René Benoit has lived with many complex health problems since childhood. He has undergone a dozen surgeries, suffers from chronic pain and is in remission from cancer. For over 10 years, René has been involved as a patient partner. He has been a co-instructor at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal in the Collaboration en sciences de la santé (CSS) courses under the Direction collaboration et partenariat patient. He has taken several training courses from the Centre d’excellence sur le partenariat avec le public et les patients. Within the framework of the patient partnership, he has participated in various research projects. René is also a patient partner of Réseau-1 Québec and since 2022, he has been involved with the V1SAGES project team.