Premier Kathleen Wynne shuffles cabinet

On January 17, 2018, Premier Kathleen Wynne shuffled cabinet to fill vacancies left by current ministers Brad Duguid, Liz Sandals and Deb Matthews who are not running for re-election in June.

Along with the shuffling of six current ministers, Wynne’s cabinet includes three new backbenchers including Harinder Malhi (Minister of the Status of Women), Nathalie Des Rosiers (Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry) and Daiene Vernile (Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport).

Some major changes include Deb Matthews’ replacements. Helena Jaczek (Minister of Community and Social Services) will replace Matthews as Chair of Cabinet and Mitzie Hunter will now assume the role of Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development. The position of Deputy Minister is now vacant.

Eric Hoskins remains as the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Bob Bell also remains as Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

With these changes, Wynne’s cabinet closes in on the gender balance, with 13 women, including the Premier, and 16 men.

New Ministers include:

  • Harinder Malhi (Brampton-Springdale) becomes Minister of the Status of Women, which had been part of Indira Naidoo-Harris’ duties;
  • Nathalie Des Rosiers (Ottawa-Vanier), will replace Kathryn McGarry as Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry;
  • Daiene Vernile (Kitchener-Centre), succeeds Eleanor McMahon as minister of tourism, culture and sport.

Ministers promoted within cabinet include:

  • Indira Naidoo-Harris (Halton), who becomes Education Minister as well as continuing as Minister for Early Years and Child Care;
  • Steven Del Duca (Vaughan), who transfers from Transportation to Duguid’s former post at Economic Development and Growth;
  • Eleanor McMahon (Burlington), who succeeds Sandals as President of the Treasury Board after serving as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport;
  • Kathryn McGarry (Cambridge), who was Minister of Natural Resources, moves to Transportation;
  • Mitzie Hunter (Scarborough-Guildwood), replaces Matthews as Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development;
  • Helena Jaczek (Oak Ridges-Markham), assumes Matthews’ responsibilities as Chair of Cabinet.

Job Description for Santis Health, Consultant

Job Description for Santis Health, Consultant

Position Overview and Responsibilities:

Santis Health, a leading public affairs, communications and strategy consultancy focussing on the health care sector, is looking to hire a Consultant.  Based in our Toronto office, this ambitious, self-motivated individual will work closely with the Santis public affairs and management team to provide strategic problem solving, public policy and communications services to the senior leadership of the firm.

Applicants should have a sound knowledge of government affairs, public affairs, stakeholder relations and project management, as well as the most pressing health care and life sciences issues of the day. Previous experience working in health care, in government or as a consultant would be an advantage.

Responsibilities Include:

Account Support

  • Working closely with all five Santis Principals manage a wide range of client projects and deliverables
  • Tracking emerging and evolving public policy issues – and analyzing their implications to clients
  • Liaising with clients as part of ongoing project management responsibilities
  • Identifying key stakeholders and creating tailored stakeholder maps
  • Participating in client strategy sessions
  • Creating a wide range of briefing notes, slide decks and other communication materials
  • Developing project management plans and keeping the project team focused on meeting multiple, tight timelines

Content Creation and Knowledge Transfer

  • Drafting Santis-branded blogs, op-ed publications, news releases, policy reports and think pieces

Business Development Support

  • Tracking and responding to RFPs (Requests for Proposals) and other business development opportunities.


  • Degree in political science, public policy, economics, communications or a related field (or equivalent experience); post-graduate qualifications are beneficial
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of public policy and politics in Ontario and across Canada
  • A solid mix of project management, policy analysis and communications experience

Required Skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong research and analysis ability
  • Exceptional organizational skills – ability to juggle multiple clients and projects
  • Skilled in priority-setting, efficient time-management and the ability to work independently
  • Flexible schedule for some evening/weekend work
  • High level of professionalism
  • Bilingualism (French / English) would be an asset

About Santis Health Inc.:

Santis Health is a Toronto-based consultancy dedicated to providing value-added strategic advisory services to clients within the Canadian health care sector. Santis navigates the intersection of public policy, advocacy, and communications. Our services include strategic planning, policy analysis and development, public affairs, and communications. Clients of Santis Health include leading health care organizations, charities, non-profits, and health care providers across Canada. We pride ourselves on understanding the system dynamics that drive policy making, resource allocation, and stakeholder opinion. To learn more, please visit:

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 Melissa Andrew at and Ross Wallace at, by Monday, January 29, 2018.