Board of Directors

Jackie Gilna
ICCCOTT Position: President
Professional: CEO & Founder, VenueTown Inc
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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
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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.

Bernadette Terry
ICCCOTT Position: Director Membership & Sponsorship

Bernadette Terry

Bernadette is a senior international business development consultant, with over 20 years of international trade, research and analysis, business development and expansion experience, on a global basis. She supports various Canadian and international government and industry clients with their international outreach, business development and expansion efforts, including Foreign Direct Investment attraction.

She has assisted hundreds of organizations, of all sizes, across multiple sectors, providing tailored market information reports, exporting advice, market entry strategies, relevant introductions and organizing international trade delegations and international business events. She has worked in both Europe and Canada, but her clients are world-wide.

Gabriel McCaffrey
ICCCOTT Position: Director

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.

Pat Kelly
ICCCOTT Position: Director of Community Outreach & Sports

On April 19th, 1992 the Heart & Crown Irish Pub opened its doors for the first time. Almost immediately, the Irish community flocked to the new watering hole for cold pints, live music and a wee bit of craic. The Heart’s co-founder? Pat Kelly of County Galway.

A labourer by trade, he formed Bradley-Kelly Construction with business partner, Larry Bradley. Pat is also the founder of the Ottawa Gaels, Ottawa’s Gaelic Football team.

Richard Philippe
ICCCOTT Position: Director of Government Relations
Professional: Deputy Director, North America Commercial Division Global Affairs Canada

Richard was recently appointed as Deputy Director with the North America Commercial Division (Global Affairs Canada), responsible for promoting trade and investment relations between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. He previously spent five years with the Investor Services Division where he directed a team of officers in the attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Canada – building strong relationships with provincial and municipal partners and providing strategic advice to senior management.

Richard has over twenty years of international experience within the Government of Canada including in the areas of innovation, trade policy and market development. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, holding degrees in Economics, Management and Public Policy.

Richard’s connection to the Irish community began nearly 30 years ago when he first met his wife Róisín (Scott). From 2005 to 2009, he was honored to represent the Government of Canada at the Canadian Embassy in Dublin, where he held the role of Deputy Head of Mission, and was responsible for managing Canada’s Commercial, Consular and Political programs in Ireland.

Richard has been on the Board of Directors for the Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce – Ottawa since its beginning in 2010.

Stephanie Davy
ICCCOTT Position: Director of Communications & Social Media
Professional: Marketing & Communications Officer, Ottawa Film Office
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Born and raised in Ottawa, Stephanie is a marketing and communications professional employed with the Ottawa Film Office, a local non-profit dedicated to growing and strengthening the region’s film, television, and animation industries. She’s an avid supporter of the creative industries and their influence in advancing international relations. Prior to joining the film office, Stephanie worked at the Shenkman Arts Centre and in other customer service-oriented positions.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa as well as a graduate certificate in public relations from Ryerson University. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, watching TV and films, and practicing yoga.

Stephanie has been on the ICCCOTT Board since early 2019 where she serves as Director of Communications and Social Media. Of French Canadian and Irish heritage, Stephanie is proud to work with the Ottawa chapter of the Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce, promoting the strong economic and cultural ties between Ireland and Canada.

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.

Sorley O’Neill
ICCCOTT Position: Business Analyst
Professional: Business Intelligence Manager

With a strong and varied background in data analysis, Sorley O’Neill possess a Bachelors of Honours and Master’s in Research within the field of Psychology from Ulster University. There he conducted several pieces of research in psychology utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods, followed by a Neuroscience research position at the University of Nottingham.

Emigrating from Ireland to Ottawa in 2016, he began applying this knowledge within the business sector, leveraging academic rigor to ensure that business decisions are driven by insights built upon solid data.

Hailing from the Irish North Coast, Sorley has a love for hiking in the rain and so will be off in the forest at any given opportunity.

Patrick Murphy

ICCCOTT Position: Secretary to the Board

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Conor Ryan

ICCCOTT Position: Events Manager

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