Dublin – Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. hosted an Irish-Canadian Business Roundtable for the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Dublin today at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
Attended by Sustainable Nation Ireland CEO Stephen Nolan, other attendees included the Canadian Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna and Julie Sinnamon, the CEO of Enterprise Ireland.
The CEO’s of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Bank of Ireland, Nuritas, IBEC and Brown Bag Films were also among those present.
As part of the Government’s IFS2020 strategy, Sustainable Nation Ireland was able to provide Prime Minister Trudeau with an overview of its work in positioning Ireland as a global leader in green finance.
Sustainable Nation is the not-for-profit organisation tasked with providing a platform for the promotion of Ireland’s green finance and innovation activities, raising awareness of the responsible investment agenda and embedding sustainable best practice within Irish located companies.
The overview included a reference to leading Canadian asset manager Brookfield whose European headquarters for renewables is located in Cork where over 100 people are employed managing €1 billion in clean energy assets.
As part of Sustainable Nation Ireland’s 2018 Year of Sustainable Business, Sustainable Nation will host a one-day session next March bringing together leaders of other global green finance hubs in an effort to drive collaboration.
This week, Sustainable Nation was able to extend an invitation to Prime Minister Trudeau to include representatives from Toronto’s financial services centre in the March 2018 event.
Sustainable Nation CEO Stephen Nolan commented: “Sustainability is the best bet for a profitable future with positive impacts on a company’s reputation, operational risks and costs, new markets, enhanced efficiency and productivity. We were delighted to brief Prime Minister Trudeau on Ireland’s work in this area.”