The Ireland Canada University Foundation is chaired jointly by Dr. Desmond Green (Ireland), and by Mr. Mark Dobbin (Canada).
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 - Former Executive Director & Professor Emeritus, University College DublinProfessor 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.
Noel KellyNoel is a Chartered Accountant living and working in Dublin. With over 20 years’ experience Noel has had a variety of roles in industry, including financial services, media, retail, IT and outsourcing.
Noel is currently Director of Public Services for Ireland for arvato Bertelsmann looking at alternative models for service delivery and partnership models for the provision of public services. Bertelsmann is a leading global media and services company whose portfolio includes Random House, Penguin Books, RTL television and arvato. Bertelsmann’s majority shareholder, the Bertelsmann Foundation is the largest private operating non-profit foundation in Germany which promotes alternative forms of social, political and economic models.
Professor Maeve Conrick - Principal, UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies, University College DublinMaeve 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 - 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 McGrathM. 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 - Former Canadian Ambassador to IrelandMichael 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-JordanBrenda 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 - Founding ChairmanAlongside 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.