25 Aug 2017

Ireland’s Largest Employer Organization to Address the ICCCTO

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In advance of the CETA Provisional Implementation (September 21, 2017) the ICCCTO, in conjunction with Ibec (Irish Business and Employers ConfederationIreland’s largest employer organization), invites you to join us for a business breakfast featuring Ibec CEO Danny McCoy, with guests Global Affairs Canada, and ACCA Global President, Brian McEnery.   Themes for the morning to include: international trade and the Ireland-Canada connection, CETA, navigating the post-Brexit landscape.



Thursday September 14th


Canoe Restaurant

66 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5K 1H6

*Invitations will go out to all members in good-standing in early September.  Space is limited.  Registration is compulsory.


Danny McCoy is CEO at Ibec, the group that represents Irish business domestically and internationally. Since becoming CEO in 2009, he has led a substantial transformation of Ibec increasing turnover to €26 million, leading a professional services staff of 180 in 7 locations and 40 plus sub-brands.  Prior to joining Ibec he was a senior economist at both the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the Central Bank of Ireland.  He has held lecturing posts at Dublin City University, University College London, University of Oxford and Trinity College Dublin and has been visiting lecturer at the IMD Business School in Switzerland and Harvard University in the US. He has been a consultant for the European Commission and the OECD. He is a member of the Irish National Competitiveness Council, the National Economic and Social Council and the Export Trade Council. His sits on BusinessEurope Executive Committee and the OECD-BIAC working group on Corporate Taxation. Danny correctly identified the turnaround in the Irish economy prior to the EU Troika programme and initiated significant media campaigns around the driving the recovery domestically and internationally. Over recent years he has been made significant speeches to the United Nations ILO plenary in Geneva; to the European Business Summit in Brussels; spoken at conferences in the New York and London Stock Exchanges, at the IMF in Washington DC, the World Trade Organisation in Geneva; Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce; Taiwan business summit in Taipei and the OECD Economic Forum in Paris. He regularly presents to the Global Boards of international multinational organisation. He is a regular contributor in the print and broadcast media and has written columns for the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the Irish Times among other international newspapers. The Irish Times recently described Danny as one of the ‘50 people who runs Ireland’. Ibec represents Irish business; home grown, multinational, big and small, spanning every sector of the economy. The organisation and its sector associations, work with government and policy makers nationally and internationally, to shape business conditions and drive economic growth.  It also provides a wide range of professional services direct to members.


Ibec is the group that represents Irish business both domestically and internationally. It has over 180 professional services staff in seven locations and is the umbrella group of over 40 different sectoral industry associations. It has over 7,500 members; home grown, multinational, big and small, spanning every sector of the economy. Together they employ over 70% of the private sector workforce in Ireland. Ibec and its sectors groups lobby government, policy makers and other key stakeholders nationally and internationally to shape business conditions and drive economic growth. The Ibec team includes experts across all of the major policy areas key to business:

  • Economics and taxation
  • Education and skills
  • Energy and environment
  • Transport innovation
  • Digital economy
  • Labour market
  • Diversity
  • Public services
  • All island investment
  • Trade
  • EU and international affairs

Ibec is a market leader in forecasts and surveys. Ibec’s role as public commentator on the economy has been significant, having correctly identified the turnaround during the economic crisis. More recently, Ibec has accurately forecast economic growth rates and identified the opportunities that these, along with low interest rates, provide for national infrastructure investment. Through its press office, Ibec sets out the views of business on key issues, regularly leading the national print and broadcast media. Ibec executives regularly speak at major national and international conferences and debates, and are members of key government expert groups and committees. Ibec provides a wide range of professional direct services to members including employer advice and representation on HR and industrial relations issues. The on-the-ground aspect of this service places Ibec in a unique position of being close to the challenges and concerns of employers. This enables the team to better capture and articulate issues affecting competitiveness and business development to government and policy makers.


Brian McEnery is a Partner in BDO Ireland, specialising in two areas, corporate restructuring and healthcare consulting. Brian first joined BDO in 1995 and became a Partner in the firm in 2002. In 2003, Brian was one of the founding partners of a new office of Crowe Horwath and, in 2012, this office of Crowe Horwath merged again with BDO. Brian graduated with ACCA in 1993, becoming a member in 1998 and a Fellow in 2003. He became actively involved in the local centre of ACCA in 1997 and has since been involved in local centre, Munster district network and Irish Region ACCA activities. Brian was a member of the International Assembly for three years and he was elected to Council in 2006. Brian has been active on a number of standing committees down through the years, and has in particular focussed on the areas of Governance, where he was chair of Governance Committee, Chair of the Governance Design Task Force and then Chair of the newly formed Governance Design Committee. Brian is a non-executive director of Ireland’s ‘bad bank’, the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) and is non-executive Chairman of Ireland’s health and social care regulator, the Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA). Brian is actively involved in public affairs and is an enthusiastic golfer. He is married to Patricia Ryan.



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