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March Newsletter

New Board Announcement, News and More

A Warm Re-Welcome to Áine Keogh: Rejoining the Ireland Alberta Trade Association Board from Dublin

We are thrilled to announce that Áine Keogh is once again gracing the Board of Directors at the Ireland Alberta Trade Association, this time bringing her insights and leadership from Dublin. Having previously served on our Board while based in Calgary, Áine's return marks a significant moment for us, as she bridges our collaborative efforts across continents with her unique bicultural and professional perspective.

In her current role as Director and Head of Sustainability at Grant Thornton Ireland, Áine continues to exemplify visionary leadership, particularly in the realm of sustainability. Her return to the Board, now from Dublin, adds a new dimension to our collective expertise, enhancing our initiatives and deepening our connections between Ireland and Alberta.

Áine's academic and professional journey, including her BA in Environmental Science, an MSc in Sustainable Development, and an MBA from the University of Calgary, has equipped her with a profound understanding of the challenges and opportunities in fostering international relationships. Her ability to integrate strategic vision with a sense of community and engagement has always been remarkable during her previous tenure, and we eagerly anticipate the fresh perspectives she will bring from her current base in Dublin.

As we welcome Áine back to the Board, we look forward to her contributions and the innovative approaches she will introduce from her vantage point in Dublin. Her dedication to strengthening the ties between Alberta and Ireland is more relevant than ever, and her presence reinforces our commitment to bilateral collaboration and growth.

Please join us in extending a heartfelt re-welcome to Áine Keogh as she re-joins the Ireland Alberta Trade Association Board, contributing her invaluable insights and leadership from Dublin.

Welcome back, Áine!


Trade Mission

Are you a technology company considering expansion to Ireland and the EU?

Ireland-Alberta Trade Association is excited to partner with Calgary Economic Development for our mission to Dublin from May 27 to 30th, 2024.

This year, the mission will focus around The Dublin Tech Summit, the place to be for companies in the technology forward and SaaS space. On top of complimentary passes to the summit, CED and IATA will be offering curated programming and in market support meetings for all companies a part of the mission!

We hope you will join our growing delegation on this highly anticipated tech trade mission to Dublin!


Celebrating Irish Heritage Month in Canada

Individuals with Irish heritage have played a pivotal role in shaping Canada, where approximately 4.5 million people, or nearly 15% of the population, claim Irish ancestry. The journey of Irish immigrants to Canada began in the 17th century, as they sought refuge from famine and poverty, and their influence is deeply embedded in the nation's fabric.

Irish Heritage Month serves as a tribute to the enduring contributions of the Irish in Canada, spanning arts, science, music, sports, and politics. It's a time for all Canadians to explore and appreciate the rich Irish culture and its impact on our society.

This year is particularly significant as we mark the 200th anniversary of St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Canada, which began in Montreal in 1824. The festivities, especially the vibrant parades, offer a window into the spirited Irish culture and its integral role in Canada's development.

As we celebrate Irish Heritage Month, let's engage with the history, traditions, and achievements of the Irish in Canada, enriching our understanding of the diverse tapestry that makes up our country. Here's to a meaningful Irish Heritage Month and a joyous St. Patrick's Day!


Alberta's Irish Legends: J. Patrick O’Callaghan

In the tapestry of Canadian journalism, the thread of Irish influence is both vibrant and enduring, a tradition that J. Patrick O'Callaghan continued with pride when he assumed the role of managing editor at the Red Deer Advocate and went on to be the publisher of the Calgary Herald and The Edmonton Journal.

Like his predecessors, O'Callaghan was part of a lineage of Irish Canadians who not only founded and led newspapers but also championed the cause of independent journalism as a pillar of democracy and community advocacy. Through his journey from a junior reporter in Worcestershire to a revered figure in Canadian media, O'Callaghan's story is a testament to the indelible impact of Irish tenacity and vision in shaping the landscape of Canadian news media.


IDA Ireland

Over the past 75 years, IDA Ireland has evolved to become a global force in attracting FDI to Ireland and a key influencer in the development of the Irish economy and its reputation abroad.


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