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Welcome to the Ireland Canada Business Association

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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Remembering Michael Hurley

Michael Hurley


The ICBA would like to express their condolences on the death of Michael Hurley, Deputy Ambassador to China. A  much loved member of the DFA team, for the last five years Michael has supported and encouraged each ICBA trade mission to Canada. As Deputy Ambassador in Ottawa Michael helped plan the ICBA itineraries with the greatest enthusiasm. For all of us working with Michael was a pleasure through and through. Michael’s attendance at the ICBA Mission events was very much valued and we appreciated the efforts he made by travelling to Montreal and Toronto to welcome the ICBA Trade Mission participants. One of Michael’s last visits to Montreal was to to accompany the ICBA group and speak at the Ireland Canada Montreal summit. It is devastating for Michael’s family to lose such a special father and husband at such a young age. We know that Annemarie and the DFA team have lost a great man.


Covid support Irish Business

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Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation can be found at


ICBA Webinar Series

Thursday, 4th June 2020 - 4.00pm - 4.40pm
"Managing the Challenges of a Restricted and Remote Working Environment"
Joanne McEnteggart, Managing Director, IQEQ
Sandra Masterson Power, Head of Employment Law, Beauchamps
Damian Maloney, Partner, Corporate & Commercial, Beauchamps

Data protection and legal workplace compliance will be the key issues discussed.
We will also hear how international operations in Ireland are responding to the challenges of a remote and altered working environment.

Further webinar dates to be added.

To register and receive a link to join the webinar please email:



Latest News

Mary Mitchell O'Connor CETA

Job Creation Opportunities will arise following EU Canada Trade Agreement

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, looks forward to the new opportunities that will arise for trade and investment under the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) which is to come into effect this year. The Minister  met with

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Incredibly sad news about the sudden passing of our friend Michael Hurley, who worked closely with @IreCanBiz whilst serving as deputy head of mission in Canada. Our deepest condolences to his family. @jimkelly2006 @canadaireland via @IrishTimes

Figures are even stronger here: Canada🇨🇦 imported $2.9 billion in merchandise from Ireland🇮🇪 in the first year of #CETA provisional application, a 33.7% increase over the equivalent pre-CETA period. Progressive trade benefits us all! @IreCanBiz @ICCCVan @ICCC_MTL @ICCC_OTT

Great to see Canada and European Union Gov'ts trumpeting #CETA as key to post #COVID19 economic recovery. @mary_ng @canadaireland @PhilHoganEU


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