About Us

With over 600 partner organizations, the Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions. Within the Enterprise Europe Network, a country outside the EU can be represented by a consortium forming a Business Cooperation Centre. The European-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (ECCIR, formerly GCCIR), located in Edmonton, AB, the EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West (EUCCCW), located in Vancouver, B.C., and the EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada (EUCCAN), located in Toronto, ON, have partnered to form such a Business Cooperation Centre. This Canadian entity is called the Enterprise Europe Network Canada (EEN Canada) and is coordinated by the ECCIR. The EEN Canada works closely with both Canadian and European colleagues to advance opportunities for SMEs by providing business and innovation support services that help to strengthen companies’ competitiveness and sustainability.

European-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research

The European-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (ECCIR formerly German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research, GCCIR) is an initiative for the development of European–Canadian research and business relations. Based in Edmonton, Alberta and located in Enterprise Square, the ECCIR provides support for the exchange of information, development of networks, the establishment and cultivation of collaborative partnerships in academia, business, and industry, as well as cultural exchange. The central focus is on enhancing international knowledge and technology transfer, and on raising the profile of Canada and Europe as centres of excellence in innovation and research. In addition to multiple academic partnerships, the ECCIR works with the Alberta Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation to operate the Alberta-Europe Technology Collaboration Fund, which is aimed at facilitating and supporting joint, innovative technology development projects between Albertan and European SMEs.

EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West

The EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West (EUCCCW) is an independent, privately organized, non-profit, bilateral trade organization, established in 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The chamber acts as a service-centre for providing information, business assistance and soft landing services to Canadian SME’s looking to expand their operations in the EU and to European SME’s interested in doing business in Canada. EUCCCW works with governments and strategic public and private sector partners to organize CETA info sessions, trade & investment seminars, business forums and ad-hoc B2B meetings, missions to trade fairs and conventions, marketing and promotional campaigns and generally acts as a catalyst between economic operators in Canada (with a focus on Western Canada) and in the EU.

EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada

Serving the EU network in Canada for 25 years, working in concert with 26 EU state-based Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations and supported by the European Union, the EU Chamber of Commerce in Canada (EUCCAN) is a key resource and main point of contact for EU businesses in Canada and for EU businesses seeking to enter the Canadian market. EUCCAN operates under 3 key pillars: firstly, EUCCAN advocates for EU companies at all levels of government, identifying challenges and opportunities of doing business in Canada, addressing common affairs and voicing business interests and recommendations to the EU and Canadian governments. Secondly, EUCCAN informs EU and Canadian companies about CETA providing practical business guides, industry papers and up-to-date information about EU/Canada business relations. Thirdly, EUCCAN represents its members’ interests locally and internationally.

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