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Alain Paul Martin
Management Faculty Chair

Printable 3-page professional vitae in PDF format

Videos featuring exclusive testimonials about Alain Paul Martin and Harvard University Global SystemTM from several CEOs and senior executives:

  • John Harbour who applied Harvard University Global SystemTM and turned a $100-million company from a lagger to the leading financial institution in Canada. Promoted as president of Desjardins, he applied the method to chart the future of a $78 billion financial institution (among the world's top 10 banks according to Bloomberg). At the SAAQ, within five years, Mr. Harbour reduced death rate on highways by 35% and severe accidents by 43%, turning $489 million deficit into $20 million surplus (testimony in French).

  • Introduction to Harvard University Global SystemTM including testimonies from users in banking and finance, manufacturing and mining, a union president, and from Skanska, the world's leading project- development and construction group and "the greenest contractor in the world". Note: Internet-service providers are facing unprecedented traffic due to COVID-19. If you experience an issue with the above network, please use click on this Youtube's link. If you wish to bookmark the video, PDI server's link; but not Youtube's because the latter's URL will change with each update (because Youtube does not have a mechanism to modify or replace videos at the same URL).

About Alain Paul Martin's book “Harnessing the Power of Intelligence”

“This is an extraordinarily thoughtful and well written book on a topic of great contemporary importance. Its advice is detailed, practical and completely on target.”

Professor Warren McFarlan, Harvard Business School

“I have used the framework described in this remarkable book successfully for several years, first, to orchestrate the turnaround of North America's fastest growing casualty-insurance company, and subsequently, to craft a vision and strategic direction of a $75 billion financial institution.”

John Harbour, Former President and CEO, Desjardins Casualty Insurance Group,
and President & COO, Desjardins Confederation

Workshop Leader: Alain Paul MARTIN

Alain Paul Martin coaches team leaders to ask profound questions; act as exemplary leaders and apply decision science; chart a bold vision and a shared mission; co-innovate, craft and execute strategy with the details that count, while building succession for a sustainable future.

Alain Paul Martin, Workshop LeaderAlain leads on-site and virtual workshops on exemplary-team leadership, competitive advantage, strategic innovation, strategy, principled negotiation (bar-certified seminar), system thinking, and management of crises (from incubation diagnosis and communication to resolution), and other projects with high-severity risks (oil spills, gas, mining, nuclear power, aerospace, supply chain, food and airport security, pandemics)

Alain is a 2012 Harvard Fellow, Advanced Leadership and is a Harvard Business School’s alumnus in entrepreneurship (OPM 1997-99). He studied advanced technology in France and graduated in Commerce (Quantitative Methods) from Concordia University in Montreal. He also gained cutting-edge skills in system thinking and change management (MIT, Gestalt Institute of Cleveland) and is certified by Harvard Law School to teach negotiation in corporations.

As a student, Alain worked with Peugeot in France, German Broadcasting in Berlin, Carleton's hydrodynamic-engineering lab and the University of Ottawa's particle-physics unit. He subsequently led corporate IT projects at Bombardier Aerospace and Du Pont; managed operations-research and system development at Domtar; and exercised oversight over the engineering phase of collaborative CIDA-World Bank capital projects including a 2800-km microwave and a 660-km inter-city highway in Congo and an emergency flood relief in Rwanda.

Alain was praised by Desjardins’ CEO for his strategic-advisory role in building "North-America's fastest-growing general insurer [quadrupling sales and yielding tenfold raise in profit] and crafting "the vision and strategic direction of a $75 billion financial institution" and the "world's second strongest bank" (Bloomberg). Alain teamed-up with the same CEO in the public sector, coaching a new team which, in 5 years, saved thousands lives by reducing deaths (-35%) and severe bodily injuries (-43%), despite 15% higher highway traffic; thus, turning $486 million deficit into $20 million surplus.

Alain advised two prime ministers (4 years), the UNESCO’s DG, research directors at Teck (12 years), Canada largest diversified resource company, and Biokplus’ CEO. He addressed complex technology and environmental issues from the Arctic Circle (Canada’s Northwest Territories, Russia’s Sakha Republic) to Africa.

In education and executive development, Alain was twice a graduate faculty member at the University of Quebec where he taught Management-of-Change courses (M.Sc. and Master's in Project Management). He led Framingham University's system-thinking workshop on STEM education (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). His exemplary-team leadership workshops and strategy were held at Bertelsmann, Boeing, Boliden, Cap-Gemini, E. ON (wind energy), France Loisirs, GE (USA, Canada and Europe), Harvard University, MD Robotics, nuclear-energy companies (OPG's and CANDU's project/risk management), a real-estate group, Skanska (Sweden), Textron's Bell Helicopters, the UN University in Tokyo and governments. He also led seminars for IEEE, PMI, ACM, operations-research societies (INFORMS, CORS), the Ivy-League's Leadership Summit at Harvard University, Japan's Engineering Advancement Association (ENNA), Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Asian Productivity Organization (APO), China Association for Science and Technology (CAST). In 2020, he led webinars for the OCP Group, the world's leader in the phosphate industry, based in Morocco, with worldwide activities, ranging from mining to sustainable agriculture, food security and university research and education.

Alain is an award recipient (Bombardier-Aerospace/Canadair and the Canada Awards for Excellence). He is recognized by Harvard-University's president for his "Leadership, Vision and Service" and the Project Management Institute for his "outstanding contribution to project management’s state-of-the-art".

Alain’s pro-bono civil-society work focuses on health, education and poverty reduction (e.g. joint Sandy-Superstorm event at the French Embassy by Washington’s alumni clubs (Chicago, Harvard, HBS, Wharton) . Inspired by Paul Farmer and Jim Kim, he led the creation of Partners in Health Canada. He is a founding member, Harvard University’s ALI Coalition, a member of the Société Mathématique de France and was elected director and president of two Harvard Clubs for 10 years.

Alain is the author of the book titled "Harnessing the Power of Intelligence, Counterintelligence & Surprise Events" which was recommended by leading scholars, corporate executives and the intelligence community. He is currently preparing the publication of a monograph series titled "Charting the Future with Exemplary Leadership". The second edition of the first volume will be published in July 2020 under the title: "value incubation foresight: managing high frequency and severity events and stakeholders’ dynamics in business, government and geopolitics".

Alain teaches and consults both in French and English. He studied German and worked in Berlin and Vienna. He is passionate about learning, governance, history, languages, arts, sciences, running, hiking and windsurfing.

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