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Passing of Raymond Sturgeon

It is with great sadness that the Partners and Associate Consultants of Allied Support Services International Group (ASSIG) announce the passing of our founder, leader, mentor and dear friend, Ray Sturgeon on 28 November 2023.
As anyone who met him knows, Ray was a force of nature.  After a long and distinguished career as a Logistics Officer in the Canadian Forces, Ray continued his service to Canada rising from Section Head to Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Materiel at the Department of National Defence.  He also served as Canada’s National Armaments Director to NATO between 1992 and 1994. 
Retirement did not slow Ray in any way.  He joined CFN Consultants, becoming its Managing Senior Partner.  Then in 2010, Ray formed ASSIG, dynamically leading it as President until he  stepped back in July 2023, to give the next generation a chance to build on his success.
In their time of loss, our thoughts are with Alice and Ray’s extended family.

ASSIG Management Change

Ottawa 1 August 2023.

As of today, Raymond (Ray) Sturgeon, the President and one of the founders of ASSIG has decided to step back and become an Associate Consultant.  Mr. Richard (Rick) Froh has assumed the role of President and Mr. Gunnar Borch as the CEO.  We thank Ray for his excellent management and leadership from the establishment of ASSIG in 2010.  

ASSIG strengthens its market access for high-level strategic advice and business opportunities services in Canada


1 August 2022. 

ALLIED SUPPORT SERVICES INTERNATIONAL GROUP INC (ASSIG) and SANDSTONE GROUP INC (Sandstone Group) are pleased to announce the creation of the ASSIG-Sandstone strategic alliance to better support each other’s clients in North America and Europe.This new agreement will allow ASSIG to provide an enhanced level of service to European companies wishing to pursue business opportunities in North America, while at the same time it will provide Sandstone Group access to new international opportunities in the global marketplace.ASSIG is an Ottawa-based consulting house which operates mainly out of Brussels where its team of experienced former senior defence and government officials provides high level strategic advice and counsel to a broad range of international defence and security clients in pursuit of business opportunities at NATO, within the European Union, the Middle East and Africa.  Sandstone Group is an executive advisory firm based in Canada focused on government relations, defence procurement, stakeholder management, communications, brand development and partnerships.  Sandstone Group is based in Ottawa, Canada and supports clients at the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government.The ASSIG and Sandstone Group’s strategic alliance provides a picture-perfect “one-stop” shop for companies seeking to expand their positions in current markets into a broader range of opportunities.  ASSIG President, Ray Sturgeon, is well known in Ottawa and Brussels and brings a rich background in defence and security issues as both a former Assistant Deputy Minister (Material) at the Department of National Defence (DND) and Managing Partner of CFN Consultants.  Sandstone Group’s managing partners, Naresh Raghubeer and Kevin Bosch are acknowledged experts in government relations, Canadian procurement processes and specialize in political connectivity and access few can rival. They lead a team that includes specialists with deep knowledge and relationships with the Canadian government, as well as the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).  The leadership, partners and associate consultants of both ASSIG and Sandstone Group are extremely excited about what the future holds for their companies as well as for current and prospective clients.

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