SANDSTONE GROUP LAUNCHES CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION WITH WELL-KNOWN EXPERTS TO MEET NATIONAL DEMAND
[Ottawa, ON – September 18, 2023] – A team of professional communicators is now part of the Sandstone Group, bringing decades of experience at the elite levels of Canadian journalism and issues management to the company’s new crisis communications division.
“Today, when a seemingly unremarkable decision can provoke the hornets of social media into swarming, CEOs and senior managers need access to sensible, discrete and experienced advice. Sandstone Group’s team is ready to mobilize on short notice, 24-7, and remain available until the crisis has concluded,” said Kevin Bosch, co-founder and managing partner, Sandstone Group.
Sandstone Group enters the space of crisis communications with a strong team which includes:
Joan Bryden spent 34 years covering Parliament Hill for Southam News, CanWest, and Canadian Press – Canada’s biggest news wire services. She built a reputation as a tough, disciplined journalist with extensive contacts in Ottawa’s political ecosystem and a talent for breaking news stories, as leaders of all three major political parties can testify.
Anthony Furey has worked as a strategic thinker, media executive, opinion columnist, news editor, broadcast host and podcaster. He is well-versed in traditional and new digital media, and his writing has appeared in many major English-language news publications in Canada, the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Based in Toronto, Anthony is well-positioned to support our clients on Bay Street.
Neil Macdonald worked at three Canadian daily newspapers before moving to CBC News in 1988, where he spent 32 years as a political reporter and foreign correspondent. Most Canadian executives grew up watching Macdonald’s reports from Ottawa, Jerusalem, Washington and foreign war zones. Neil is currently based in Ottawa.
Wendy Cumming is a leading practitioner in strategic and crisis communications, and has directed clients through reputational, business, security and personal threats. She has a long and proven track record of providing experienced counsel to executive teams in the public and private sectors. Wendy is based in Ottawa.
Sandstone Group’s communications team has granular knowledge of how a crisis unfolds and how print and broadcast newsrooms choose and pursue stories. It will offer our clients crucial guidance when the commotion of the increasingly erratic and explosive news cycle arrives at their door.
“Marc Roy, Sandstone’s Vice President, Public Affairs and Business Development, will lead the crisis communications team,” added Naresh Raghubeer, co-founder and managing partner. “Marc is a former ministerial chief of staff with decades of service on Parliament Hill. During those years, he helped manage some of the most challenging communications files in government, from the Mad Cow epidemic to the early COVID-19 response to train blockades to the grounding of a jetliner fleet following a crash. His knowledge of how business, government and the media intersect is one of Sandstone’s most valuable assets.”
The Sandstone Group’s crisis communications team is officially in place, and our 24/7 hotline is ready to address your issues.
About Sandstone Group: Launched in November 2021 to support chief executives and senior corporate leaders in achieving results with the federal, provincial and municipal governments, Sandstone Group has grown to be ranked in the top ten most active government relations firms in Ottawa according to Politico and Hill Times. Sandstone Group has fast become a go-to firm for business leaders seeking success in Canada.
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