Dr. Eamonn C. McKee is an Irish diplomat recently appointed as Ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and The Bahamas. He has served a number of times in the Anglo-Irish Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs working on the Northern Ireland Peace Process. He served at the Embassy in Washington and at the Consulate General, New York. He is formerly Ambassador to Korea and to Israel.
VP Technology & Country Manager, IDA Ireland Canada
IDA Ireland’s main objective is to encourage investment into Ireland by foreign-owned companies. It IDA is the oldest inward investment agency of its kind in the world, celebrating 70 years in 2018. The IDA operates through a network of offices around the world. Deirdre is based in Toronto, where she works with a portfolio of large enterprise technology, consumer and business services companies, from high growth start-ups to well established multinationals. Canadian companies with operations in Ireland include Shopify, Telus International, OpenText, Clio, Blackberry Cylance, RBC, TD Bank and Constellation Software.
Deirdre moved to Toronto in 2019 to set up the office, which is IDA’s first in Canada. Prior to this role, she was based in San Francisco for 8 years, working with high growth tech companies advising them on their international expansion strategies.
Headquartered in Calgary, Blacksquare is powering an ecommerce evolution in the global alcohol industry. BlackSquare's business lines include enterprise, alcohol-focused ecommerce, tech-enabled managed logistics services as well as Folly Enterprises Inc. which was created when BlackSquare's wholly owned Global Wine Database (gwdb.io) subsidiary, a data play for the global wine industry, merged with Wine Folly LLC (winefolly.com), one of the largest wine-related consumer websites in the world.
As CFO, Manash is responsible for overseeing BlackSquare's global financial operations including: capital raising, debt treasury, tax, risk management and reporting, as well as being involved in business development. Blacksquare have a number of offices around the world including Toronto, Seattle, London and Melbourne and have made a recent decision to set up a presence in Ireland.
Recruitment Manager, Clio
Clio is more than just a tech company. It is transforming the practice of law in a permanent and meaningful way that’s bettering the lives of legal professionals while increasing access to justice for all. In the past three years, Clio has launched a new interface and experience of their software, acquired its first company, launched a second product, secured the largest Series D in Canadian history at the time, and launched a $1 million dollar relief fund to help legal professionals navigate the challenges of COVID-19 (just to name a few). Clio is dedicated to creating diverse teams and inclusive workplaces because they know that different perspectives, skills, backgrounds, and experiences result in higher-performing teams and innovation.
Marian is a Recruitment Manager at Clio. She is focused on scaling Clio's Canadian product and engineering teams and expanding Clio's EMEA HQ in Dublin, Ireland.
President, Ireland-Canada Centre for Commerce, Calgary
Laureen Regan has gained her entrepreneurial success in the Alberta market focusing her strengths on company growth and access to new markets. With over two decades of experience across various business sectors, Laureen is a proven leader in developing teams and building strong, long term alliances with stakeholders. Working with clients in multiple sectors – Communications, Energy, Environment, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Government and Information Technologies, Laureen has demonstrated her leadership skills with internal and external teams to deliver on business goals.
In addition to her professional career and personal life, in 2010, Laureen founded and launched the Ireland Canada Centre for Commerce in Calgary to support the development of business relationships between Ireland and Canada. In 2013, Laureen was recognized for her contributions and was named Honorary Vice Consul for Trade and Investment for Ireland overseeing Red Deer, Calgary and Southern Alberta. In her role, she actively works to expand trade connections and opportunities between Ireland and Alberta.