Presented by BrainTrust Canada

Doctors.  Scientists.  Educators.  Advocates.  Changemakers. These are the speakers who will gather at our BRAINx event at Ramada Kelowna on June 6, 2019.

Some of the most inspired thinkers in the field will share short, powerful insights into brain injury.  Come for the experience.  Stay for the conversation.

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Keynote Speaker: Martin Parnell

The Secret Marathon

“In life, you don’t have to do a lot but you have to do SOMETHING, so give it a go and have some fun.”

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

In February 2015 while on a speaking engagement in Winnipeg, Martin was diagnosed with a life-threatening and rare blood clot on his brain. Suddenly he went from running multiple marathons to needing help to go the twenty feet from his hospital bed to the washroom. His recovery was slow. In October of that year that he read about Zainab, the first Afghan woman to run a marathon. He was so inspired by her story that he decided that if he was able to recover from his illness he would travel to Afghanistan and run with her at the next "Marathon of Afghanistan" in support of rights for girls and women.

Through keynotes and workshops, Martin shares his message of having a “finish the race attitude" by setting goals and overcoming obstacles to unlock your potential.

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. The final book of the marathon trilogy, The Secret Marathon - Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan through sport, was published in October 2018.

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

Keynote Presentation Sponsored By


We are proud to also showcase an outstanding line-up of
 BRAINx speakers.

Shelina Babul

Dr. Shelina Babul

Concussions: An Acute Urgent Public Health Concern

Mark Watson

Mark Watson

Four Pillar Approach to Brain Injury Recovery 

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith

   Social Marketing for Injury Prevention

Dr. Angela Colantonio

Dr. Angela Colantonio

Connecting Brain Injury, Mental Health, and Addictions

Jason McIntyre

Jason McIntyre

 Cognitive Based Interventions for Success

Julia Schmidt

Dr. Julia Schmidt

The Role of Self-Awareness and Self-Identity in Recovery After Traumatic Brain Injury


Colin Edstrom

Managing Brain Injury in the Workplace


Jules Delorme

Fall Down Seven - Stand Up Eight

Mark Ware

Dr. Mark Ware

Cannabis and Brain Injury

BRAINx Agenda - June 6, 2019

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AM1150 Radio Host/ MC
Phil Johnson

Delicious breakfast with hot coffee and croissant

What's Included

Your conference ticket includes a light breakfast, hot buffet lunch, nutrition breaks, and a wine and cheese reception.  We make every effort to ensure there is something for everyone; vegetarian and gluten free options will be available.  If you have significant dietary restrictions please contact us and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

Early Bird Admission (until April 30) -  $139 | General Admission - $199
Group of Four Tickets (until April 30) - $450 |  Contact Us for Student Rate

For those needing accommodation we have secured a conference rate of $134.99 plus tax for June 5 and/or June 6 at our host hotel.  Please request the rate for the BrainTrust Canada BRAINx Symposium when you book your room.

Call 250-860-9711 or 1-800-854-9517.

While you're here take time to explore our beautiful city.  You're sure to experience something that will create a fond memory - a spectacular view, an award-winning wine, a unique eatery, an outdoor activity, or a local event.  There's something for everyone.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

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