Four Trends Impacting Employee Benefits in Canada

Note: This is my first blog post (below) for the company that I work for: International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. The post is about four trends that are changing pensions and benefits in Canada, but in general, these topics are also something the U.S. and other countries are seeing and dealing with. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Cannabis, pharmacogenetics, blockchain, artificial intelligence . . . here’s a look at trends that might impact employee benefits in Canada.

Source: Four Trends Impacting Employee Benefits in Canada

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A Renewed Intention

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Brad Bauter at the HRPA conference in Toronto, Ontario

In 2006 I started my blog so I could share with the world things I thought were fun, unique and interesting . . . to me. Then came a child, and my job, and then another child and then, well you get where I am going with this right? Well, I am letting you know that I am back! I hope, I think. I have been traveling a lot lately and with that comes some time for just myself and 140+ passengers in an aluminum tube hurling across the sky to reflect, discover and share things I see, learn and do.

With that said, I am also starting to blog at work, until they flat out tell me that I should just stop. It has made me think of blogging personally again. Is blogging still a term kids use these days? What you will see in coming posts are my personal thoughts, triumphs, challenges along the road of life, oh, and work reposts which I assure you have some interesting content.

I promise I haven’t changed much since 2006 other than hair color (colour if from Canada and the UK) and 20+ pounds—more about that later. So, I invite you to join me on this renewed intention to share with you things that interest me, after all, this is my blog err, posts, um, thingy. Doh!

—Brad

Fotoshop by Adobé

Below is a great video making the rounds on the net these days. Very funny and well done also. More truth than some would like to admit to, but it is reality. I like to say that yesterday’s wet darkroom is today—Photoshop. Enjoy Fotoshop by Adobé and thanks to Jesse Rosten for producing this little ad!

Have a safe New Year!

I just want to wish all of you a safe and happy new year. please be safe, but have fun in bringing in 2012. May 2012 be even better than 2011. Don’t forget, tomorrow I plan on beginning my project 365 (or 366 depending on how you look at it) photography project. Please check back often.

Happy New Year!

Brad

My New Year Resolution

As the clock strikes midnight throughout the world, people all around make resolutions. Most of these resolution fall well short of the expectations and promises that were originally made. I am guilty of making such bold predictions such as getting fit, loosing weight or saving money for that rainy day, which after these past few years is not too bad of an idea. However, like millions do, these resolutions fail. Why, I am not to sure, but I do know that after some consideration, I have decided to make at least one resolution.

Mine is not earth shattering, but it is something I think I should be able to do. I have decided to make myself do a project 365, or in this years case, a project 366 due to 2012 being a leap-year. For those unfamiliar, a 365 project is one where you take at least one photo every day for a year and then post all of them somewhere. I plan on doing this starting January 1, 2012 and will post photos either on this blog or at bauter|photo. My thought is to try to post everyday to my Flickr account and possibly link them to bauter|photo as well, make a weekly post on this site. This I expect will be an ever moving fluid process. Only time will tell. I am not expecting the worlds greatest photos, but maybe there will be gems along the way.

I am really looking forward to this project and hope that you will too. I might even try to keep up with my other resolutions too, but lets try to keep one of them going for sure.

We will see on Sunday!

Poll: 2011 Year in review

2011 was certainly a year for the books—both personally and world-wide. The majority of the major news events I can recall surround world leadership changes. As it has been said many times, “The only constant is change.”

All politics aside though, what do you think was the most significant event of 2011? Please take the quick poll below and let me know your thoughts. I will have it open for you to choose for a while. I really would love to hear your thoughts too, so please leave a comment (I do moderate my comments, but most every comment gets in except if you are really mean or just spam)!

Johnnie Walker-The Man Who Walked Around The World

I have been searching the web lately looking at great ads of the past and present. In particular, ads that were/are unique—not just the ad creative, but also the way it is produced. This ad for Johnnie Walker, shot in 2008 and airing in 2009 is a good example of what I am talking about. The unique part of this though is that it was shot in one continuous take. The final ad you see was take #40, and considering the distance one can walk in five-plus minutes, there was a lot of travel involved to restart the takes. This ad was developed by BBH (in the UK).

Sometimes the story of the ad is just as fascinating as the the story the ad itself is telling!