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October 2, Breakfast Meeting at Suomalainen Klubi in Helsinki

Opening of the new season and the theme of Artificial Intelligence. The guest speaker Kia Uusitalo, student who represents the new young generation which will need to create the future society with full utilization of Artificial Intelligence (AI). She explained the key features of AI and gave her own views on how it will affect us in the future. 

June 8, Musical get-together evening in Suomenlinna

Dinner with different whiskey flavors, great music by Jukka Perko and his orchestra arranged together with The Friends of Irish Whiskey. The evening was joined also by the delegation of Minister of State Andrew Doyle T.D. and the Ambassador of Ireland in Finland.


May 23,  Golf Tournament at Vuosaari Golf Course


April 5 -8, IBC Business Summit in Dublin

Business seminar organized together with Finnish Embassy in Ireland, Finnish Business Club in Ireland, Irish Business Club in Finland and Embassy of Ireland in Helsinki covering the topic ”Finland – Ireland potential ramifications of Brexit on trade” . Both Ambassador Jaana Teckenberg and Maeve Collins were present and several high-level speakers attended the seminar including

Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntëe, TD

Ms Anne Lanigan, Manager, Brexit Unit, Enterprise Ireland

Ms Susan Spence, Cofounder and Chair of Softco

Dr David Duffy, CEO, Property Industry Ireland, IBEC

Mr Mark Kennedy, Managing Partner, Mazars Group


March 15  Annual General meeting (AGM)

The guest speaker the Minister of State for Health and National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne.

She gave a very interesting speech about Ireland’s recent project ”Working in Partnership for a Healthy Ireland”.



February 14, Breakfast Meeting at Suomalainen Klubi In Helsinki

The guest speaker Mr Jan von Gerich, the Chief Analyst of Nordea

He gave an overview about the Finnish and European economic/market outlooks as well as the impact of Brexit on banking system.




January 24, Breakfast Meeting at Suomalainen Klubi in Helsinki

The guest speaker was Minister of State for European Affairs, Ms. Helen McEntee                                                                  Briefing on latest developments in Ireland




November 9 2017,  Reception to meet the new Ambassador of Ireland H.E. Maeve Collins and other Irish Business Club members 

In the occasion the Shamrock Award was announced and given to the Honorary Consul Mr Erkki Yrjölä for his active role and achievements in developing the business relations between Ireland and Finland for more than 30 years. (more info on the NEWS page)




October 18, Breakfast Meeting 

The guest speaker Deputy Chief of the Finnish Boarder Guard, Ilkka Laitinen, Major General

Theme: Insights on the boarder discussions related to Brexit. Mr Laitinen was the head of European Boarder management Frontex for several years before his current position.


Photo (left to right): The new Ambassador of Ireland H.E. Maeve Collins, Mrs. Tarja Uitti, the Chairman of Irish Business Club Finland and Major General Ilkka Laitinen.


September 21 Breakfast Meeting.

Guest speaker Ms. Teija Tiilikainen,  Director, The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA). Ms. Tiilikainen dealt extensively with the topics of Brexit process and its impact on EU, Ireland and Finland.

April 25, 2017 Breakfast Meeting. 

Guest speaker: Ambassador of UK Ms. Sarah Price

She explained UK government views and key points of Brexit highlighting the goals and  influence on the UK economy and citizens. The presentation produced a lively discussion about the topic.



March 7, 2017 Annual General Meeting. Guest speaker: Ambassador Colm Ó Floinn presented views about Brexit from the perspective of Ireland

Mrs. Tarja Uitti (center) was elected new chairman of the club. Former chairman Heikki Mairinoja (left), vice-chairman Erkki Yrjölä, Ambassador Colm Ó Floinn and secretary Olli Gerdt (right).


January 18, 2017 Breakfast meeting.  Guest speaker: Ms. Marianne Vikkula, CEO of SLUSH start-up event                                                                                                                          Topic: Background and status the status of Slush events.

Ms. Marianne Vikkula



Ambassador Colm Ó Floinn (right) and Chairman Heikki Mairinoja


December 14, 2016  Christmas lunch at Restaurant Strindberg

November 18, 2016  Breakfast meeting,  Guest speaker:  Mr. Jukka Moisio, CEO Huhtamäki Oyj

May 19, 2016  Golf Tournament at Vuosaari Golf course

April 28, 2016  Breakfast meeting,  Guest speaker: Dr.Tech. Jukka Lempiäinen,  CEO of European Communications Engineering Oy “. Topic: Digitalization ”.

March 21,2016  Annual general meeting
Guest speaker: Mr Esko Aho, Executive Chairman of the Board in East Office of Finnish Industries, former Prime Minister of Finland (1991-1995), member of Finnish Parliament 20 years (1983-2003).

March 12, 2016  St Patrick’s Ball at Katajanokan Kasino

February 18, Seminar Guest speaker: Dr.Tech. Jukka Lempiäinen,  CEO of European Communications Engineering Oy “. Topic: The seminar was held in association with the Irish-Finnish Parliamentary group at the Little Parliament House


December 18, 2015  Christmas Lunch at Hotel Torni

November 17, 2015  Breakfast meeting  Guest speaker: Mr. Jarno Limnell, Professor, Cyber Security, Aalto University, Department of Communications and Networking. Topic: ” Cyber Security Issues of Current Interest”.

September 22, 2015  Breakfast meeting
Guest speaker: Mr.Pekka Laaksonen, former CEO of Valio, Topic: “Value creation in Dairy Industry”.

March 3, 2015 Annual General Meeting, Guest speaker:  Ambassador Do’nal Denham


January 21, 2014  Breakfast meeting
Guest speaker: Ms. Anne Ronkainen, Country Manager, Google Finland

March 14, 2014  Annual general meeting
Guest speaker: Councellor Mari Neuvonen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

March 14, 2014  St Patrick’s Ball Astoria Sali

April 23, 2014  Breakfast meeting
Guest speaker: Mr. Juhana Vartiainen, Director General, Government Institute for Economic Research  Topic: Status report of Finnish economy

October 21, 2014  Breakfast meeting
Guest speaker: Mr.Pertti Torstila, former diplomat, retired from The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later from the position as Head of Finnish Red Cross  Topic: “ The position of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in EU and in the changing world”.

December 11. 2014  Christmas lunch at Hotel Torni


February 8, 2013  Annual general meeting
Guest speaker:  Ambassador Dermot Brangan

April 18, 2013  Breakfast meeting
Guest speaker: General Arto Räty

October 23, 2013  Breakfast meeting
Guest speaker: Ms Martina Arnold from IDA


November 1, 2012  Breakfast meeting  Guest speaker: Mr. Jorma Eloranta,                                                                              Topic: “ Finland`s investment strategy. An action Plan”.

February 14, 2012  Breakfast meeting
Guest speaker: Mr. Timo Luukkainen , CEO of ENSTO Group.                                                                                                              “Business Opportunities in Energy Efficiency “.

March 6, 2012  Annual general meeting
Guest speaker:  Ambassador Dermot Brangan.

June 15, 2012  Summer party
Friends of Irish Whiskey and Irish Business Club.  Dinner at the Suomenlinna Upseerikerho. Whiskey tasting and music under the theme of Ireland and Irish Whiskey.

June 18, 2012  IBC Golf Vuosaari

November 28, 2012  Breakfast meeting
The speaker of the event is MP Eero Lehti. The topic of his speech is “Moral in Politics. Why Working Committee proposals are not implemented?“.

December 20, 2012  Christmas lunch at Torni Hotel


March 8, 2011  Annual general meeting
Guest speaker: Prof. Hannu Seristö, Vice-President, Aalto University

May 19, 2011  Breakfast meeting
Guest speaker:  Mr Sixten Korkman , Managing Director of ETLA, the Economic Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.

December 19, 2011  Christmas lunch at Hotel Torni


February 12, 2010 Annual general meeting
Guest speaker: Mr. Dermont Brangan, the Ambassador of Ireland

May 4, 2010, Breakfast meeting
Guest speaker: Mr. Jussi Pajunen, Mayor of Helsinki

June 9, 2010, IBC Golf Tournament at Vuosaari Golf Club

October 2-5, 2010 Trip to Dublin

November 18, 2010 Breakfast meeting
Mr. Kari Stadig, CEO of Sampo Group

November 25, 2010 Breakfast meeting
Mr. Erkki Liikanen, Chairman of the Board in Bank of Finland


October 12, 2009  Breakfast meeting
Guest speaker: Mr Kimmo Kalela, Director, Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform.
“The Role of Technology Platforms in the EU-Funded Research to Improve the European Industrial Competitiveness

November 13, 2009  Breakfast meeting
Guest speaker: Bishop Teemu Sippo from the Finnich Catholic Church.

December 14, 2009  Breakgfast meeting
Guest speaker: Minister Anni Sinnemäki.
“Ethical principles in the time of recession”.