The Patient Engagement Resource Centre is funded by the INSPIRE-Primary Health Care Research Network

of the Ontario SPOR (Strategy for Patient Oriented Research) SUPPORT Unit (OSSU).

Webinars, Training & Events
1. Patient-Oriented Research Training and Learning- Primary Health Care (PORTL-PHC)
Hosted by: Western University, funded by Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit
DescriptionThis free online training program consists on interlinked modules designed to meet the learning needs of stakeholders (patients, researchers, clinicians and decision-makers) interested in , or using, patient-oriented primary health care research.
Dates: Ongoing
Process: Please sign-up by contacting Rob Van Hoorn, Program Coordinator for PORTL-PHC at to get started.
2. Free Online Course: Partners in Research (PiR)   
Hosted by: Knowledge Translation Program at St. Michael's Hospital
DescriptionThis online course will consist of four live, bi-weekly web-based sessions to help researchers, patients, and families/caregivers work together to help improve health research and healthcare. 
Dates: Ongoing
3. Patient Partner Orientation Session:
Description: This orientation will cover everything you need to know to be a patient partner, as well as answer any questions you may have. 
Date: January 08, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am and January 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
4. Online Masterclass on the Conduct and Use of Patient-oriented Research   
Hosted by: McMaster Health Forum
Description: The masterclass is designed to prepare future champions for the conduct and use of patient-oriented research in Ontario’s health system and future mentors to others becoming involved in the conduct and use of patient-oriented research.
Dates Jan 6 – Mar 23, 2020 (sessions on Mondays and Thursdays, 12:00 - 1:00 pm)
Hosted by:The Canadian Venous Thromboembolism Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research (CanVECTOR) Network
Description: All patient partnership activities are overseen by the Patient Partners platform, which works in close collaboration with Université de Montréal’s Centre of Excellence in Partnerships with Patients and the Public. 
If you're interested in our program or have any questions, please contact us at 
1. Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR)
2020 Conference   
Hosted by: CAHSPR (Saskatoon, SK)
DescriptionThis conference will focus on what really happens when research meets policy and where researchers will explain how they make their findings helpful to decision makers. Patients / patient partners can participate in different theme groups and support primary health care research. 
Date: May 26-29, 2020
2. KT Canada Scientific Meeting 2020
Hosted by: Knowledge Translation Canada (in Ottawa, Ontario)
Description: The theme of this conference is "Advancing the science of integrated knowledge translation." 
Dates: May 7-8, 2020
3. Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day    
Hosted by: INSPIRE-PHC Program 
Description: This event will include presentations and workshops led by experienced, Ontario-based Primary Health Care researchers. 
Date: May, 2020
4. Value-Based Healthcare Canada Conference
Hosted by: The Conference Board of Canada 
Description: VBHC is beneficial to patients, providers, payers, suppliers, and society as a whole. Widespread adoption is in its early stages globally, but in Canada there has been little progress toward a value-oriented system. 
Date: April 23, 2020
5. PCORI Annual Conference- Making a Difference:
Using Patient-Centered Research Results in the Real World
Hosted by: Patient Centered Oriented Research Institute (PCORI)
Description: Two-and-a-half-day conference will learn about how patients, researchers, clinicians, payers, and others across the healthcare community are working to make health research more useful and relevant.
Date: TBD, 2020
6. 48th Annual Conference:
The North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)
Description: Largest primary care research interdisciplinary meeting that nurturing primary researchers working with individuals, families and communities. 
Date: TBD, 2020
8. Experience Conference 2020:
The Vision 2020 conference will foster thought-provoking dialogue, promote best practices, and inspire participants to provide exceptional care to every person every day.
Date: May 26-27, 2020