Your gateway to innovation across the Atlantic.

The European-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (ECCIR) empowers Canadian innovators, SMEs, and researchers to unlock global opportunities, forge international partnerships, and access dynamic markets in Europe.

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Connect to the world’s largest support network for SMEs with international ambitions.

As the Network Coordinator for the Enterprise Europe Network Canada consortium, ECCIR connects companies with privileged market insights, the world’s largest business opportunities database, and targeted matchmaking opportunities!


ECCIR has been an excellent resource for TEKTELIC’s internationalization efforts. At MEDICA 2022, ECCIR was very successful in setting up targeted, high-value B2B meetings for our company. Over the following months, ECCIR continued to diligently support TEKTELIC by providing connections to potential partners that are a strong fit for collaboration. Several partnership activities are now ongoing with these organizations. ECCIR has provided business connections, valuable insights, and guidance for business expansion into Europe. I would strongly recommend other Canadian companies work with ECCIR to receive the same support and advice from which TEKTELIC has benefited.

Jack Stuart, Director of Business Development at TEKTELIC Communications

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Canada Partnering with 'Horizon Europe'

Canada Partnering with Horizon Europe

Hosted by ECCIR and EEN Canada, this webinar series brings together industry experts to help Canadian innovators leverage Horizon Europe, the EU's flagship research and innovation funding program with a budget of €95.5 billion. Topics covered include funding opportunities for innovators in the medical sciences and cleantech sectors, as well as tutorials on navigating the key legal aspects of the programme.

ECCIR's International Innovation Masterclass

ECCIR's International Innovation Masterclass

In this series, ECCIR spotlights dynamic European regions and countries as potential innovation partners for Canadian stakeholders. So far, we have covered some of Europe's most innovative regions, including Bavaria, the Czech Republic, Northern Sweden, and Catalonia. Gain insights into their unique strengths, opportunities for collaboration, and emerging trends in innovation!

ECCIR's Matchmaking Trip to Hannover Messe

ECCIR at Hannover Messe

In November 2022, company representatives from ECCIR, Alberta Innovates, and 9 Albertan medical technology companies took part in a matchmaking trip to Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. During the trip, the SMEs had the opportunity to attend Hannover Messe, while making valuable connections with potential partners and discovering key European market entry strategies.

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“Canada and Europe stand for outstanding success in science, research, and development. Researchers and business representatives from both jurisdictions can consider the Centre a platform for reaching across the Atlantic.”

Bernd Reuscher, Founder and President of the ECCIR

Treaty Acknowledgment

ECCIR respectfully acknowledges that we are located in Amiskwaciwâskahikan on Treaty 6 Territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples. We express gratitude and respect for the land we use, pledge to honour the spirit of reconciliation, and commit to moving forward in collaboration with Indigenous nations.

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