Human Capital

History of the CLCIC Academy

The 1st CLCIC Conference in Columbus, Ohio, 2003

In 2003, some 85 employee benefits specialists from the United States, Canada, and most of the western European countries gathered in Columbus to discuss the various trends and practices of the nascent global employee benefits industry.  It was really a gathering of people who wanted to be part of the discussion and who wanted to share their ideas and opinions on the issues and concerns we were all facing.

At that time, there were only six member countries in what was then called the European Community, but they already had problems in coordinating social security benefits for the people in those countries. 

Looking back, during a special meeting held in November of 2003, Canan Cullings took the podium to speak. He looked over the audience, threw away his notes and instead began to speak about the fall of the Berlin Wall—and what that meant to the world.  

In one of the earlier CLCIC Conferences, Mr. Cullins and his partners introduced a training session for human resource executives who were just starting to be involved with employee benefits.  That session grew into what is now known as the CLCIC Institute, a five-day program designed for the training and certification of employee benefits specialists.  Recalling the first CLCIC Institute, Mr. Cullins remembers: "It was in London, and I remember the hotel had lost all heat in the meeting room and we were all sitting there freezing to death in January.  They brought these huge heating fans into a ballroom even though there were only 25 or 30 people there.  And while it was not exactly the best of circumstances, we all stuck with it."

Canan Cullins, a 25+ year specialist in international benefits who founded the international HR consulting firm over 15 years ago, acquired CLCIC (International Benefits Information Service) in 2003 and with it the CLCIC Conference and CLCIC Institute.  Believing that experienced human resource executives and those just starting out in the global employee benefits field could benefit from interacting with one another, he brought the CLCIC Conference and the CLCIC Institute together into one meeting, renamed the CLCIC Academy, in Barcelona in 2007.

Today, the CLCIC Academy is the most respected and longest-running international conference for global human resources and international employee benefits professionals.  In 2012, the CLCIC Institute (for training and certification) and the CLCIC Conference (for industry leadership discussions) were joined by a third track, the SHRM® GPHR Certification Preparation Program, a 3-day intensive study and test preparation course for HR professionals seeking the respected designation of "Global Professional in Human Resources," which is gaining recognition worldwide as a trusted professional designation for international benefits managers.

The three tracks of the CLCIC Academy aim to promote industry growth and provide multinationals with knowledge and resources on international pensions and employee benefits in markets around the world, and offer unrivaled learning opportunities and an invigorating symposium experience.  Delegates from around the globe attend the Academy, including the American Benefits Council, which has held its International Committee meeting at CLCIC Academy each year since 2009. 

2022 Sydney, Australia
2021 Tokyo, Japan
2020 London, England
2019 Oslo, Norway
2018 Orlando, Florida
2017 Honolulu, Hawaii
2016 Toronto, Canada
2015 St. Louis, Missouri
2014 Buenos Aries, Argentina
2013 Geneva, Switzerland
2012 Edinburgh, Scotland
2011 Vienna, Austria
2010 Lisbon, Portugal
2009 Madrid, Spain
2008 Dublin, Ireland
2007 Paris, France
2006 Berlin, Germany
2005 Budapest, Hungary
2004 Antwerp, Belgium
2003 Columbus, Ohio