ICBA Newsletter – Summer 2024

7 June 2024

ICBA Business Summit 2024

ICBA Business Summit 2024
2024 Business Summit
ICBA Business Summit 2024
ICBA Business Summit 2024
ICBA Business Summit 2024

We were delighted to return to Iveagh House in Dublin for the 2024 ICBA Business Summit. This is a biennial event featuring keynote speeches and panel discussions on a range of subjects pertinent to the Ireland Canada business community.

Thanks to all of our speakers, panellists, and moderators for sharing your stories, insights and expertise. And to all of our members, colleagues and friends who attended on the day, thank you for taking the time to join us and create such a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

And also sincere thanks to our hosts, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland and sponsors Air Canada and the Embassy of Canada in Ireland.

ICBA Business Summit 2024
ICBA Business Summit 2024

The 7th ICBA Business Summit could not have come at a more pivotal time for the Ireland Canada business community. The ideas and action items that came from the conference will influence the infrastructure and scope of further trade and investment. You can watch the full recording of the event below.

We wish Ambassador Designate John Concannon the very best as his Canadian chapter begins.

We know that the Ireland Canada business, cultural and tourism relationship
will continue to flourish during his tenure as Ireland’s Ambassador to Canada.

John Concannon Ambassador Designate to Canada
ICBA Deirdre Giblin podcast

ICBA Podcast episode: Dr Deirdre Giblin joins Patrick Haughey to talk about her career, love of lifelong learning, becoming Chairperson of the ICBA, and optimism for the future of the Ireland Canada relationship.

ICBA Business Survey 2024

The ICBA Business Sentiment Survey 2024 is now live and currently open to ICBA members. This is a short survey that aims to bring together all of the voices of the Ireland Canada business community and paint a picture of the business environment in Ireland: its strengths and where it needs to be strengthened, the most pressing priorities for multinational business leaders, and their plans for future investment.

If you are currently an ICBA member we would ask that you take a moment (Before June 12th) to complete this very short survey. We hope to use the survey to secure national media coverage ensuring that your voice and that of the wider Ireland Canada Business Community is heard.

Congratulations to Scotia Bank, winners of ICBA 2024 Golf Classic,
pictured here with ICBA Board Member Dan O’Donnell.
Congratulations also to IMAX (2nd place) and Glandore (3rd place).

ICBA Golf Classic 2024 Winners

Followers of the ICBA LinkedIn channel certainly enjoyed the excellent photos of Tánaiste Micheál Martin and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrating St Patrick’s Day together. The Tánaiste’s visit to Canada was very well-received and a true testament of the strength of the relationship between our two nations.

Please visit and follow the ICBA LinkedIn page to keep up-to-date with all of our events, photos, podcasts, videos and relevant news.

…and on the topic of St Patrick’s Day, thanks to Bláithín O’Donnell, ICBA Council member and Sales Manager Ireland at Air Canada, for this great short video message, wishing all of our members and friends a Lá Fhéile Pádraig.

ICBA Business Briefing

We were delighted to recently collaborate with the Shannon Chamber to showcase Canada’s market potential for Irish Exporters and why some Canadian companies choose Ireland. At the briefing in EI Electronics, we heard Michael Prendergast tell the story behind Bathfitter’s Limerick operations and we also heard about the success of Tekelek in the Canadian Market from Sean Ganley. Suzanne Drisdelle from the Canadian Embassy gave excellent insights on the extent of Ireland Canada trade and the potential for collaboration in the cleantech sector.

Terry Fox Run

This years Terry Fox Run will be hosted again in Herbert Park, Dublin 4 on Saturday, September 14th at 9am and we are inviting anyone willing to get involved to join the organising committee or to assist on the day. We’ll be welcoming over Terry’s older brother Fred Fox as a special guest of honour this year and again all funds raised will go directly to the Irish Cancer Society.

Your help will make this year’s run bigger and better than ever! You do not need to be a runner by any means and assistance is required in many areas including digital marketing , admin and event logistics. Please reach out to Stew Paterson if you’re able to assist in any manner: dstewpat@gmail.com

Laureen Regan, Honorary Vice Consul of Trade and Investment for Ireland joins Patrick Haughey on the latest episode of The Ireland Canada Connection podcast.

Laureen talks about fostering and facilitating trade and investment between Irish businesses and those in the Canadian province of Alberta. 


Upcoming ICBA Events include:

4 September 2024
ICBA AGM & Reception
Venue TBC

14 September 2024
ICBA Terry Fox Run
Herbert Park, Dublin 4

17 October 2024
Maple Leaf Dinner
Dublin’s Intercontinental Hotel

Further information please email: events@irelandcanada.com

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