With a PhD in nanotechnology and a track record in directing engineers
and scientists, Dr. Rob Stephens is a strategic thought leader
and an innovator in the mining and advanced materials industries with
international experience in Canada, the United States, Australia,
and New Zealand. He has thirty years of technical and strategic
leadership, culminating in six years as Director, Applied
Research and Technology (ART) for Teck
(Canada's largest diversified resources company, revenue $12 billion), and including
a decade supporting the development of innovation ecosystems
in Canada. Dr. Stephens continues to provide expertise in
minerals and materials processing, non-destructive testing,
aviation, professional development, and venture capital.
During twenty years with Teck, Dr. Stephens built and led large,
diverse teams of internal and external technology specialists
and vendors to advance and integrate technologies to solve Teck's
complex challenges. With a budget of $10-25 million, his ART
team of forty engineers, scientists, and technicians, a third
of whom had doctoral degrees and supported by an extended
team of thirty external experts. The team worked on a broad portfolio
of technical projects and programs, ranging from advances in ore body
knowledge, coal, oil sands and mineral processing technologies to
environmental sustainability. Its hallmark was the
ability to rapidly learn new technical disciplines to
integrate ideas and partial solutions from a wide
range of sources and become experts in the required disciplines.
Dr. Stephens' expertise ranges from foresight and strategy
development, people and team development, technology
and innovation management, environmental and climate
change technologies, to ore body knowledge, advanced materials
and minerals processing, and metals smelting and refining.
Dr. Stephens has been a director for not-for-profit organizations,
leader in professional societies, and a member of oversight boards
for complex technical programs, as well as significant
capital projects. He played a national leadership role in developing
collaborative innovation ecosystems through participation in the
Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), engagement with numerous
universities and science and technology organizations such as
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the National Research
Council (NRC), and advising on government policy and program
Alain Paul Martin's meta-innovation mission is twofold: advancing innovation quality
to maximize user value and SDG/ESG impact; and democratizing the worldwide access, for all, to
the best innovation education, practical instruments (frameworks, roadmaps, algorithms)
and strategic ecosystems. Alain leads the creation and scaling of groundbreaking products and organizations
(banking, advanced technology, energy, mining, education, government);
and chairs innovation and foresight panels.
Mr. Martin currently teaches courses and workshops in exemplary leadership and innovation ecosystems (contextual,
strategic and deep/extended), idea generation and cross-pollination, structured creativity and management
of change for scientists, engineers, policy makers, team leaders and graduate students,
in English, French and via simultaneous translation in other languages.
In this program, Mr. Martin demonstrates game-changing cases, including the invention of a multinationally patented and
Harvard-University's branded product, and several innovations where he was a lead strategist, in transforming
lagging businesses (banking & finance, large-scale manufacturing) and government agencies into long-lasting
leaders in their respective sectors and the best performers by SDG/ESG impact (thousands of lives saved) and financial metrics (in $billions).
The case studies include a highly-profitable groundbreaking innovation with a lasting worldwide carbon-footprint
reduction impact (over 25-million metric-ton yearly reduction in dioxide), the first award-winning business innovation
earning the prestigious United Nations' Environment Programme (UNEP). He co-founded the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
to operate at arm's length of political and economic powers. Inspired by Harvard Profs. Paul Farmer and Jim Kim,
he spearheaded the creation of Partners in Health Canada, now harnessing Canadian generosity for the poorest countries.
Mr. Martin taught graduate courses in management of change; and delivered leadership workshops (Bertelsmann, Cap-Gemini,
EON, Framingham State University, France Loisirs, GE (Canada, France, U.S.), Harvard and the Ivy-League's
Leadership Summit, Japan's METI and Engineering Advancement Association (ENNA), MD Robotics, Morocco's
OCP Group and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Ontario's OPG Nuclear Power, operations-research societies,
the Project Management Institute (PMI), Teck Resources, Textron's Bell Helicopter, United Nations'
University (Tokyo), University of Québec and governments (Brazil, Canada, China, EU, Japan, Mexico, U.S.).
Concurrently, Mr. Martin is the CEO of PDI (
www.eharvard.org/pdi), a catalyst
in principled leadership and innovation, and Chief Architect, Harvard University
Global System™ (for which PDI is Harvard University's licensee), comprising
cutting-edge innovation and performance-improvement instruments. He led the discovery,
design and scaling of this system, first used by Skanska (Sweden; U.K., Germany, Finland and
Saudi Arabia) to manage $1M to multi-billion dollar projects.
Alain Martin is a 2012 Harvard Fellow, Advanced Leadership, a Harvard Business School's entrepreneurship
alumnus (OPM 1997-99) and a 6-year president (10-year director) of two Harvard clubs. He is recognized
by Harvard University's president for his "Leadership, Vision and Service" and PMI for
"outstanding contribution to the state-of-the-art of project management". He is a patent
recipient (U.S., Canada and Japan) for the Harvard University Planner and is also an
aerospace-award's recipient for a manufacturing innovation at Bombardier (Canadair), now Airbus.
Mr. Martin graduated in Commerce (Quantitative Methods) from Concordia University (Montréal) and
studied advanced technology in Lille (France) with internships at Peugeot, SFB (now ARD National
TV Network) in Berlin (Germany), the University of Ottawa (Particle Physics) and Carleton University
(Hydrodynamics Lab). He acquired skills in system thinking and change management
at MIT Sloan School and in field work with Prof. Richard Beckhard, Gestalt psychology at Gestalt Institute of Cleveland
and in internship with Prof. Herbert Shepard, and mediation and advanced negotiation
for lawyers, at Harvard Law School from which he is certified to teach negotiation in corporations.
Lifetime learning is part of his mission (see
C.V. page 4 on Education and Continuous Learning).
Alain Martin's current research centers on innovation science concepts, principles, tools, and education
to maximize both user value and SDG/ESG impact, i.e. imagine, design and deliver economically viable,
ecologically sustainable and socially beneficial user-centered innovations (products, services,
policies and organizations). Alain focuses on harnessing strategic opportunities in the contextual and deep ecosystems;
and improving value-incubation, idea-generation and cross-pollination practices, upstream in the innovation funnel.
He builds on current knowledge and best practices to raise innovation foresight and capability, across the entire
tech and non-tech spectra of groundbreaking economic and social innovations, from life sciences, robotics and
infrastructure to safety, education, social justice and policy development.
Democratizing leadership, by empowering high-school educated adults with cutting-edge innovation and decision-making
tools, is a worldwide priority. Alain's contribution is to make Harvard® innovation and
project-management tools (incl. Harvard® Innovation Funnel, ecosystems and roadmaps),
accessible to this constituency. That is why, inspired by the groundbreaking inventions of Louis Braille
(Braille Code), Joseph D. Becker (Unicode) and music notations, Alain developed a simplified
coding structure for international project teams to share project plans and progress reports,
across language boundaries. The approach was applied successfully, first by Skanska, in projects franging
from a million to multi-billion dollars in budget and in several countries in Europe, the Middle-East and Latin America.
Alain's upcoming book "Breakthroughs in Innovation Best Practices" is the first in
five-volume eBook series titled "The Art & Science
of Innovation". It builds on the intelligence and novelty lessons learned from opportunity and
failure seeds, frequently unseen or overlooked, during the issue-incubation
cycle, including the underlying stakeholders' dynamics and broader implications in business,
government and geopolitics. The book features practical instruments and a framework to probe
each party's interests (expectations, unsatisfied needs and fears); detect early signs
of opportunities and threats before appearing on the scientists' and executives' radars;
build the critical mass for change, in order to harness the full strategic value of an innovation.
When these tasks are aptly accomplished, the value of idea generation, structured creativity and
design do improve by a quantum leap. No important project or policy can be planned without a deep
dive into stakeholders' dynamics and value incubation.
For more on Alain's innovative work in finance & banking, energy & mining, education, the public service and civil
society, please refer to : 4-page C.V. in PDF format
and detailed C.V.