Our Team

The Ireland Canada University Foundation is chaired jointly by Dr. Desmond Green (Ireland), and by Mr. Mark Dobbin (Canada).


Mark Dobbin

Mark Dobbin - Joint Chairman (Canada)

Mark Dobbin is the the Consul General for Ireland in Newfoundland & Labrador. Founder and President of Killick Capital Inc., a Newfoundland based private equity company, from 1998 to 2003 Mark was the Chairman and CEO of Vector Aerospace Corporation, a globally-recognized aviation repair and overhaul company. Prior to Vector he was employed for 17 years at CHC Helicopter Corporation, the world’s largest helicopter company – serving as senior vice president and a member of the Board of Directors.

Desmond J. Green

Desmond J. Green - Joint Chairman (Ireland)

Desmond J. Green is Chairman of Techinvest a technology newsletter and technology fund advisor. He was a founder member of the UCD Engineering Graduates Association and of the Campus Companies Venture Capital Scheme. He was a founder member and is a former chairman of the Dalkey School Project, Ireland's first multi-denominational primary school. There are more than forty such schools in Ireland now. Desmond is a graduate of University College Dublin in Chemical Engineering and while a student was auditor of the Literary& Historical Society. He did postgraduate work at the University of New Brunswick in Canada where he obtained an MEngSc and was a faculty member. He was awarded an Honorary DSc by UNB in 1995.

Professor John Kelly

Professor John Kelly - Former Executive Director & Professor Emeritus, University College Dublin

Professor John Kelly is a senior Irish academic, resident in Dublin, with a wide range of largely academic publications. A former Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at, and Registrar of, University College Dublin (UCD), he is the former Executive Director of the Ireland Canada University Foundation, Chairman in Ireland of the Canadian company, Element Fleet Technology Limited and Chairman of the Council of the Friends of Bethlehem University in Ireland.
Professor Maeve Conrick

Professor Maeve Conrick - Principal, UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies, University College Dublin

Maeve Conrick holds a Doctorate in Linguistics from the Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille 1. Research interests include the Linguistics of French and English, Applied Linguistics, Language Policy and Language Planning, Canadian Studies and Québec studies. She has published widely in those areas, is co-author of French in Canada: Language Issues (Oxford, Peter Lang, 2007) and co-editor of Multiculturalism and Integration: Canadian and Irish Experiences (University of Ottawa Press, 2010). She is currently President of the Association for Canadian Studies in Ireland, Chair of the Royal Irish Academy Committee on Modern Language, Literary and Cultural Studies, a member of the Higher Education Authority and is a recipient of the Prix du Québec. She was recently awarded a DLitt by the National University of Ireland.

Oliver Murray

Oliver Murray - CEO, Brandes Investment Partners & Co.

Oliver serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of Brandes Investment Partners Canadian operation. He is a Director and current chair of The Ireland Fund of Canada. He is a governor of The Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall & Massey Hall, and a director and past chair of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada. Oliver is a resident of Toronto was born in Dublin and moved to Canada in 1986.

Eleanor McGrath

Eleanor McGrath

M. Eleanor McGrath is a fourth generation Canadian fascinated by her Irish Canadian roots and explores these through her art and volunteer work. Eleanor has worked as an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities; a Fund Raising Professional for fifteen years including time as Executive Director of the Ireland Fund of Canada; and published in newspapers and magazine journals in Canada, the US and Ireland including the Irish Independent and Cork Evening Echo. She volunteers her time with various charitable concerns and is fundraising consultant with the Jesuits in English Canada. She lives in Toronto with her Cork husband, Finbarr McCarthy and their four children.

Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips - Former Canadian Ambassador to Ireland

Michael Phillips served twice at the Canadian Embassy in Dublin and was Ambassador from 1996 to 1998. He was the first Canadian representative on the International Fund for Ireland from 1986 to 1988.

While Minister for Political and Public Affairs in London he ran the cultural center, Canada House, and worked closely with the Foundation for Canadian Studies in the UK. In 1990-91 he served on the first Board of Directors of the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program.

Mr. Phillips has also served as Canadian Ambassador to Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. His last posting was as Consul General in New York. He lives in Ireland with his wife, Oonagh, who is from Buncrana.

Brenda Rawn-Jordan

Brenda Rawn-Jordan

Brenda graduated from the University of Waterloo, (Ontario, Canada), with a degree in Social Development Studies.

She worked with adolescents at Hinks Treatment Centre before moving to Ireland 30 years ago. Brenda graduated from UCD Dublin with a post graduate Diploma in Career Guidance Counselling. She is a company director and has spent several years as an executive in the film industry.

Brenda is a seventh generation Canadian living in Dublin with her husband and two sons.

Dr. Patrick J Hillery

Dr. Patrick J Hillery - Founding Chairman

Alongside Craig Dobbin , Dr Patrick Hillery was a founding chairman of ICUF, until his passing in 2008. He is warmly remembered and sadly missed by ICUF. Born on 2 May, 1923, in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, he qualified as a medical doctor, and married Mary Beatrice Finnegan in 1955. In 1951 Dr. Hillery was elected to Dáil Éireann for the constituency of Clare and he received his first Government appointment as Minister for Education in 1959.
He subsequently served in a number of ministerial posts (Industry and Commerce, Labour and Foreign Affairs) prior to his appointment in 1973 as Vice President of the then Commission of the European Communities, with special responsibility for Social Affairs. He served as Commissioner until 1976, when he was inaugurated as President of Ireland on 3 December, 1976. He died on 12th April 2008.


James Kelly

James Kelly - Chief Executive Officer

James Kelly is a graduate of UCD (BA) and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven /Louvain (MA). On graduating from Leuven, James worked for two years for Canadian Helicopters in St. John's Newfoundland, and maintains strong links with the province. As a filmmaker, his work has screened nationally and internationally, and has been funded by, amongst others, TG4, RTE, BCI, the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board. James has worked as Audience Advisor to the Arts Council, and has lectured in UCD, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Griffith College Dublin, and Independent Colleges, Dublin.

Amanda Hopkins

Amanda Hopkins - Programme Manager

Amanda is Programme Manager of ICUF and has worked in a similar capacity in The O’Reilly Foundation. She previously worked in Fitzwilton Limited for ten years and in London prior to that.