6th Annual President's Dinner 2019
With Mairead Lavery, President and CEO Export Development Canada
Brice de Schietere, Deputy Head of Mission Delegation of the European Union to Canada.
Thank you to our sponsors McCloskey’s International and Invest Northern Ireland.
2019 Ireland Canada Business Summit
We were pleased to welcome:
His Excellency Jim Kelly, Irish Ambassador to Canada
Cindie-Eve Bourassa, Director Free Trade Agreement Promotion Division Global Affairs Canada
Maud Labat, First Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to Canada
Jean-François Perrault, Chief Economist Scotiabank
W. Ian Palm, Partner Gowling WLG
The Ireland Canada Business Association
Invest Northern Ireland
Thank you to our sponsors and partners: ICBA, IDA, EI, Gowling WLG.
Whiskey Sour--Women's Networking February 2019
A fabulous tasting with Invest Northern Ireland, Cork Wines and Whiskeys, and @UK in Canada’s Dana Dickerson. Thanks to our venue host PJ O’Brien Irish Pub and the wonderfully attentive Connor.
St. Patrick's Business Breakfast 2019
With visiting Michelin-starred chef JP McMahon at The Chef’s House, George Brown College Chef School and School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
5th Annual President's Dinner with Keynote Speaker Donna Dooher 2018
Donna’s been skipping the light fandango through the Toronto restaurant scene since she and her partner, Kevin Gallagher, opened the beloved Mildred Pierce Restaurant in the city’s west end warehouse district. Always up for a great kitchen party Donna went on to create the Cookworks Cooking Studio, which parlayed into a popular Food Network show called The Cookworks with Donna Dooher, watched by foodie fans around the world discovering their love of food in their own kitchens. Donna introduced the phenomena of brunch to the sleepy town of TO when Sunday’s were just a day of ‘rest’ and went on to publish her award-winning cookbook Out To Brunch. She joined forces with the country’s top designers and publishers to bring Wish magazine to Canadian readers and the best seller Wish |Market to Table Cookbook. Donna’s latest venture, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in the heart of Toronto’s Liberty Village, reflects her commitment for the return to the table and her passion for locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, simply and sumptuously prepared. Donna is actively involved in Canada’s hospitality community and a self-proclaimed ‘fork hugger’, dedicated to supporting Ontario farmers and local agriculture. Donna currently sits as the National Chair of Taste Canada. She’s served as the Chair of The Board of Directors and CEO of Restaurants Canada, co-chaired the YES CHEF! Fundraising Campaign at George Brown College and has worked extensively with Brand Canada to promote Canadian hospitality around the globe. Donna’s approach to cooking (and life in general) – cook with love and reckless abandon!
In 2017 we welcomed An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, who launched the Global Ireland Initiative, and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
2018 Annual Quiz
Our move to Quinn’s Steakhouse and Irish Bar this year saw us spoiled by the wonderful team helmed by Gavin, Mike and John. Quizmaster Michael Monaghan and his merry band of markers navigated teams through some tough rounds with Majella Coleman’s foursome Don’t Remember coming out on top again. Congratulations to Fearsome Foursome and Rebel House Alliance who found themselves in a tie for second with the FF finally conquering. In It to Win It or Not were full of grace as they claimed last place. See you all next year–get studying!
Snaps from our Christmas Gatherings the past several years at PJ O’Brien Irish Pub. Thanks to the staff for welcoming us, to the rollicking bands, and to chief bar-tender Johnny Boland who pulled the winning tickets for our first prize raffle item: a trip for 2 to Ireland sponsored by Air Canada Vacations and Tourism Ireland.