We have really enjoyed our many meetings with the cultural, sporting, academic, musical, commercial
and charitable organisations throughout Canada. We thank them all for the warm welcome which they
always extended to us on our visits. I also want to express my deep appreciation for the dedicated
work of the committee members and volunteers in each of the organisations.
With the assistance of my wonderful staff in Ottawa, I have tried to involve the Embassy in the life of
the Irish in Canada as much as possible. To further develop the already thriving commercial
relationship between Ireland and Canada, the Embassy has worked with the local communities in
Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa to establish Chambers of Commerce to add to the existing
chambers in Toronto and Montreal. These new Chambers will provide new opportunities for
networking which in turn will increase the profile of Ireland in Canada. I would also like to place on
record my deep appreciation for the work of Enterprise Ireland, Tourism Ireland and Bord Bia in
Canada. It has been a pleasure working with each of their representatives.
Anne and I will leave Canada at the end of July. I expect to take up my position in Malaysia in early
September. We will take with us many happy memories of our second posting in Canada.
Declan Kelly, Ambassador