Trade Mission to Canada - 30th May to 2nd June 2017


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Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Canada 2017

Enterprise Ireland is organising a Trade Mission to Canada which will take place from the 30th of May to the 2nd of June 2017. The Trade Mission will be led by the Minister of State for Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Seán Canney T.D.

This Trade Mission will highlight the increasing opportunities for Irish firms in Canada, in light of the signing of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU & Canada, earlier this year. Enterprise Ireland client companies’ exports to Canada reached €280m/$400m in 2015, up 7% from the previous year and are forecast to have grown strongly again in 2016.


About Canada

Canada is the 10th largest economy in the world (15th at PPP) and is ranked 22nd out of 190 countries for ease of doing business by the World Bank. Canada passed through the economic downturn affecting many countries in recent times, with low unemployment, no mortgage crisis and without any major financial institution failures. Canada is an affluent, high-tech industrial society with a market-oriented economy, low inflation and high living standards. GDP for Canada was at approx. €1.45 trillion ($2.06 CAD) in 2016. The expected GDP growth for 2017 is estimated to be approximately 2.4%.

Canada is the second largest country in the world, with six time zones, ten provinces and three territories. It has a population of approximately 36 million, 90% of whom live within 200km of the United States border. There are two official languages, English and French. Canada offers good trade and investment opportunities for companies in a number of sectors. The services sector accounts for about 70% of GDP, with significant areas including financial services, real estate, entertainment and tourism. Manufacturing has contributed significantly to GDP with aerospace and machinery industries overtaking the automobile sector in importance. Other sectors of opportunity include energy, food and drink, biotechnology, defence & security and business services. The goods-producing industries account for 30% of GDP. Natural resources remain a major area of growth and opportunity and the growth of hi-tech industries often involving small dynamic companies, is of increasing significance. The market is receptive to Irish products and has proven to be a successful launchpad to the North American market for many EI client companies.

For more information on Canada, download Access Canada.


About the Trade Mission

Enterprise Ireland will organise business meetings and events in Toronto and Ottawa, led by the Minister of State for Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Seán Canney T.D. Government led, high profile events of this nature are extremely useful for Enterprise Ireland client companies as an opportunity to build relationships and establish credibility in the market.

The attitude towards Ireland in Canada is overwhelmingly positive. Relations between Ireland and Canada are close, based on family ties, cultural affinities, and shared democratic political traditions. Almost 3.9 million Canadians or 13% of the population claim some Irish ancestry. This helps a great deal in opening doors and establishing rapport. Ireland’s positive image in Canada will add to the level of attention that we can expect to receive in the country.

The Trade Mission will visit Toronto (30th, 31st May & 1st June) and Ottawa (2nd of June). There will be strategic sector specific group events in both Toronto and Ottawa. The Trade Mission will have a multi-sector focus, with attention paid in particular to ICT/Internet of Things (IoT), Financial Services and Technology (FinTech), Retail and Retail Technologies.

Trade Mission events will provide you with a unique opportunity to network with potential business contacts/partners while also allowing you to invite your own key business partner or customer who is based in Canada.

The Mission and the Minister’s programme will also highlight and promote the recently signed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, including through collaboration with the Ireland Canada Business Association (ICBA) and Ireland Canada Chambers of Commerce who will host a 2017 Summit coinciding with the Mission.

The following events have been confirmed for this Trade Mission:

  • Irish Retail Technologies @ Store 2017 (30th and 31st May) - Participate at Ireland’s exhibitor stand at the Retail Council of Canada’s flagship event – STORE 2017, Canada’s largest industry event for the retail sector, attended by over 2000 senior decision makers. The conference programme includes thought leaders from leading retail organisations across Canada and the US.
  • Ireland Canada Business Breakfast, Toronto (31st May) – Attended by Minister of State for Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Seán Canney T.D. and co-hosted with Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce Toronto (opens ICBA/ICCCTO business summit).
  • Internet of Things/ICT advisory panel (31st May) hosted with Cisco Innovation lab over one full day in Toronto with leading IoT businesses and thought leaders in Canada.
  • Trade Mission Reception hosted by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Toronto (31st May) – offering a unique opportunity to network with and invite potential buyers and key industry contacts in Toronto to an evening event hosted in downtown Toronto.
  • Fintech advisory panel (1st June) hosted over one full day in Toronto with representation from Canada’s leading Financial Institutions and technology partners.
  • Ireland Canada Female Business Leaders Forum (1st June) - Attended by Minister of State for Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Seán Canney T.D. and with an objective to internationalise the women in business agenda for Ireland and bring value to companies by establishing a powerful network of colleagues in Canada and Ireland.
  • Ireland Canada Business Breakfast, Ottawa (2nd June) – Attended by Minister of State for Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Seán Canney T.D. and co-hosted with Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce Ottawa at the Ambassador’s Residence (opens ICBA/ICCCOTT business summit).
  • Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between EU and Canada knowledge building and insights in both cities.
  • Government and Technology focused advisory sessions in Ottawa based on client needs.
  • Focused PR for clients with newsworthy announcements and in market success.

For more information on any of the above events, please contact:

SectorEnterprise Ireland contactEmail
Irish Retail Technology @ Store 2017Marianna
FinTech / Financial ServicesCameron
ICT / Internet of ThingsCameron
All other Mission Events and wider programmeEI

The objectives of this mission are as follows:

  • Promote Ireland as a source of world class products and services across a range of sectors, engaging with key decision makers, advisers, channel partners and customers.
  • Provide a platform for growth for client companies in the Retail Technologies, FinTech, ICT/Internet of Things and other key sectors.
  • Promote the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, particularly from a ‘new opportunities for Irish companies’ perspective. 
  • Support Enterprise Ireland client companies in their market diversification efforts.
  • To raise Ireland’s profile as a trading partner in Canada and to emphasise the message “Ireland is open for business”.

Your participation in the Trade Mission will provide opportunities to leverage the presence of the Minister to:

  • Network with your existing/potential customers/partners.
  • Gain access to senior decision makers / influencers in their target sectors.
  • Boost your profile in the Canadian market, generating PR/Media opportunities based on progress and development in the market (e.g. contracts, signings, agreements, deals etc.).
  • Cement and develop stronger links with existing clients and partners in Canada.
  • Further develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant opportunities for their product / service in Canada.

There will be PR opportunities for Enterprise Ireland clients who have significant announcements over the course of the Trade Mission. We also may be able to offer individual meeting opportunities for client companies and their customers with the Minister and ask you to contact us as soon as possible to enable us to include your request in our itinerary planning.

Download Canada Trade Mission Company Directory/Profiles


Participation Fee

  • The cost of participating on this trade mission for Enterprise Ireland clients is €500 + VAT per company (maximum of two participants per company).
  • If you are an Enterprise Ireland client with an in-market presence and your participating delegates are based in Canada the fee is €250 + VAT (maximum of two participants per company). 
  • For clients interested attending the Trade Mission and the Irish Retail Technologies @ Store 2017 conference, please note that places are very limited and offered on a first come first served basis. Participation at Store 2017 will incur a cost of €1625 + VAT. For further information please contact:
  • The cost of participating on this mission if you are not an Enterprise Ireland client will be €1,000 plus 23% VAT per company (maximum of two participants per company). 
  • All ancillary costs such as visa fees, flights, hotels, meals, and local transport and expenses are payable by the participant company.

Included in the fee:

  • Trade mission participation and access to invitation only events.
  • Sector specific events of key relevance to understanding Canadian market opportunity and to help build a pipeline in the market.
  • The opportunity to invite guests to events in Toronto and Ottawa
  • One-to-one PR services around newsworthy stories/announcements
  • Photo opportunities with the Minister and your guests.
  • Inclusion in trade mission collateral and marketing materials.


Flights and visa requirements

Should you need advice on flights, recommended hotels and visa requirements and local logistics, please contact: for flights and for Visas, hotels and local logistics. Suggested Flights and Hotels listed below.

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA): Please visit - the Government of Canada's official website to apply for an eTA. It costs $7 CAD and most eTA applications are approved within minutes of applying – however we strongly recommend applying for an eTA as soon as possible as this is now an essential entry requirement for Canada in most cases.


How to register

Registration, by May 5th, can be completed by clicking on the "Register Now" button below.

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A trade mission participation fee will be required in order to secure registration. Payment (once live) can be made by:

  • Credit card at the end of the online registration form. Click "Pay by Credit Card".  Please note a full and final invoice will be issued after the event has taken place.

Please note that the closing date for registering for this Trade Mission is Friday 5th May 2017. Your booking will be registered upon receipt of your online booking and confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Cancellation Policy: There is a no refund policy associated with this Trade Mission. All cancellations must be sent in writing to



Suggested accommodation options for Toronto


Suggested accommodation options for Ottawa


Flight Options:

(subject to availability)

Dublin (DUB) – Toronto (YYZ) (May 28th- 30th)

Aer Lingus:
May 28th EI 129 – 28MAY DUBLIN – TORONTO PEARSON 1335–1610 (-5HRS)
May 29th EI 129 – 29MAY DUBLIN – TORONTO PEARSON 1335–1610 (-5HRS)
May 30th EI 129 – 30MAY DUBLIN – TORONTO PEARSON 1335–1610 (-5HRS)

Air Canada
May 28th AC 1909 – 28MAY DUBLIN – TORONTO PEARSON 1225-1445 (-5HRS)
May 29th AC 1909 – 29MAY DUBLIN – TORONTO PEARSON 1225-1445 (-5HRS)
May 30th AC 1909 – 30MAY DUBLIN – TORONTO PEARSON 1225-1445 (-5HRS)

Note: WestJet also operates a service Dublin Toronto Dublin (with a stopover in St. John’s Newfoundland


Toronto – Ottawa Thursday 1st June

A range of flights are available from Toronto to Ottawa on this date, from Pearson Airport (YYZ), to Ottawa (YOW), as well as Billy Bishop Airport/Island (YTZ).

Carriers include Air Canada, WestJet, and Porter. The Toronto Mission programme will formally conclude at 5pm June 1st with flights available almost hourly up to midnight for transfer to Ottawa.

Clients are advised that they are to make their own travel arrangements from the Airport to their hotel in Ottawa.


Toronto – Dublin (1st, 2nd, 3rd June)

Aer Lingus
June 1st EI 128 – 1JUN TORONTO PEARSON – DUBLIN 1755–0530# (+5HRS)
June 2nd EI 128 – 2JUN TORONTO PEARSON – DUBLIN 1755–0530# (+5HRS)
June 3rd EI 128 – 3JUN TORONTO PEARSON – DUBLIN 1755–0530# (+5HRS)

Air Canada
June 1st 
AC1928 – 1JUN TORONTO PEARSON – DUBLIN 1900–0635# (+5HRS)
AC 1908 – 1JUN TORONTO PEARSON – DUBLIN 2310-1045# (-5HRS)
June 2nd
AC 1908 – 2JUN TORONTO PEARSON – DUBLIN 2310-1045# (-5HRS)
June 3rd
AC1928 – 3JUN TORONTO PEARSON – DUBLIN 1900–0635# (+5HRS)
AC 1908 – 3JUN TORONTO PEARSON – DUBLIN 2310-1045# (-5HRS)


Ottawa – Dublin (2nd, 3rd June)

Aer Lingus/Air Canada
Note that regular connections are available between Ottawa and Toronto which may be suitable to avail of direct Toronto-Dublin flights.

West Jet
WS 24 – 2JUN OTTAWA (YOW) – VIA ST JOHN’S NL (YYT) 1805 – 2206
WS 16 – 2JUN ST JOHN’S (YYT) – DUBLIN 23.15–7.17#
WS 24 – 3JUN OTTAWA (YOW) – VIA ST JOHN’S NL (YYT) 1750–1951
WS 16 – 3JUN ST JOHN’S (YYT) – DUBLIN 23.15–7.17#

Multiple further flight options via London, UK and US are available on the above dates to suit your travel itinerary.



For further information, please contact:

Neil Cooney

Country Manager Canada

International Sales and Partnering

Enterprise Ireland

Neil Cooney

+1 (416) 934 5033