This March here in Alberta, we find ourselves leading the country in job creation and economic growth. While this is an enviable position in many ways, the challenges this growth brings must be overcome. Through collaboration, inbound investment and hiring initatives, our growth will continue. The Ireland-Canada Centre for Commerce, Calgary (ICCC) has seen many companies and individuals arrive to benefit from and contribute to our province’s success.

The third Global Irish Economic Forum took place in Dublin Castle October 4-5, 2013, building on the 2009 and 2011 meetings of the Forum. Members of the Global Irish Network joined members of the Government, senior officials, presidents of universities and domestic business leaders for two days of intensive discussions. Participants were asked to consider how the Forum can make significant contributions towards Government, Irish business and the diaspora working together to deliver jobs, aiding recovery and growing exports. In total, 64 recommendations arose from the working groups across a range of themes. These innovative initiatives are currently being reviewed and implemented.

March, 2014 finds Ireland continuing with recovery. Job creation is up and, through a number of initiatives, the country continues to attract inbound investment in multiple sectors, including technology, finance, pharmaceutical and manufacturing. In addition, 2013 was a great year for Ireland’s tourism industry, attracting over 8 million people from around the world to Ireland for The Gathering.

Enterprise Ireland has also been hard at work ensuring Irish companies are enabled to succeed and compete globally. The Enterprise Ireland team has been in Calgary a number of times establishing relationships and connections for Irish and Canadian companies and we look forward to their continued involvement in the Alberta economy.

The ICCC wishes all of you a very happy St. Patrick’s Day. This is a special time for us when the world celebrates our spirit and culture.

Please enjoy this short video that truly captures and celebrates our country and the vibrant opportunities to be found in Ireland.

Click here to watch the video.


Mark Your Calendars

The ICCC, Calgary is delighted to present the Honourable Doug Horner, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance, at a luncheon on May 14, 2014 in Calgary. Details to follow shortly.


March is renewal time here at the Ireland-Canada Centre for Commerce, Calgary. With the support of our members, we have accomplished many things over the past year with a strong focus on connecting Irish businesses with Canadian opportunities, while connecting our Canadian businesses with Irish links to assist with access to the EU. As Irish and Canadian companies look to develop business prospects in both countries, we will be continuing to provide access through information and networking to the business community.

To become a member or renew your membership, please click here, download, complete and submit the form. You may also contact us at 403-244-9017.

Thank you for your continued support.


A message from the Ambassador of Ireland to Canada:

It gives me great pleasure to wish all of you the very best this St. Patrick’s Day, and please accept my regrets for not being in your company today.

St. Patrick’s Day is that part of the year where we’re especially proud of our heritage or our native country. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on our homeland and of the numerous values that make us proud to be Irish. It also allows us to showcase these qualities to the world, and I know that you all do your part throughout the year.

As we look back in the year that has just passed, there are so many positive moments to remember; perhaps many of you took the opportunity of the Gathering 2013 to return home. Canada has seen a huge rise in tourist numbers to Ireland and we appreciate all the hard work the Irish community does to promote Ireland here. The Irish abroad have been part of our comeback story. We want you to be part of our future. We value enormously our global Irish community, and the work of the Irish abroad as advocates for Ireland – encouraging people to holiday in Ireland, to join Irish business networks, to buy Irish products, to invest or do business in Ireland, or even to become involved in Gaelic games.

Not only that, but during the month of March and especially during the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, one should recognise that the Irish nation expanded its borders many years ago. It proves a testament to the welcoming nature of the Irish people that we enjoy such a wonderful rapport with the Diaspora. I’d like to thank you all for contributing to the idea of being Irish, be you Irish, of Irish descent or passionate for our beloved country.

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh ar fad- The very best this St. Patrick’s Day.

Kindest regards,

Ray Bassett.

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