The ECCIR Team

Michael Bernd Reuscher, Dipl.-Ing.


Mr. Reuscher graduated with a Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Technical University of Hamburg, Germany and served for 20 years in several Senior Executive positions with SIEMENS AG in Europe, South America and South-East Asia. In 1994, Mr. Reuscher immigrated to Canada as an entrepreneur. Since then, he has established, managed and served on the Board of several privately held Canadian Corporations, as well as publicly traded US Corporations.

Among several other appointments, Mr. Reuscher is the President of the German- Canadian Business and Professional Association of Alberta, the Founder and Chairman of the German-Canadian Advancement Foundation of Alberta (since 2004), and the Founder and President of the European-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (since 2009). From December 1, 2005 to April 14, 2013 Mr. Reuscher served as Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for Northern Alberta and the North-West Territories in Canada. Mr. Reuscher was also a member of the Senate and Board of Governors of the University of Alberta from 2008 to 2014. Through these activities, he has been profoundly involved in establishing, fostering and financially supporting cooperation and partnerships between universities and research organizations in Canada and Germany, as well as in promoting business to business relationships in both countries.

Mr. Reuscher was recognized as “Paul Harris Fellow” by the Rotary Club of Canada and received the “Saxonian Flood Medal” of the Free State of Saxony, Germany for assisting the flood victims of the City of Grimma in 2002. In 2012 he was awarded the “Cross of the Order of Merit” of the Federal Republic of Germany for significant contributions made in fostering the relationship between Canada and Germany.

Katelyn Petersen, Ph. D.

Executive Director

Katelyn Petersen has managed the European-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research since March, 2014. Prior to assuming her role at the ECCIR, she worked as Regional Coordinator for Europe at University of Alberta International, where she managed the university’s partnerships and initiatives with European institutions. Katelyn completed a Master’s Degree in translation in 2007, and a Doctorate in contemporary German literature in 2013 at the University of Alberta and the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich as part of a Joint Degree Program.

She has lived, studied, and worked in Germany and speaks fluent German.

Laura Intemann, M.A.

Senior Project Coordinator

Laura Intemann was born and raised in Germany. After a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Intercultural Linguistics, she studied General Management in Leipzig for her master’s degree. During her education, she was able to gain experience abroad in Argentina, Australia, France, and Canada. She joined the ECCIR in 2017 as part of her Master’s degree, initially as an intern. She returned to Edmonton in 2019 to work at the University of Alberta as an Executive Assistant and rejoined the ECCIR in May 2021.