Canada on government relations strategies that deliver results.

Over the past 13 years, he has worked on numerous campaigns and contributed to many political advocacy initiatives at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government. His work included initiating commercial tax policy reforms, and advocating for land use planning policy reviews, as well as immigration regulation changes. His network reflects a diverse set of stakeholders, including many of the most prominent progressive advocates working in the Toronto area.

While at Toronto City Hall Tristan spent nearly nine years working for City Councillors, eight of those for Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, where he served as Chief of Staff from 2018 through 2019. During this tenure his areas of focus included planning and development matters, tax policy, and leading various special projects that had both downtown Toronto and city-wide impacts.

Tristan holds an BA (Hons) in Political Science from Mount Allison University, a MA in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, and is a Certified Associate in Project Management with the Project Management Institute (PMI).