Keynote speaker: Robert Reid

Hazel McCallion Research Chair in Learning Health Systems, Institute for Better Health

Senior Vice President, Science, Trillium Health Partners


Dr. Robert Reid is a global expert and thought leader in population health, learning health systems and primary care.


He is best known for his work in developing and evaluating a patient-centred medical home at Group Health Cooperative, now Kaiser Permanente. Robert is currently providing expertise in the redesign of Ontario’s health-care system through the Ontario Health Teams initiative.


With the Institute for Better Health, Robert focuses on generating new ways to engage, design, deliver and finance health care. He also creates partnerships with patients, caregivers and communities to improve population health.



What are learning communities?

Learning communities are groups of people with shared interests and goals, multiple perspectives, experiences, and expertise that meaningfully collaborate to solve health and health system problems.


Who can attend?

Leaders in the health and health research ecosystems, from patients to policy makers, are welcome. This includes health-care providers, health system decision-makers, patients, people with lived experience of health issues and the health care system, health researchers, and students and trainees.


Where will the conference take place?

Putting Patients First will be hosted in-person in Vancouver, BC, at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel. More information on virtual sessions will be available in the coming weeks.


Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
1128 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC


Will masks and hand sanitizers be provided at the event?

We are encouraging all attendees and staff to wear masks to protect themselves and others. Masks and hand sanitizers will be available at the check-in desk.


Is this a fragrance-free event?

Yes. Please refrain from wearing cologne, perfume or other scented products.


Will the sessions be recorded?

Photos will be taken onsite. Consent will be requested during registration. More information on virtual options will be available in the coming weeks.


Will there be opportunities to present or share my work?

Yes, we are accepting submissions for the 2024 conference. Submissions must focus on the process of engaging people with lived and living experience and partners. The submission deadline is August 11, 2024. Visit the call for submissions webpage for details.


I have a question. Who do I contact?

Please email your questions to:


Where can I learn about previous years of PPF?

Learn about past events.