Advanced manufacturing trends in Ireland and Canada and business opportunities up for discussion at Shannon Chamber webinar

With international travel currently curtailed, Shannon Chamber is not losing sight of the necessity of fostering international business connectivity and has linked up with the Embassy of Canada to host a one-hour webinar to assess the potential of intra-country opportunities.

The webinar and panel discussion, which will take place on Thursday, 24 June from 3-4, will focus specifically on the industrial and manufacturing sectors. The objective of the webinar is to share the latest perspectives and thought leadership from industry leaders from Ireland and Canada.

Key contributors to the event include Enterprise Ireland, the agency responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in global markets; Tekelek, a Shannon-based company specialising in the design and manufacture of Internet of Things (IoT) tank monitoring sensor solutions and components across a vast range of industries; and Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), one of the five innovative and ambitious superclusters initiatives in Canada. 

Commenting on this impressive panel, Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes said: “We are delighted to have such an inspiring line-up of speakers.

Tom Kelly, divisional manager, cleantech, electronics and life sciences with Enterprise Ireland, is responsible for developing and implementing the organisation’s strategy on innovation and operational excellence. He also leads the strategic sourcing team in its work on public sector procurement and developing sub-supply relationships with multinational corporations (MNCs).  He is recognised as a thought leader on manufacturing and was a member of key Government fora looking at the future of manufacturing in Ireland.

Gillian Sheldon, director investment partnerships with NGen Canada, is responsible for developing funding partnerships with public sector agencies and private sector investors to support industry-led advanced manufacturing projects. NGen, Canada’s advanced manufacturing supercluster, is a network of private and public sector organisations working together to develop, deploy and adopt cutting-edge technologies.

Sean Ganley is chief sales officer with Shannon-based Tekelek, responsible for sales and business development globally. Tekelek design and manufacture remote telemetry sensors and Industrial IoT devices, particularly ultrasonic tank level sensors, for the oil and gas, chemicals, water, waste, agri-food, telecoms and other industries. Headquartered in Shannon and with 5 bases worldwide, Tekelek has built and deployed more than 4 million sensors in over 40 countries worldwide. Tekelek’s clients include Kingspan, Shell, Total, Veolia, United Nations and others.

“We look forward to hearing their views on how industry has adapted from the COVID-19 pandemic; the future of the industry and latest innovations to meeting climate change targets; Irish companies’ experience and perspective on doing business, innovation and working internationally; learnings from Canada and how NGen are working with companies and partners to support innovation within the industry.

“We hope it will generate conversation about the opportunities available in Canada and lead to future business contracts for indigenous and multinational companies here in the Mid-West region and throughout Ireland. The positives of a virtual webinar of this nature is that people can link in from any location. We look forward to a great turnout,” added Ms Downes.

Further details on this Irish-Canada webinar can be found at

Bookings can be made online. Attendance is free of charge.