Jason is a founder of Santis Health and carries nearly twenty years of experience in public affairs and communications.
Most recently, as VP and National Director of Health Policy at Hill & Knowlton Canada, Jason led a number of accounts for clients in the health care sector with government relations or communications needs. There his roster of clients included the Ontario Hospital Association, Emergis, Merck, the Rick Hansen Institute, Service Employees International Union (Local 1), Novartis, the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario, and Canada Health Infoway.
In the public sector, Jason has served as chief of staff to Ontario’s minister of health and senior health policy advisor to the then-opposition leader, Dalton McGuinty. While carrying out his role as chief of staff, Jason was also the minister of health’s lead advisor on the government’s most strategic and transformative health policy initiatives, such as LHINs, Family Health Teams, and the Wait Times Strategy. At the federal level, Jason served as an advisor to the ministers of health, public works, and transportation.
Jason also has experience on the senior management team of a busy Toronto teaching hospital, having worked as Director of Public Affairs for the Wellesley Central Hospital. Following the transfer of its programs to St. Michael’s Hospital, Jason was appointed as Transition Director for the former hospital and worked closely with the board to identify a new mission and vision for the facility. The resulting effort allowed the organization to transform into the Wellesley Institute, with a focus on improving urban health, as well as to develop its former site into a new long-term care home.