About ICBA

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.


  • To be the representative voice of Canadian Business In Ireland and to be a business network for this group.
  • To be a business network for Irish companies which have invested in or trade with Canada
  • To provide links to Ireland Canada Chambers of Commerce in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa and Calgary
  • To forge stronger commercial ties between Ireland and Canada

What We Do

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 we are proud to be in the private sector and serving the public interest.

Activities that we organise include:

  • Business functions with guest speakers (Irish or Canadian) from industry and/or government
  • Business advocacy with Government and relevant business and trade organisations
  • A number of networking and charity events such as the Annual Golf Classic and the Maple Leaf Charity Ball
  • Receptions and other networking events that assist in building business, social, and cultural links between Ireland and Canada

ICBA Advisory Council 2023

  • Ms Deirdre Giblin, Head of Professional Education, NCI, ICBA Chair
  • Mr Chris Collenette, Vice President, Corporate Development, Think Research Corporation & Consultant, Philip Lee, Immediate Past Chair
  • Ms Joanne McEnteggart, Managing Director, IQEQ, ICBA Vice Chair
  • Mr Graham Attley, Partner, Price Waterhouse Coopers, ICBA Treasurer
  • Ms Kate Hickey, Executive Director, ICBA & Company Secretary
  • Mr Stew Paterson, Director, TD Securities
  • Ms Suzanne Drisdelle, Senior Trade Commissioner, Canadian Embassy in Ireland
  • Mr Sean Egan, Irish Life
  • Mr Ken Finegan, Greenfield Global Ireland
  • Mr Alan Fullerton, Teknicor Corporation
  • Ms Laurel Garven, ISC
  • Ms Sue Kelly, RX Source
  • Mr Ryan Carty, Vermilion
  • Mr Joe Molony, Computershare
  • Ms Maeve Moran, Arthur Cox
  • Ms Emer Murphy, AIB International Corporate Banking
  • Mr John O’Connor, William Fry
  • Ms Blaithin O’Donnell, Sales Manager, Air Canada
  • Mr Dan O’Donnell, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking
  • Mr John Popolizio, Sovy
  • Mr Sean Ryan, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Mr Todd Underhill, General Manager, Irving Oil Whitegate Refinery Limited
"Ireland and Canada are very likeminded countries. We have a strong trading relationship, we make good business partners and it is easy to collaborate.”
Nancy Smyth
Canadian Ambassador to Ireland


Canadians of Irish Descent


People employed by Canadian companies in Ireland


Canadian companies operating in Ireland


Employed by Irish companies in Canada

Members of the ICBA Advisory Council

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