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 an International Network Partner. 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 consortium. 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.
The European-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (ECCIR) is a non-profit organization that facilitates the development of European-Canadian research and business relations. With support from Alberta Innovates and the Government of Alberta, ECCIR offers a range of services to corporate stakeholders, notably to Canadian SMEs, in support of international relationship-building and networking needs. As the Network Coordinator for EEN Canada, the ECCIR connects corporations with a comprehensive partnerships database, brokerage events, and company missions to help turn innovative ideas into international commercial successes.
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The Chamber was founded in 1995 in Toronto, Ontario with the purpose of strengthening economic ties between Canada and Europe. Originally incorporated as The European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto (EUCOCIT), the organization was renamed in 2013—EUCCAN: The European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada—with an eye to becoming a country-wide European Union (EU) platform. By 2025, EUCCAN will be the principal, unifying voice for EU business interests in Canada.
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada West is an independent, privately organized, non-profit, bilateral trade organization, established in 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia. They act as a service centre, providing information, business assistance, and services to Canadian SMEs looking to expand their operations in the EU and to European SMEs interested in doing business in Canada.