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Ireland Canada Business
Jim Kelly RIP
It is with great sadness that the ICBA has learnt of the untimely passing of Ireland’s Ambassador, UN Deputy Permanent Representative Jim Kelly. As Irish Ambassador to Canada, Jim encouraged and supported every ICBA trade mission to Canada.
Jim’s participation at ICBA events in Ireland and Canada was always much appreciated. Jim was a great friend to the ICBA and his support, vision and great intellect is kindly remembered.
We extend our deepest condolences to Jim’s wife, Anne, daughters Orla and Ciara, and wider family at this time.
The Ireland Canada Business Association
The Ireland Canada Business Association is the leading business association that has the mandate of promoting and developing trade and industrial links between Ireland and Canada. When the ICBA was first established in 1978, the Canadian Ambassador served as its Patron. Our membership now includes a select group of international businesses ranging from small to large, start-ups to established institutions, as well as Canadian and Irish government departments and agencies responsible for export promotion and business supports.
When we meet with our member companies, we ask them what matters most to their businesses. In this way, they lead how the association is run ensuring we are a network run by our members and for our members. We convene networking events to allow our members connect and deliver business communications and advocacy. Through our events we help members grow and sustain their relationships, influence and businesses. We celebrate our members successes together at high calibre events. We champion our members’ ideas, and interests and are proud to be the representative voice of Canadian businesses in Ireland.
Welcome to the Ireland Canada Business Association
As Chairperson of the Ireland Canada Business Association (ICBA), I am pleased to welcome you to this website. Our mission is to Connect, Communicate and Influence Irish – Canadian stakeholders on behalf of our membership, which has now grown to over 100 companies.
Canada is very quickly becoming one of the most significant FDI influences in Ireland, with over 75 operational companies here employing some 15,000 people – an increase of over 40% since 2014. With Brexit strengthening Ireland’s position as a natural gateway to Europe for multinationals, boosted by the recent opening of an IDA office in Toronto and a new consulate in Vancouver, the opportunity for further growth between our two nations is sizeable.
The ICBA is proud of the work of our members and we look forward to further assisting them in their bilateral investment and trade between Canada and Ireland. We are committed to building on the work accomplished over the last 40 years to promote member views and protect their transatlantic businesses.
(this is an abridged version of Chris Collenette’s full address, which you can read here)
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ICBA Business Summit 2021
At the conference we learned about and engaged with some of the important issues facing Irish and Canadian businesses today.
To listen into keynote speeches from Minister Mary Ng and Minister Simon Coveney and hear conversations with Ambassador McKee and top business leaders please go to ICBA 2021 Business Summit Archive.