Speaker. Mentor. Consultant.
Martina Buchal Inc.
Passionate human rights advocate and humanitarian working towards making mindful leadership the norm through development. Mantra: The big changes in the world #STARTWITHIN each and every one of us.
"... however terrible things seem, there is a powerful source for good in a world gone mad…In the end, the indomitable human spirit will prevail.”
Empowering people to be the creators of a more peaceful, collaborative future.
I am currently working for myself and alongside others as a coach, consultant, and speaker, actively empowering others to dig deep within and bring out the thoughtful leadership this world needs. My clients span across the continents and I don't exaggerate when I say I am excited to wake up in the morning to work with them.
The Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation
Associate Executive Director
September 2013 — Present
• Networking, outreach, and liaising with other peacebuilding organizations, donors and the wider community
• Representing the organization at lunches and conferences in Ottawa and elsewhere
• Identifying possible funding opportunities
• Developing new projects and/or fundraising for specific projects
• Assisting the ED with the day-to-day management and operation of the organization
• Advising the President and Board on strategic direction
• Attending the yearly board meeting
• Assisting with the operation and/or execution of existing CIIAN projects
Ministry of the Attorney General
Court Clerk / Registrar
June 2011 — Present
• Completing pre-court, in-court, and post-court work, including preparing the courtroom, creating the daily docket, collecting and preparing files
• Administering oaths, reading charges, recording endorsements and exhibits, and ensuring that courtroom protocol is followed at all times.
• Liaising with judiciary, trial coordinator, clients, counsel, agency workers, police, interpreters, staff and all appropriate parties in person and by telephone to ensure the timely and effective use of courts
• Explaining procedures or forms to parties in case, directing parties to appropriate sources of information, court counters etc., for further assistance, providing insight to parties on resources available to them within the legal/ socio-legal system
• Securing information for judges, and contact witnesses, lawyers, and litigants to obtain information for court, and instructing parties when to appear in court.
• Organizing, maintaining, completing and checking court documents for accuracy and completion, ensuring a paper trail that contributes to completion of cases
• Completing all administrative duties that contribute to the progress of cases in the court system from beginning to conclusion
• Recording case disposition, court orders, and arrangement for payment of court fees, conducting any necessary follow up on files as per lawyer/judge request
Parliament of Canada
Research & Public Relations Assistant for Senator Catherine Callbeck
September 2010 — December 2010
• Performing background research on subjects to be discussed by the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance (including important research which has lead to the abolition of the Canadian “Penny”), preparing statements and questions to be addressed during Committee meetings, compiling notes, summaries, and reports
• Briefing Senator Catherine Callbeck on research; new discoveries; political, legal, and economic updates
• Composing and editing speeches and press releases
•Prioritizing work, coping with extremely tight deadlines
Embassy of the Czech Republic
Legal, Socio-Political Lead, Cultural Attaché / promoted to Head of Division
January 2008 — September 2010
• Researching various legal and political topics, reading volumes of material, analyzing information, demonstrating knowledge of legal and political concepts and principles, preparing various legal documents, drafting policy proposals
• Writing and editing detailed reports; translating documents, submitting requests for Canadian legal/political information to European Union Headquarters in Brussels
• Performing various administrative support duties including some reception duties, preparing and filing correspondence, performing various data entry and word processing functions, creating and managing schedules, event planning from start to finish
• Demonstrating and forwarding knowledge of community/government affairs, debriefing the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Canada, networking at Embassy events on behalf of the Embassy, creating and maintaining contacts and amicable relations, responding to public and internal inquiries from both Czech and Canadian citizens
Attending weekly European Union meetings, chairing meetings during the Czech presidency of the European Union on occasion, representing Czech interests at said meetings, speaking on behalf of the Ambassador
• Liaising between the Embassy and the media, composing and editing speeches and press releases, speaking to reporters on live television/film, responding to inquiries and explaining cultural differences in an easy-to-understand manner to diplomats and public alike
Teaching Assistant in Youth Criminal Law (LAWS 3307)
January 2010 — June 2010
• Assisting instructor Lisa Micucci in preparing lecture material, case studies, grading, supervising exams
• Holding regular office hours to aid and mentor students throughout the duration of the course
• Corresponding with students and professor via telephone, e-mail as well as one-on-one, and regularly assessing progress