Shannon Region as a location for Canadian Investment to be explored at upcoming seminar

The possibility that some key business decision makers may be found about the four million or fourteen per cent of Canada’s population that claim Irish ancestry has spurred Shannon Chamber to host a seminar to explore the potential of attracting Canadian investment into the Shannon region and assessing opportunities for Irish companies in Canada.  The seminar will take place in the Gateway Hub in Shannon Airport House at Shannon Free Zone on Wednesday, 29 January from 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Speakers will include Joanne McEnteggart, managing director Ireland of global investor services company IQ-EQ  and vice chair of the Ireland Canada Business Association; Robert Shine, managing director of Tralee-based Samco Agricultural Manufacturing, which has been exporting to Canada for the past eight years and; Suzanne Drisdelle, Senior Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada to Ireland.

Speaking ahead of the seminar, Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes said: “When you consider the links that already exist between Canada and Ireland, that IDA Ireland opened an office in Toronto in 2017 to promote Ireland to Canadian companies seeking a base in the EU, that Canada is Ireland’s seventh largest trading partner outside the EU and that the Irish are the seventh largest EU direct investors in Canada, there have to be many untapped business opportunities.

“That’s the objective of this seminar, to start the conversation, open up networking and explore new avenues for increasing the trade links between companies here in the Shannon region and Canada.  Our speakers will showcase the strength of the economic relationship between Ireland and Canada within the context of the imminent ratification of CETA, the new trade agreement between the EU and Canada, which cuts tariffs and makes it easier to export goods and services, benefiting people and businesses in both the EU and Canada.

“We are delighted to have Robert Shine, managing director of Samco Agricultural Manufacturing on the panel of speakers as his company, which manufactures bespoke agricultural equipment and degradable films for use in the agricultural sector globally, exports to over 35 countries, including Canada. He will speak about Samco’s experience exporting to Canada, future plans in Canada and the importance of customer relations.”

Companies interested in exploring opportunities in Canada or establishing business linkages are invited to attend this seminar, which is free of charge. Further information and online booking is available at