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Sharing his own stories of personal tragedy and triumph, Martin Parnell tells us that life is a relay. In this humorous and insightful presentation, Martin takes us from exploding out of the blocks to hitting your stride, and finally to passing the baton to the next wave of change makers. Martin is passionate about making a difference in the world, and inspiring others to do the same. He lives by his adage, “In life you don’t have to do much but you have to do something.”

In 2010, following a 25-year career in mining, Martin 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 was the keynote speaker at our annual corporate gathering and presented his amazing story to our group.

We had a very diverse group of people, with all of Centron’s office staff and site staff as well as spouses. This included everybody from the President and CEO to the site workers. Martin did a great job of connecting with the audience with a very interesting, humorous and overall, very inspiring presentation.

We had a lot of feedback after the event from our staff remarking on how Martin’s presentation had struck a chord with them and how remarkable his achievements are.

As Martin says, he is an ordinary person trying to do his part to help others who are less fortunate. He certainly is doing extraordinary things and through his example is encouraging a lot of others in a lot of ways, in addition to the children who are getting life changing help from the RTP programs.

We highly recommend Martin as a very interesting and inspirational speaker and fully support his Right to Play fundraising quests.

− Wayne Benz, President, Centron Group of Companies

I worked with Martin directly when he was hired to provide the keynote speech at our virtual users group conference in May 2013. Martin has a unique and inspiring story full of profound messages.

He also has a way of telling it and mixing messages into his story that captivates and engages his audience both in person and virtually as he did for us.

He is truly an inspiration and I would easily recommend anyone to engage him as a keynote or guest speaker for their event.

− Richard Link, Client Relationship Manager, Avanti Software

In the fall of 2010, we wanted to host an appreciation event for our clients.  As we brainstormed about themes, we kept coming back to wellness (health, fitness, wealth, family, philanthropy, balance...).  Naturally, Martin's name came up.

We were honoured to partner with Martin in his fundraising efforts and to support his Marathon Quest 250 objective to raise funds for Right to Play.  Martin was a fantastic speaker, proving that anything is possible if we put our heart and soul into it.  His words and energetic spirit moved all in attendance to do what they can to make a difference.  

Thank you Martin, for making a difference in the lives of children around the world!!!



− Paul Vailliancourt, CEO, CIO, Canadian Wealth Management

Martin Parnell presented the keynote address at our 2013 Annual Conference.  Martin is an excellent story teller with a great story to tell!  His presentation was fun, engaging and inspiring.

Many of our conference delegates remarked on Martin’s great presentation and have asked for more information about Martin and Right To Play.  Martin took the time to meet with our delegates before and after his presentation and was a positive force during our conference. 

Make sure you get a chance to hear Martin’s story!


− Geoff Ray, Executive Director, NWT Recreation and Parks Association


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