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 Molly ByrneMolly is Professor of Health Psychology at the School of Psychology in NUI Galway where she directs the Health Behaviour Change Research Group (www.nuigalway.ie/hbcrg). This Group is a national hub and internationally-recognised centre of excellence in the application of behavioural science to health behavioural intervention development, evaluation and implementation.
Molly is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BA) and NUI Galway (MSc and PhD). She was an ICUF James Flaherty Visiting Professor in 2017, when she visited the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre (MBMC), the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Molly continues to work closely with Canadian colleagues. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Behavioural Trials Network, a global network, led by researchers at the MBMC, of professionals working to improve the quality of clinical trials and behavioural interventions. She is a a co-investigator on the the International Assessment of COVID-19-related Attitudes, Concerns, Responses and Impacts in Relation to Public Health Policies (iCARE) study (https://mbmc-cmcm.ca/covid19/), also led by the MBMC.
Christopher CollenetteChris is the Vice-President of Corporate Development for leading Canadian digital health company Think Research (TSXV: THNK), and serves as Non-Executive Director for several Irish companies involved in software development, aircraft leasing, public affairs, and retail fashion. He is also the Immediate Past Chairman of the Ireland Canada Business Association.
Chris previously worked in Ottawa as an advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Minister of Industry, and the Minister of Health. He also worked in Toronto for two national public affairs firms and for leading law firms on both sides of the Atlantic.
Chris holds a BA in History from Carleton University, Ottawa; an LL. B from Trinity College, Dublin; a Certificate of Accreditation from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada; a Diploma in Legal French from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Paris; a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors, London; and a Diploma in Aircraft Leasing & Finance from the Law Society of Ireland.
Chris is a citizen of Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
Dr. J. Paul HalfertyJ. Paul Halferty is Assistant Professor and Head of Drama Studies at University College Dublin, where he also serves as Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies. He is a theatre historian and performance studies scholar whose research examines the intersection of theatre and identity, primarily sexual, gender, national, and racial in Canada and Ireland. He is a graduate of York University (BFA), and University of Toronto (MA, PhD).
Before returning to graduate school, Paul was assistant producer at da da kamera, the theatre company of playwright and actor Daniel MacIvor and producer Sherrie Johnson, and with Johnson he also worked on “Six Stages” an international theatre festival. He served on the Board of directors of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto from 2007 to 2014, and was president of the board from 2008 to 2012.
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.
Matthew Piggott (CPA) - TreasurerMatt works as an Accountant with Ernest & Young in Galway as part of the Strategy & Transactions team. He is from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. However he now lives in Athenry, Galway with his wife and daughter. He enjoys spending time with his daughter, swimming, running and travel in his spare time.
Brenda Rawn JordanBrenda Rawn Jordan is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Canada and UCD Dublin. She worked as a councillor with adolescents before moving to Dublin in 1984. Brenda is a company director and an executive in the film industry for over 35 years.
Pa SheehanPa is Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Celtic Studies Program at the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC) at the University of Toronto. He has taught courses such as Introduction to the Irish Language, Intermediate Irish, Writing Ireland, Traditional Music in Ireland and Scotland, Blasket Island Writings, Sport in Ireland, Celtic Mythology, The Celtic Book and The Celts in the Modern World.
Pa Sheehan arrived at the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC) in 2020 as an ICUF teagascóir, having spent the previous year as a teagascóir at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Pa holds a BA degree in Applied Languages from the University of Limerick as well as a Masters in Languages Education (Irish and French) from the same institution. He previously taught Irish as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Montana.
With a keen interest in Gaelic sports, Pa is a playing member of the Na Piarsaigh hurling club in Toronto. As part of his work as the academic link to the Celtic Studies Course Union, he has established a GAA club in USMC, spreading the gospel of Gaelic sports campus-wide.