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Ceiliuradh 150: A Musical Evening with Odhrán O Casaide and Friends

2017-10-22

Robert Kearns is President and Founder of Kearns Insurance Corporation and Kearns Investment Corporation. Originally from Dublin, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Archaeology and Greek and Roman Civilizations from University College Dublin, before immigrating to Canada in 1979.

Since his arrival in Canada, he has been continuously involved in Irish-Canadian business and cultural relations, making significant contributions to a number of Irish-Canadian organizations. These include his position as a member of the Board of the Ireland Fund of Canada from 1980-2004. He was Chairman of the Ireland Fund from 1989-1992, and a Director of the America Ireland Fund. He is a Founding Director of the Ireland Canada Chamber of Commerce and remains a member of the Chamber to this day. In 1997, he began work to establish Ireland Park Foundation as a volunteer board, which was formally incorporated in May of 2000. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Ireland Park Foundation since then.

Between 1998 and 2008, Robert has served as Chairman of the Campaign for Celtic Studies at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Between 1995 and 2013, he served as a Director of the former Halifax Aircraft Association, a ten-year project with Canadian veterans to restore a Second World War Halifax bomber to commemorate the ten thousand Canadians who failed to return from their service in Bomber Command. From this project, he published Night Flight to Norway: A Canadian Memorial, on the history and restoration of Halifax Aircraft NA 337, under the banner of his own publishing firm, The Welland Press. Robert also served for nine years as a Member of the Board of Governors of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall. He currently serves as a Member of the Board of the NATO Association of Canada.

In 2008, Robert was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. In December of 2016, he was the Canadian recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad.

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