Thursday December 7, 2017


Civic on Third                                                    130 3 Avenue SE,                                   Calgary, AB T2G 0B7

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Members and Student Members: $60.00

Non Members: $80.00

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

**Martin will be bringing his books to sell and sign for $20 each - cash, cheque, credit card


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


Business Casual


Julia Rooney 
ILEA Calgary 

Refunds & Cancellation Policy 

Please note that refunds will be given up to 7 days prior to the event date. Requests for refunds or cancellations with less than 7 days notice will NOT be processed; however, we welcome substitutions. To submit your substitution, request for refund, or cancel your registration please email info@ileacalgary.com 

Photography Policy 

By registering and attending our event, you are giving permission to ILEA Calgary Chapter to not only take your photo but to use photos of you for the purpose of marketing, which includes but is not limited to the follow: on ILEA Calgary Chapter's website, Facebook account, Twitter and marketing materials.

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.

What Value Will I Receive?
Corporate Events - When you're determined to be great and do great you show up as a leader. With corporate holiday season in full swing, learn how to achieve your goals and persevere through challenges with your internal team, external suppliers, and yourself, so you are set-up for success.
Not-For-Profit - Get clear on what determination and persistence means to you in your career and life, and how to leverage this within your non-profit business. Plus, how to successfully fundraise and ask for corporate sponsorship when it can be a challenge.
Weddings - How do you set yourself up for success during peak wedding seasons? You find ways to rethink challenges and persist through those challenges to achieve your goals.
Venue - Our environments can shape the energy of success around us. Learn how to achieve your goals and make a positive impact on your team to ensure your venue is manifesting successful events for your clients.
Solopreneur - Discover ways to strengthen your business by taking one step at a time and putting your heart and soul into all that you do even when things get tough.
Employee - Are your reaching for your dreams and achieving your goals in your workplace and home life environments? Discover how committing to physical health as a foundation for personal and professional growth, is key to excellence.
Student - Juggling education with an emerging career? Learn how to successfully overcome any challenges (like stress) with a few key tools, like nutrition and the right mindset in order to balance your daily life.


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

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