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.

Dan Carbin

Dan Carbin

Position: Principal
Categories: Strategy and Policy
Location: Toronto
surname: 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.

Dan Carbin

Principal

Dan co-founded Santis in 2012 after serving in a variety...

Victoria Chappell

Position: Consultant
Categories: Strategy and Policy
Location: Toronto
surname: Chappell

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.

Victoria Chappell

Consultant

Role at Santis Victoria supports the Santis team in the...

Keltie Gale

Keltie Gale

Position: Senior Director, Strategy and Policy
Categories: Strategy and Policy
Location: Toronto
surname: 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).

Keltie Gale

Senior Director, Strategy and Policy

Role at Santis Since joining Santis in 2016, Keltie specializes...

Jonathan Guss

Position: Senior Advisor
Categories: Strategy and Policy
Location: Toronto
surname: Guss

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.

Jonathan Guss

Senior Advisor

Role at Santis Jonathan brings senior strategic counsel and decades...

Arman Hamidian

Position: Consultant
Categories: Strategy and Policy
Location: Toronto
surname: Hamidian

Role at Santis

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

Experience

Prior to Santis, Arman worked as a Program Manager at SE Health, incorporating elements of design thinking to develop a toolkit for organizations to build affordable housing for older adults.

Arman has also previously worked in various research settings with a strong emphasis on social determinants of health, including the Centre for Urban Health Solutions, the Centre for Global Child Health and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. In his capacity as Policy Researcher at the Wellesley Institute, Arman focused on projects pertaining to Ontario’s health system transformation and applying the Sustainable Development Goal framework to the Ontario Government’s public policies and programs.

Arman worked in several Ministers’ offices for the Ontario Government from 2015 – 2018. ighlights from his roles include assisting with policy development on the Safer Ontario Act and coordinating public appointments to all Police Services Boards in Ontario, with an objective of increasing diversity and mental health advocacy in order to reflect the needs of policing today. He also created an informational guide for all matters pertaining to consumer protection for all constituency offices within the province so they could better assist their constituents.

 

Volunteerism and Education

Arman served as the board chair at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services for three years, and recently as the vice-chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee as part of the formation of the new Health Care Navigation System in Ontario. Arman is currently finishing his Master of Public Policy, Administration, and Law at York University.

Arman Hamidian

Consultant

Role at Santis Arman provides research and policy analysis, communications,...

Pia Lindemann Kristensen

Pia Lindemann Kristensen

Position: Consultant
Categories: Strategy and Policy
Location: British Columbia
surname: 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.

Pia Lindemann Kristensen

Consultant

Role at Santis Pia provides research and policy analysis, communications,...

Foram Patel

Position: Policy Coordinator
Categories: Strategy and Policy
Location: Toronto
surname: Patel

Role at Santis

Foram supports the Santis team in the areas of strategy, policy and stakeholder engagement. She conducts policy and environmental research, and supports project management.

Experience

Foram has worked on health and public policy issues at national and international levels. She is passionate about leveraging her skills in policy development, research, stakeholder engagement, and knowledge translation to address pressing challenges in the health care sector.

Prior to joining Santis, Foram worked as Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament, where she supported stakeholder engagement and developed the curriculum for the riding’s youth council.

Foram also completed an internship at the World Health Organization (WHO) office at the United Nations (UN), contributing to the portfolios of Gender Equality and Antimicrobial Resistance. She worked with the WHO and UN Secretariat staff for the intergovernmental negotiations of the political declaration on universal health coverage. Additionally, Foram led the development of the agenda and programme for high-level political events on gender and universal health coverage during the General Assembly.

She brings health research experience from her time as a Research Assistant at inter-RAI Canada looking at flu associated morbidity and mortality rates in long-term care centres in Ontario. As the recipient of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s Undergraduate Student Research Award, Foram worked on a research study for Health Canada identifying the Canadian health care system’s preparedness for climate change. During her degree, she conducted a research study exploring the water and sanitation infrastructure and its impact on the health of women in Gujarat, India.

Volunteerism and Education

Foram holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Studies, with a specialization in Gerontology, from the University of Waterloo. She currently volunteers as Policy Advisor for the Jamaican Ministry of Education, Youth & Information, providing support in policy development for the formalization of the youth work sector and leading the rollout of a national survey to identify gaps in youth-focused programmes and services delivered in Jamaica. Foram has previously volunteered as Policy Researcher for the United Nations Development Programme, identifying the national investment in tobacco control.

Foram Patel

Policy Coordinator

Role at Santis Foram supports the Santis team in the...

Veronica Said

Position: Client Engagement Director, Strategy and Policy
Categories: Strategy and Policy
Location: Toronto
surname: Said

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.

Veronica Said

Client Engagement Director, Strategy and Policy

Role at Santis Veronica provides research and policy analysis, communications,...

Genevieve Tallmeister

Position: Consultant
Categories: Strategy and Policy
Location: Toronto
surname: Tallmeister

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.

Genevieve Tallmeister

Consultant

Role at Santis Genevieve provides support in the areas of...