At the dawn of its inception, PDI led the world in gender
equity by delivering the first graduate-level leadership-skills program for women. Fast forward 15 years, and armed
with invaluable clients' experience in aerospace (Boeing, Bombardier, Canadian Space Agency, MDA), banking,
building & infrastructure (Skanska), mining (Boliden, Teck), defense and governments, we launched an ongoing initiative
to make Harvard®
tools accessible (without compromising value) to everyone in our clients' project
teams. As a result, PDI led the world again us by delivering Advanced Workshops to enable Executive and Administrative
Assistants to excel in procurement negotiations and fully participate in team innovation, project management (strategy
formulation, scheduling, scarce-resource allocation, budgeting...) and progress control, as indicated in
participant-testimonies' video on YouTube
. Empowering Executive assistants, with skills of lasting value, is not
only fair, humane and dignified; but it is among the best evidence-based business investments yielding immediate returns.
Alain Paul Martin
has a deep commitment and an extensive
experience in mentoring, training and coaching executive, administrative and presidential assistants and their leaders,
both the public and private sectors, NGOs and unions. While he teamed-up, in a wide variety of working conditions,
both face-to-face and
in virtual teams, with senior executives and their respective assistants, he has witnessed first-hand the grueling
workload and challenges facing assistants, most of whom are competent, capable and dedicated professionals, eager to excel.
That is why at Harvard University, he devoted an important part of his research to the advancement of administrative
professionals in the workplace, to enable them to build and harness career opportunities of lasting value. He continues to
focus on developing universally marketable collaborative, organizational, innovative and high-paying skills and
practical tools, that make a difference to
the users' performance and their organization, every working day, even during the COVID pandemic.
He is credited by many of his professional-development
alums to have had an inspiring and positive impact in their advanced education and upward mobility.
As Chief Architect, Harvard University Global System™
and CEO, The Professional Development
Institute, Alain continues to lead workshops/webinars and manage diverse work teams, innovation panels and advisory &
comprising executive and administrative assistants,
managers, scientists, engineers, production, marketing & sales and other professionals of various
levels in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Europe and Africa. He is a lifelong student and practitioner of innovation
sciences (leadership, system thinking, operations research, cognitive neuroscience, organization behavior and
alternative dispute resolution).
Alain is a 2012 Harvard Fellow, Advanced Leadership and a Harvard Business School's entrepreneurship alumnus
(1997-99 OPM). He graduated in Commerce (Quantitative Methods) from Concordia University (Montréal) and studied advanced
technology in Lille, France. He acquired skills in innovation, system thinking, change management and organization
behavior at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (GIC), and mediation and
advanced negotiation for lawyers, at Harvard Law School, from which he is certified to teach negotiation in
corporations. For more: C.V. in PDF format
and at LinkedIn