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I was featured in an article in the National Post on 6 December 2010 – Strategy Comes Easy.

In it, I’m quoted extensively on how I’ve used my military background to launch and run a successful consulting business. The article also features another retired serviceman’s experiences in starting his own business.

My thanks to Jameson Berkow of National Post for writing a great article.

Richard’s latest article on effective crisis management published in Canadian Plastics.

© 2010 Richard Martin

In this short clip, I was interviewed about some of the challenges and decision factors that high-level leaders such as Obama and BP CEO Tony Hayward might be facing as a result of the oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico.

© 2010 Richard Martin

I was quoted on 10 June 2010 in an article by the Canadian Press on the massive risks confronting BP in the months and years to come. It’s a piece on finance and investment, but it’s an interesting read nonetheless.

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I’m now listed on, Canada’s premier directory of experts for media.

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MONTREAL – 26 April 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Alcera Consulting Inc. is proud to announce that Richard Martin will be teaching a course in the Management of Humanitarian Assistance Projects at Universite du Quebec en Outaouais in Gatineau, Quebec. This course is offered during the 2010 summer term and is part of the Masters in Project Management degree programme. Richard Martin is founder and president of Alcera Consulting Inc and has lectured at UQO since 2007.

Martin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the topic. He got his formal start in project management in 1993 as a deputy project director with the Canadian Department of National Defence.
Says Martin, “I saw firsthand how disagreements can grow simply because of a failure to appreciate the subtleties of doing business in other cultures.”

As a former Army officer, Martin led teams of soldiers in Norway, Germany and Bosnia. “Bosnia was the most interesting, because we were responsible for enforcing the Dayton Peace Accord and keeping the peace in an area where Serbs had been ethnically cleansed and were attempting to return. We had a number of humanitarian projects on the go at any one time, and also had to ensure security for the many others that were underway. I had to deal with military officers, municipal politicians and employees, local police, NGOs, representatives of international organizations and allied militaries. It was a challenge, but an exhilarating learning experience.”

Martin intends to bring this cross-cultural sensibility to the classroom and to temper the more theoretical aspects of project management with his real-life experiences of international project management, security enforcement, and conflict management in extreme situations and conditions. He adds, “Much of the literature emphasizes differences between cultures. My experience is that the differences, while important, are rather superficial compared to our common humanity. I intend to build on that understanding and to provide my students with the practical tools to lead cross-cultural project teams in providing humanitarian relief.”

Richard Martin, president of Alcera Consulting Inc. /Alcera Conseil de gestion inc., brings his military experience, leadership and resolve to bear for the benefit of executives and organizations who wish to thrive by exploiting change, risk, and opportunity.

For more information, please go to, write to, or call 514-453-3993 (toll free 888-453-3993).

Richard Martin
Alcera Consulting Inc.
N.D. Ile-Perrot, Quebec
T: 514-453-3993 F: 514-453-4701

For more information contact:
Richard Martin
Phone: 514.453.3993

I will be co-instructor for a one-day course in Interagency Cooperation and Coordination at Drummondville College on 15 April 2010.

I developed and teach this course with André Gagnon of Cogesure. It is aimed at municipal managers, politicians, executives involved in emergency management. For more information on this course, please see the following link (in French):

Workshop in Interagency Cooperation and Coordination