Patrick Nelson




Patrick is a Principal at Santis Health. He brings over fifteen years of public affairs and communications experience to the team at Santis Health.

At Santis Health, Patrick helps health care associations, organizations, and companies adapt to the changing health care environment, influence government policy and improve their engagement with members and stakeholders. Patrick has expertise in strategic communications, government relations and public affairs and in board governance. Since 2014, Patrick has also served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants.

Prior to joining Santis Health, Patrick served as the Executive Director of Public and Corporate Affairs at the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), the voice of the province’s 34,000 physicians. Over almost ten years with the organization, he led the OMA through several strategic communications campaigns, a comprehensive governance review, as well as a major rebranding of the organization, resulting in a new logo and tagline. Under his tenure, member satisfaction with the OMA doubled to a record high while over the course of a five-month advocacy campaign the profession witnessed a remarkable 12% increase in public trust.

From 1998 to 2003, Patrick worked in senior communications roles in the Ontario government. As an aide to Ontario’s Minister of Health, Patrick led the issues management and legislative agenda. He also served as Director of Communications to the Minister of the Environment, as well as to the Minister of Education.

Patrick also volunteers his time as a member of the Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Client Services Advisory Committee at ALS Canada. He also served for 6 years on the Board of Trustees at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, the largest children’s mental health treatment facility in Toronto. During that time, Hincks-Dellcrest presented him with an Award of Appreciation for his work in getting additional funding from government to support mental health services for kids with mental illness.