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Ian Chesney

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.

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.

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.

Podiatry in Canada: Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities

The government and public relations goal for podiatry and chiropody in Canada is to raise awareness of the importance of the profession as a key component of allied health, while also advancing uniformity in the way the profession is regulated across the country. Most provincial governments in Canada are focused on primary care reform and strengthening allied/team-based care. National associations, like the CFPM, can help advance the interests of their provincial association counterparts by demonstrating to governments the benefits of their profession from a pan-Canadian perspective. Reinforcing the advocacy of provincial associations benefits the profession in a number of ways from increasing access to podiatric services for patients, to easing labour mobility restrictions across the country.

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