Itinerary of Speaking Engagements

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