Ireland North West Trade & Investment Mission

Philadelphia/Boston 12-16 November 2018

Depart from Time Destination/Venue Information Attendance Comments
Monday 12th Nov 2018
Transfer to Dublin Airport
Aer Lingus EI0115

Flight 13:25

Philadelphia Int’l 16:25 Arrival Philadelphia

Pick-up from Airport and transfer to hotel

Courtyard Marriott Downtown Philadelphia Check-in to hotel
Courtyard Marriott Downtown Hotel 20:00-21:30 Irish Immigration Centre,

Upper Darby, PA 19082

Diaspora Engagement – Donegal Association, Derry Association and Tyrone Association  

All Invited

Contact: John McDaid

Transfer by taxis


Tuesday 13th Nov 2018
Courtyard Philadelphia Hotel Check-out of hotel


Arrange for left luggage at hotel for delegation with exception of Mayors & CEX
  07:30-09:30 Le Meridien,

1421 Arch Street, Philadelphia

Breakfast Engagement with Industry specialists – accountants, attorneys



Investment Briefing led by Two Councils.


Light Breakfast provided


MC’d by Paul Maguire



Running Order

·         Mayor of Donegal to open (2 Mins max)

·         Joint Presentation by CEX of Councils (25 mins max) – Power Point provided

·         Video

·         Q&A led by Paul Maguire

·         Mayor of DCSDC to close (2 minutes – speech provided)

·         Networking


All Invited Lead: Maguire Hegarty

Target 25 industry specialists with clients


Invited Guests list attached.

  10:00 – 11:00 Center for Business & Industry, C3-5, 1700 Spring Garden Street (Corner of 18th and Callowhill streets)

Philadelphia Community College Campus

Signing of MoUs between NW Regional College and Philadelphia College, and MoU between NWRC and State of PA


Mayors of DCSDC & Donegal Co Co  to make presentation to Mayor Kenney (Suggested Gifts – Derry City FC Jersey and Donegal County GAA jersey.)



   Led by NW Regional College

Mayors & CEX, SG, LYIT

Lead: Samantha Traynor, NWRC



For GPS purposes use 1751 Callowhill Street


*Mayors & CEX transfer to Chester County by car with Maguire Hegarty

9.45– 11:00 EAEC Offices, Welcome Center Meeting with European American Enterprise Council (EAEC), Philadelphia

International business advisors and contractors bridging transatlantic opportunities


Senior Officers of Two Councils


Contacts:  Sebastian Torre, (President & CEO), Blandine Chantepie-Kari, VP






Downtown Philadelphia

Venue tbc

Meeting with City of Philadelphia

Officials to discuss formalized partnership and collaboration.

Senior Officers of Two Councils City of Philadelphia contact:

Lauren Swartz, Senior Director, International Business.  Also in attendance Vaughn Ross, Deputy Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Office and Sylvie Gallier Howard, First Deputy Director of the Commerce Dept.


Transfer to airport by taxis

  12:30 -14:30 Chester County County of Chester County Engagement, West Chester, PA


Agenda, Aims and Objectives to follow.


Profile of Chester County Development by Adam Goodall (Attached)

Mayors & CEX Contact: Mary-Frances McGarrity, Chester Economic Development Council (CEDC)

2 reps from CC


Transfer to airport with Maguire Hegarty


Philadelphia Int’l Airport Boston Airport Delta Air Flight DL3872

Dep. 17:25

Arrive 18:45

Transfer by taxis to hotel (not pre-booked)

Check in and pay for luggage

Boston Airport 20:30 est Taj Hotel,

15 Arlington St, Boston, MA 02116


Hotel check-in All
21:00-22:30 MJ O’Connor’s,

Park Plaza Hotel,

27 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Briefing with mission companies


Quiet Area of MJ’s – Dinner Provided

All Invited
Wednesday14th Nov 2018
08:00 – 10:00 UMass Club, 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 Boardroom Style Breakfast meeting with Massachusetts FDI Execs including ILA Capital, Tusk Ventures, State Street Global and Silicon Valley Bank, Learn Launch, MassChallenge.



Continental Breakfast Served


Running Order

·         MC’d by John Barros

·         Joint Presentation by CEX of Both Council s

·         Video

·         Q&A

·         Photocall



CEX & Senior Officers


Target: 15 execs

Company profiles attached and company rep in attendance

Mayor of Boston’s Director of Business, John Barros will serve to welcome.  Also in attendance Sarah Delude

10:00- 11:00 UMass Club, 32nd Floor, 1 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 Meeting with BioDirection Executive about the European Expansion and plans for December visit Senior Officers Meeting will occur after the roundtable
9:00-11:00 GLI at Boston College, 2125 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02135 Presentation at Boston College Global Leadership Institute Mayors & Officer/Others John Mahoney to pick up Mayors/Officer at 7.45am at TAJ Lobby.
UMass Club 11:00- 12:00 State Street Financial Centre, 1 Lincoln Street, Boston, MA 02111 Meeting with State Street about Plans for expansion


Informal meeting with opportunity for focused engagement with State Street around expansion plans.


Profile and Bio’s Provided

CEX and Senior Officer Pat Bench will be accompanying to the meeting in an Uber
12:00 – 13:00 Boston City Hall Presentation and Welcome at the Boston City Hall


Overview of Boston City Council role and functions led by James Colman (Boston City Council)

Mayors & Officer/Others John Mahoney and Officer to accompany.


Mayors and Officer to transfer to Harvard via Taxi.

13:00-15:00 UMass Club MOITI STEP Presentation and Meetings


Tailored Presentation by Senior Officers on Ireland NW.

Senior Officers Meeting with companies participating on the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment’s State Trade & Export Programme (STEP).

List of companies attending to be attached

14:00 –



Harvard NW Spatial Planning Project

·         Overview/Introduction to Project


Mayors, CEX
15:00-17:00 Harvard Tour of Harvard Mayors and Officer
15:00-17:00 Harvard NW Spatial Planning Project

Project Board Meeting

CEX and Project Team
17:30-19:30 Consulate General of Ireland, 535 Boylston Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116 Fireside Chat with Dr William Smith to discuss the visit and special relationship the social reformer Frederick Douglas had with Ireland and his encounter with Daniel O’Connell. All Invited

Register via Eventbrite link if attending

20:00 Carrie Nation, 11 Beacon Street Diaspora engagement event All Invited
Thursday 15th Nov 2018
08:30-09:30 IIIC, One State Street, Suite 800, Boston, MA 02109 Meeting with Irish International Immigration Centre


All Invited Contact: Ronnie Miller
Columbia Point 10:00 -13:00 University of Massachusetts Boston, Columbia Point Meeting with Senior Leadership of UMass Boston to discuss best practices between municipal government and higher education


Edward Kennedy Center – Visit with UMass Boston officials to the new Edward Kennedy Center

Mayors & Officer



John Mahoney to accompany with Officer
Chamber Offices 09:30 – 11:00 265 Franklin Street ~1700, Boston, MA 02110 Meeting with Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Executive Members & Executives

Venue: Boston Chamber of Commerce


Roundtable Informal Conversational Style

CEX & Senior Officers Bios of attendees to follow

President & CEO, James Rooney

Possible focus on tech/fintech companies operating in the Seaport area



14:00-15:30 Boston City Hall Meeting with Boston City Council Officials Economic Development

·         MoU update

·         Boston’s Visit Planning for March ‘19

Senior Officers Contact:

Mayor’s Office including Sarah Delude

15:30 Boston City Hall Meeting with Mayor Walsh


Mayors & CEX
17:00 WeWork

1 Beacon Street, Downtown, Boston


Delegation Company and NW Presentation Reception at We Work Startup Center

Optional for companies Start-up pitch night for companies
18:00 – 19:30 Consulate General of Ireland, 535 Boylston Street, Boston Golden Bridges

Welcome reception by Aoife Budd, Vice Consul, Consulate General of Ireland in New England

All Invited By invite only

Registration at 18:00 with welcome from Aoife Budd at 18:30 and launch of Costa Chonamara & Arainn

20:00 Delegation free to make Dinner Plans
Friday 16th  Nov 2017
Boston Park Plaza Meet at lobby

Check-out hotel and take bags

Transfer to Seaport


07:45 -12:40 Waterfront Ballroom, World Trade Center, Seaport Hotel, Boston Business Breakfast

Golden Bridges Conference



All 07:45 registration

08:00 business breakfast

09:00 official opening

12:40 conference close

12:30  – 14:30 Seaport Hotel Golden Bridges Awards Luncheon


12:30 Wine reception & Registration

13:00 Awards & lunch

Seaport Hotel Boston Int Airport Pick-up for airport Seaport Hotel for collection of bags and transfer to Boston Airport


Transfer to airport tba
Boston Int. Airport Flight: Aer Lingus EI0138



 Saturday 17th  Nov 2017
Dublin Airport 08:25 Dublin Airport


Onward journey