Rebuild Ukraine Business Conference

On November 23rd, 2022 Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Business Council of Canada, CEO Club Ukraine, Embassy of Ukraine in Canada, Embassy of Canada in Ukraine, UkraineInvest, Ministry of Economic Development of Ukraine and Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine hosted a Rebuild Ukraine Business Conference at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto. 

Over 300 participants from Canadian and Ukrainian Businesses, Government and Financial Institutions attended the conference aimed at showcasing opportunities and tools for Canadian Businesses and Investors to be a part of the historic rebuilding of new and modern Ukraine.

President of CUCC Zenon Potichny and President and CEO of Business Council of Canada Goldy Hyder opened the conference with call for “21st century Marshall Plan”, importance of Canadian businesses being involved in the rebuilding of Ukraine and helping Ukraine on third (economic) front.

During the opening of the conference Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Canada Chrystia Freeland presented “Ukraine Sovereignty Bonds”, which allows individual Canadians to underwrite, in $100 increments, a loan of up to $500 million from Ottawa to Kyiv via the International Monetary Fund.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal thanked Government of Canada for all the support for Ukraine and emphasized that the process of rebuilding of Ukraine must start now and the first to invest in Ukraine will benefit the most in future.

Over 50 speakers from Ukraine, Canada and the U.S. presented their expertise, success stories and vision for rebuilding of Ukraine. Among them were Deputy Minister of Finance Tetyana Berezhna, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Larisa Galadza, Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada Yuliya Kovaliv, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade Arif Virani, Secretary the Office of National Investment Council of Ukraine Halyna Yanchenko, Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Ukraine Dmytro Natalukha, CEO of UkraineInvest Sergiy Tsivkach and CEO of Horizon Capital Lenna Koszarny.

Full agenda, speaker biographies, event photos, videos and investment projects presented can be found on Rebuild Ukraine Business Conference Digital Tool.

We would like to thank our sponsors for helping CUCC make this event possible: PwC CanadaFasken, Temerty Foundation, Fairfax Financial Holdings LimitedBCU Financial GroupUkrainian Credit Union LimitedHorizon CapitalCIBCNorthland Power Inc.Black Iron Inc. (TSX: BKI; OTC: BKIRF; FRANKFURT: BIN) ,Meest CanadaTIU CanadaMultiplexRoshel Smart Armored VehiclesGeneral Dynamics Land Systems–CanadaMaritime Launch ServicesDesjardinsBusiness Council of CanadaUkrainian World Congress – Свiтовий Конґрес УкраїнцівCanada-Ukraine Foundation

New Member Alert – BDO Ukraine

We would like to introduce BDO in Ukraine as newest member of CUCC.

With 200 employees in two office in Kyiv and Dnipro, BDO in Ukraine is the leading audit and consulting company that provides a wide range of services in audit, tax and legal consulting, financial advisory, capital transactions, restructurings, management consulting, sustainable development and more.

BDO in Ukraine provides high quality services of world-known auditing and consulting company combined with deep local knowledge and experience of a local one.

New Member – OtiPharm

We would like to welcome our newest member OtiPharm.

Otipharm Research is a Ukrainian company that provides expertise in the pharmaceutical sector, which is based on the gained experience. The vision of our company is to create the
value of Ukrainian pharmaceutical companies in foreign markets.

The company provides complex range of services for MA holders, pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, among which the main ones are:

1.Entering the markets for pharmaceutical companies,
2. Integrated sale/purchase of rights on medicinal products/portfolio development,
3. Software solution for pharmacovigilance,
4. Regulatory pharmaceutical intelligence

The company has an extensive network of partners in various markets and significant successful experience in working with European, Asian and Ukrainian companies in projects of various complexity and scale.

UCARE – creating ‘Ukrainian shelves’ in supermarkets all over the world

We would like to introduce you to UCARE.

In response to all the challenges, the leaders of the Ukrainian food market united in the UCARE by FoodTechShelf initiative. The first unique international impact project to support Ukrainian food producers. UCARE is not a national program, but due to the importance of the project, it cooperates with a number of government agencies. They establish bridges between Ukrainian food producers and retailers in Europe, USA and Canada creating special ‘Ukrainian shelves’ in foreign supermarkets. Thanks to this initiative foreign retailers are able to create a single channel to deal with Ukrainian companies and shelves with the best Ukrainian products in stores.

All products comply with EU, USA and Canadian standards. Logistics, product acquisition, marketing, and operational work are done by UCARE.

WHAT UCARE DOES?

✔️ Creating a permanent channel with Ukrainian manufacturers for the partner retail chain: placing custom landing with your requests on the project platform, provide targeted traffic, conduct one-time scouting among more than 2000 Ukrainian manufacturers and provide information on all targeted and verified manufacturers and their products

✔️Primary negotiations, collecting and structuring  data and preparing information that allows retailer to quickly make effective decisions on goods purchase

✔️Logistics providing, monitoring shipments, money transfers and documents

✔️ Providing a set of ready-made marketing and communication texts and designs for promotion of the “Ukrainian shelf” in the partner stores and help to adapt them, taking into account the specifics of the retail chain

✔️Reporting on the funds allocated to charitable projects, provide press releases about the participation of the partner and its consumers in the assistance provided

UCARE objectives:

✔️Support Ukraine’s economy:

– High-quality, delicious Ukrainian products on the supermarket’s shelves all over the world to ‘TASTE THE REAL UKRAINE’

– Assist Ukrainian producers to replace losses in the domestic market through the exports

– A simple and profitable way for consumers to support Ukraine purchasing  local products,  receiving the best from Ukraine in response

✔️Form Ukraine’s  FOODTECH ecosystem contributing the emergence and  innovative food products scaling and technologies in food production

✔️Provide assistance to people in need by supporting a number of social and humanitarian projects – 50% of the project’s profits go to proven charitable foundations (TABLETOCHKI, UANIMALS, etc)

Advantages for retailer 

✔️Commercial: increase consumer loyalty by creating a ‘Ukrainian shelf’ and participating in Ucare project

✔️ Innovative: a new range of products at attractive prices

✔️Operational:  long-term relations with UCARE as reliable operator, aggregating food supplies from the best Ukrainian producers, increase revenue and profits 

✔️ Marketing: powerful information occasion and strong promotion as a partner, links to a relevant sites and visual content

✔️Social and charitable additional recognition 

To learn more please contact partner@ucare.foodtechshelf.com 
or visit Ucare (foodtechshelf.com).

New Member – Roshel Smart Armored Vehicles

We would like to welcome Roshel Smart Armored Vehicles as the newest member of Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

Roshel is one of the largest manufacturers of smart armored vehicles for commercial and government organizations in North America.

The company is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. It’s long-standing commitment to quality and innovation, both in their process and their products, makes Roshel a leader in today’s secured transportation vehicles industry.

Until 2022, Roshel had been selling it’s armored vehicles Senator mostly to security and law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and other western allies. When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, CEO of Roshel Roman Shimonov supercharged Roshel’s production line, increasing its output tenfold compared to previous year. Roshel can complete production of two Senator vehicles per day. And it’s possible to get them delivered on the ground in Ukraine in a month — speed that is critical to the forces defending against the invaders.

New Member – Promprylad.Renovation

We are excited to announce our partnership with Promprylad.Renovation.
 
Promprylad.Renovation is a project of transforming an old industrial zone into an innovation center full of opportunities to support national business with an aim to develop the Ivano-Frankivsk region. In the first months of the large-scale Russian invasion, 12 relocated businesses and organizations were able to find refuge within the walls of Promprylad. Currently, the project team is focusing its efforts on building new infrastructure on the territory of the plant, expanding the labor market, and involving internally displaced people in economic development.
 
As an impact investment project, Promprylad.Renovation has already attracted more than $14 million in investments from private investors and companies, of which $4 million was collected after February 24. In addition, since the beginning of the full-scale war, the team managed to attract $500,000 in grant support as well as UAH 60 million in loans under the state program Affordable Loans 5-7-9%.
 
As early as next year, Promprylad plans to launch an additional 17,000sq.m of space, where they will create modern spaces and infrastructure for dozens of companies and organizations.
 
‘Projects like Promprylad.Renovation, and in particular their active development against the background of a large-scale war, are evidence of the indomitability of Ukrainians, a high level of civil society, and readiness to face the most drastic economic upheavals. Our partnership will open up ways of cooperation in many directions to support authoritative relations between the businesses of both countries: Ukraine and Canada. The plan is to organize joint initiatives, business events, and other business activities. I am firmly convinced that such cooperation will strengthen the position of Ukraine as a serious player on the international field,’ says Zenon Potoczny, president of the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.
 
‘Since the start of the full-scale invasion, Promprylad Foundation has launched an initiative to support relocated and local entrepreneurs and organizations – Save Business Now. During this time, we managed to support more than 500 entrepreneurs, and I believe that through the cooperation of Promprylad with the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, we will be able to create even more opportunities for Ukrainian entrepreneurs,’ says Liudmyla Kryzhanovska, Head of Partnerships and Fundraising at Promprylad.Renovation.
 
The renovation project of Promprylad has been supported by the Canadian government since 2018. In particular, throughout the years, the innovation center was visited by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Ukraine Larisa Galadza and former Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Roman Waschuk. As part of a diplomatic meeting in 2019, the Canadian government presented a maple tree to the project as a symbol of friendship between the countries and faith in the future of Promprylad.Renovation. ‘You are creating values that are already worth the attention of the whole world’ – this is how a Canadian diplomat commented on the project during a visit 3 years ago.
 
Yuriy Fylyuk, the CEO of Promprylad.Renovation, spoke about the current progress of the project during the Rebuild Ukraine Business Conference in Toronto, Canada organized by Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.
 
‘Actually from the very beginning of the project implementation, Promprylad.Renovation has had a long positive history of cooperation with Canada. In particular, we are very grateful for the direct support of the Canadian government at the launch stage of the pilot project.
 
We have already made several business visits to Canada as part of the experience exchange meetings, and in 2019, we participated in the Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto. Now, during a full-scale Russian invasion, we especially feel the heartfelt support of the people of Canada.
 
Therefore, for us, cooperation with CUCC is an organic step in developing the potential of mutual relations between our countries. It is the trust in the project of such powerful international organizations that is a clear indicator that we are on the right track’, shares Yuriy Fylyuk, the CEO of Promprylad.Renovation.
 
‘I believe that the cooperation of Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce and Promprylad.Renovation will build a powerful platform for the cooperation of Canadian and Ukrainian entrepreneurs. At the same time, Promprylad.Renovation can become a window of opportunity for Canadian business investments in Ukraine. It is an ecosystem that is growing at a rapid pace, and therefore, is able to initiate positive changes in the Canada-Ukraine partnership,’ notes Yuriy Kryvosheya, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Promprylad.Renovation and President of the Ukrainian-Canadian Joint Company Toronto-Kyiv, member of the Board of Directors of the Canada-Ukraine Trade Association.

New Member – Manac Inc.

We would like to welcome CUCC’s newest member Manac Inc.

Manac Inc. is Canada’s #1 Trailer Manufacturer with 7,000 Units produced in 5 Production Plants across North America and sold at 120 Dealer Locations.

Manac offers a wide range of vans, dumps and belt trailers, lowbeds, grain hoppers, chip and logging trailers, heavy duty chassis for oil, gas and mining industry and has achieved a leading position in the flatbed market.

New Member – MADPI GLOBAL

We are thrilled to welcome MADPI GLOBAL at CUCC.

MADPI GLOBAL is a Canadian Expert in Investigations, Risk Mitigation and Intelligence. With offices in Montreal and Toronto, they provide full Canadian coverage. They have incredible access to databases, both government and private, provincial and national, and they are very good at obtaining information from various sources. Their services include due diligence, litigation support, risk mitigation, workplace investigations, intelligence gathering, criminal and civil investigations, covert surveillance, locates, background checks, security, cyber investigations, and government accredited TSCM services.

Looking forward to our cooperation.

Innovation and Technology Committee within CUCC

We are happy to announce the Innovation and Technology Committee launch within CUCC to foster innovation and advocate for sustainable, value-add and transparent business relationships within the innovation ecosystem in Canada and Ukraine. Our goal is to enable knowledge sharing on investment attraction, unlock intellectual and human capital potential, promote digital leaders’ education opportunities, and enhance relationship building through various B2B and B2G events. Please welcome our executive members – Yana Lukasheh at SAP Canada, Pavlo Kartashov at Ukrainian Startup Fund, Chrystia Chudczak at Decidium, Dmytro Malyk from ELEKS and Orest Furhala at N-iX

Stay tuned for exciting news and our presentation at the upcoming Rebuild Ukraine Conference in November.

#rebuildukraine #economicfront #Innovation

If you’re interested to learn more or inquire about potential membership, please reach out to omandyuk@cucc.ca.

CUCC cooperation with CEO and signing of the Memorandum of the Coalition of Business Communities for the Modernization of Ukraine

Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce became the first bilateral business association to sign the Memorandum of the Coalition of Business Communities of Ukraine, initiated by CEO Club Ukraine, the Board business community, SUP and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine. The memorandum outlines the general economic vision for the development of post-war Ukraine and the basic principles of future economic policy. Nearly hundred national, regional and industry associations and communities have joined the signing of the Memorandum.

“CUCC is honored to be the first international organization to join such a powerful and important alliance of Ukrainian businesses, associations and real business leaders. The Joint Memorandum is only the first step on the way of creating new transparent rules of the game, creating reliable institutions and strengthening the role of reputable business in the reconstruction of Ukraine. We believe now is the time to come together and act for real change!” – Yuriy Kryvosheya, Board Member at CUCC and member of CEO Club Ukraine. 

CUCC is currently working on a number of initiatives to support Ukrainian people, business and economy, including: finding jobs for Ukrainian specialists affected by the war, supporting business relocation, and helping with finding partners and suppliers in Canada. CUCC created the Rebuild Ukraine Committee, which includes members of the CUCC Board of Directors and participants with experience in the energy, agriculture, construction and infrastructure, and IT sectors. 

In addition, СUCC will be hosting the first business forum in Canada dedicated to the topic of rebuilding of Ukraine. The Rebuild Ukraine Forum will be held in Toronto on November 23, 2022 and will bring together Canadian and Ukrainian business representatives, investors and members of both governments. Among the strategic partners of the forum: the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada, the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine, the Business Council of Canada, CEO Club Ukraine, the Ministry of Digital Transformation, the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine.

“I am sure that strong international events, such as the Rebuild Ukraine Business Conference in Toronto, are able not only to strengthen the brand of Ukraine in the world and demonstrate to the whole world our readiness to fight and undeniable confidence in the victory of Ukraine, but also to improve and revitalize the Ukrainian business environment, attracting new partners and investors to the rebuilding and development of Ukraine” – Serhiy Haydaychuk, Founder and President of CEO Club Ukraine. 

CEO Club Ukraine is a private intellectual club that during the last 10 years has been uniting business leaders for development, communication, and cooperation. The members of the club are 200+ CEOs and entrepreneurs with a positive business reputation. Among the club members there are executives from CISCO, EY, Yakaboo, Baker&McKenzie, DB Schenker, Origin Holdings Ukraine, Ajax Systems, MacPaw, Hörmann UA, Electrolux, Readdle, Vodafone Ukraine, Innovecs, Brown Forman Ukraine, Galileo Technologies, Intellias, ТIC.