The ECCIR Team

Laura Intemann, M.A.

Project Manager

As Manager for the European-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research in Edmonton, Laura helps Canadian companies establish partnerships with European businesses in various sectors.

She is excited about all things international and gained work and study experience in Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, and the US.

She did a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Intercultural Linguistics and completed her studies with a master’s in General Management.

Laura joined ECCIR in 2017 as part of her Master’s degree, initially as an intern. Upon her return to Edmonton in 2019 she worked at the University of Alberta as an Executive Assistant and rejoined ECCIR in May 2021.

Stanley Walter, M.A.

Advisor, Funding Opportunities and EEN Canada

As Advisor, Funding Opportunities and EEN Canada, Stanley helps Canadian companies learn about research, innovation, and internationalization related grants available in Canada. He also supports companies in their internationalization and partnering goals with European businesses and organizations through the Enterprise Europe Network.

He is excited about supporting businesses in their international endeavours and especially bringing European and Canadian business cultures closer together. He is passionate about all things international and gained work and study experience in Canada, Germany, and the United States.

Stanley completed his Bachelor’s degree in Education at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, focusing on English language, literature and cultural studies, as well as fine art and art history studies. Receiving a Master’s Degree in North American Studies, he graduated from that very same university in August 2016.

Stanley first joined the ECCIR in 2017. Following a one-year teaching assignment in Germany, he rejoined the ECCIR in September 2022.

Kenneth Zimmer, M.A.

Office Coordinator


As an Office Coordinator at the European Centre for Innovation and Research, Kenneth streamlines the workflow and keeps the office organized both physically and electronically.
Having lived half his life in Germany and half in Canada, he has a keen interest in connecting the Canadian and European perspectives.

Kenneth has an extensive background in Economics, with a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto, and has been part of ECCIR since December 2021.

Samantha Buryn, B.A. (Hons).

Marketing and Communications Intern

Recently graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science, Samantha is ECCIR’s Communications and Marketing Intern.

During her degree, she pursued her interest in global education by participating in an exchange in Sweden, completing a Certificate in International Learning, and living in the university’s International House residence.

She is excited to be a part of and learn from the ECCIR team!

Sophia Kern

Project Assistant Intern

Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Management in Regensburg, Germany, Sophia is ECCIR’s Project Assistant Intern.

She gained a variety of international experiences during her high school stay in Canada, her volunteer service in Cuba, and her participation in an exchange in France. These experiences increased her interest in international affairs, cultures, and innovative business activities. She has also completed a certificate in the practical application of intercultural competency and the analysis of culturally rooted conflict situations.

She is excited to learn and be a part of the ECCIR team!