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Chris Collenette

Chris Collenette, Chairperson

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 13,000 workers – 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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Chris Collenette, ICBA Chair, joins Pat Kenny on Newstalk to put forward the case for the new government ratifying CETA as a priority. 1 July 2020

Trade with Canada key to post-COVID-19 economic recovery and mitigation against Brexit

Ireland should not be the last EU country to ratify CETA, says trade association.

The Ireland Canada Business Association (ICBA) is calling on the new government to ratify a hugely important trade deal between Europe and Canada. Failure to sign the agreement could hamper Ireland’s post-COVID-19 recovery and further expose the country’s economy to the impact of Brexit.

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CONTEXT The Ireland Canada Business Association (ICBA) represents some of the largest Canadian companies in Ireland including Air Canada, Shopify, Irving Oil, Canada Life (Irish Life), TD Bank, Bank of Montreal, Scotia Bank, Vermillion Energy, PressReader, Greenfield Global, IMAX, Opt

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A Message from Kate Hickey, Executive Director, ICBA Dear Friend of the ICBA, We have heard the word community used often during these past months. The ICBA is a community of people working in Irish and Canadian businesses navigating an uncertain landscape with optimism and fortitude.

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A Message from ICBA Chair, Chris Collenette Dear Friend, The coronavirus has generated unprecedented uncertainty in every aspect of our lives. At the Ireland Canada Business Association we will continue to support our members throughout this challenging period. Given that reduced inte

Thanks, @martinheydonfg for taking the time today, on what is a very busy day, to discuss the huge export opportunities for the Irish agricultural sector in Canada and the need for the ratification of CETA through the Oireachtas @canadaireland @SabineNolke @EamonnMcKee @Bordbia

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Thankful that @IrishTimes ran with why @merrionstreet should ratify #CETA without delay @DeirdreGiblin1 @SabineNolke @EamonnMcKee @LeoVaradkar @IDAIRELAND @MartinDShanahan @ei_canada @JulieSinnamon @RobertTroyTD @mary_ng

Thanks to @GreenfieldGBL @DublinAirport @rxsourceglobal @IMAX @AirCanada @SovyTrust @Shopify @teknicor for joining the chorus on this one!
@DeirdreGiblin1 @SabineNolke @EamonnMcKee


Speech by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms Heather Humphreys – ICBA Trade Briefing - 28 September 2018

IMAX, Teknicor and William Fry on Brexit, GDPR and doing business in Ireland - Trade Briefing - 28 September 2018

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Patron Members

Bank of Ireland
Philip Lee
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
Air Canada
RX Source
Bank of Montreal
Irving Oil
National College of Ireland
Irish Life
Arthur Cox
William Fry
TD Bank
Eversheds Sutherland
Greenfield Global