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Senior Fellow

Health Policy Consultant and Strategist


MA, Economics, l’Université de Montreal
Bachelor’s, Economics, University of Ottawa.


Marcel Saulnier is an Ottawa based health policy consultant and an Associate with Santis Health. He was previously Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Strategic Policy Branch at Health Canada. He has held other senior positions at Health Canada, including as Director General of Health Care Strategies, and Director General of Policy Coordination and Planning. He played a key role in advising the government on health care policy, leading the development of bilateral agreements on mental health and home care, as well as laying the foundation for national universal pharmacare. He was Executive Director of the Secretariat for the Advisory Panel on the Implementation of National Pharmacare chaired by Dr. Eric Hoskins (2018) and Executive Secretary of the secretariat support the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation (2015) chaired by Dr. David Naylor. 

Marcel’s career has included policy leadership positions at the Canadian Medical Association, the Prime Minister’s Office, Finance Canada, the National Forum on Health, and Health and Welfare Canada. He is currently a member of the Institute Advisory Board of the CIHR Institute for Health Services and Policy Research. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Marcel has a master’s degree in Economics from l’Université de Montreal, and a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Ottawa.