Expert Advice
Canadian banks and financial services providers are routinely lauded as among the best in the world, not only in terms of economic performance but for overall soundness.
Being personally responsible for the safety of another human or their family is a uniquely rewarding experience that only close protection operatives can understand.
There are a host of variables that help organizations succeed – having a great product or service, knowledgeable and dedicated staff, competitive pricing are but a few. Increasingly, the ability to innovate is a key element to corporate success and survival – either to address a challenge or create new opportunities.
Are we on the cusp of a new era in Canadian government thinking and policy on community safety, crime prevention and the delivery of policing services? If so, are industry regulators and the broad security industry ready?
No workplace is immune from fraud and theft. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse (2012) estimates that a typical organization loses five per cent of its annual revenues to fraud. Often, one of the biggest causes of fraud losses are the business’ own employees. 
Event coordinators need to learn to balance the fun elements with the safe elements in their planning.
Canadian corporate travelers often look to the federal government travel advisory website for destination security and safety advice before heading to the airport. Unfortunately, few take the initiative beyond this to seek out more current advice.
The delivery of online learning is one area where organizations can realize significant savings through the use of technology. This is a significant development for organizations, with large and dispersed employee pools, especially when facing increasing pressures to ensure that they are delivering current, targeted and effective learning to their employees. With the ability to deliver consistent, auditable, targeted, yet flexible learning to all of their personnel, security organizations have at their disposal a tool that can significantly impact the cost of learning delivery and the quality of their personnel.This will become increasingly important as security organizations are faced with training that will be mandated by legislation, such as Use of Force and Occupational Health and Safety. It will also become more of a concern with the migration of security into roles traditionally held by policing organizations and the increased training those roles will require. The development of online learning materials is no different than is the development of in-class materials. That means a needs assessment will have to be conducted, followed by the development of learning outcomes, appropriate learning activities and lesson plans, as well as an evaluation strategy. Where online learning does differ from traditional in-class delivery is in the activities that can be used to ensure that the learning styles of all potential learners can be targeted — and in the time it takes to deliver equivalent amounts of learning.Through the use of animation, images, audio, video, music and interactive gameplay, properly developed online learning will ensure that the learner has an enjoyable experience that is engaging. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (www.ccohs.ca), online learning permits students to retain more information than classroom-based learning and complete courses more efficiently and in less time.  John Romain is the president of the Infinity Human Resource Group (www.infinitygroup.ca).
Each year at this time Canadian residents are zealously preparing for the looming and often dreaded tax season. This planning includes various phases for each of us, however, most of us will be looking at RRSP options, gathering tax receipts from the previous year and compiling all of the data either electronically, in hard document format or both. This is a task that requires focus.
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