The Chamber’s community involvement includes:a $100,000 contribution to Ireland Park, support for many community organizations, and assistance for new immigrants through networking opportunities.
We are connected to a number of groups and associations and serve as our membership’s voice in the business community in Canada and Ireland. We have developed strong relationships with the Canadian government, the Irish government through the Embassy in Ottawa, Enterprise Ireland, and the IDA and with European Chambers in Canada through EUCCAN.
Our networking events are ideal for business and socializing. If you are a new immigrant or have been here for years we are pleased to provide the venue for connecting the dots..
MEET THE BOARD
Rob McDonnell – President
Originally from Malahide in Co. Dublin, Rob relocated to Canada in June 2011, via a couple of years living and working in Kingston, Jamaica. Rob joined the chamber in 2011 and has been a board member since 2012. A graduate of Gormanston College, Griffith College and UCD (Michael Smurfit School of Business), Rob has a BA and MBA and has spent the majority of his career working in mobile telecomms in Ireland and the Caribbean, largely with Telefonica and Digicel. Now a Director at Rogers here in Toronto, Rob leads a team of project and launch managers, delivering new products to the enterprise market. Rob is married to Sarah, who heads up Canadian PR agency Citizen Relations and they have two children, Tess and Olly. Rob was a reasonable rugby player, is an inconsistent runner and a poor golfer!! He will watch most sports but particularly enjoys the Leafs. He lives on the Danforth.
Matthew Cotter – Immediate-Past-President
Matthew is from Blackrock, Co Dublin and moved to Toronto in 2009. He studied Business & Legal Studies at UCD followed by a Masters of Accounting at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. In 2004 he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Matthew then moved to Goodbody Stockbrokers as an Equity Research Analyst just in time to get front row view of the stock market crash in 2008. Recognizing the increasing challenges facing the Irish economy, Matthew decided to seek new professional opportunities overseas and after minimal deliberation Toronto was selected as the destination of choice. Matthew is currently Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis at Entertainment One Films Canada and in addition to his role with the Chamber also sits on the Board of the Toronto Irish Film Festival.
Neil took up the position as Enterprise Ireland (EI) Senior Vice President/Country Manager responsible for Canada, in January 2016. Neil will be managing EI’s team in Toronto with wider support from Ireland based colleagues. EI is the Irish government organization responsible for the growth of Irish companies in world markets. Prior to taking up the post in Canada, Neil was a Senior Policy Advisor for Enterprise Ireland. He has led the development of EI’s Corporate strategy focused on the growth of Ireland’s key exporting sectors, and has worked on international trade policy among other areas including innovation, investment, agri-food, start-ups, and regional development. Neil hails from Westmeath, and lives with his wife Anita in downtown Toronto. A graduate of National University of Ireland Galway, and University College Dublin, Neil enjoys playing music, travel and the outdoors.
Carolyn Dunne is the owner of CREM Event Services. Carolyn has been a part of the Irish community for many years. She is the daughter of John and Gail Dunne who are pillars of the Irish Community. John Dunne is one of the founders of the Ireland Fund of Canada as well as a supporter of all of the Irish organizations for many years. Carolyn ran the events and sponsorship for the Ireland Fund of Canada for four years before opening her own company, has participated as a judge for the Toronto Rose of Tralee and was Chair of the Irish Canadian Immigration Centre 2012-2014 before moving to Board Member. Through her company Carolyn has worked for many companies including Senior Manager, Sponsorship for the JUNO Awards for 5 years and currently Director of Brand Partnerships & Experiences for Canada’s Walk of Fame.
President of Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund. A MBA graduate with twenty-five years of experience in the creative industries, John’s career ranges from film festivals, to media production and financing. After staring his career at TIFF and the launch of Cinematheque Ontario, his interest in development and production led a position with Independent Pictures and contract work on several film and television projects. He then moved into financing, with positions at the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Canadian Media Fund and at Telefilm Canada where he served as a Regional Director and the Television Sector Head. In 2005, he joined The Harold Greenberg Fund as President and Board Member. At the Fund, he has overseen investments of more than $35 Million and has helped develop over 1000 feature film and television projects. In addition to the main feature film development and production programs, John has overseen partnerships and funding support for film festivals, script writing labs, film promotion initiatives and awards, documentaries and short film projects. Recently, he steered the Fund through the merger of Bell Media and Astral Media. In 2009, John launched Grey County Media and co-founded the Toronto Irish Film Festival (TIRFF). Now in its sixth year, the Toronto Irish Film Festival celebrates the very best of Irish cinema and promotes the work of Irish filmmakers to the Greater Toronto Irish community and the Toronto film festival public. Grey County Media offers media consulting to various not for profit and private companies. John also sits on various industry boards, juries and advisory committees.
John’s professional career, over the past thirty years, has spanned financial management, human resource management, and operational and strategic management. He has held a variety of management positions including President and CEO, and Business Owner.
John is currently a partner with Strategic Advisory International, a management consulting firm that focuses on providing client organizations with the management process tools to enable them to transform winning strategies into genuine results. He helps Leaders bring together the critical elements for managing for results i.e., strategies, people and operations. In his role as Partner, he is a trusted advisor to a wide range of clients from Fortune 500 corporations to smaller entrepreneurial and high tech organizations.
Since 2002, John has also lectured at the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto) for a final year MBA elective course – ‘Getting It Done’ (see www.GettingItDone.biz), and also lectures in Rotman’s Executive Education programs.
John received his Ph.D. from the Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, Canada and his MBA from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He is a Fellow Member (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, and is a member (CMC) of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants. He is also a graduate of the ICD Corporate Governance College, Directors’ Education Program (ICD.D). John lives in Toronto.
Louise is from Ratoath, Co Meath and moved to Toronto in 2011. She studied Commerce International with German language at UCD. Louise began her career working as a Listing Executive for NCB Stockbrokers Ireland before joining Bank of Ireland Asset Management as a Performance Analyst in 2008, just in time for the crash!! In 2011 Louise moved to Canada in the search of adventure, fun and new opportunities. She started her Canadian career working with Towers Watson on Pension Consulting and in August 2015 joined Manulife as the Director of Product Intelligence, Retail Markets.