Our Team

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

Trustees

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 Molly Byrne

Professor Molly Byrne

Molly 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.
Chris Collenette

Chris Collenette

Chris Collenette is a consultant in Irish law firm Philip Lee and is responsible for the firm’s Canada Desk.

He also serves as Chairperson of the Ireland-Canada Business Association, a Director of Think Research EU Corporation Ltd and Non-Executive Director of SAIC Aircraft Holdings Ltd.

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, where he represented dozens of major corporations to government. As a result, Chris commands a broad network of contacts across business and government circles in Canada.

Chris holds a BA in History from Carleton University, Ottawa; a 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 of Paris and a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors, London. During his legal studies, Chris worked for several major corporate law firms on both sides of the Atlantic.

Dr. J. Paul Halferty

Dr. J. Paul Halferty

J. 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.
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.
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.

Brenda Rawn Jordan

Brenda Rawn Jordan

Brenda 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.
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.