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: TBD -2019
3. PaCER Internship: Free online training for People With Lived Experience
Hosted by: PaCER Innovates
DescriptionThis free online training program consists on interactive modules, face-to-face intensive sessions, group labs, and a research project for patients who want to be engaged in health research. 
Dates: Ongoing
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.
  • Sept. 9 – Nov. 25, 2019 (sessions on Mondays and Thursdays, 2:30 - 3:30 pm)
  • Jan. 6 – Mar. 23, 2020 (sessions on Mondays and Thursdays, 12:00 - 1:00 pm)
1. Canadian Patient Safety Institute: Teamwork and Communication:
Safety Improvement Project. An 18-month learning collaborative Project
Hosted by: CPSI ICSP
Description: Teamwork and communication: This collaborative learning approach will be delivered to empower teamwork and communication issues that impact the patient safety outcomes.
Deadline to submit application: March 01, 2019
2. University of Toronto - Interprofessional Education (IPE)
Patient Partner Kick-off Event
Hosted by: University of Toronto, Centre of Interprofessional Education
Description: Patients/clients/caregivers/family members to learn more about the IPE Curriculum and hopefully register to become an IPE Patient Partner to participate in the Understanding Patient/Client Partnerships in a Team Context core activity on Monday, January 27th, 2020.
Deadline to RSVP to by August 13, 2019
3. Join the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement as a Patient Partner
Hosted by: Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
Description: CFHI is seeking a part-time (2.5 days per week) Patient Partner for a 1-year term to complement its existing team of dynamic staff and network.
Tell them your story on how you feel you can help shape the vision for an improved healthcare system in Canada in this role by sending your cover letter, your résumé and your salary expectations to CFHI’s Human Resources team
Deadline to RSVP to by September 08, 2019
1. Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR)
2019 Conference   
Hosted by: CAHSPR (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
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 29-31, 2019
2. KT Canada Scientific Meeting 2019 
Hosted by: Knowledge Translation Canada (in Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Description: The theme of this conference is "Advancing the science of integrated knowledge trans;ation." 
Dates: May 30-31, 2019
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. Abstract submissions are due by May 01st, 2019.
Date: June 5th, 2019
4. 10th International Shared Decision Making Conference
Hosted by: Patients included 
Description: This conference will include patient oriented shared decision making research. Will concentrate on best strategies for involving patients in decision making. Abstract submissions are due by February 4th, 2019.
Date: July 7-10, 2019
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: September 18-20, 2019
6. 47th 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. Abstract submissions are due by April 16th, 2019.
Date: November 16-20, 2019
7. Putting Patients First 2019:
Working Together Across the Research Life Cycle
Description: Putting Patients First is our annual conference designed to encourage learning and collaboration between patients interested in patient-oriented research (POR), health researchers, health care providers and health system decision makers. Abstract submissions are due by July 19th, 2019.
Date: November 20, 2019