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“As the Principal Investigator on two proposals in the past eight months, I am writing to offer my strong support for the work of The Butlers & Associates.  Martin and Jennifer's work was timely, thoughtful, and strategic.  Their inputs to our proposals were instrumental in achieving the project goals.”

David Plant,
Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Education),
McGill University

Martin Conducting Workshop at CAURA 2007, Montreal, Canada

Martin leading Montreal Workshop (2007)


Testimonial from
Dr. Patrick Finn
University of Calgary



1. Grant Writing and Application Development

  • Application planning and development
  • Writing, editing, polishing
  • Grant review, assessment of strengths and weaknesses, and assessment against agency review criteria
  • Targeting funding agencies and programs such as NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, CFI, CRC, CERC Government Agencies, Private Sector Partners, and International Agencies

2. Research Planning

  • Development, review and assessment of:
    • Short-, medium- and long-term goals and objectives

    • Research models
    • Training models
    • Team and collaboration models
    • Partnership models
    • Management models
    • Knowledge Mobilization models
    • Technology Transfer models

3. Mentoring

  • Researchers in all disciplines, in all types of post-secondary education institutions, and in all career stages

  • Research-active students
  • Research Leaders, Managers and Facilitators


    Workshops are a key approach to getting in the trenches and threshing out the issues relating to developing a project, targeting funding and support, and addressing concerns.  Being able to keep all members of the group enthusiastically focused on the issues, allow everyone to contribute, and emerge with all participants having a clear idea of next steps are attributes of a successful Workshop.

    Communicating performance, achieved through annual reports, progress reports, workshops and face-to-face meetings, is vital for keeping stakeholders, investors and participants aware of the return on their investment, the impact of their involvement and the need for their continued commitment, whether it be financially, personally, or professionally.
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