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Enterprise Ireland announces opening of its second Canadian office in Montreal at Ambition North America Conference

  • Over 250 senior business leaders seeking to accelerate business opportunities at Enterprise Ireland’s Ambition North America Conference 
  • Minister Pat Breen TD points to the strength of Ireland’s existing trade with North America

It has been announced at the opening of this morning’s Enterprise Ireland Ambition North America Conference being held in City West, Dublin, that it will open its second office in Canada later this year.

As part of the Irish Government’s Global Ireland 2025 strategy, Enterprise Ireland announces its new Canadian office in Montreal Quebec, taking advantage of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and deepening links with a Top 10 economy and export market for Irish companies.

Today’s Ambition North America Conference seeks to educate, inspire and motivate Irish companies seeking to diversify and scale in the North American market, highlighting the vast opportunities the region presents for Irish businesses. With over 250 CEOs, market experts and buyers from the North America region attending the conference, Irish companies have an opportunity today to engage with senior decision makers from across the region and learn from key market experts on the growth potential in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Officially opening the event, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD, said, “In the context of Brexit, trade diversification for Irish companies is hugely important in building resilience. North America has long been one of Ireland’s closest and most significant trading partners and offers a proven, established option for companies seeking to diversify. The strength of Ireland’s trading relationship with North America is a testament to our progressive trade policies and our willingness to embrace innovation and technological change. This is also at the heart of our new Future Jobs Ireland strategy.”

Sean Davis, Enterprise Ireland’s Regional Director for the Asia Pacific region said, “As the world’s largest economy, many Irish companies are already successfully exporting, investing and building businesses in North America. The economic impact of companies on both sides of the Atlantic is significant; with Irish companies generating exports of over €4 billion and employing over 106,000 people in North America. With a strong team in each of the Enterprise Ireland offices across the region, we are focused on growing the ambition of Irish companies to seize the opportunities which continue to be available in the North America market. We are confident that adding to Ireland’s global footprint and opening an office in Montreal Quebec will be an avenue for Irish companies to tap into the fifth most rapidly growing metropolitan area in all of North America.”

Enterprise Ireland’s Country Manager in Canada, Neil Cooney concluded, “Montreal and wider Quebec is a dynamic, fast growing economy which presents unique opportunity for Irish companies doing business across a range of sectors. As a world-leading hub for aerospace, lifesciences, artificial intelligence, and finance, Enterprise Ireland look forward to working with Irish companies to avail of the opportunities in Montreal.’”


About the event: Keynote speakers at the event will include Aidan Kehoe, Co-founder and CEO of SKOUT CYBERSECURITY. Aidan will discuss the growth of SKOUT CYBERSECURITY in North America and the lessons learned on the scaling journey. David Walsh, CEO, Netwatch Group, Leonora O’Brien, CEO, Pharmapod and Anthony Rooney North America Sales Director, Combilift are among the panelists who will share their experiences on breaking into and scaling in the North American marketplace, including their successes, challenges & strategies.

While executives from some of the world’s leading digital platforms including Salesforce, LinkedIn and Slack will examine how best to provide your sales organisation with the information, content and tools that help salespeople sell more effectively and engage the buyer throughout the buying process.

Economist, Broadcaster and Author David McWilliams will also join the event, focusing on the developments in the North American political and economic sphere and the implications for Irish businesses.