Business Leaders

Founded by and for Leaders of the Ireland Canada Business Community


Connect | Communicate | Influence

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What We Do

Ireland Canada Business



Connecting our members with companies and people doing business between Ireland and Canada.



We keep our members informed on key developments and seek opportunities to increase trade between Ireland and Canada.



We champion trade growth between Ireland and Canada, engaging policy-makers and influencers in the support of such trade.

ICBA Trade Mission 2023

ICBA Chair, Chris Collenette in conversation with Tanaiste Leo Varadkar

Dr Deirdre Giblin, Co-Vice Chair of the Ireland Canada Business Association, speaks about some of the key findings of the 2022 ICBA Member Sentiment Survey.

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)

Chris Collenette



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ICBA Business Summit 2021

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.

TD Securities      Canadian Embassy Ireland


ICBA Golf Classic
  • 21 June 2023
  • 1.00pm
  • Castleknock Golf Club
  • 6 September 2023
  • 5.00pm

Members of the ICBA Advisory Council


Canadians of Irish Descent


People employed by Canadian companies in Ireland


Canadian companies operating in Ireland


Employed by Irish companies in Canada