Itinerary of Speaking Engagements


When Tina Martel was diagnosed with Stage Two B breast cancer, she decided to document everything. Not in the Pink is a “graphic narrative” of the pain, frustration, and frequent hilarity of her day to day dealing with eccentricities and bureaucracy of the medical system. 
Meet and chat with Tina Martel as she brings the creative detritus behind the construction of the book into the public eye. She invites everyone for a thoughtful conversation about her creative process behind her award-winning illustrated book on her experience with breast cancer.

Capital Plaza, Legislative Building, Edmonton, AB

JUNE 27, 6 – 8:30PM

Walk with Works Festival artists and director and explore:
1) In Search of Eden by Emmanuel Osahor on Capital Plaza
2) Blessings in Stone by Leo Arcand at the Matrix Hotel
3) home: Medalta’s Artists in Residence at the Alberta Craft Gallery
4) Typical Space by Sora Park & The Skin Machine by Rachel Thomas at Latitude 53
5) Not in the Pink: the creative process by Tina Martel at NorQuest College
6) The Works Festival Stage, featuring Gitana Mundo, on Capital Plaza

Your ticket includes:
– A meet and greet with featured artists, including artists whose work is not a stop on the tour. Spend walking time between venues discussing their exhibits and artistic practice.
– Time at each venue to hear from artists present, ask questions about the work, and explore freely.
– 2 included beverages plus snacks, including a drink on The Works Patio as you take in the eclectic sounds of Gitana Mundo: an exotic blend of music from all corners of the globe, mixed with a little funk, cajun, tex-mex, jazz, old time swing, and country twang.

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What people are saying about Tina Martel

Tina Martel is an accomplished Canadian artist, author and post secondary instructor. She has always believed that visual art was a consummate form for communication. When she was first diagnosed with cancer she knew she wanted to share her experience with other patients, their friends, families and medical professionals alike using her artistic skills. Her personally illustrated, multiple award winning book offered a unique experience unlike most journals ever published. In her speaking engagements she expertly uses both image and text to break some of the “cancer-land” myths and offer a patient’s perspective of cancer, and healing and hope. She is a dynamic and engaging speaker whose personal narrative has held audiences across Canada and the USA with her insights into the journey that is cancer. She is available for speaking engagements across the country and internationally.

“Her observations were insightful and inspiring to the future physicians and her art which accompanied the talk was amazing and really deserved a forum dedicated especially to it. I could not recommend anyone more highly to you as a speaker who can really connect with her audience and present a meaningful message effectively.”

Michael Speca, Department of Psychosocial Oncology, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, AB

“Connecting all we do to core purpose was a theme carried throughout the conference. The final keynote presentation was delivered by artist Tina Martel, a breast cancer survivor and author of Not in the Pink, the multi-award winning book about her patient journey. At this point in the agenda, the charts, graphs and bullet-points were replaced by evocative visual imagery and unvarnished recollections of what it’s like to work through an often mystifying health system from a patient’s perspective. Tina’s comments and readings were blunt, heartfelt and provocative. They fit perfectly, however, into this unique gathering of healthcare professionals, all of whom understood and appreciated her succinct summary comment: “I am the why.”

Studer Group website

The room was hanging on every word as they listened to the inspirational story of strength and hope from Tina Martel. It is truly amazing how a woman can go through so much pain and come out with some, if any, hilarity at all from her journey of kicking cancers ass!!

Angie Haywood-Dauncy, Canadian Cancer Society Events Co-ordinator

List of Past and Future Engagements

Book Reading, Loft 112 Calgary, AB

Book Reading, McNally Robinson Book Sellers, Saskatoon, SK

Book reading, Grande Prairie Book Club, Grande Prairie, AB

Women’s Health Luncheon, Canadian Cancer Society, Grande Prairie, AB

Book reading, Michealangelo’s Fine Art Gallery, Calgary, AB

Key Note Speaker, Studer Group Medical Conference, Toronto, ON
Book Reading, Online, Sudbury Book Club

Book Reading, Creative Co-workers, Vancouver, AB

Book Reading, Alberta Culture Days, Grant Berg Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB

Book Reading, Audrey’s Book Store, Edmonton, AB
Interview, CBC Daybreak with Russell Bowers, Grande Prairie, Calgary, AB

Book Reading, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
Interview, 20 Questions with the Daily Herald, Daily Herald, Grande Prairie, AB

Book reading: Grande Prairie Regional College Nursing Department, Grande Prairie, AB

March 19, Book reading/talk live, Anti-Cancer Club, online,

June 8, Book reading/talk, Canmore First Thursday Artist Talks, Canmore, AB

October 28, Reading and Q & A, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, Ottawa, Ontario

October 27/ 2017 Reading sponsored by the University of Ottawa Nursing Department and Palliative Care Department, Ottawa, ON