Tristan Downe-Dewdney

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

Tristan has worked on municipal matters at City Hall in Toronto for over eleven years. As a political staffer he spent 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 and city-wide impacts in Toronto. In addition to his municipal work in the City of Toronto, Tristan has worked on numerous campaigns and contributed to many political advocacy initiatives at regional, provincial, and federal levels over the past thirteen years.

As Senior Associate in the Municipal Affairs Practice at Sussex, Tristan helps clients navigate the municipal political landscape in order to advance their projects, connect with senior civil servants and elected officials, and develop effective partnerships. His clients include a broad spectrum of land developers, domestic manufacturers, associations, and cultural producers. Tristan draws on a diverse network of stakeholders, including many of the most prominent progressive political and community advocates working in the Toronto area.

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). He speaks at various events on topics of civic engagement, sustainable development, and urban transportation.