AFHTO Events

2017 Bright Lights Awards Ceremony & Reception

Oct. 25, 2017 Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
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The “Bright Lights” Awards recognize leadership, outstanding work and significant progress being made to improve the value delivered by interprofessional primary care teams across Ontario. Select award recipients will receive an education grant valued at $3,000.

“Bright Lights” Award recipients are:

  • Innovators – making small changes for maximum impact to improve patient experience and outcomes
  • Team Players – interprofessional teams, collaborators and relationship builders
  • Demonstrating Impact – can show how their work is benefitting the health care system


October 25, 2017
1:00 – 2:00 PM

METROPOLITAN BALLROOM – Convention Centre North, 2nd floor

NEW FOR 2017 – AFHTO “Bright Lights” Awards Ceremony now open to all attendees at AFHTO 2017 Conference!

Awards will be presented in each of the following categories:

  1. Effective leadership and governance for system transformation*
  2. Planning programs for equitable access to care
  3. Employing and empowering the patient and caregiver perspective
  4. Strengthening partnerships*
  5. Optimizing use of resources*
  6. Using data to demonstrate value and improve quality of care*
  7. Clinical innovations for specific populations


October 25, 2017
6:00 – 7:00 PM

HARBOUR BALLROOM ($ ticket entry) – Convention Centre South, 2nd floor

Come celebrate with Dr. Jeremy Petch & André Picard!

Join Dr. Jeremy Petch at the Bright Lights Awards Reception as he speaks on the importance of storytelling.

Then take a deeper dive into our own stories, great initiatives and programs delivered by your peers across Ontario, including updates on the accomplishments of past Bright Lights winners. Learn how these could apply to your team, all in a relaxing environment at the end of the day.


Dr. Jeremy Petch is the Manager of the Li Ka Shing Centre for Healthcare Analytics Research and Training of St. Michael’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

He is an editor of Healthy Debate and the co-creator of Faces of Health care. He also serves as a core member of the Health Technology Expert Review Panel at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health and he is the President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regent Park Community Health Centre and is the Chair of its Quality Committee.

He is an avid photographer who uses images and storytelling to illuminate the human side of the healthcare system.

Also at the reception:

Come see our closing plenary speaker André Picard who will be signing copies of his latest book, MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH: Public Health Issues in Canada.


Education grants will be given to award recipients in the categories* above thanks to the generous donations of our sponsor Merck Canada. Please note: The sponsor has no role in establishing award criteria, call for nominations, judging or selecting the program winners.

Past Award Winners

Congratulations again to all the past winners of our “Bright Lights” Awards! To learn more about past “Bright Lights” Awards winners and their accomplishments, please visit the links below:

For more information on the Bright Lights Awards please visit this page.