The UBC Political Science Department and UBC Institute of European Studies presents a talk by
Ambassador Jim Kelly Embassy of Ireland | Canada, “Brexit: The Irish Perspective”
Friday, February 24, 12:15 – 1:45pm
Buchanan Penthouse, Lunch available at 12pm
Jim Kelly joined the Irish civil service initially in 1984, working first with the Department of Energy, and subsequently from 1985 with the Revenue Commissioners. In 1986, Jim commenced part time study for a business degree at University College Dublin. He left the Revenue Commissioners in 1989 to complete his studies on a full time basis, and graduated with honours in 1990. From October 1990, Jim worked with Accenture, the global professional services firm, focusing mainly on change management projects in Dublin and training professionally with the firm in the US and the Netherlands. Jim left Accenture in November 1993 to accept a position with the Diplomatic Service of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. A chronological listing of Jim’s Department of Foreign Affairs HQ assignments and diplomatic postings is set out below. Most recently, he served as Director of the newly established Policy Planning function at DFA HQ, reporting directly to the Secretary-General of the Ministry. In January 2016, he was nominated by Government to serve as Ireland’s next Ambassador to Canada, a position which he formally took up on 6 September 2016. He will also be accredited on a secondary basis to Jamaica and the Bahamas.