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ICBA Business Summit

20th May 2021

This biennial conference brought together the entire Ireland Canada business network.

Business Summit 2021 ICBA

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.



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 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)

Chris Collennette

Chris Collenette

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Canadian Multinationals in Ireland plan to expand workforce, increase wages, and introduce hybrid work model

  • Ahead of Canada Day on July 1st, The Ireland Canada Business Association has released the results of its annual ICBA Member Sentiment Survey. Respondents to the 2021 survey employ almost 50,000 people across Ireland and Canada.
  • The majority plan to invest in their workforce this year through salary increaseswellbeing & upskilling initiatives, and hiring more staff. More flexible work models to be introduced.
  • Calls on government to introduce more supports to facilitate remote working, more affordable housing for staff, and to become more environmentally sustainable.

Read the full press release...

Hon. Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair TD Securities in conversation with Chris Collenette, Chair, ICBA

Minister Eamon Ryan’s support for CETA trade deal welcomed by Canadian multinational companies in Ireland

The Ireland Canada Business Association (ICBA) welcomes Minister Eamon Ryan’s comments earlier today about CETA – the hugely important trade deal between Europe and Canada – in which he gave the deal his full support and committed to convincing all Green party members to also give it their backing.


ICBA letter to the Irish Times

In a letter recently published in the Irish Times,
the ICBA called on the Government to ratify CETA.


Covid support Irish Business

Details of other business supports available from the
Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation can be found at


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