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ILEA Connects: Ordinary to Extraordinary

December 7, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


ILEA - Connects REG2 Dec 7

Ordinary to Extraordinary: Changing lives one step at a time

In 2010, Martin ran 250 marathons and raised $320,000 for the humanitarian organization, Right To Play. He has now completed his “Quests for Kids” initiative, completing 10 quests in 5 years, raising over $1.36m for Right To Play and changing the lives of over 27,300 of the world’s most disadvantaged children.

Telling a story which will amaze and inspire, Martin will show how, through determination and persistence, one person can affect change, one step at a time, to achieve a remarkable goal. He will explain how he tackled many obstacles, including injury, skepticism and the ever-changing degrees of temperature to achieve his dream. Learn how he had to adapt his diet in order to stay healthy and undergo constant monitoring by a team of health professionals. Martin talks about the challenges of fundraising, having no corporate sponsors and learning to deal with Global media attention.

With 25 years’ experience in the Canadian mining industry, Martin has held positions of responsibility in Engineering, Operations and Human Resources. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Human Resources Institute of Alberta and the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. He was named as one of the 50 most influential Albertans by Alberta Venture magazine. He is currently President of the Rotary Club of Cochrane. Martin has made numerous keynote presentations across Canada and the UK. Clients include: Avanti Software, Sun Life Financial, HRIA, Raymond James and Centron Construction.


In 2010, following a 25-year mining career, Martin Parnell started his “Quests for Kids” initiative. Over the next five years he completed 10 “Quests”. These included running 250 marathons in one year, setting five Guinness World Records in endurance events and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in 21 hours. At the end of 2014, he had raised over $1.3m for the humanitarian organization Right To Play and 27,000 children had been given the gift of hope.

Martin’s first book “MARATHON QUEST” was published by Rocky Mountain Books and CBC Radio listed him as one of Alberta’s top five authors, for 2014. His second book, “RUNNING TO THE EDGE”, was released in November 2016.

Through keynotes and workshops, Martin shares his message of having a “Finish the Race Attitude – Setting goals and overcoming obstacles to unlock your potential”.

He is married to Sue, and has three children and three grandchildren.

Connect with Martin

Twitter: @MartinJParnell

Website: www.martinparnell.com


Civic on Third

Address: 130 3 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0B


$60.00 Member

$80.00 Non Member

Pricing includes a full, seated dinner, and a cash bar.


5:30pm – 6:30pm Registration + Cocktails

6:30pm – 8:00pm Sit down dinner and Presentation with special guests

8:00pm – 8:30pm Post dinner mix and mingle

Dress code

Business Casual

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December 7, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Civic on Third
130 3 Avenue SE
Calgary , Alberta T2G 0B7 Canada
(403) 719-3671


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