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Welcome Ambassador Eamonn McKee to Alberta

November 28, 2022 || 11:30 AM (MST)

The Ireland Alberta Trade Association is pleased to welcome His Excellency, Dr. Eamonn McKee, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada, Jamaica and The Bahamas on his first official visit to Alberta.

We welcome you to join us for this special luncheon event on November 28th and meet the Ambassador as he shares his focus and plans for Western Canada.

Registration and Networking: 11:30 AM

Luncheon and Presentation: 12:00 PM

Networking: 1:00 PM

Event Ends: 1:30 PM


Members $35 | Future Members $55

Limited tickets available



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Dr. Eamonn McKee, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada, Jamaica and The Bahamas

I graduated from UCD with a degree in history (modern Irish) and economics in 1982, followed by a
Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland in 1987 for a thesis on Irish economic policy, 1939 to 1952.

I joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1986 and worked in Anglo-Irish Division, which would become the focus for my work for the following twenty years, including for six years at the Embassy Washington from 1990 to 1996. Professionally, Washington was incredibly fulfilling, involving as it did engagement with Congress on immigration reform and with the Clinton White House on the emerging Northern Ireland Peace Process. Professional and personal life crossed with I met Congressman Bruce Morrison’s legislative staffer, Mary Rae McGillis while lobbying for Irish visas. Ireland got the visas and I got a wife and later three wonderful children.

I served twice more in Anglo-Irish Division focused on security issues, including Bloody Sunday, contentious parades, policing and confidence in the rule of law, the use of lethal force, the Cory process and criminal justice reform. I was honoured to be a member of the Irish Government’s talks team that negotiated the Good Friday Agreement and was later involved in its implementation on the policing and justice agenda. I served for two years as press officer at the Consulate General New York.

From 2004 I served in Irish Aid (on the emergency humanitarian side), as UN Director and founding Director of the Conflict Resolution Unit. I served as Ambassador to Seoul (2009-13) and Israel (2013-2015). I took up duty as Director General, Trade and Promotion Division in August 2015.

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Alicia Planincic,

Manager, Policy & Economics,

Business Council of Alberta

Alicia Planincic is Manager of Policy & Economics at the Business Council of Alberta.
She regularly provides insight and analysis on the Albertan and Canadian economy,
public finances, labour markets, equity and social mobility, and public policy. She leads
BCA’s regular economic analysis and outlook publications and work, including the
Alberta Snapshot, and advocates for policies to make Alberta a better place.


She brings a broad range of previous experience including leading projects in market
research at Nielsen and teaching economics and business to young adults. She holds a
BA in economics from Miami University and an MA in economics education from the
University of Georgia. Thanks to this background, she is passionate about bringing
data to life, and providing a fresh perspective.


Her philosophy of economics can be summed up in two parts: 1) economics is not
about money, it is about people and should therefore be centred on individuals and
human behaviour. And 2) the world is constantly changing; it’s on us to continually
update our knowledge, challenge our logic, and learn new ways of thinking.
As someone who found her way to the province later in life, her goal is to ensure that
Alberta is a place for everyone to dream, grow, and thrive—a place we can all proudly
call home.

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