Peter Stuyt

Public Affairs Consultant

Peter joins Sandstone Group as a Public Affairs Consultant. He brings a wealth of experience, having worked in the Senate of Canada, the House of Commons and for the industry association Electricity Canada.

Érika Dupuis

Research Intern

Érika Dupuis has joined the Sandstone Group as a research intern. She supports Sandstone Group and their customers in developing and executing strategic plans.

Juliette Roy

Research Assistant

Juliette is a full-time French Common Law Program student at the University of Ottawa and spends a portion of her time supporting Sandstone Group as a Research Assistant.

Shawn Driscoll

Government Relations Consultant

Shawn Driscoll spent over twelve years at the federal and provincial levels of government. Most recently, Shawn served as the Stakeholder Relations Advisor in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition for Erin O’Toole, Candice Bergen and Pierre Poilievre.

Elia Lopez

Public Affairs Consultant

Elia brings a strong background in industry and government to Sandstone Group. Elia previously worked for the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, where she acquired a deep understanding of the parliamentary process and cultivated strong relationships as a member of the Leader’s Tour Team and as a Policy Advisor focused on the environment, climate change, mining and indigenous affairs.

Skye Scruton

Government Relations Consultant

Skye Scruton has a thorough research background, and experience in strategic management. Skye previously worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. In that role, she provided strategic solutions for U.S. firms to enter and compete in the Canadian market. She also facilitated important commercial and trade discussions between U.S. and Canadian stakeholders.

Matthew Don Trapp 

Director of Public Affairs 

Matthew has extensive knowledge of government and government relations at both the federal and provincial levels. Prior to joining Sandstone Group, Matthew worked as manager of operations for a minister in the Ontario government.

George Young

Senior Associate

George Young brings 30-plus years of extensive public sector experience as a trusted, reliable and confidential advisor to three prime ministers, numerous cabinet ministers and leaders of political parties at the provincial and federal levels of government.

Tony Battista

Senior Associate

Tony Battista enjoyed a distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian defence industry. Tony joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a Private in 1974 and retired in 2014 with the rank of Colonel. During this time, he served in the Military Police and held several command and staff positions. He also served as Business Manager for the Federal Government for IBM.

Michael Barton

Senior Associate

Michael Barton has nearly 30 years of experience as a strategic executive and advisor in public affairs, media relations, issues management, and marketing communications. Michael worked as vice president and group leader of the federal procurement division in a national consulting firm, as well as fifteen years at Lockheed Martin Canada as the public affairs and communications leader.