Virginia International Business Council



Upcoming events

    • March 24, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 69


    Enabling International Trade Success Since 1948™



    In consideration of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the VAIBC has decided to take our programming virtual to ensure the safety of our members and event attendees.  You are invited to participate in this virtual discussion via Zoom. If time allows, there will be Q+A with Mr. Cawley.

    Join us for our VIRTUAL FORUM March 24th, Wednesday, program for:


    Please join the VAIBC online via Zoom platform for a discussion with Mr. Kilian Cawley, regarding the current status of the exit of the UK from the EU. This timely session will provide insights into the timeline of events, issues that have arisen from the EU departure: trade deal with the EU, ensuring food supply chain continues, and creating a new identity in the world.

    Guest Speaker:   Kilian Cawley, is OCO Global’s Trade Director for Ireland

    Details for the March 2021 VAIBC Event:  BEYOND BREXIT

    When:                             Wednesday, March 24th, 2021  


              12:00pm -1:00pm:            Live Discussion via Webinar


    Venue:  Online via Zoom platform – log-in credentials will be issued once paid registration is complete.

    If time allows, there will be Q+A with Mr. Cawley. Recorded session will be available and shared post-event with registered attendees.


      Cost:   Online registration:     

                    $15.00 for VAIBC members, $20.00 for non-members


     Register online:


    About the speaker:

    Kilian Cawley, is OCO Global’s Trade Director for Ireland where he is responsible for overall trade and investment activity within the country, liaising with clients, national embassies and state agencies and making connections throughout the international network. He has over 25 years’ experience within the Irish business network, having previously worked in Business Banking, a Company Director and a Business Consultant, Kilian brings significant practical industry experience coupled with a strong financial and strategic business approach to clients.  He has over 12 years’ experience within financial services, having worked with AIB Group and Daiwa (Europe) Bank. He was a Senior Manager with Bank of Ireland Business Banking specializing in credit and lending to Small and Medium Enterprises. He has significant experience of managing and growing an SME company, having been the MD of an Irish company operating within the agri-tech and engineering sector for 12 years. Kilian has significant experience working with private companies at all levels and assisting them with strategic growth plans, finance, R & D, innovation, supply chain and international business.


    The Virginia International Business Council, Inc. (VAIBC™) was established in 1948, and it has had a distinguished history as a membership organization serving businesses engaged in or pursuing international trade and the wide range of professionals in the public and private sector that facilitate and enable international trade.  Our monthly luncheon programs provide networking and educational opportunities vital to success.  We also periodically conduct special workshops featuring experts in the field on topics we believe to be especially timely and vital to our members, as well as several annual special events, which have historically included our December holiday party and spring golf outing.   We actively support other Virginia trade organizations and events, and provide scholarships and other outreach to Virginia colleges and universities. 

Past events

November 18, 2020 Critical Response to Global Disruptions
September 23, 2020 A Discussion on Trade with Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe
February 26, 2020 2020 Vision: Protecting & Promoting Your Brand in an Age of Upheaval & Uncertainty
December 05, 2019 VAIBC Holiday Celebration
September 26, 2019 USMCA – Key Issues for U.S. Businesses
May 22, 2019 The Future of the US/UK Trade Relationship
April 29, 2019 23rd Annual VAIBC Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
April 10, 2019 State of the Port
February 27, 2019 A Discussion with Christina Dick on BRAND AUTHENTICITY
June 11, 2018 You are invited! Virginia Maritime Meeting & Mixer - June 11, 2018
May 23, 2018 "NAFTA: Virginia’s Canada Connection"
May 17, 2018 VAIBC Scholarships Awarded on April 25, 2018
April 26, 2018 22nd Annual VAIBC Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
April 25, 2018 Universal Leaf – Business Update and Reformed Tax Policy Insights
April 12, 2018 State of the Port
March 28, 2018 Competing in the Online Global Marketplace
March 02, 2018 Brazil: Open + Ready for Business (Click here to see Presentations from this event)
October 18, 2017 Virginia Maritime Mixer-Shenandoah Valley Chapter
October 04, 2017 VCU to host the 2017 Business and Entrepreneurship in Africa Conference
September 27, 2017 Lithuania – Gateway to Eastern Europe. A Discussion on Trade & Defense Procurement in Lithuania
September 21, 2017 Virginia Maritime Mixer Central Chapter
May 24, 2017 Monthly Luncheon Program on May 24, 2017
April 25, 2017 Richmond Region State of the Port Luncheon April 25, 2017
April 20, 2017 21st Annual VAIBC Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
March 22, 2017 Monthly Luncheon Program on March 22, 2017
February 22, 2017 An Open Conversation with Export-Import Bank: Learn about tools available to small businesses to expand overseas sales.
January 25, 2017 Changing Tides: Trade Compliance in a New Political Era
December 06, 2016 Holiday Party
November 16, 2016 Settling Your Ocean Shipping & Cruise Line Disputes – For Free! Alternative Dispute Resolution Services – Using the Office of Consumer Affairs & Dispute Resolutions (CADRS), Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
September 28, 2016 Challenges to International Trade and Global Trade Pacts: What we can learn from BREXIT
June 16, 2016 20th Annual VAIBC Golf Outing & Scholarship Fundraiser
May 23, 2016 "The Importance of International Trade: Virginia's Place on the World Stage" featuring The Honorable Terry McAuliffe, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia
April 20, 2016 Sustainability: How to Achieve Meaningful Progress towards a Circular Economy
March 23, 2016 Richmond Region State of the Port Luncheon March 23, 2016
February 24, 2016 TPP: What do you need to know and what will it mean for your business?
January 27, 2016 Washington Dulles International Airport - Virginia's Air Cargo Gateway
December 14, 2015 Holiday Party
November 18, 2015 Does Your Current Insurance Cover All of Your International Risks?
October 28, 2015 Virginia versus the World Wine Tasting Networking Event
September 23, 2015 Compliance Workshop on Export Control Reform and Networking Luncheon "CPB Trade Transformation Update"
May 27, 2015 How to Unlock Major Opportunities for your Business with Trade Agreements
April 30, 2015 19th Annual VAIBC Golf Outing
April 22, 2015 How to Build Strategic Partnerships in Latin America
March 25, 2015 Aligning Economic Opportunity - Hampton Roads to Richmond
February 25, 2015 Global Fulfillment the Amazon Way
January 28, 2015 Service Center Metals … A Virginia Company with Global Reach
November 19, 2014 "Foreign Trade Zones and the Alternative Site Framework" and “Virginia Port Incentives, Port Tools for Business”






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