Mobility of the Skilled Workforce: A European Union/Canada Roundtable

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Where: Brussels

This European Union-Canada roundtable, organized in partnership with the European Centre, invitation-only event was attended by some 30 Canadians. The meeting examined the evolving policies related to labour mobility, and temporary and permanent migration in Canada and the EU. Discussions also focused on recent developments concerning the recognition of professional qualifications in Canada and the EU. For the final portion of the event, participants explored such topics from the perspective of specific professions, such as engineers, accountants, architects, nurses, pharmacists and skilled trades.

While much useful information was exchanged, ongoing dialogue is needed to expand mutual understanding in light of future changes and the diverse practices among different sectors. As such, it is hoped that the roundtable will serve as a starting point for further discussions to facilitate the mobility of professionals between Canada and Europe, which is particularly important in the context of increased trade and investment between Canada and the EU, and the start of negotiations on forging a closer economic partnership.

Participants included representatives from various professional associations, senior officials from CIC, HRSDC, and DFAIT, as well as the provinces of BC, Ontario and Québec. The EU was represented by a similar number of senior officials from interested Directorates General, including Employment, Internal Market, Education and Culture, Justice, External Affairs, and Trade, as well as representatives from a number of European countries and associations.


1.1 Maia Welbourne

1.2 Silvano Tocchi

1.6 Asa Carlander

2.1 Silvano Tocchi

2.2 Jean Francois Thuot

2.3 Katherine Hewson

2.4 Jurgen Tiedje

2.5 Carlo Scatoli

3A.1 Tim Forristal

3A.2 Marie Carter

3A.4 Toal O'Muire

3B.1 Lisa Little

3B.2 Carole Bouchard

3B.3 Piet Van Vaercke

3B.4 Sam Mars

3C.1-1 Red Seal Designation Process

3C.1-2 Red Seal Apprenticeship

3C.2 George Gritziotis

3C.4 Nancy Vandewiele

4.2 Katerina Rudiger

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