WECAN Conference Closes with Visions of the Future for Mobility

In case you missed it, the WECAN: Mobility Across the Pond conference took place this week, featuring conversations from leading experts on the future of mobility policies across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Thursday, 22 April was the second and final day of the WECAN: Mobility Across the Pond conference, a virtual two-day summit hosted by leading mobility associations Worldwide ERC®, EuRA, and CERC as they focus on the importance of mobility within the North American-EU trading partnership.

In the face of a host of challenges over the year, mobility leaders across the Atlantic have stepped up to confidently charge ahead with new imperatives and lessons learned for where work is going. Worldwide ERC®, EuRA, and CERC came together to solidify their partnership as the leading transatlantic associations supporting mobility professionals across these regions, while engaging mobility leaders on the future of mobility.

In case you missed it, day one featured a conversation with C-Suite leaders about the critical questions that remain over global trade, supply chains, and global mobility’s importance to business success after a year of changes. Another conversation with experts further discussed the evolving global supply chains and how to groom talent for the new world of work, including key trends in talent development, education, and skills development that are set to influence the future of global assignments.

The WECAN Joint Declaration

Additionally, the three associations yesterday announced their joint declaration as WECAN (Worldwide ERC®, EuRA, CERC Association Network), where these associations committed to collaborate in areas of research, education and advocacy in their respective countries and through participation in international bodies to make it easier and faster for employers to recruit and deploy international talent. With a mission focused on recovery, recruitment, and recognition, the joint declaration serves as a transatlantic commitment to partnership as mobility meets the needs of a post-COVID workforce.

Critical Conversations Continued to Shed Light on the Future of Mobility Across the Atlantic

The second day of this transatlantic event featured even more conversations with leaders, starting with “Responding to the Here and Now While Building for the Future: Migration and Mobility Policy.” This panel explored the divergent paths of migration policies around the world over the past decade, with some governments imposing more barriers while others ease entry.

Further, panelists Goldy Hyder (Business Council of Canada , President & CEO), Emmanuel Kamarianakis (Investment, Innovation and Education at Global Affairs Canada, Director General), Roberto Suárez Santos (International Organisation of Employers (IOE), Secretary-General), Maxime Cerutti (BUSINESSEUROPE, Social Affairs Department), and Theresa Cardinal Brown (Bipartisan Policy Center, Managing Director, Immigration and Cross-Border Policy) discussed government responses to growing talent and population shortages in an era of pandemic-related health considerations, massive unemployment in certain industry sectors, and the rise in work from anywhere.

After a breakout session, “Advancing a New Policy Framework for Migration and Mobility” discussed how to address such challenges as the harmonization of social security and skills recognition systems as a barrier to mobility, even beyond immigration and tax, with panelists Menno Bart (The Adecco Group, Public Affairs Manager), Sonia Gandhi (KPMG LLP, Partner, Global Mobility Tax Services), Julia Onslow-Cole (Fragomen, Partner, Global Government Strategies & Compliance) and Nino Nelissen (Executive Mobility Group, Managing Director and Worldwide ERC® Global Forum Chair).

After another breakout session, the event closed out with next steps from CERC President and CEO Stephen Cryne, EuRA CEO Tad Zurlinden, author and strategic communications consultant Frances Edmonds, and Worldwide ERC® President and CEO Lynn Shotwell.

Join Us for More Educational and Engaging Events

If you missed WECAN or want another opportunity to learn and engage within the mobility industry, then register and join us for our Spring Conference, a virtual two-day event where we’re retaining all of the key elements of our in-person event: dynamic speakers, robust concurrent educational sessions, an extensive marketplace and exhibition hall, networking opportunities and events. You won’t want to miss it!

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