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John Wellner Strengthens Santis Health with Deep Healthcare Sector Insight


Toronto, ON – April 3, 2024 — In a strategic move to bolster our expertise and client services, Santis Health is delighted to announce the appointment of John Wellner as an Associate. John’s arrival is timely, aligning with Santis’ efforts to enhance its strategy, policy development, and public affairs engagement across the health care landscape. With more than 20 years of experience, John is uniquely positioned to drive Santis’ mission forward, particularly in managing complex client relationships, conducting thorough policy analyses, and steering project management initiatives with precision.

“John’s comprehensive background in health care policy and advocacy makes him an invaluable asset to our team and our clients,” said Patrick Nelson, Managing Partner at Santis Health. “His proven track record, especially his significant contributions to the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND), equips him with the insights and skills necessary to navigate the evolving healthcare sector.”

Before stepping into his role at Santis, John made substantial impacts through various roles that deepened his expertise in health care policy and advocacy. Notably, his over 13-year tenure with the OMA saw him progress from Director of Health Policy on Public Health files to leading the Health Promotion program, and ultimately serving as Director of Health Promotion, Research, and Emerging Issues. His leadership as CEO of the OAND for seven years was marked by guiding the organization through significant growth phases and challenges, including regulatory changes and the pandemic.

John’s dedication to public service extends beyond health care, with six years spent championing environmental policies at all government levels. This diverse experience underpins his holistic approach to healthcare strategy and advocacy at Santis.

“Bringing John on board is a pivotal step for Santis as we continue to expand our capabilities and reach,” added Stephanie Gawur, Principal at Santis. “His strategic vision and deep sector knowledge will significantly contribute to our mission of making a meaningful difference in health care.”

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