The V National Forum “Recovery of Ukraine: The Role of Business Associations”

On March 22, 2023, CUCC had a pleasure of participating in the V NATIONAL FORUM OF SMEs “Recovery of Ukraine: the role of business associations” in Kyiv.

We would like to thank the organizers Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine / Ukrainian CCI and UNDP Ukraine for hosting such a successful event. Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce was represented by Executive Director for Ukraine Emma Turos and Yuriy Kryvosheya, Managing Partner & President of PJSC “Toronto-Kyiv” and CUCC Vice President for Ukraine. The main goal of the Forum was to synchronize vision of the participants regarding tools and vectors of Ukraine’s recovery during the wartime and in the post-war period. The event was opened by Ihor Zhovkva, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, David Arakhamia, Head of the “Servants of the People” party in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Chyzhykov Gennadiy, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine, John W.H. Denton AO, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Jako Silje, Permanent Representative of UNDP in Ukraine, Andreas Huber, Director of the Swiss Cooperation Program of the Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine.

During the panel discussion “The role of the international business community and international business associations in the recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine” Yuriy Kryvosheya emphasized the importance of reputation and subjectivity of Ukrainian business for international partners and investors. “All of us, the International Chambers, International Organizations, businesses, entrepreneurs, etc., have to work very closely in order not merely to effectively create a proper bridge between reputable Ukrainian businesses and the International investment community, but also to systematically help Ukrainian business to become a true subject that is well placed at the table when the new rules of the game are being formed.” – said Yuriy. Speakers discussed the role and importance of activities of the business associations in the areas of support and adaptation to unfavourable business conditions in Ukraine, strengthening of the country’s economy and development of international relations, attraction of investments, and export promotion.

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 – Global Public Affairs

We would like to welcome Global Public Affairs as our newest member.
Global Public Affairs is Canada’s leading privately held strategic communications and government advocacy consultancy. With offices across Canada, they represent the largest corporate sector organizations in the country, touching on all facets of the national economy.
Global Public Affairs is a team of experienced consultants who work seamlessly across jurisdictions, guiding organizations through complex public policy challenges. They draw on their expertise as senior leaders in government, media, private and non-profit sectors to provide first-hand knowledge of public policy and administrative framework in Canada and globally. They build a tailored approach for each client – strategies that are mindful of the end goal and balance the particular commercial objectives and culture of their clients.
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New Member – Craft Innovations

We would like to welcome Craft Innovations as the newest member of CUCC.

Craft Innovations is a research & design firm that helps entrepreneurs and enterprises discover actionable insights about customers’ needs, design products & services people are excited to use.

Founded in 2019, the company has offices in Canada, Ukraine, representatives in the EU, and Beijing. Among Craft Innovations’ customers are such brands as Mastercard, PrivatBank, RiverMall, Uklon, UNDP, British American Tobacco, CanadaVisa, Moldindconbank, and others.

CI helps clients create competitive market advantage and grow customer loyalty by:

– Customer experience & market intelligence

– New product ideas and monetization models validation

– Top user experience design: Websites, SaaS platforms and Applications

– Service design and product innovation consulting

– Development services

CI’s motto – We care bout clients project as it’s our own.

Canada-Ukraine Agri Forum 2023

CUCC actively participates in events dedicated to rebuilding of Ukraine. Yuriy Kryvosheya, Vice-President of the CUCC, and Emma Turos, Managing Director for Ukraine had a pleasure of attending the Canada-Ukraine Agri Forum 2023, organized by the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine on March 1, 2023, in Kyiv. Participants had an opportunity to learn about:

  • Updates on Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement
  • Challenges and opportunities in Ukraine’s agricultural sector
  • Financial instruments for support of agricultural and retail sectors from Export Development Canada
  • Canadian expertise in agricultural machinery from Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership

Panel discussions welcomed representatives of Ukrainian agricultural and retail companies to talk about how the war changed the geography and structure of import, as well as to share their views on future process of recovery of the agricultural sector of Ukraine.

Canada and Ukraine will continue to work together towards strengthening their bilateral trade relations regardless of the challenges that temporarily exist due to russia’s on-going war against Ukraine.

New Member – SPP Development Ukraine

New Member Alert!

We would like to welcome SPP Development Ukraine as our newest member.

SPP Development Ukraine is a multicompetent company operating in all aspects of the Energy sphere (Renewables and Power Infrastructure). SPP is a Development and EPC company with a full range of services, including maintenance and operation.

SPP Development Ukraine is among the few companies that own their construction machinery, equipment, materials and can offer technical support, professional design, engineering group, highly qualified employees, and most importantly successful project implementation.

Since the company’s founding in 2019, SPP has implemented Renewables with a total capacity of more than 110 MW DC. Projects implemented by SPP were recognized as best projects in Eastern Europe in 2019 and 2021.

Currently, SPP is developing innovative projects such as Energy Storage Systems, Wind Parks, Green Hydrogen Plant, Solar Power Plants, and Data Center.

Rebuild Ukraine Conference – February 15-16, 2023 (Warsaw, Poland)

This week CUCC Vice President Yuriy Kryvosheya had a pleasure of attending the ReBuild Ukraine Conference in Warsaw. The two-day conference was a hybrid of forum and exhibition, it attracted 1000+ participants from 22 countries including representatives from 60 Ukrainian territorial communities, IFIs, government and business.

It was a great opportunity to meet and connect with our friends at EBRD, Export Development Canada | Exportation et développement Canada, Trade Commissioner Service | Service des délégués commerciaux, CEO Club Ukraine Delta Group and PKF hospitality group to discuss current and future cooperation and projects.


New Member Alert – UMG Investments

New Member Alert!

We would like to welcome our newest member UMG INVESTMENTS.

UMG INVESTMENTS is an investment firm of Ukrainian origin that combines an ambitious entrepreneurial spirit with years of experience and а thorough investing process. It’s a captive private equity firm with a diversified portfolio of 11 assets located in Ukraine and some new brownfield projects in the EU & Turkey. As of January 2022, the company has ~$1 BN assets under management. Key areas for investing are green economy, agri-processing, logistics, industrial minerals, healthcare and niche manufacturing.



CUCC Annual General Meeting 2023

On January 25th, 2023 Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce held its Annual General Meeting at the Old Mill.

CUCC President Zenon Potichny reported on CUCC’s achievements in 2022 and presented activities and vision for 2023 as well as Executive Committee that will be working to fulfill these activities. Executive Committee consists of President Zenon Potichny, Vice President John Iwaniura, Vice President Markiyan Vytvytskyy, Vice President Markiyan Markevych, Vice President, Western Ukraine, Victoria Umin and Vice President, Ukraine, Yuriy Kryvosheya.

Roman Shimonov, Founder and CEO of Roshel Inc. and John Moskalyk, Principal at ADR International Corp. were nominated and elected to join the Board of Directors.

CUCC new members ELEKS Manac Inc. Craft Innovations MADPI GLOBAL Chrystia Chudczak Nova Global Aztec Energy and EDILTECO® Group had an opportunity to present their companies and scope of work to other members.

Among guests of honor were Madam Ambassador Yuliya Kovaliv and The Honourable Senator David Wells. We were delighted to see representatives from Export Development Canada and Global Affairs Canada at our event.

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.