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

 https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackiegilna/

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
LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/eoin-ruane-cpa-ca-3929a326/

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: Directo

Email address:pp@icccott.ca
LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabefin/

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.


 

Amy Lynch

ICCCOTT Position:  Director Communications & Social Media (Maternity leave)
Professional: Founder, Podcast + Event Host, Mixing Babies And Business™
Email address: comms@icccott.ca
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amymlynch/

Amy Maureen Lynch ICCCOTT

Amy Lynch has over a decade of international experience in marketing and communications spanning the education, energy, agriculture and creative industries. She holds qualifications in Communications, Advertising and Journalism obtained in Australia and Canada.

During her time abroad, she served as PRO and a player with the Brisbane Hurling and Camogie Club in Queensland, worked remotely with the Consulate General of Ireland in New York, lived in Naas, Co. Kildare and worked with Bord na Móna and was selected to participate in a Google for Startups founder program in London, England.

Amy made the move back to Ottawa with her young Irish-Canadian family in 2017 and connected with ICCCOTT over the past few years to continue growing her network, while providing digital marketing, communications and event facilitation services.

She is currently founder of a social impact movement, Mixing Babies And Business™, producing parent-friendly professional development and her work was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Recovery Projects in 2020.


 

Craig Carey

ICCCOTT Position: Director & Corporate Secretary
Professional:Director, Strategic Policy, Natural Resources Canada
Email address: secretary@icccott.ca
LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-carey-ma-95b69827/

Craig is the Director of Strategic Policy for the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline Project at Natural Resources Canada. He holds an MA in French and Francophone studies from University College Dublin

Craig moved from Dublin to Vancouver, BC, in 2010. In 2019 he joined the Canadian Public Service to lead consultations with Indigenous groups impacted by natural resource projects in Canada. Prior to joining NRCan, Craig was a relationship manager and negotiator at BC Hydro, based in Vancouver.

Since moving to Ottawa in late 2019, Craig has spent much of his time at home and exploring the city on his daily runs. Craig is a certified negotiator and is trained in mediation. An avid skier, Craig loves to travel and spends an inordinate amount of time buying flights online.

 

 

John Wright

ICCCOTT Position: Director

Professional: Assistant Crown Attorney at Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

Linkedin:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-wright-732526145/

John was born in Ottawa but lived in Dublin for two years (2013–2015) while studying law at the University College Dublin. Living in Ireland was a great opportunity for him, not only to study law but also to connect with his Irish roots.

He also studied law at Queen’s University between 2015 and 2016. John returned to Ottawa and worked in the field of criminal defence law at the firm of Addelman Baum Gilbert between 2017 and 2020. As a former national team fencer, he attended the Pan Am Games in 2019.

John has volunteered with the Ticket Defence Program since 2018 and is committed to advancing the position of marginalized individuals in the justice system. You can often find him cycling or fishing.

 

ICCCOTT position : Vice President

Professional:Canadian Bar Association

Email address: VP@icccott.ca

Linkedin:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/marc-andr%C3%A9-o-rourke-2340552/

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.

 

Keith Ward

ICCCOTT Position Director Member & Sponsorship

Director Comms  PR ( temp )

Email address:

Comms@icccott.ca

membership@icccott.ca

Linkedin:

:https://www.linkedin.com/in/keithjward/

Keith Ward

A native of Clondalkin, Dublin, Keith arrived in Canada in February of 2021 with his partner and two Golden Retrievers in search of a new life. Since then, he has been heavily involved in the IT Staffing industry in Ottawa and works closely with a number of branches of the Federal Government. Keith also has over a decade of experience in media and communications applying his skills to television, print and radio. In particular, Keith hosted the iconic “FM1O4 Phoneshow” for four years, which was the most listened to late night talk show in the country of Ireland.

Alongside his partner Fiona, Keith has spearheaded the current campaign to ban the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores in the country of Colombia, after seeing first-hand the appalling conditions many animals faced across Latin America. Their story of animal rescue while backpacking received substantial media acclaim and support.A native of Clondalkin, Dublin, Keith arrived in Canada in February of 2021 with his partner and two Golden Retrievers in search of a new life. Since then, he has been heavily involved in the IT Staffing industry in Ottawa and works closely with a number of branches of the Federal Government. Keith also has over a decade of experience in media and communications applying his skills to television, print and radio. In particular, Keith hosted the iconic “FM1O4 Phoneshow” for four years, which was the most listened to late night talk show in the country of Ireland.

 

ICCCOTT position: Director Government Relations

Professional: Past  Director, FPT and International Relations at PSPC

Email address: govrelations@icccott.ca

Linkedin:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-crossan-4038781b

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.