Thursday, 24 August 2017

AI Revs Its Engines ....

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has gone leaps and bounds in autonomous driving ... Uber has officially tried and tested their driverless cars in Toronto. Raquel Urtasun, computer science professor and Canada Research Chair at University of Toronto is leading the Uber team in a bright and new direction.

What does this mean for the future of jobs, taxis and Uber drivers? Some jobs may be reduced or even eliminated due to AI but other jobs will be created such as the UofT and Uber research and development teams programming machine learning logic to new products. 

I guess I can get rid of my GPS soon.... thanks Raquel, Uber, and the UofT team.

Get ready folks to rev your engines....this is the future! 

More information can be found on Kate Allen's report below:

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Counting interns as full-time employees

This blog is two-fold:  one is to thank Mark E David @MarkEDavid for quoting me on HRM Online in his article Count Interns as Employees: Industry Leader the other is informative.  The latter intent of this blog is to inform and promote to HR professionals and others that create or use HR metrics that there is a need to record interns as employees.   A number of interns are not being recorded as employees in both a private and public standpoint in labour surveys, company reports and HR dashboard metrics.  By not including interns in your statistical reporting the data can be skewed sometimes favourable for employers -- especially during terminations and early departures from an organization.

As more and more interns are entering the workplace, either as paid or unpaid workforce, we need to know from a company standpoint and labour reporting how many interns are within organizations and for how long are they working.  In addition to statistics it is important to keep track of interns as employees from a recruitment standpoint as sometimes interns  are hired on afterwards as full-time employees.  Your recruitment lifecycle should log how long it takes to hire an intern as an employee as well as the recruitment source (school).

Another thing to consider is the training and development costs from providing 'on the job' training to interns.  Currently, the Ministry of Labour does not include interns, that are part of the recognized Colleges and Universities internship programs--hence they are not protected under the Employment Standards Act.  
"This exception exists to encourage employers to provide students enrolled in a college or university program with practical training to complement their classroom learning."  

I look forward to hearing from other HR professionals if you record interns as an employee either from a statistical, legal or other reason.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Facebook snooping more accurate than personality tests, but is it legal?

The power of social media and networking never ceases to surprise me of who you meet on-line, phone and in-person.  I received a call the other day from a journalist, Caitlin Nobes, at the Human Resources Daily on my opinion of using social media on the future of reference checking.  I was quoted on the article  Facebook snooping more accurate than personality tests, but is it legal? all thanks to leveraging social media.

Thank-you Caitlin for posting my viewpoint and adding me to this article.  I highly recommend reading Human Resources Daily to my colleagues, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in learning more on HR.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Presenting on Social Media Marketing Trends

I am announcing that I will be attending as a panelist at a round table event on businesses leveraging social media at the Canadian Association of Management Consultant on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm.  The event has a wordy title Learn about and discuss using Traditional and new Marketing Methods in your Market Strategy and is geared towards consultants, private and public organizations and anyone interested in using social media for their marketing campaigns.  More details to the event held in Toronto can be found at the below link.

I will be presenting with Allan WilsonPromod Sharma and Jonathan Holowka.  


Sunday, 5 February 2012

I am a 10: Walking to End Women's Cancers

I am proud to say--I am a 10!

Do you want to be a BE A 10?

A 10 is anyone who is walking with us in the 2012 Weekend to celebrate 10 years strong. Join me to commemorate the monumental decade of difference The Weekend has made for all women.

I walk in honour of those we've lost and the lives we?re saving each day. Some of us have been walking since The Weekend's inaugural year in 2003, while others are just beginning their Weekend journey. 

My commitment is based on love and my realization that we each need to do our part in this fight. I can walk. I can raise funds to benefit The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret, a leader in the fight against all women's cancers. I can and choose to be a part of this movement to save lives.

I ask you to join my Circle For Hope. Whether you?re a Survivor yourself or walking for a loved one or walking for all women.

Be a part of my very personal journey - by giving, by walking with me, or simply by sharing my story with your circle of influence, and discover YOUR inner 10!

Please support me in 2012 by donating on my page at End Cancer website.

Thank-you for BEING A 10!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Hosting a Webinar: "Recruitment - The Future is Social"

I am so pleased to write in my post that I am co-hosting with my colleague Jonathan Holowka,, on how human resources can leverage social media on their recruitment initiatives.  

For those who are interested in learning how HR can leverage social media feel free to sign up for the free event through you can download the slide deck (.ppt) at a later date.

To join this FREE event on Tuesday, January 10th, 12:30-1:30pm "Recruitment-The Future is Social"  you may register by signing up at the following website

Friday, 9 December 2011

Social Media Etiquette

It must be a sign; in the last two minutes I read a twitter from Jonathan Holowka @jholowka about social media etiquette and then a post by Pam Moore on Twitter etiquette and how to get retweeted.  This inspired me to write something on common civility in life, work and social media. All are intertwined and it helps if we follow basic guidelines in our everyday interactions with others.  Both the blog and tweet resonated as etiquette takes common sense but sometimes we step over the line of what is inappropriate.

Here are some useful websites on social media etiquette.  If you know of any others please comment below.

This website had an interesting suggestion advising not to drink wine and tweet.  (I have to put my Bordeaux down now)

Chris Brogan has a common sense approach to using social media - great job!

Tamar Weinberg mentions some faux pas and provides correct usage on different social media platforms like Twitter, YouTube, etc.; a must read.

My social media motto is to: give, give and then give again.  My guidelines are to try to follow those who have similar interests, professional backgrounds, and potential clients/employers.  The reason I follow these individuals is that I want to know more about them and learn about their interests.  Hopefully, I can incorporate their passions to mine and vice versa.  It helps if you understand who your audience is and then cater to them.  What works for me is to pretend my followers are coming over to dinner and I am serving them a delicious meal, some good wine and [hopefully] interesting conversation.