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Board of Directors

Jackie Gilna

ICCCOTT Position: President
Professional: CEO & Founder, VenueTown Inc
Email address: president@icccott.ca
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackiegilna/

Jackie Gilna ICCCOTT President

Jackie Gilna is a professional, well-rounded, results-oriented, multilingual entrepreneur with over 20 years of international experience in business development and management.

She has extensive experience with Strategic Partnerships, Complex Contracts & Agreements 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.

Jackie is Founder and CEO at Venuetown Inc, enthusiastically working on software solutions for the Hotel, Meeting & Event industry. She embraces challenges and is building a team that will deliver exceptional value to stakeholders, customers and each other, while enjoying a journey towards enhanced personal growth and success.

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: Director
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: Committee Manager, Communications & Social Media
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.


Patrick Murphy

ICCCOTT Position: Secretary to the Board
Professional: Treasury Analyst at Shopify
Email: secretary@icccott.ca
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-murphy-6a1350a1/

Patrick Murphy ICCCOTT

Patrick Murphy is a strong professional with an Honors Bachelor of Commerce focused in Finance from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.

He is currently pursuing the CFA designation while working as a Treasury Analyst for Shopify, a leading global commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, which provides trusted tools to start, grow, market, and manage a retail business of any size.



John Wright

ICCCOTT Position: Director

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 defense 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 Defense 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.