ICBA Newsletter – Autumn 2019

Dear all,

Welcome to our latest edition of our newsletter. I would like to say how delighted I am to become vice-chair of the Ireland Canada Business Association and look forward to working with the ICBA Advisory Council and also engaging with our members to continue growing and promoting Ireland Canada relations. We have very exciting plans ahead which I look forward to supporting the association in their implementation

We would like to hugely thank Suzanne Drisdelle, the Canadian Embassy's new Senior Trade Commissioner and Charge D'Affairs, for joining us at our recent leadership council meeting. It is very pleasing to hear about the Trade Commission Services strategic plans and Canada's international trade objectives.  We look forward to working with Suzanne and the Canadian Embassy and supporting each other as we continue to work on building trade relationships between our two countries and ensuring we provide our members – YOU – with any support you need in achieving your strategic objectives in both Ireland and Canada.

We would also like to extend a warm welcome to our newest members, Greenfield Energy, Nephin Energy, Hanover Communications and Accelerated Payments.

Lastly, we were all so thrilled for Bianca Andreescu, first Canadian ever to receive a Grand Slam singles title and such an achievement for a nineteen year old!  Congratulations to Bianca.

We hope to see you all at our Maple Leaf Dinner on October 18th at the Marker Hotel in Dublin, where we are honored to have Goldy Hyder, President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, as keynote speaker. It promises to be a great event, and you will find more details about it below.

Thank you

Joanne McEnteggart

Joanne McEnteggart, Vice-chair


Gerry Mongey receives ICBA Honorary Lifetime Membership Award

Kate Hickey, Deirdre Giblin, Gerry Mongey, and Suzanne Drisdelle

We were delighted to present Gerry  Mongey with an Honorary Lifetime Membership of the ICBA on her retirement as Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Dublin -  Gerry is the first woman to receive this accolade.  So, thank you Gerry for all your hard work for us at ICBA and the Canadian embassy over the years.

Read the full tribute paid to Gerry as she accepted the award: https://irelandcanada.com/gerry-mongey-tribute/


Laureen Regan

Laureen Regan

IN PROFILE: Laureen Regan - President and Founder, Ireland Canada Centre for Commerce, Calgary

"The time has never been better for Irish and Alberta businesses looking for new markets. Businesses and visitors alike will find a world of opportunity, an affordable business climate, young and educated workforce and a warm welcome in Alberta"

In the latest of our series of profiles on the organisations  helping Irish companies to thrive in Canada, we meet Laureen Regan, who heads up the Ireland Canada Centre of Commerce, Calgary, and who is also Honorary Vice Consul for Trade and Investment for Ireland. Waterford-born Laureen outlines the top reasons for choosing Alberta as a base, gives her advice on how to get established, and delivers a message to the Irish government on successfully seizing current business opportunities. Read the full article HERE.


ICBA - Roundtable Discussion - September 2019

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the ICBA roundtable featuring contributions from Honorary Vice Consul for Trade and Investment for Ireland, Laureen Regan, Darcy Kerwin of Vermilion, ICBA Vice Chair Joanne McEnteggart of IQEQ and Suzanne Drisdelle, Senior Trade Commissioner and Chargé d’Affaires of the Canadian Embassy in Ireland.


The ICBA wishes the very best of luck to the Ireland and Canada International Rugby squads as they progress in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.


Chris Collenette, Chairperson - ICBA & Joe Shannon, CEO - G Golf Ireland

With Shane Lowry winning the British Open at Royal Portrush, and Adare Manor being announced as host of the 2026 Ryder Cup, the world of golf has been big news this summer. Our new chairperson Chris Collenette caught up with ICBA member Joe Shannon, CEO of  G-Golf Ireland, to chat about Ireland as a golf tourism destination, it's huge value to the economy, and the burning question of who has the best golf courses, Ireland or Canada?!


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“I’ve said this many, many times before. I’m going to say it again: It’s been a goal of mine to inspire many people, especially Canadian athletes. I think that this win will hopefully do that, not only this win but just what I’ve accomplished this past year because so many Canadian athletes have paved the way for me when I was young.”

Bianca Andreescu (19) became the first Canadian ever to win a singles Grand Slam when she beat Serena Williams in the final of the US Open. Congratulations Bianca from all at the ICBA.


We are delighted that Mr Goldy Hyder, President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada will be our special keynote speaker at the annual ICBA Maple Leaf Dinner on October 18th.

The Council represents the chief executives and heads of 150 leading Canadian businesses, employing 1.7 million Canadians and composed of every major industry across the country.

Prior to this role, Mr Hyder was President & CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and before that served as director of policy and chief of staff to The Right Honourable Joe Clark, former prime minister and leader of the then federal Progressive Conservative Party.

We look forward to hearing Mr Hyder’s insights on the great relationship and exciting opportunities that exist between Ireland and Canada right now. For more information and to book a place email events@irelandcanada.com


Ireland v Canada

RTÉ will carry live coverage of the Ireland's historic two-game Olympic qualifier against Canada at Energia Park in Donnybrook on 2nd and 3rd of November. Best of luck to both teams!


We wish Dan Costello the very best of luck as he moves from his role as Ambassador of Canada to the European Union on to pastures new. Dan delivered a fantastic address to last year's ICBA Business Summit and you can listen back to it here (introduction by Chris Collenette)


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

8th October ICBA member Geoscience Ireland, in collaboration with the Irish Mining and Quarrying Society,
will be hosting the ‘Mining Ireland’ conference this Oct 8th
at the Radisson Blu Airport, Dublin. For registration details please visit the IMQS

18th October - The ICBA Annual Maple Leaf Dinner, featuring Mr Goldy Hyder,
Business Council of Canada, as keynote speaker. Email events@irelandcanada.com.

21st November - Ireland Canada Trade Briefing - National College of Ireland.
Keynote address by Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe.

ICBA Newsletter – May/June 2019

Dear ICBA members and friends,

As incoming Chairperson of the ICBA, I'd like to first thank Garrett Monaghan for his service as Chairperson over the past four years.  We have made great strides as an organization under his leadership.

During this period, and through the hard work of our Executive Director Kate Hickey and the Chair of our Membership Committee Dan O'Donnell, the ICBA has more than doubled its membership.  There is no question that the ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and Europe has provided an impetus for ICBA's growth as companies in both countries were looking to new trade markets as a result of Brexit and NAFTA (now USMCA) renegotiations.  However, it took a strong ICBA team to convert that interest into new members.

In addition, during Garrett's tenure, we have hosted two very successful business summits in Dublin, led two trade missions to Canada and held countless trade briefings, networking and social events. We have also increased our communications internally, through the creation of this newsletter, and externally, having revamped the website, created a twitter account and a Linked-in page, not to mention countless hits in traditional Irish media.

As a result, the ICBA has improved its ability to be heard by decision makers on key issues facing our members.   For example, following an ICBA advocacy effort, it was announced that the IDA would open an office in Toronto.  Finally, we recently updated the organization’s constitution from 1978 to modernize its operations and ensure compliance with the Companies Act 2014.

Moving forward, we will continue to build on this strong foundation to increase membership in the ICBA by continuing to demonstrate value through our communication and advocacy efforts, business events and social functions.

Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome Joanne McEnteggart from IQEQ (formerly First Names Group) to the Board of the ICBA replacing myself as Vice-Chair.  Joanne has shown a real commitment to the ICBA and will no doubt help us drive the ICBA agenda into the future.

Thank you

Chris Collenette

Chris Collenette, Chairperson


ICBA Business Mission to Canada - May 2019

Trade Mission ICBA 2019

Trade Mission ICBA 2019
Trade Mission ICBA 2019

 

Trade Mission ICBA 2019
Trade Mission ICBA 2019

 

A delegation of the Ireland Canada Business association (ICBA) recently returned from a high-level business mission to Canada. Ireland and Canada already enjoy close bilateral business connections and the purpose of the ICBA mission was to further strengthen those ties and capitalise on the opportunities that Brexit, CETA, and NAFTA renegotiations present.

The mission was organised in co-operation with the Ireland Canada Chambers of Commerce in Toronto and Montreal, and the delegation was accompanied by Ambassador Jim Kelly and Deputy Head of Mission, Michael Hurley. Meetings were held with:

  • The Attorney General of Ontario, Minister Caroline Mulroney.
  • Mr. Goldy  Hyder, CEO Business Council of Canada
  • Former Deputy Prime Minister  John Manley, Chair CIBC.
  • Business Council of Canada
  • Toronto Finance International
  • Ontario Ministry for Economic Development
  • Invest Quebec
  • Toronto Board of Trade
  • Montreal International
  • Irish Park Foundation
  • Public Sector Investment Board

The mission revealed that Canada’s business and political leaders firmly believe in the vast potential of the Canada / Ireland relationship, and, with further efforts on a governmental level, there are numerous opportunities to further strength the economic, cultural and political relationships between our two nations.


Jackie Gilna, President, ICCCOTT

IN PROFILE: Jackie Gilna - President, ICCCOTT

In the second of our series of Ireland Canada Chamber profiles, we catch up with Jackie Gilna, President of the Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce Ottawa.

Jackie talks about doing business in the city and region, top tips for success, and the Galway man that she is proud to call an ICCCOTT member.

You can read it HERE.

 

 


ICBA - MAKING HEADLINES

Banning Offshore Drilling Ireland Irish Examiner

The ICBA recently warned about the consequences of banning offshore gas and oil exploration in Ireland. The Irish Examiner (read here)  and RTE News (read here) carried the story.

Kate Hickey, Executive Director of the Ireland Canada Business Association outlined the ICBA's position:

"The ICBA and its members fully support Ireland’s move to a lower carbon economy, but it will take time. Oil and particularly gas are an essential part of the transition and we believe that is far preferable to source oil and gas through Ireland’s indigenous sources.

Canada and Ireland have close links in the resource sector through the likes of the North Atlantic Petroleum Systems Assessment (NAPSA) agreement, re-signed in 2018. The Petroleum Sector is a strong contributor to the Canadian economy and even as we transition to a low-carbon economy, developing our indigenous energy supplies can bring jobs to rural Ireland (as the sector has done in Canada in places such as Alberta and Newfoundland), inward investment from multinational companies, and a level of energy-security that we currently do not enjoy.

We welcome Minister Richard Bruton’s rejection, ruling out an immediate banning of fossil fuel exploration in Ireland, and we ask that the government continue to consider further the longer-term impact of this Bill.  We ask other political parties to consider the challenges that lie ahead for Ireland in terms of securing its own energy supply and the effect that energy security has on inward investment."


ICBA Inaugural Quiz Winners 2019

Congratulations to the winners of ICBA Inaugural Quiz on 27th June in Clontarf Castle. Top prize went to ISC/Enterprise Registry Solutions captained by Laurel Garven!

 


Do you know your Ireland - Canada history?

Robert G. Kearns, Ireland Park Foundation

What do Toronto’s healthcare system, the Home Rule movement, and Ireland’s departure from the Commonwealth have in common? They're all part of the fascinating shared history between Ireland and Canada. Thanks to Robert G Kearns of the Ireland Park Foundation for putting together a great article for the ICBA - you can read it HERE.


Mark O’Neill, CEO, Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa, and Robert Kearns, Chairman and Founder, Ireland Park Foundation, Toronto, will be special guests at the Thomas D'Arcy McGee Summer School next month. More information can be found HERE.  


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

4th September 2019 - ICBA AGM. Canadian Embassy Residence, Dublin.
18th October 2019- Annual Maple Leaf Dinner.
November 2019 -  Ireland Canada Trade Briefing (date and venue tbc)

A welcome from ICBA Chair, Chris Collenette

As the Chairperson of the Ireland Canada Business Association (ICBA), I am pleased to welcome you to this website.  Since 1978, the ICBA has been the voice of Canadian companies with operations in Ireland and Irish companies exporting to Canada.  The mission of the ICBA is to Connect, Communicate and Influence Irish-Canadian stakeholders on behalf of our membership, which has now grown to over 100 companies.

Strong Links

Canada and Ireland share a strong links dating back to the famine – indeed over 13% of Canadians claim Irish ancestry.  Today those links continue to be underpinned by Irish and Canadian transatlantic businesses creating jobs, growth and prosperity.  In recent years the two nations have forged even strong economic links, with visits by Prime Minister Trudeau to Ireland and by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to Canada,  as well as countless ministerial visits and trade missions from both countries.

There is also a close relationship between Canada and Ireland’s Ministers of Finance, since both countries are part of the same representative constituency at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).   In fact, Canada represented Ireland during the IMF bailout negotiations, with Canada’s Finance Minister at the time, Jim Flaherty, credited with achieving favourable terms for Ireland.

With modern economies, a liberalized trade approach, and progressive values, both Ireland and Canada are indeed two ‘signpost’ countries for the future.  The ICBA will continue to work hard to foster this relationship on behalf of our members.

Recipient of FDI

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.  Ireland is the 15th largest recipient of Canadian FDI globally.   Our members welcomed the opening of an IDA office in Toronto and the decision by the Department of Foreign Affairs to open a new consulate in Vancouver, providing an Irish footprint in Canada in three major urban areas across the country.

Brexit

Due to the uncertainties being caused by Brexit, and the opportunities created by CETA, investment in Europe through Ireland is becoming the preferred option for many Canadian companies as well as existing Canadian companies already in the UK.

Ireland’s role and offering to Canadian and international companies as a gateway to the EU single market remains unparalleled.  Ireland’s hard won and well-established reputation for winning and maintaining foreign direct investment is critically important in the coming months as Brexit becomes a reality.

Increased Trade

The strong trade relationship between Ireland and Canada is reflected in the estimated €2.75 billion of annual trade between Ireland and Canada. This includes fast-growing exports by innovative Irish companies to Canada and major Canadian investments in Ireland.  In recent years, Enterprise Ireland client company exports to Canada grew by 7.3% to 282 million Euros, or in excess of 425 million Canadian dollars.  Canada is the destination for $6.3 billion of Ireland’s foreign direct investment abroad.  In addition, bilateral merchandise trade between Ireland and Canada is growing steadily and reached a value of CAD $2.23bn in 2015.  In 2016, Canada imported $1,934,344,594 CAD worth of Irish goods.

High Profile Investments

In recent years the investments between the countries have been both large and small and span many sectors: whether it be the  Great West Life acquisition of Irish Life for €1.3bn, €450m acquisition of Topaz by Couche-Tard; the acquisition of Whitegate refinery by Irving Oil; the purchase by Nexen of four licences for gas exploration as in Ireland’s southern Porcupine Basin; the  €41m acquisition of All Seasons Mushrooms Mushroom Co by Fyffes; the €5.5m investment by Canadian firm Mark Anthony Brands in the Glendalough Distillery; or the establishment of Canadian firm Shopify in Galway. The story continues with the acquisition of BPO Voxpro by TELUS, both Press Reader and Teknicor opening up international headquarters in Dublin,  the Greystone purchase of a majority stake in the Ballycadden Wind Farm; the acquisition of Dublin-based Brown Bag Films by 9 Story Media Group; the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) purchase of Shell’s 45% stake in Corrib Natural Gas Field for €830m or Brookfield takes major stake in Imagine Communications.

The Comprehensive Economic Free Trade Agreement (CETA)

As Canada’s nearest neighbour to the EU, the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement between Canada and Europe presents Ireland with substantial opportunity to take the initiative in working with Canadian, international and domestic companies on significantly liberalised cross Atlantic trade. While indigenous Irish company exports to Canada have grown by over 250% in the last five years, it has been predicted that CETA will result in a €250m increase in Irish exports per annum.

As a result of CETA, Canada will be one of the only developed countries in the world with guaranteed preferential access to the marketplace of almost one billion consumers in NAFTA and the EU. This represents over half the world’s output of goods and services.

Ireland, with its common law system, business friendly government, highly educated workforce, competitive 12.5% corporate tax and the OECD-approved 6.25% Knowledge Box tax for IP profits, is an ideal location for Canadian firms looking to establish operations in Europe as a result of CETA.

The Ireland Canada Business Association is proud of the work of our members and believe that a strong business community is the bedrock for a successful society. The ICBA remains committed to assisting them their bilateral investment and trade between Canada and Ireland and will build on the work accomplished over the last 40 years to promote member views and protect their transatlantic businesses.

Chris Collenette

Chris Collenette
Philip Lee Solicitors

ICBA Insights – May 2019

Our business mission to Canada, Sovy profile, upcoming events, Ministerial interview, and more...


Dear ICBA members and friends,

We are delighted to be leading a business mission to Canada this month, in co-operation with the Ireland Canada Chambers of Commerce in Toronto and Montreal. This mission will take place from May 27 – 31 2019 and Ambassador Jim Kelly will participate alongside Senior Executives from the IDA and Enterprise Ireland. Participants will meet Policymakers, Industry Leaders and Senior Executives in the business communities in Toronto and Montreal (itinerary in full below).

Kate HickeyA mission such as this presents valuable opportunities to bring our two business communities closer together and forge relationships that will last long into the future. We look forward to meeting our peers, colleagues and friends and we will report back on the events of the mission on our return.

 

Thank you.

Kate Hickey
Executive Director


ICBA & Cork Chamber Trade Briefing - March 2019

ICBA Cork Chamber Trade Briefing March 2019

ICBA Cork Chamber Trade Briefing March 2019
ICBA Cork Chamber Trade Briefing March 2019

ICBA Cork Chamber Trade Briefing March 2019
ICBA Cork Chamber Trade Briefing March 2019

Thanks to Cork-based Canadian operations OpenText, Voxpro and eSentire for being part of the ICBA Trade briefing, kindly hosted by Cork Chamber. Leading Edge Group and Osborne Recruitment Consultancy shared their experiences of setting up operations in Ontario, while Dr Eleanor Doyle of Cork University Business School highlighted Canada’s ability to nurture clusters and the sectoral benefits that such clusters generate. Thanks also to John Roxburgh of the Embassy of Canada for a great address.


The ICBA Meets: Richard Bruton, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment

ICBA meets Richard Bruton

Having just returned from a visit to Canada as part of the 2019 St Patrick's Day programme, Minister Richard Bruton took the time to sit down with Patrick Haughey, Communications Consultant to ICBA and talk about the trip. In this interview the Minister talks about:

+ The Irish companies that are solving key problems for Canadian industry
+ Meeting the big Canadian investors in Ireland
+ Switching on the green lights at Niagara Falls
+ What Ireland can learn from Canada's approach to carbon taxes and rebates
+ How the Irish government plans to help multinationals establish and expand in Ireland

Read Article or Listen to 10-minute interview


ICBA Business Mission to Canada

ICBA Business Mission to Canada May 2019

The ICBA will lead a business mission to Canada in co-operation with the Ireland Canada Chambers of Commerce in Toronto and Montreal from May 27th – 31st 2019.
Ambassador Jim Kelly will accompany the group in Toronto and Deputy Michael Hurley will proceed to Montreal with the group . Key participants include  IDA and Enterprise Ireland. Participants will attend a series of meetings, events and roundtable discussions with key political and industry leaders. Participation is for members only.

Events

  • Business Summit with Toronto Ireland Chamber ICCCOTT hosted by Gowlings. Keynote address by Ambassador Jim Kelly with featured speaker Jean Francois Perrault, Chief Economist at Scotia Bank
  • Photoshoot with Premier Doug Ford
  • Breakfast Trade briefing with Irish Canada Chamber of Commerce Montreal hosted by McCarthy Tetrault

Meetings & round-table discussions

  • Jose A Santoyo ,Director Trade & Investment Services Office ,World Trade Centre Toronto
  • Minister Doug Smith of Economic Job Creation and Trade
  • Jennifer Reynolds, CEO Toronto Finance International
  • Hon. John Manley, Chair of CIBC Bank
  • Ken Anderson of Intact Insurance
  • Invest Quebec

IN PROFILE: John (JP) Popolizio of Sovy

John PopolizioIn the first of our series of ICBA member company profiles, John (JP) Popolizio of Sovy describes his experience of setting up operations in Ireland, he outlines the most positive and challenging aspects of the process, and also shares his advice for Canadian companies thinking of choosing Ireland as their EU base

VIEW ARTICLE


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ICBA Events

Dates for your Diary

May 22nd - Lunch for participants of the 2019 mission to Canada

May 27th  - ICBA Trade Mission to Canada

June 13th - ICBA Golf Classic, Castleknock Golf Club, Dublin

June 27th - ICBA Inaugural Pub Quiz, venue tbc

June 30th - ICS Canada Day Picnic, Malahide Castle, Dublin

For further information please email events@irelandcanada.com


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If you are interested in joining the ICBA please email kate.hickey@irelandcanada.com

ICBA January & February News

Dear ICBA members and friends,

It is very early in the year, but 2019 has been incredibly significant for the ICBA so far, as our association has now over 100 members.

When we formed the membership committee back in the summer of 2017, we knew there was potential to grow the ICBA given its strong value proposition and connections between Ireland and Canada. However, we never believed in our wildest dreams that we could get to over 100 members so quickly.  We now truly represent Canadian businesses in Ireland and Irish businesses in Canada.

This landmark number would not have been achievable without the support of my fellow ICBA membership committee members (Blaithin O'Donnell, Chris Collenette and Kate Hickey) and of those members who outlined the merits of joining the ICBA to their own networks.

Added membership has given us greater resources to achieve the objectives of our members, and this year will see us hold more influential events, lead a trade mission to Canada, and gain even greater exposure in national media for vital issues involving the Ireland-Canada relationship.

Dan O'DonnellOur special thanks goes to Ambassador Kevin Vickers who is finishing his term as Canadian Ambassador to Ireland. Kevin been a fantastic patron of the ICBA and worked tirelessly to support and help the ICBA grow and thrive throughout his time in Ireland. We would not have been able to achieve our success without the support of Kevin and we greatly appreciate the friendship, leadership and status he has given us. I wish Kevin the very best of luck in the nomination to lead the Liberal party in his home of New Brunswick. I am sure he will leave a lasting impact on them just like he has with us in the ICBA.

Finally, thanks to each and every one of you for your support and engagement in helping us to achieve our ambition to grow to over 100 members.

Dan O'Donnell
Chair of Membership Committee


The ICBA celebrates reaching 100 members - Stephens Green Hibernian Club - 5th February 2019

ICBA 100 Members Celebration

ICBA 100 Members Celebration
ICBA 100 Members Celebration

ICBA 100 Members Celebration
ICBA 100 Members Celebration

We were delighted to welcome so many of our valued members, colleagues and friends to help us celebrate reaching 100 members. Some of those in attendance included:

  • Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD
  • His Excellency Kevin Vickers, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland
  • Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD
  • Deputy Alan Farrell, FG TD & Chair of the Ireland Canada Parliamentary Party
  • Seamus Woulfe, Attorney General

The ICBA: Making Headlines

ICBA Irish Times

Coverage of the ICBA's latest member survey in The Irish Times - just one of the national newspapers to feature the results of our poll.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Thanks to everyone who took time to respond to the recent ICBA Brexit survey. These polls allow us to give a louder voice to Canadian multinationals in Ireland, and to lobby government more effectively to create an even better environment for doing business.

This survey revealed that, while 90% of our members believe Brexit presents Ireland with a major opportunity’ to attract large multinationals away from the UK and to set up operations here, they also see a number of clear ways to maximise the opportunity at hand. They include:

  1. The housing crisis must finally be solved and supply of homes and rental properties boosted to adequate levels. Ireland’s attractiveness as a place to do business is being serious hampered by lack of such critical infrastructure.
  2. Increased resources for the IDA to promote Ireland’s attractiveness as the gateway to Europe for Canadian multinationals. As the 10th largest economy in the world (and one that is growing) there is huge untapped potential in Canada. We very much welcome the IDA establishing an office in Toronto and look forward to their extending resources to  the West Coast to leverage the significant opportunities that exist to attract investment from Western Canada.
  3. Fast-tracking of the National Broadband Plan. The ESRI recently found that high-speed broadband boosts business productivity by up to a third, yet 540,000 rural homes and businesses still await the fate of the plan. National high-speed connectivity will allow companies to tap into a greater talent pool of regional and remote workers, significantly easing the pressure on our major cities.

As the voice of Canadian business in Ireland the ICBA will continue to seek our members' expertise and opinion on matters of such critical importance and look forward to your ongoing support.


Farewell to Ambassador Kevin Vickers

Farewell to Ambassador Kevin Vickers
Farewell to Ambassador Kevin Vickers

Farewell to Ambassador Kevin Vickers
Farewell to Ambassador Kevin Vickers

Farewell to Ambassador Kevin Vickers

The ICBA wishes Ambassador Vickers a fond farewell. We thank the Ambassador for taking a personal interest in the ICBA and raising the meaning of Patronage to a whole new level. The relationship between Ireland and Canada has flourished with the Ambassador at the helm, championing our Association in Ireland and Canada. The ICBA will sorely miss the Ambassador’s unswerving commitment, hospitality, and good humour. We wish him the very best of luck in the next chapter of his dynamic and successful career. Go n-eiri on bothar leat.


IN PROFILE: THE IRELAND-CANADA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE VANCOUVER

Vancouver Chamber Lar QuigleyFor part one of our series of profiles with Ireland-Canada Chambers of Commerce, we’re joined by Lar Quigley, President of the Ireland-Canada Chambers of Commerce Vancouver. Lar describes ICCCVan's mission and membership, explains what makes Vancouver so special, and gives his top advice for doing business there.

TAKE ME TO THE THE ARTICLE 


"The untold story of how Canada and Carney helped Ireland through its darkest hours in the crash"

Sunday Independent | 30.12.2018

ICBA News

Ireland's most-read Sunday newspaper, the Sunday Independent, recently featured the fascinating story of Canada's critical role in steering Ireland safely through the economic recession.

It centers around the unique relationship between Jim Flaherty (late Finance Minister of Canada), Mark Carney (former Governor of Bank of Canada) and Michael Noonan (former Finance Minister of Ireland).

It truly is a story that reveals the depth of the political, cultural and economic ties between our two nations, and huge thanks to the ICBA's Deirdre Giblin for helping to bring it to life in this article. Please do read the full story HERE.


FEATURED PODCASTS: BREXIT INSIGHTS SPECIAL

Listen back to two highly insightful speeches delivered at the 5th ICBA Business Summit in Iveagh House in late 2018. Together they paint a detailed picture of the potential political and economic ramifications of the UK's departure from the EU and are a must-listen for anyone doing business in Europe.

Simon Coveney

An Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney - LISTEN

Simon Rossiter

James Rossiter - Senior Global Strategist, TD Securities - LISTEN

ICBA SOUNDCLOUD

ICBA Events

Dates for your Diary

IRELAND

March 28th - Ireland Canada Trade Briefing (11am) River Lee Hotel, Western Road, Cork. The Ireland Canada Business Association and the Cork Chamber will host this seminar designed for those already doing business in Canada, considering an expansion into this market, or exploring business or investment opportunities in Canada. For further information please email events@irelandcanada.com

CANADA

8th March - Toronto. The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton, Ambassador Jim Kelly, and Deirdre Moran from the IDA, along with a  panel of business people and experts, will discuss how companies across diverse industries can benefit from investing in Ireland and its "springboard" effect into Europe.  Registration through THIS LINK.


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