Santis Is Hiring

Public Affairs Coordinator at Santis Health

Position Overview and Responsibilities:

Santis Health, a leading health care focussed consulting firm, is looking to hire a Public Affairs Coordinator with a demonstrated capability to undertake administrative and entry level consulting related activities in a high-paced environment. Working with the Santis team, this individual will help with executing events, communications and public relations activities, as well as administrative duties as needed.

Responsibilities Include:

Planning and executing events.
Public affairs and communications related support to clients as required.
Providing administrative assistance to the Principals and Associates of Santis Health, including scheduling, invoicing, expense filing, maintaining client files, etc.
Maintaining Santis Health’s social media accounts on Twitter etc.
Pulling together a weekly events calendar for distribution to clients.
Helping to manage client relationships, by monitoring due dates, and responding to phone calls.
Producing a daily media bulletin to be distributed to clients.
Monitoring and reporting on federal and provincial legislative activities.
Other office management functions as required.


Public affairs related work experience or training.
Political affairs acuity and/or experience.
Demonstrated ability to plan and manage events.
Experience in a consulting firm or advertising agency is a plus.

Required Skills:

Excellent organizational skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Skilled in priority-setting with an ability to juggle multiple projects and excellent time management
Independent self-starter
Graphic design skills an asset
Flexible schedule for some evening/weekend work
High-level of professionalism
Microsoft Office, Powerpoint, etc.

About Santis Health Inc:

Santis is a public affairs and communications agency dedicated to providing first-class counsel and tactical support to the health care sector. We believe that health care organizations deserve a specialized consultancy with expertise and experience navigating the unique dynamics of the Canadian health care system. To learn more about Santis Health, please visit:

Santis welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

If you are interested in becoming the newest team member of Santis Health and believe you have the qualifications listed in the job description, please submit your cover letter and CV to Keltie Gale at and Patrick Nelson at by 4pm on Friday, February 10.

Let’s talk about a coordinated approach to improving our mental health system

Let’s Talk.

Twenty per cent of Canadians are affected by mental illness. Each year suicide claims nearly 4,000 lives in Canada. Furthermore, suicide is the second leading cause of death among Canadians under the age of 34, after car accidents.

However, only 1 in 5 youth seeking mental health services receive the care they need, and two thirds of Canadians lost by suicide were found not to receive any treatment at all.

These alarming statistics are not new and can be found using a basic Google search. But what Google can’t tell you is when Canada will step up and confront these issues through a coordinated effort to improve the mental health system across the country.

The conversation on mental health grew louder yesterday as millions of Canadians came together to participate in Bell Let’s Talk Day, raising awareness and funds for mental health by sharing statistics, personal stories and the call to action that more needs to be done.

Over the last two decades, provinces have developed numerous plans with the purpose of improving their mental health systems and enhancing access to services for its residents. The plans vary by province, but they all lack the funding needed to see their changes through. This is because very little money provided to the provinces through federal transfers for health services is allocated to mental health.

Recognizing that the mental health system remains ill-equipped to meet the needs of Canadians today, the Liberal government has committed to making high-quality mental health services more available through a new multi-year Health Accord, and emphasizes that new money will come with strings attached.

While both levels of government agree that more money needs to be spent on mental health, the bitter federal-provincial fight over health care dollars and current patchwork of bilateral deals between Ottawa and seven of the provinces/territories will only exacerbate the variations we currently see in the quality of mental health care provided across the country.

Going Forward.

While the steps taken in recent years are leading in the right direction the conversation cannot end today.

Going forward, federal and provincial leaders and health ministers must come back to the table to discuss a coordinated approach to spending mental health funding and increasing access to services, to promote more uniform mental health systems and to ensure Canadians have access to the care they need, no matter where they live.

It is critical that this conversation not be exclusive to the first ministers or ministers of health. Governments should empower institutions and associations, care providers, front-line workers, and Canadians with lived experience, including youth and families, to be part of the conversation to ensure all voices are heard. Because if we do not listen to those using the system, and pinpoint the biggest challenges they face, the system will not be designed to meet its constituent’s greatest needs.

Let’s talk about a coordinated approach to improving our mental health system

By Jessica Stepic

Ontario Cabinet Shuffle

Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne unveiled a small cabinet shuffle to fill the vacancy left by the departure of former community safety and corrections Minister David Orazietti.

A significant change includes naming Dipika Damerla, previously Minister Responsible for Seniors, as Minister of Seniors Affairs, a new standalone ministry.

Outcome of the shuffle:
Marie-France Lalonde becomes Minister of Community Safety and Corrections, leaving the Government and Consumer Services portfolio. Lalonde will continue to serve as the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.

Tracy MacCharles becomes Minister of Government and Consumer Services in addition to her role as Minister Responsible for Accessibility.

Jeff Leal was appointed to Minister Responsible for Small Businesses in addition to his role as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Indira Naidoo-Harris becomes Minister of Women’s Issues in addition to her role as Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care.

These changes also reduce the size of Ontario’s cabinet by one to 29 ministers.

Read Premier Kathleen Wynne’s backgrounder on the shuffle here.

Read the news release here.

Ontario Cabinet Shuffle_January 2017

5 Key Conclusions From CIHI’s Report on Public Drug Spending

Before the holidays, CIHI released its annual analysis of public drug spending, and it’s worth more than a cursory examination for anyone who cares about how much money is spent on pharmaceuticals in Canada, on what and where, and how those numbers have changed over time.

(Despite the comprehensive of the analysis, it’s also important to note that two major components of pubic sector spending on pharmaceuticals are NOT included in the overall spending figures: spending on drugs delivered in hospitals and spending on cancer medications funded by dedicated cancer agencies.)

Our deeper review of the report identifies five key trends that will resonate with payers and policymakers across the country:

1) Drug plans across Canada have been remarkably successful at reining in their pharmaceutical spending over the past five years. From 2010-2015, drug plans in Canada increased their prescription drug spending by an average of 1.6% a year – significantly lower than the 7.6% annual increases from 2005 to 2010, and lower still than the 10.6% annual increases between 1985 and 2005.

2) However, the impact of the “Patent Cliff” is beginning to recede. Canada is well past the years when spending increases were dramatically reduced based on the genericization of multiple high-volume small molecule drugs.  (In 2012, for example, spending on statins decreased by 20.9% – a far cry from 2015’s drop of 1.9%.)  According to CIHI, public drug program spending in 2015 increased by 9.2% year-over-year – a substantial increase the previous year.

3) Increases in drug spending are being driven by biologics broadly – and anti-TNF and Hep-C drugs in particular. Anti-TNFs accounted for the largest category of total spending, while “Other Antivirals” – of which Hep-C drugs account for 95.7% of expenditures – accounted for 61.4% of the growth in spending year-over-year.

4) Public drug plans actually account for less drug spending than many people think. Although the public sector still spends the most on prescription drugs, its share is less than 50% and private payers are close behind.  In 2014, spending on prescribed drugs reached $29.4B – split between the public sector ($12.5B or 42.6%), the private sector ($10.4B or 35.2%) and Canadian households ($6.5B or 22.2%).

5) The pCPA’s impact is small but growing. Looking at the Alliance’s impact on 14 generic molecules alone, CIHI found that public drug program spending decreased by $535.1 million, or 6.1% of public drug program spending in 2015.  Notwithstanding the complexity of accurately assessing the pCPA’s impact on a collective set of confidential PLAs, the figure referenced above clearly understates the impact of the Alliance on the negotiating results of its members.

As the conclusions above drive home, CIHI has laid out a carefully researched and thoughtfully argued analysis of how public spending on prescription drugs changed in 2015 – and in so doing illuminated some of the key trends and insights we can expect to have carried through 2016 and to continue into this New Year.

5 Key Conclusions From CIHI’s Report on Public Drug Spending

By Ross Wallace

Federal Cabinet Shuffle

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave his year-old cabinet a new look. Sources say the shuffle comes as the Canadian government prepares for the priorities of a new administration in Washington.

Trudeau, who formed the first gender equal cabinet fourteen months ago, maintained the gender parity following the shuffle. Fifteen women and 15 men make up Trudeau’s cabinet after the shuffle.

Minister Chrystia Freeland was appointed as Canada’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, leaving the international trade portfolio to replace Stéphane Dion who is leaving politics to take a diplomatic post. Also leaving politics is Immigration Minister John McCallum, who will be named Canada’s ambassador to China. MaryAnn Mihychuk will continue to serve as MP for Kildonan–St.Paul but will no longer serve as Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

Trudeau’s cabinet includes three new faces including François-Philippe Champagne named Minister of International Trade (previously Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance), Karina Gould named Minister of Democratic Institutions (previously Parliamentary Secretary for International Development) and Ahmed Hussen named Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Minister Jane Philpott remains the Minister of Health.

Parliamentary Secretaries have yet to be named.

Please find the a memo from Santis Health with the full list of federal cabinet ministers attached below.

Federal Cabinet Shuffle_January 2017