Jonathan Guss

Senior Fellow

Jonathan is an experienced executive leader and consultant with 19 years in health care, 24 in financial services, and 8 in government. He offers a depth of leadership experience in democratic governance, mergers, organizational transformation, and change-strategy implementation.

In December 2019, he completed a one-year Fellowship in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, a pan-University program designed to prepare established leaders for the transition from their earning years to their years dedicated to giving back. His focus and current primary interests are family health, building a resilient population and integrated care.

Prior to founding his own healthcare governance consulting firm (now S.L.A. Consultants), and working with Santis Health, a healthcare-focused consulting firm as a senior advisor and subject matter expert, Jonathan was Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) which serves, represents and negotiates all fees for the physicians in the Ontario healthcare system. In addition to the business of the Association, he was responsible for strategic leadership of all physician negotiations with government, the rollout and integration of electronic medical records (EMRs) for over 11,000 physicians, and for the physician leadership development program.

Prior to the OMA role, he served as President and CEO of Credit Union Central of Ontario, the $1.5 Billion central banking facility and association for the network of Ontario credit unions. He envisioned and negotiated the creation of Central1, a pan-Canadian $11 Billion central banking facility for credit unions.

Prior to his career in the credit union network, Jonathan worked in the federal government, five of eight years as a diplomat in the Canadian Foreign Service, and three as an advisor to the Ministers of Consumer and Corporate Affairs of both major political parties and their Deputies.

Jonathan has governance experience, having served on a range of boards in health care, financial services and education including the University of Guelph, Pine River Institute (youth mental health) and OntarioMD (health information technology).