Pushor Mitchell Symposium on Brain Injury

Martin Parnell - BB4CK - The Art Of-8977


Pushor Mitchell BRAINx returns Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Ramada Kelowna Hotel and Conference Centre. Our keynote speaker will be Martin Parnell.

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. The final book of The Marathon Trilogy, “THE SECRET MARATHON-Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan through sport” was be published on October 30th2018.

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.

Annual Educational Event

In partnership with Pushor Mitchell LLP, we've been holding this annual educational event in Kelowna for over 25 years.  Known as the 'go-to' opportunity for learning, inspiration, and best practices around brain injury, this symposium is well-attended by medical professionals, non-profit support workers, caregivers, families, and individuals dealing with brain injury.

Each year we bring in a line-up of qualified, professional speakers who address a variety of topics.  Pictured at right are former hockey players, Kerry Goulet and Keith Primeau kicking off the 2018 Pushor Mitchell Symposium on Brain Injury.  They engaged the audience with an honest discussion on the topic of 'Concussions and Hockey.' This was the first time that our Symposium took the form of a series of TEDx-style talks which we called BRAINx.

Enjoy the following videos of these presentations from BRAINx 2018, courtesy of SHAW.


Keynote Speakers:  Kerry Goulet and Keith Primeau
Concussions and Hockey: An Honest Discussion

Dr. Harry Miller
A Neuropsychological Assessment:  What, Why, and When?

Dr. Kyleen Myrah and Martin Bell
Journey Home:  Ending Homelessness in Kelowna

Janelle Breese Biagioni
Caregiver Fatigue - An Empty Cup is an Empty Cup

Patti Flaherty
Life Re-Design - Real Life Stories and Their Human Value

Maria Reed
Aboriginal Culture and Brain Injury

Karen Mason and Dr. Paul van Donkelaar
Traumatic Brain Injury and Intimate Partner Violence

Melissa Feddersen
Mental Health and Brain Injury in Youth

Sue McKinnon
Employment and Acquired Brain Injury

Shawn Mitton
Brain Injury Prevention in the Workplace

Shanda Hill
4500 Km and Beyond - A Story of Survival and Achievement