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.

Thomas Afarian

Public Affairs Coordinator

Thomas Afarian

Public Affairs Coordinator

Role at Santis

Thomas provides support in external and internal communications, social media, and graphic design to the Santis team and its clients.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, Thomas worked as a communications assistant at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital where he supported the communications and public engagement department. In this role, he assisted in crisis communications, graphic design, website maintenance, and media relations.

Volunteerism and Education

Thomas has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Public Relations Postgraduate Certificate from Humber College. Thomas has spent the past ten summers volunteering at a youth summer camp.

Melissa

Melissa Andrew

Director of Operations and Human Resources

Melissa Andrew

Director of Operations and Human Resources

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.

Dylan Brenneman

Government Relations Coordinator

Dylan Brenneman

Government Relations Coordinator

Role at Santis

Dylan provides government relations, communications and project
management support to clients and the Santis team.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, Dylan completed a Work Integrated Learning placement at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in the Communications and Government Affairs division. Dylan has worked on multiple election campaigns at the provincial and federal levels for Mike Schreiner, MPP for Guelph, and Gord Miller, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. He worked in Mike Schreiner’s office at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and helped draft Private Members’ Public Bill
71, Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Act.

Volunteerism and Education

Dylan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development and Political Science from the University of Guelph. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Government Relations from Seneca College. He has previously volunteered for Vote Savvy, a non partisan team which encourages young people to become involved in the political process.
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.

Victoria Chappell

Policy Coordinator

Victoria Chappell

Policy Coordinator

Role at Santis

Victoria supports the Santis team in the areas of strategy, policy, public affairs engagement. She helps to manage client relationships, conducts policy and environmental research, and supports project management.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, Victoria worked at the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) as a Research & Development Associate, executing on a portfolio of work focused on understanding and addressing barriers impacting youth from equity-seeking communities in learner and career pathways. She also served as a Corporate Development Associate at BHER, managing Board and member relations, supporting on strategic planning and operations, and coordinating policy and research projects focused on skills and innovation. She brings additional experience from her time as a Research Assistant for the Department of Psychiatry at Queen’s University, where she focused on the mental health of older adults and health care quality in long-term care. She is passionate about leveraging her skills in project management, research, stakeholder engagement, and knowledge mobilization to address pressing challenges in the healthcare sector.

Volunteerism and Education

Victoria holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Sciences, with a specialization in Epidemiology, from Queen’s University. She was previously a member of the Queen’s University Board of Trustees, and enjoyed serving in numerous other volunteer positions during her degree.

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

Ian Chesney

Ian Chesney

Associate

Ian Chesney

Associate

Ian Chesney

Role at Santis

Based in Ottawa, Ian provides strategic support and advice on policy development to provincial and national clients, as well as expertise in government relations, communications, stakeholder engagement and project management.

Experience

Ian brings a wealth of experience in government working for both political offices as well as the civil service. Prior to joining Santis, Ian served as Senior Policy Advisor to former Ontario Ministers of Health, Dr. Eric Hoskins and Dr. Helena Jaczek where he led a number of files related to long-term care, health workforce planning, health profession regulatory affairs and health promotion.

During his time in the Minister’s office Ian developed and implemented key health care policy including Ontario’s Aging with Confidence Strategy for Seniors and the allocation of over 5,000 new long-term care beds, as well as new legislation and regulation to expand the scope of practice of health care professionals. He has extensive knowledge of the complex labour relations and regulatory environment of health care professions, as well as the long-term care sector.

Volunteerism and Education

Ian holds a master’s degree in public service from the University of Waterloo, and a B.A. (Honours) majoring in History from Queen’s University.

Peter Cleary

Principal

Peter Cleary

Principal

Role at Santis

Peter spearheads Santis Health’s Ottawa practice, supporting a wide range of federal, provincial and national clients throughout Canada on policy support, advocacy and public affairs.

Experience

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.

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 past board experience on the Northumberland United Way Board of Directors and extensive political volunteer experience. He also holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) degree with a specialization in Political Studies from the University of Ottawa.

Madeline Cooper

Consultant

Madeline Cooper

Consultant

Role at Santis

Madeline provides research, policy analysis, project management and stakeholder engagement support to the Santis team and its clients. Madeline brings significant digital health expertise.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, Madeline worked as a Business Development Coordinator at Women’s College Hospital in the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care. During her time at Women’s College Hospital, Madeline managed the hospitals market entry consulting program which advised digital health start-ups on their business models and how they might integrate into the Canadian health system. In addition, she constructed several new business development and revenue generating opportunities for the Institute through formal partnerships with private companies.

Madeline also worked at Klick Health, the world’s largest independent health marketing agency, where she supported the research and consulting teams across a variety of strategic projects.

Volunteerism and Education

Madeline has a Masters in Health Informatics from the University of Toronto, a B.A. (Honours) in Health Studies from Queen’s University, and is a certified Project Manager through the Project Management Institute.

Patil Imasdounian

Public Affairs Coordinator

Patil Imasdounian

Public Affairs Coordinator

Role at Santis

Patil supports national and provincial clients, drafts communications products, and provides policy recommendations. Her role includes overseeing government relations and stakeholder engagement.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, Patil held a number of roles within Queen’s Park. As a public engagement and outreach advisor for the PC government, she drafted communications products, facilitated dialogue between stakeholder and government, and aided in issues management. She developed and strengthened key relationships between the government and many stakeholder groups in Ontario.

Prior to this role, Patil served as an Executive Assistant to a Member of Provincial Parliament, where she managed external communications and fostered dialogue between constituents, stakeholders, and the government.

Patil has also supported a number of municipal, provincial and federal campaigns including the central campaign during the 2019 federal elections.

Volunteerism and Education

Patil completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 2019. She volunteers with several local and international development NGOs, namely through advising on grant applications.

 

Keltie Gale

Keltie Gale

Director, Strategy and Policy

Keltie Gale

Director, Strategy and Policy

Keltie Gale

Role at Santis

Since joining Santis in 2016, Keltie specializes in supporting clients developing successful and impactful strategies for growing their organizations and enabling better health for Canadians. In addition to leading broad and varied stakeholder engagement and conducting deep policy analysis, she works directly with Boards and leadership teams of health authorities, health care providers, associations and multi-national corporations.

Experience

Keltie serves as the practice area lead for Santis’ strategy, policy and management consulting practice and focuses her work in this area. Her health care provider clients span across sectors, including hospital and acute care, community care, home care, long-term care, mental health and addictions, and primary care.

Using her expertise in strategic planning, she has recently led the development of the first ever strategic plan for a large provincial agency and the strategic plans for the largest not-for-profit long-term care provider in Canada, a significant pan-Canadian health organization, and a leading community-based mental health and addictions service provider. She has also developed a specialty in health care transformation and integration, having worked directly with numerous Ontario Health Teams at all stages of development, facilitated the creation of integration frameworks for future planning, and supported many organizations pursuing closer partnerships and mergers.

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

Volunteerism and Education

Keltie holds a Masters of Arts in human geography from Queen’s University, completing a thesis on social isolation in seniors and presenting her work at conferences in Canada, the United States, Germany, and China. She 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 was an active member of Queen’s University Council, an elected group of alumni who advise the University on key external issues.

Keltie has completed executive education in strategy from the Columbia Business School and the University of Toronto and training with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

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Stephanie Gawur

Stephanie Gawur

Senior Director, Government Relations

Stephanie Gawur

Senior Director, Government Relations

Stephanie Gawur

Role at Santis

With deep roots in politics, Stephanie leads Santis’ government relations team. In her role, Stephanie supports health care organizations as they navigate, influence and respond to changing political landscapes.

Experience

Stephanie specializes in government relations, issues management and municipal affairs. As an experienced consultant, Stephanie has an impressive track record driving change and achieving success for a number of health-sector clients including associations, pharmaceutical companies and innovative health tech companies. 

Stephanie has also supported a number of municipal, provincial and federal campaigns over the last decade. She was instrumental in three consecutive and successful Toronto mayoral campaigns and contributed to  several Progressive Conservative leadership campaigns in Ontario. Stephanie was also the Executive Assistant to a Member of Parliament, where she managed community outreach and engagement.  

In addition to her political experience, Stephanie has held senior leadership positions at the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and the Canadian Association for Community Living. In these roles, she implemented strategic development programs and facilitated media relations as part of multi-faceted communications plans.

Volunteerism and Education

Stephanie served on the Board of Directors for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and her local federal Conservative Party riding association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Science from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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.

Volunteerism and Education

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

Izabella Kaczmarek

Consultant

Izabella Kaczmarek

Consultant

Role at Santis

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

Experience

Izabella has extensive skills and experience in leading multi-stakeholder projects that seek to establish evidence and influence health policies to act on necessary pathways to support healthcare improvement and innovation. Prior to joining the Santis team, Izabella worked as a Research and Partnerships Manager at a women’s health medical technology start-up, Eve Medical. During her time at Eve Medical, Izabella managed governmental contracts focused on technology innovation and also supported the research development, clinical validation, quality assurance, and sale of innovative self-sampling technologies to improve access to diagnostic tests for women in Canada. Izabella also worked at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre at the Practice-Based Research and Innovation (PBRI) Group where she operationalized PBRI’s 5-year strategic plan to ensure goals and objectives were being met. Along with developing new initiatives in engaging patients as co-learners in a didactic quality improvement curriculum to develop skills and collaboration between patients and clinicians to improve gaps in care.

Volunteerism and Education

Izabella completed her Master in Public Health degree at University of Waterloo in June 2020. Her final seminar presentation showcased a policy analysis on appropriate tax reform measures for vaping products in Ontario. She also holds a B.A. (Honours) is Anthropology and a professional diploma in Not-For-Profit Management from Western University

Ben King

Ben King

Associate

Ben King

Associate

Ben King

Role at Santis

Ben provides digital health advice and expertise to Santis’ clients, with a particular focus on public policy, strategy, innovation and stakeholder engagement.

Experience

Ben has over a decade of experience within Ontario’s digital health system. In his previous role, as the Manager of Strategy + Innovation with the Ministry of Health’s Digital Health Secretariat, Ben was responsible for the development of the province’s overarching digital health strategy. Ben helped to spearhead digital components of the Ontario Health Team initiative, the establishment of a provincial eConsult service and the creation of innovative virtual care pilots. He also negotiated provincial funding agreements and addressed policy barriers that were limiting the spread and impact of technology across the health system.

In addition to his position as an Associate at Santis, Ben is also an adjunct faculty member with the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. In this role, Ben serves as an instructor in the Master of Health Informatics program, with a particular focus on digital health policy.

Ben has also co-written and produced a pair of award-winning musicals that were staged at independent theatre festivals in Toronto.

Volunteerism and Education

Ben has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University as well as a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University.

Diana Levy

Consultant

Diana Levy

Consultant

Role at Santis

Diana provides government relations, stakeholder engagement, and project management support to clients and the Santis team.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, Diana worked at the Ontario Mining Association where she was responsible for both the Environment, and Energy Innovation and Clean Tech policy files.

Diana worked with stakeholders and government officials to address the potential for new technologies and the policies needed to address evolving industry trends. Diana brings a broad range of experience in health having worked as an Operations Advisor in the Ministry of Health under former Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins.

Volunteerism and Education

Diana holds a Master’s in Public Policy, Administration and Law, where she wrote her MRP on Ontario’s Vaccine Exemption Policies. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Government Relations and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law and Society.

Our team has extensive experience across the entire Canadian health system: as leaders within the public system and as executives in associations.

Pia Lindemann Kristensen

Pia Lindemann Kristensen

Consultant

Pia Lindemann Kristensen

Consultant

Pia Lindemann Kristensen

Role at Santis

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

Experience

Pia has strong public policy, analytical and communications skills and a sincere interest in health. She has worked to advance health policy at the grassroots, provincial, national, and multinational levels. Prior to joining Santis, Pia worked at the Danish Embassy in Ottawa where she was responsible for analyzing Canadian health care to inform Danish government policy and to facilitate collaboration between Canada and Denmark. She was also in charge of communications, public diplomacy and finances.

Pia has also worked in Geneva, Switzerland where she analyzed health policies at several United Nations fora and produced background papers, briefing notes, and developed recommendations to the Danish Government.

Volunteerism and Education

Pia holds a master’s degree in Public Health from University of Copenhagen, Denmark and a bachelor’s degree in Sport Science from Aarhus University, Denmark. Pia conducted epidemiological research for her master’s thesis in Kenya, where she studied the relationship between a fish-based diet and risk factors for cardiovascular diseases in two Kenyan populations.

During her time in Ottawa, Pia volunteered as a research assistant at the Ottawa Hospital, where she performed epidemiological research and quality control to improve osteoporosis scans.

Laura Mandell

Vice President, Communications

Laura Mandell

Vice President, Communications

Role at Santis

Laura leads the Santis communications team. She supports health care organizations strategically navigate a rapidly changing landscape of opportunities in order to achieve their goals through proactive and focussed communications and branding work.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, Laura led the Marketing & Communications portfolio for Baycrest, a global leader in brain health and aging. In her role she helped shape and drive award-winning communications strategy and execution for a research hospital, long-term care home, residential living properties, innovation hub, and multiple lines of business, including commercial entities. This included the pandemic communications strategy for Ontario’s largest long-term care home, significant brand management and the launch of a major brand campaign. Laura’s previous work includes a number of years in agency communications, leading accounts for health care and wellness brands, and media relations strategy and issues management. Laura also worked in Ontario’s post-secondary system where she oversaw media relations and public affairs for all program portfolios, including health care and pharmaceutical.

Volunteerism and Education

Laura served on the Board of Directors for the Bernard Betel Centre and Student Assistance in North Toronto for Seniors (SAINTS), both focused on the needs of older adults. She has also supported committees and co-chaired events for Baycrest Foundation and volunteered her time as a mentor with the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University, as well as a certificate in Strategic Communication Management from Ithaca College.

Yvan Marston

Yvan Marston

Corporate Communications Writer

Yvan Marston

Corporate Communications Writer

Yvan Marston

Role at Santis

At Santis, Yvan serves as a writing lead and has worked on multiple projects for member associations and hospitals. Much of his work involves collaborating with senior managers, subject matter experts and marketing teams to help build the essential written elements of their communications projects.

Experience

For over 15 years, Yvan’s work has focused on health care writing projects. As a consultant for the Ontario Hospital Association, he has written and assisted with the development of more than 20 OHA publications including a 400-page guide for perioperative supply chain management that became the seminal resource for Ontario hospitals, as well as a number of guides and toolkits related to health human resources.

As a corporate communications writer, he plans and develops complex messaging projects including annual reports for eHealth Ontario, work that grew from his experience with a Fortune 500 company producing annual reports, web content and speeches. He also serves as a technical writing consultant for a medical device manufacturer where he organizes information and learning, and helps to devise and implement content marketing strategies.

Volunteerism and Education

Yvan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and English Literature from the University of Ottawa and a diploma in journalism from Sheridan College.

Rachael McCulloch

Public Affairs Coordinator

Rachael McCulloch

Public Affairs Coordinator

Role at Santis

Rachael provides support in communications, social media and project management to the Santis team and its clients.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, Rachael worked on Parliament Hill as a legislative assistant to a Member of Parliament. In this role she assisted in managing the office’s communications, media relations, social media and legislative functions. Following this role, Rachael interned as a program editor at the NATO Association of Canada, where she was responsible for writing and editing for the Women in Security section of the association’s website.

Volunteerism and Education

Rachael has a Bachelor of Journalism degree with a minor in Political Science from Carleton University, and a Master of International Public Policy degree from University College Cork.

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.

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Caroline Pitfield

Associate

Caroline Pitfield

Associate

Role at Santis

As a seasoned public servant, Caroline provides strategic advice to governments, boards, executives, and organizations navigating and impacting the Canadian health care sector.

Experience

Caroline joined Santis after 17 years in the federal public service. A lawyer by trade, Caroline first joined the public service in 2004 as legal counsel for Health Canada, after practicing corporate commercial litigation in Toronto. She has since held various senior management positions at Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Safety Canada and the Treasury Board Secretariat. She was most recently a Director General at the Canada Border Services Agency, responsible for supporting various aspects of the Agency’s COVID-19 response.

In addition to an extensive understanding of the inner workings of government, Caroline has a unique expertise in federal health policy. She served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Health and as Director of Policy for the Hon. Jane Philpott and Hon. Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, Ministers of Health in the Government of Canada. In these positions, she supported the advancement of several key initiatives, including a comprehensive review of food, drug and consumer product legislation, the development of legislation and regulations on medical assistance in dying, cannabis and supervised consumption sites, and the negotiation of a new Health Accord with provinces and territories.

Volunteerism and Education

Caroline has volunteered with both the Ottawa Parkinson Society and Parkinson Canada, as a board member and in other capacities. She has an LLB and an LLM from the University of Toronto, the latter focused on health law and policy, as well as a BA from the University of Toronto, and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania.  She shares a busy life in Ottawa with her husband, three children, two cats and a dog.

Veronica Said

Senior Consultant, Strategy and Policy

Veronica Said

Senior Consultant, Strategy and Policy

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.

Genevieve Tallmeister

Consultant

Genevieve Tallmeister

Consultant

Role at Santis

Genevieve provides support in the areas of strategy, government relations and communications to the Santis team and its clients.

Experience

Prior to joining Santis, Genevieve worked as a Researcher at the nonprofit organization SmartSAVER, with the goal of advancing post-secondary education savings for low- and middle-income families. She also worked as a pro-bono Policy Consultant and Communications Liaison alongside YWCA Toronto, where she conducted a program evaluation of girls-only spaces in order to present a clear and strong case for increased government investment in youth programming. Genevieve is experienced in policy analysis, stakeholder engagement, and qualitative research. 

Volunteerism and Education

Genevieve holds a Master’s of Public Policy from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, at the University of Toronto. During her time at the Munk School, Genevieve was senior producer for the radio show and podcast Beyond The Headlines, where she interviewed a number of system leaders on various policy issues. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University. Genevieve is passionate about mental health, and addressing the social determinants of health in order to improve outcomes for all. 

Ross Wallace

Principal

Ross Wallace

Principal

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.

Volunteerism and Education

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.