President’s Update–February 2015

Looking back it was inevitable that 2014 would be a year of change for the Chamber but as Benjamin Franklin famously remarked “when you’re finished changing, you’re finished”. Although often difficult to navigate at the outset, looking back at last year’s highlights which featured the visit of the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, the third edition of the Ireland Canada Business Summit and our Inaugural Presidents Dinner, we are reminded that change can indeed have a very positive impact.

As we get ready to embrace the year ahead we do so with optimism and enthusiasm, confident in the knowledge that the Chamber continues to play a very important role in the Irish community here in Toronto. This has been clearly evidenced by the positive response to our recently launched membership campaign. If you are reading this and either haven’t got a chance to renew or are interested in joining for the first time you can get full details on our website at www.icccto.com.

In addition to the membership drive, top of the agenda for the Board at this time of year is the events calendar. I always think it is dangerous to look too far beyond March and this year is no different. We are looking forward to once again partnering with Enterprise Ireland on the Annual St Patrick’s Day Breakfast and are delighted to be supporting the fifth edition of the Toronto Irish Film Festival which runs from March 6th – 8th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. This year however, one event holds particular significance for everyone associated with the Chamber. At the Annual Luncheon on Sunday March 8thChamber Past President Eddie Brett will be the fully deserving recipient of the 2015 Irish Person of the Year Award. Eddie’s contribution to the community over the five decades since his arrival on these shores in 1964 cannot be overstated and we sincerely congratulate him on his achievement.

Looking beyond March, we are very close to finalising the details of a high profile business breakfast in April featuring a very prominent Irish business leader. We look forward to revealing more details on that event along with our plans for the remainder of the year over the coming weeks. 2015 is shaping up to be another great year and there is no doubt that the Chamber continues to go from strength to strength.

In the near term we very much look forward to connecting with the broader community across the full spectrum of events over the coming weeks.

Matthew Cotter

President, ICCCTO