The Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC) invites CATA members to its regional Symposia on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Ottawa. Members are offered the CERC member pricing. CATA VP, Kevin Wennekes – on the speaker panel.
June 19, 2008

Canada's Future Workforce: Implementing Solutions for a National Dilemma

A National Dilemma:

Surveys of corporate leaders and CEOs continually reinforce that access to talent is a major obstacle to business growth and expansion. Canada's workforce is shrinking dramatically. In the absence of increased immigration, there will be no growth in the workforce anytime in the foreseeable future. The impact of this acute shortage will be evident as early as 2010 as older workers leave the workforce.

CERC Proactive Solutions:

The solution to this dilemma is multifaceted, ranging from improved workforce training to more effective immigration policy and greater labour mobility. Canada needs to modernize its immigration system and improve processes for the evaluation and recognition of foreign skills and credentials, and the recruitment of temporary foreign workers. Equally important is the need for provincial governments to adopt a model of open labour mobility among all provinces.

A Landmark Series:

This is an opportunity to be a part of the solution. We invite you to attend this landmark event to hear some of the most influential leaders from business, government and academia discuss one of the most urgent challenges facing Canada today. Participate in the dialogue and influence change in areas that matter to you and your business. Help align government policy to better meet the needs of Canadian businesses.

Space is limited, so reserve your place today! Price includes breakfast, event, and networking luncheon. Upon completion of the Symposia, CERC will create a White Paper. This event is a MUST for corporate members. It promises to be an informative and lively session - please bring your questions and invite a friend or colleague along! 

Speakers:   Confirmed to date…

Thomas (Tom) E. Digan

President & General Manager

Lockheed Martin Canada 

Andrew Kenyon

Director General Temporary Foreign Workers


Les Linklater

Director General

Immigration Branch, Citizenship & Immigration Canada 

Corinne Prince-St-Amand

Director General

Labour Market Integration Skills and Employment Branch, HRSDC

David Stewart Patterson

Executive Vice President 

Canadian Council of Chief Executives 

Kevin Wennekes 

VP, Research  



Wednesday, June 25, 2008


8:00 a.m. 
8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Registration, breakfast & networking
Networking luncheon
Location:  Fairmont Château Laurier Hotel, 1 Rideau St, Ottawa, ON
Cost: CERC & CATA Members: $99.75  ($95.00 + $4.75 GST)
Non-Members: $131.25  ($125.00 + $6.25 GST)
Register: Online
*Note: when registering, please put “(CATA)” after your last name so we know to extend the discount.
Please register by Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 4p.m.
Questions or concerns?  Feel free to email us at or call at 1-866-357-CERC (2372).