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December Newsletter

Brought to you by the Ireland Alberta Trade Association

Building the Ireland Alberta Trade Corridor

Like many of you, 2021 brought many challenges and opportunities across our desks and doorsteps. With the ups and downs of the pandemic and the economic repercussions that came with the changing situations, many of us found ourselves seeking new ways to move forward.

For both Ireland and Alberta, diversification of our economies, along with increasing access to new markets through international trade are a crucial part of long-term, sustainable growth.

There is a rich history between Ireland and Alberta. We have a shared focus on a range of sectors and seeking new markets to grow and succeed is a strong path forward. With significant sectorial expertise in common between Alberta and Ireland including agribusiness, energy, cleantech, environment, financial services, aerospace, life sciences, education, tourism and more, we have so many synergies.

In 2019, Alberta exported $22.59M worth of all products to Ireland, while Ireland imported $119.16B worth of all products in 2019. There are substantial opportunities for growth between our two regions.

The Ireland Alberta Trade Association (IATA) provides services and connections in support of bi-lateral trade between Ireland and Alberta. We highlight sectorial expertise and strengths between Alberta and Ireland and drive connections to build a vibrant economic corridor between our two regions.

Through the growth of our organization to support bilateral trade throughout Alberta and Ireland, we are looking forward to 2022 and the promise for increased trade that comes with the collaboration between our two economies and our people.

In the coming months, our partners and members will be able to explore, develop and create relationships and connections between Ireland and Alberta through the Ireland Alberta Trade Association. We hope you will join us.

It’s time for a focus on growth outside our borders. To take what we have collectively learned, the expertise we have developed, the relationships we have fostered and the successes in each of our regions and come together to grow, expand and reach further than we have before.

Wishing you all the very best of this Season and we look forward to seeing you in 2022!

Laureen Regan

Event Feature

On November 24, we held a panel discussion titled:

Think Global 2022: Positioning Alberta in the Global Economy, 2022 and Beyond

With 2022 around the corner, Alberta finds itself at an economic crossroads. The energy sector remains a backbone, but new industries and sectors are poised to take over as growth engines. How can Alberta leverage its advantages to expand its reach globally? To which countries should Alberta look for opportunities? And what needs to be done to attract more capital, people and foreign investment?

Moderator: Todd Hirsch, VP and Chief Economist, ATB Financial

Expert Panelists:

Joan Hertz, Q.C., ICD.D, Chair of ATB Financial and Chair of Edmonton International Airport

Malcolm D. Bruce, MSM, ICD.D Chief Executive Officer – Edmonton Global

Dr. Terry Rock, President & CEO – Platform Calgary

Lynette Tremblay, Vice President, Corporate Affairs – Invest Alberta Corporation

This engaging and inspiring discussion brought many insights and ideas for our economic future. Guests had the opportunity to hear the panelists discuss: positioning Alberta globally, concrete actions, untapped opportunities and possible threats. You can watch event below:

Irish Diaspora in Alberta Business Series

Featuring Irish diaspora in business in Alberta. Features explore the journey, why they chose Alberta, key insights on doing business in Alberta and why they have continued to stay and build their careers and businesses in Alberta.

Meet Bernie Burchill, Vice President, Contour Earth Moving Limited

Do you know a member of the Irish diaspora in Alberta who should be featured in our series? Please email

Join Us

Becoming a member of the Ireland Alberta Trade Association allows you to engage with a network of local, provincial, national and international connections, gain valuable information and access a variety of events.

We are an active organization in the community with a growing network of influence nationally and internationally.

Your Ireland Alberta Trade Association Membership includes:

  • Front of the line access to all IATA events

  • Preferred ticket pricing to all IATA events

  • Keynote presentations from industry leaders on top business topics

  • Presentations & Keynotes from Government Agencies in Alberta, Canada and Ireland

  • Networking with business professionals from a wide range of sectors

  • IATA Membership Rewards Program

  • Ireland Canada trade information and updates

Become a Sponsor

Our valuable sponsorship partners have been able to benefit from premier opportunities to meet and engage with some of Alberta’s and Ireland’s top business executives and political leaders who play a key role in developing and strengthening the relationship between the regions.

Join us as a key partner and sponsor and be a part of the growing bi-lateral trade corridor between Ireland and Alberta.

Festive Fun Starting Now

Sixteen days of fun for the whole family starts today with To Be Irish at Christmas 2021! Discover over 170 in-person, hybrid, and online events, nostalgic Irish recipes, extraordinary stories from Irish people living across the world, and so much more.

Check out some of the highlights from all over the world coming up over the next few days.

Click Here to check out these amazing events!

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