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News and Upcoming Events

July 2023


The Ireland Alberta Trade Association has had a busy year filled with exciting developments and opportunities. With the addition of new partners, a successful trade mission, and the warm welcome extended to another Irish company, it has been a year of growth and collaboration.


Keep an eye out for upcoming events to foster relationships and connections. Additionally, we will be working towards organizing two future trade missions and will communicate more information as they develop!


IATA continues to actively work towards strengthening the ties between Alberta and Ireland to unlock new opportunities for growth and prosperity in both regions.

 

Highlight Video: Calgary - Ireland Trade Mission

We embarked on another exciting trade mission to Ireland in June, in partnership with Calgary Economic Development and key companies.

From agribusiness, to cleantech, warehousing and logistics, to ecommerce, the delegation learned of how Ireland is the right place to set up and scale into new markets.

The delegation was warmly met by industry leaders, state agencies, government officials and business leaders in Dublin and Kerry. We sincerely thank all who ensured the visit was so successful.

Trade missions like these create opportunities and relationships for future growth and success. Interested in taking part in a future mission? Contact Laureen at laureen@irelandalbertatrade.com.

 

Acquisition Announcement


Portwest, in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland, is delighted to announce the acquisition of Canadian FR specialist, IFR Workwear (www.ifrworkwear.ca) in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.


Portwest is an Irish success story set up in 1904 in the West of Ireland. They are a global clothing manufacturing company based in Westport, Co. Mayo Ireland, and specialize in the design and production of protective clothing. This includes high visibility, flame resistant workwear, safety footwear, work gloves and personal protective.

IFR was founded in 2005 in Red Deer, Alberta by Reg Radford and Erin Buckland and pride themselves on offering quality Flame Resistant Workwear.

Combined with the local expertise of IFR, Portwest hopes to continue its vision to be the world’s best supplier of protective wear, through customer focus, innovation, service and value - all delivered with passion and care. IATA congratulates both companies on this new journey!

 

Historical Feature


Have you ever wondered about the remarkable individuals who played a significant role in shaping our province? Join us as we feature Moira O'Neill, our second Irish pioneer to be featured in our new series ( "Unearthing Alberta's Irish Legends #2: Discover the Trailblazers Who Shaped Our Province!" ) who left an indelible mark on Alberta's history! From fearless explorers to resilient entrepreneurs, these trailblazers brought their passion and determination to create a thriving community we call home. They built railways, established businesses, and contributed to the growth of Alberta in countless ways.

 

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