Board of Directors - Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce Ottawa - Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce Ottawa Board of Directors - Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce Ottawa

Board of Directors

Jacqueline Gilna Turton ( Jackie Gilna)

ICCCOTT Position: Immediate Past President
Professional: CEO & Founder, Venuetown Inc Co Founder ICCCOTT
Email address: president@icccott.ca


Jackie Gilna, Dublin born and raised is a professional, well-rounded, results-oriented, multilingual entrepreneur with over 30 years of international experience in entrepreneurship, remote management, team building & leadership.

She has extensive experience with strategic partnerships, complex contracts and c-level executive across diverse industries, including: technology, international trade, offshore Safety Training, (Aviation, Marine, Firefighting), and financial services.

Convened by the Government of Ireland at the invitation of the Taoiseach, Jackie is also a participant of the Government of Ireland’s Global Irish Economic Forum, a global group of expatriate, senior business executives (GIN) which brings together select members of the Global Irish Network drawn from 37 countries with the Government, State Agencies and domestic business leaders for intensive exchange of ideas on the Government’s economic priorities.

Eoin Ruane

ICCCOTT Position: Treasurer & Finance
Professional: Chartered Accountant, Frouin Group
Email address: treasurer@icccott.ca


Eoin Ruane works with Frouin Group Chartered Professional Accountants (a local Ottawa firm) providing audit, assurance, and tax services to a variety of clients in both the private and not-for-profit sector.

He graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Ottawa in 2004, and obtained his Chartered Accountant Designation in 2008.

Originally born in Galway Ireland, he moved to Ottawa as a young boy. A Gaelic Footballer, he played with the Ottawa Gaels beginning 1997, playing actively until 2010.


Gabriel McCaffrey

ICCCOTT Position: Past President

Email address:pp@icccott.ca


Gabriel McCaffrey ICCCOTT Director

Gabriel McCaffrey’s 25+ years of global leadership experience, has included successful executive roles in Sales, Professional Services, Business Development, Technology, and Marketing.

During this time he has made critical and decisive contributions with organizations such as Adobe, Indigo Pacific, 4Point, Akzo-Nobel, RealDecoy and Irdeto.

ICCCOTT position : Interim President

Professional:Canadian Bar Association

Email address: VP@icccott.ca



Marc-André O’Rourke has over 20 years of legal, advocacy and public affairs experience. He also has significant stakeholder engagement experience with national trade associations and member-driven organizations. He is currently part of the Advocacy Group at the Canadian Bar Association. He was previously Executive Director of the National Airlines Council of Canada. Marc-André holds a law degree from the Université de Moncton and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa.

He lives in Ottawa with his young Irish Canadian family. He enjoys golf, hockey and tennis and almost inexplicably was a member of the inaugural Éire Óg Ottawa Hurling Club.

ICCCOTT position:Director Government Relations

Professional: Past Director, FPT and International Relations at PSPC

Email address: govrelations@icccott.ca


Sean Crossan

ICCCOTT position:Director Government Relations

Professional: Past Director, FPT and International Relations at PSPC

Email address: govrelations@icccott.ca



ICCCOTT position: ex-officio Board Member

Sean Crossan is an Irish Canadian with deep family roots in Ireland. He is currently President of Canadian Perspectives Professional Inc, a procurement consulting and advisory services business that assists domestic and international private sector companies to navigate Canadian and provincial government procurement processes in a simplified and timely manner.

He retired from the Government of Canada in October 2020 after a successful career of more than 30 years in nine different departments – 15 years as an Executive. In his last post, he was Director, Federal, Provincial and International Relations, Procurement Branch, Public Services and Procurement Canada. Sean has worked in all levels of government and in the private sector throughout his career.

Sean attained a Masters, Co-operative Public Administration degree from Carleton University (1992), an Honours Co-operative Bachelor Environment Studies (Urban Planning) degree from the University of Waterloo (1988) and he enjoyed an Urban Planning Exchange Program at Oxford Polytechnic Institute in Oxford, England (1988).

Sean brings significant Board of Directors experience in several not-for-profit organizations and has been actively involved in his Orleans community for more than three decades. His Board experience includes President of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of its Economic Development Committee, Board Member of the Canadian Institute of Procurement and Materiel Management, Board Member of the Orleans Cumberland Resource Centre, Vice-President, Services, Carleton University Alumni Association and founder and President of the Cardinal Creek Community Association.