The Ottawa chapter of the Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce was launched in May following consultations and brainstorming amongst a group of Irish business professionals in the Ottawa area.
Acting directors of the chapter include Austin Comerton as interim President, and an interim officer board that includes Jackie Gilna, Richard Philippe, Ian Ashe, Gabriel McCaffrey, Laura Hay and Siobhan O`Brien. The officer board will remain in situ until elections by members at the first AGM
The chapter has adopted articles of membership that mirror those of other city chapters within the Ireland-Canada Chambers of Commerce. See http://www.ireland-canada.ca/
for further details.
The primary purpose for the chamber is to provide a business network for Irish business people or those interested in doing business with Ireland, in Ottawa, and to promote such opportunities for business networking that are within our mandate.
To this ends, the Ottawa chamber will focus specifically on business interactions, within Ottawa, within Canada, and between Canada and Ireland where our members have interests, presence and relevance. We will support other Irish business professionals who come to Ottawa by opening our network to them, to facilitate and enhance Ireland-Canada business relationship development.
We will be the primary contact point for Irish business professionals who wish to interact with each other and with a wider Canadian business community in Ottawa.
There are many other excellent Irish cultural and Irish interested groups in the Ottawa area, which many of our members are also involved with. We are not competitive to any of these groups but are complimentary. Our purpose and focus is to nourish the strong connections that have existed for generations between Ireland and Ottawa, but within a specific business context
The first Annual General Meeting of the Chapter will take palce on Monday November 14th at 7:00pm and will be held in the board room of the Embassy of Ireland offices, Suite 1105, 130 Albert St. Ottawa.