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EU-Canada Cluster Matchmaking Event

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The European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) organised the EU-Canada Cluster Matchmaking Event 2019 in 5-7 June 2019 in cooperation with the Canadian Superclusters initiative in Toronto, Canada. The overall objective of the event was to foster collaboration between European and Canadian clusters for the benefit of their SME members. This event was designed as a follow-up of the High-Level Cluster Event organised in April 2019 at the Hannover fair, where cooperation between European and Canadian clusters have been initiated.

The highlight of the event took place on 6th of June with the signing of an administrative arrangement between Canada and the EU to facilitate trans-Atlantic cluster collaboration.  The signature was witnessed by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Under the arrangement, cluster organisations and firms in the European Union will have more opportunities to form strategic business partnerships and linkages notably with Canada’s five innovation superclusters. The matchmaking sessions allowed for fruitful exchanges between European and Canadian delegates and over 100 meetings were scheduled on the afternoon of the event between European and Canadian counterparts.  

Event activities:

  • Cluster matchmaking event between European clusters and Canadian clusters
  • Group discussion sessions
  • Visit to the MaRS Discovery District and the McMaster Innovation Park, headquarters of the Canadian Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster
  • Local visits and other activities!

Dates & place: 5-7 June 2019 in Toronto, Canada

Focus areas:

The key focus areas for European clusters included the main sectors targeted by the Canadian superclusters, namely:

Sectoral and technological focus:

  • Advanced manufacturing, Internet of Things, machine learning, cybersecurity, additive manufacturing, photonics
  • Digital technologies, virtual, mixed and augmented reality, data collection and analytics, quantum computing
  • Agri-food enabling technologies, including genomics, processing, and information technology
  • Artificial intelligence and supply chain technologies, retail, manufacturing, smart transportation, infrastructure
  • Blue growth industries, digital sensors and monitoring, autonomous marine vehicles, energy generation, automation, marine biotechnology and marine engineering technologies


Anne-Céline Renaud, international partnership manager at Vitagora, presents the New Frontiers in Food project during the EU-Canada Cluster Matchmaking Event in June 2019.



"Thanks to the EU and ECCP for organising matchmaking events and bring companies R&D clusters all around the world together. Let's boost innovation together!"

Heidrun Hochreiter, Food Cluster Business Upper Austria

"Participation in the EU-Canada cluster delegation has enabled OPTITEC to get a better insight into the Canadian cluster ecosystem and to establish valuable contacts for a fruitful collaboration with Canadian peers. Big thanks to the DG Growth and EASME for their support and to the ECCP team for a flawless organisation.3 days packed with visits and meetings provided us with an insight into dynamic start-up and SME ecosystem, with a focus on the functioning of the first 5 Canadian superclusters. A highlight of the trip was the signing of an administrative arrangement between Canada and the EU facilitating trans-Atlantic cluster collaboration. An excellent basis to build upon - Pôle OPTITEC will definitely return to Canada in order to consolidate links with our peers and provide even better support to our members."

Ziga Valic, Pôle Optitec




"Big thank you. A very useful event, very well organised. Congratulations to the whole team!! Create funds specially designed to enforce cooperation between Canada and the EU - this is very important for change that we want to create and sustain"

Goran Mladenovic, Ni CAT cluster-Nis Cluster of Advanced Technologies




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