Our Team

Santis is a team of doers, drivers and trusted advisors for the most significant policy shifts in health care over the last decade. Our team provides clear insights, an unmatched network of relationships and years of direct experience implementing the health system changes that matter to our clients.

Melissa

Melissa Andrew

Office Manager

Melissa Andrew

Office Manager

Melissa

Role at Santis

Melissa provides administrative and coordination support, ensuring the Santis office operates effectively and productively.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, Melissa worked on the administrative team at Xstrata Nickel, where she provided secretarial and logistical support to executives and staff, as well as contributed to the development of human resources hiring processes. Following this role, Melissa accepted an opportunity at Richmond Architects Ltd., where she assumed the role of Office Manager. Melissa provided clerical and bookkeeping support, event coordination, as well as assisted in the development of the company’s human resources policies.

Volunteerism and Education

Melissa obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York University, where she completed her thesis on the effects of music and learning processes.

Emily Beduz

Consultant

Emily Beduz

Consultant

Role at Santis

Emily Beduz is a consultant at Santis Health, working out of the Toronto office where she supports clients on a variety of initiatives including policy development, detailed research, stakeholder and government relations, and communications support.

Experience

She has extensive experience in providing policy, communications and public relations support and has a track record of effectively engaging networks and executing high-stake strategies.

Prior to joining the Santis team, Emily worked as a health care policy advisor to the Leader of the Official Opposition of Ontario where she conducted stakeholder relations, policy development, and provided full-cycle support to the leader and caucus to strengthen and improve public policy during the legislative process.

Emily brings a variety of experience, having previously held roles in live TV news production at Sun Media, and working for the Mayor of the City of Toronto. At City Hall, she assisted with communications and worked closely with municipal staff to resolve constituent and stakeholder issues.

Volunteerism and Education

Emily holds an honours bachelor of arts in political studies from Queen’s University.

Dan Carbin

Dan Carbin

Principal

Dan Carbin

Principal

Dan Carbin

Role at Santis

Dan co-founded Santis in 2012 after serving in a variety of senior advisory roles in the Ontario government. At Santis, Dan provides strategic advice to boards and executives involved in the Canadian health care sector. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, leading national and provincial health care associations, broader public sector organizations, and a range of health charities.

Experience

During his time at Queen’s Park, Dan served as a senior advisor to the premier, deputy premier and two ministers of health. Dan helped drive forward some of the government’s signature health care initiatives including the Wait Time Strategy, the creation of Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), primary care reform and physician services negotiations. Dan also worked as a parliamentary researcher in the U.K. for a member of parliament and health critic. His private sector experience includes a stint in the investment banking industry in the United Kingdom, where Dan worked for Goldman Sachs and UBS.

Volunteerism and Education

Dan is past Chair of the Board at St. Jude Community Homes, a provider of supportive housing for people living with mental illness. He has also served on several corporate advisory boards over the past 5 years. Dan has an MSc. with Distinction from the London School of Economics and a BA Hons from McGill University. He lives in Toronto with his wife and four active (and exhausting) young daughters.

What makes our team unique is that we bring together people who care passionately about making our health care system better.   That common motivation underpins all that we do – whether we are working on behalf of public sector agencies, health professional associations, or international health care companies.

Hannah Casey

Hannah Casey

Public Affairs Coordinator

Hannah Casey

Public Affairs Coordinator

Hannah Casey

Role at Santis

Hannah provides communications, social media and graphic design support to the Santis Health team and its clients.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, Hannah worked as a public relations intern at Corus Entertainment where she supported the Global Television publicity team. In this role, she assisted in internal and external communications, event management and media relations. Following the internship, Hannah joined the Movember Foundation, handling their media monitoring and reporting during the height of the campaign.

Volunteerism and Education

Hannah has a Bachelor of Arts degree in media information and technoculture from Western University, a diploma in radio broadcasting and a public relations postgraduate certificate from Humber College.

Peter Cleary

Senior Consultant

Peter Cleary

Senior Consultant

Role at Santis

Peter joined the firm after serving as Director of Parliamentary Affairs for the Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health in the Government of Canada. During his time on Parliament Hill, Peter maneuvered key initiatives through the legislative process including the government’s landmark assisted dying legislation and the successful negotiation of a 10-year health accord agreement with provinces and territories.

Experience

Previously, Peter has held senior roles for both the Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne governments, as the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and as Issues Manager for the former Minister of Health, Hon. Deb Matthews. Peter also served in several advisory capacities for the Minister of Community and Social Services.

Peter brings a decade of experience with three different governments to Santis. In just seven years, he rose to Chief of Staff to a Cabinet Minister in the Ontario Government. As a fast-tracked leader, Peter has accomplished national media experience and not-for-profit board experience.

Volunteerism and Education

Peter has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) with a specialization in Political Studies.

Our team of experienced professionals care passionately about making our health care system better.

Keltie Gale

Keltie Gale

Consultant

Keltie Gale

Consultant

Keltie Gale

Role at Santis

Keltie provides stakeholder engagement, research, communications, and project management support to the Santis team and its clients. Along with health system and health policy analysis, Keltie’s recent projects include broad stakeholder consultation through interviews, focus groups and surveys, feasibility assessments for community organizations exploring integration, market access support for pharmaceutical products and medical devices, strategic planning support, and research and writing for papers and background documents.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, Keltie worked with the operations team at the Ontario Brain Institute, supporting the Industry Relations and the Knowledge Translation and Outreach teams. In addition to managing financial operations for the teams, she was part of the liaison group that built strong relationships with the Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Keltie spent a year at the University of Toronto researching the health of recent immigrants and refugees to Ontario and conducting policy analysis and primary interviews. She holds a Masters of Arts in human geography from Queen’s University having completed her thesis using quantitative and qualitative methods to study the relationships between health and social and material deprivation in the older population in Canada. She has presented her work at conferences in Canada, the United States, Germany, and China.

Volunteerism and Education

Keltie also completed a Bachelor of Science in life sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in global development studies and music from Queen’s University. She is a current member of the Queen’s University Council, an elected group of alumni who form one of three governance bodies for the University.

Jason Grier

Principal

Jason Grier

Principal

Role at Santis

Jason is a co-founder of Santis Health and has spent more than 20 years working in public affairs and communications, primarily in the health and life sciences sector.  In addition to being part of the senior management team at Santis, Jason leads a broad array of client accounts with government relations, policy, communications and other needs where he draws on his experience in government, as a senior hospital leader and his 12 years as a consultant.

Experience

Prior to launching Santis, Jason served as Vice President and National Director of Health Policy for the Canadian division of a multi-national communications and government relations consultancy.  In that role, Jason served as a bridge between the company’s health care communications group and its government relations team. Jason was also part of the senior management team of the Wellesley Central Hospital, where he worked as Director of Public Affairs and then, as Transition Director where he worked closely with the hospital board to identify a new mission and vision for the organization.

In the public sector, Jason has served as chief of staff to Ontario’s minister of health and, previously, as senior health policy advisor to the Leader of the Opposition. Jason has also years of experience working within the Government of Canada where he served as a political advisor on the staff of former federal health minister, Diane Marleau and, subsequently, in the offices of the minister of public works and at transport.

Volunteerism and Education

Jason was a member of the board of directors and vice-chair of Casey House, a 13-bed public hospital focused on meeting the needs of patients with AIDS, often along with other serious comorbidities and additional challenges requiring specialized care. He studied political science at Huron College, University of Western Ontario, where he also served on the University Senate, Chaired the University Community Centre Directorate, and was a Vice President of the University Students’ Council.

Jonathan Guss

Senior Advisor

Jonathan Guss

Senior Advisor

Role at Santis

Jonathan brings senior strategic counsel and decades of executive and advisory experience to Santis.

Experience

For seven years, Jonathan served as the CEO of the Ontario Medical Association, gaining significant exposure to all facets of the health care system. Upon his arrival, he worked with the board to initiate and implement a Strategic Plan designed to cover the fundamental issues facing the OMA. Based on the plan, the board implemented a major governance realignment, and a communications and public affairs strategy (implemented by Patrick Nelson), which guided the Association’s approach in two rounds of negotiations. Jonathan was also responsible for the turnaround of the OMA subsidiary, OntarioMD, which placed Electronic Medical Record (EMR) technology in the hands of over 11,000 Ontario physicians.

Prior to his tenure at the OMA, Jonathan ran the Credit Union Central of Ontario for over twelve years, where he envisioned and engineered the merger with BC Central Credit Union to create the pan-Canadian Central1. Prior to that he served as a lawyer and diplomat in the foreign service.

Jonathan has also served on numerous boards, including the University of Guelph, the Harvard Alumni Association, Credit Union Central of Canada, OntarioMD, the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare, a trust company and two insurance companies. He was Chair of the University of Guelph’s Health for Life initiative and is chair of Board of the Pine River Institute.

Volunteerism and Education

Jonathan has a law degree from the University of Toronto and a degree in economics from Harvard University.

Janine Hopkins

Janine Hopkins

Principal

Janine Hopkins

Principal

Janine Hopkins

Role at Santis

Janine plays a lead role in Santis Health’s strategic advisory and communications practice areas, including more than 20 strategic plans, mergers and other integrations, service reviews, and corporate communications and brand strategies.

Experience

Janine has held executive roles in public, not-for-profit and private organizations. For five years, Janine was Senior Director of Community Engagement and Corporate Affairs at the Toronto Central LHIN. She was responsible for strategic planning, communications, community engagement, and corporate initiatives including programs to improve care for Indigenous people and Francophones.

Janine was also Vice President of Public Affairs for Cancer Care Ontario, Director of Communications for Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and has held senior positions with the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores, Veritas Communications and the Ministry’s Nursing Secretariat.

Volunteerism and Education

Janine has an MA in Political Science (health policy) from the University of Toronto and has served on the boards of community organizations including Interval House and Sheena’s Place.

Anjali Misra

Anjali Misra

Senior Associate

Anjali Misra

Senior Associate

Anjali Misra

Role at Santis

Anjali Misra’s recent projects include current state reviews of primary health care in Thorncliffe Park, Toronto and seniors’ crisis services in the City of Toronto, economic impact analysis of investments in Ontario’s biotech innovation sector, and evidence-based analyses of gaps and opportunities in Ontario’s primary eye care system.

Experience

For over 10 years Anjali has held progressively senior positions in health services research and health care policy settings. She has focused on evaluation and the use of analytics to inform health care plans and resource allocation decisions. Anjali seeks to improve the quality, effectiveness and sustainability of programs and services.

Anjali was the Manager of Performance Management at the Association of Ontario Health Centres from 2009 to 2011. There she provided strategic guidance and technical expertise at the provincial level to augment Ontario’s Community Health Centres performance management and quality improvement capabilities. She represented community-based primary health care on various pan-Canadian and provincial advisory groups including the Canadian Institute of Health Information Pan-Canadian Primary Care Indicators Advisory Group, MOHLTC’s Primary Healthcare Planning Group on Quality, and the LHIN Collaborative MSAA Performance Indicators Strategic and Technical Working Groups.

As a Senior Epidemiologist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Anjali worked closely with biostatisticians, clinicians and scientists, assessed best practices, and studied national/provincial data holdings to develop a variety of metrics to evaluate health system performance. Her findings were published in QMonitor, Health Quality Ontario’s annual public report on the performance on the health care system.

Volunteerism and Education

Anjali has trained in evaluation design for complex health interventions and has a yellow belt in lean sigma. She has a Masters of Science in Health Policy, Planning and Finance from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics. When Anjali is not crunching numbers or leading key informant interviews, she is playing with arts and crafts and scouting new vegetarian recipes. She lives in Toronto with her partner and two energetic kids.

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Patrick Nelson

Patrick Nelson

Principal

Patrick Nelson

Principal

Patrick Nelson

Role at Santis

At Santis, Patrick helps health care organizations 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, public affairs and board governance.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, 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, he led the OMA through several strategic communications campaigns, a comprehensive governance review, as well as a major rebranding of the organization. Under his tenure, member satisfaction with the OMA doubled to a record high and, over the course of a five-month advocacy campaign, the profession witnessed a remarkable 12 per cent increase in public trust. Patrick also worked in senior communications roles in the Ontario government, as an aide to Ontario’s Minister of Health and as Director of Communications to the Minister of the Environment and to the Minister of Education.

Volunteerism and Education

Patrick 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 six 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 receiving additional funding from government to support mental health services for kids. Since 2014, Patrick has also served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants.

Veronica Said

Consultant

Veronica Said

Consultant

Role at Santis

Veronica provides research and policy analysis, communications, stakeholder engagement and project management support to the Santis team and its clients.

Experience

Veronica has extensive skills and experience in research and policy analysis, and stakeholder outreach and management. Prior to joining the Santis team, Veronica worked as a policy advisor in the Deputy Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. During her time at the Ministry, Veronica led a diverse range of policy files and provided recommendations to senior management related to the Ministry’s priorities and stakeholder issues.

Veronica also worked on multiple teams at United Way Greater Toronto. At United Way, Veronica assisted in scoping and developing new initiatives for future investments, supported the organizational strategic planning and implementation of the strategic plan, as well as worked with key partners to advance the organization’s research and public policy agenda.

Volunteerism and Education

Veronica holds an M.A. in political studies, and a B.A. (Honours) majoring in political studies with a minor in global development studies from Queen’s University. Veronica has also completed the research analyst postgraduate certificate at Humber College.

Veronica volunteers for a number of community and international development organizations, providing research, strategic planning and grant review support.

Jessica Stepic

Jessica Stepic

Consultant

Jessica Stepic

Consultant

Jessica Stepic

Role at Santis

Jessica provides communications, public affairs, event planning and project management support to the Santis team and its clients. Jessica’s work includes developing and executing tactical communications and public affairs plans, implementing influential advocacy campaigns, and planning events such as provincial and federal advocacy days, key opinion leader roundtables and speeches.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, Jessica worked as Student Marketing Coordinator on the promotions team at Apotex Inc., where she supported the coordination and distribution of internal and external communications.

Volunteerism and Education

Jessica’s previous work and volunteer experience has given her the opportunity to get involved in social media strategy development and implementation, content monitoring and data analysis. She holds an B.Sc. (Honours) degree, majoring in biology with a minor in economics, from Queen’s University and a public relations postgraduate certificate from Humber College.

Gemma Villanueva

Gemma Villanueva

Public Affairs Coordinator

Gemma Villanueva

Public Affairs Coordinator

Gemma Villanueva

Role at Santis

Gemma provides communications, social media and administrative support to the Santis team and its clients.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, Gemma was the corporate communications intern at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), where she had the opportunity to develop content for internal and external communications. Following that internship, she assisted the communications and public affairs team at SickKids Foundation during the launch of their brand campaign, SickKids VS. She was involved in internal communications, social media strategy and media relations.

As a past Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme participant, Gemma spent three years in Japan where she taught language classes and strengthened Canada-Japan bilateral ties. She gained experience in community engagement and cross-cultural communication

Volunteerism and Education

Gemma holds a combined honours bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from Carleton University, and a public relations postgraduate certificate from Humber College.

Ross Wallace

Ross Wallace

Principal

Ross Wallace

Principal

Ross Wallace

Role at Santis

Joining Santis in 2014, Ross brings more than 15 years of experience in public affairs, corporate strategy and journalism. In his role, Ross helps companies and organizations working at the intersection of healthcare, life sciences and innovation overcome strategy and policy challenges.

Experience

Most recently Ross was the Director of Government Affairs and Corporate Responsibility at AstraZeneca Canada (AZC), one of Canada’s leading innovative pharmaceutical companies. Ross was responsible for all public policy and government relations. He led a national team of colleagues and directly supported three CEOs in their government engagement and stakeholder outreach efforts.

Prior to joining AZC, Ross spent nearly four years as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the MaRS Discovery District, the innovation incubator and urban science park in downtown Toronto. One of the organization’s first full-time employees, Ross built strong ties with all three orders of government, developed a global network of commercialization collaborators and launched the organization’s social innovation initiative.

Ross’ experience includes work for the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity at the University of Toronto and “Corporate Knights” magazine, Canada’s leading voice for corporate social responsibility. He also spent five years working in Washington, DC – first at the Embassy of Canada and then at the G7 Group, a political and economic forecasting company.

Beyond his work at Santis, Ross advises the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care at Women’s College Hospital on public policy, strategy and stakeholder relations.

Volunteerism and Education

Ross has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and a Masters in Public Administration from Queen’s University.