Reconstruction in Action Forum – May 16th, 2023

On May 16, 2023 CUCC Deputy Director for Ukraine Alla Turos attended forum-workshop “Reconstruction in Action” which was held in Kyiv. At the forum local communities from Ukrainian cities that suffered from the Russian invasion presented implemented reconstruction projects. The main goal of the forum was to share information about recovery of communities after the de-occupation and ceasefire in their territory.

The mayor of Mykolaiv city Oleksandr Sienkevych was among the speakers. According to the city council, working on projects to restore infrastructure destroyed by the war, the people of Mykolaiv are implementing the best
experience of the European countries — Poland, Denmark, Germany, and Italy. Such cooperation is already bringing real results. The city receives tangible help in the implementation of the short-term projects to restore the
objects of the social infrastructure and the sphere of life support, as well as in the thorough preparation of large-scale post-war reconstruction. With the support of the European Economic Commission of the United Nations, a new
Mykolaiv city master plan is being developed. The Plan will become a base for revival of Mykolaiv and will determine direction of the city’s development for the coming decades.

Vadym Tokar, the Head of the village of Makariv,  presented the recently implemented project as part of the cooperation between the KSE Foundation, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Kyiv Regional Military Administration and the KP Makarov Primary Care Centerof the ISR for the complete reconstruction of the Makarov dispensary, which was completely destroyed by rocket fire on March 28, 2022. The newly built dispensary is a great example of the implementation of the “Build back better” principle, which is taken as a basis for the
reconstruction of Ukraine.

The Irpin community was represented at the event by the Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn and Chairman of the Irpin Investment Council, founder of the Irpin Reconstruction Summit project, Volodymyr Karpluk. Mr. Karpluk presented the “Irpin Community Recovery Plan for 2022-2033”. This document describes the analysis and state of the destruction, provides clear figures with a specific list of house addresses, the number of residents and the cost of reconstruction, presents projects for the reconstruction of social facilities and an investment plan. More details about the project here


CUCC Cherry Tree Planted at “Alley of International Support” on the Independence Square in Kyiv

On May 11th, 2023 CUCC Vice President Yuriy Kryvosheya and Communications Manager Alla Turos participated in a wonderful initiative organized by International Foundation “Victory Park” with support of Kyivzelenbud, and planted a cherry tree on behalf of CUCC & Toronto-Kyiv at the “Alley of International Support” on the Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in Kyiv to raise funds for medical assistance in the frontline territories in Ukraine, as well as for medical institutions & organizations that are every day engaged in dealing with numerous tough consequences of the ongoing war.
Seven cherry trees planted represent seven organizations from different countries that support Ukraine, and were planted by representatives of the United States, Canada, Lithuania and Israel. In the future, the United Kingdom, Poland and Germany will also join. Beside each tree there is a corresponding “nameplate” with the name of the country and organization, as well as a QR code for a project link with a possibility to donate funds.
These are not the first trees that were planted to raise funds for urgent needs arising during wartime. Previously, sycamore trees were planted to raise funds for the vital drug “Albumin”; poplar trees for FPV drones for the fighters of the Center of Special Operations of the Security Service of Ukraine “Alfa”; magnolias for the purchase of summer berets for female military personnel and cherry trees for high-tech equipment for the soldiers of the AZOV brigade. These & other “Victory Park” projects can be found here
We will feel honored & will be very grateful if you will have the chance to contribute to this initiative and have your name, quote, wish for Ukrainians inscribed on a plaque under a tree from Canada, planted in the heart of Ukraine. In order to participate in history making, simply follow the link to the donation page
Every contribution makes a difference and brings Ukraine closer to the victory!

New Member Alert – Export Development Canada

We are thrilled to welcome Export Development Canada | Exportation et développement Canada Development Canada as the newest member of CUCC.

Export Development Canada (EDC) is a Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian companies of all sizes succeed on the world stage by equipping them with tools they need – the trade knowledge, financial solutions, equity, insurance, and connections to grow their business with confidence.

EDC solutions include:

  • Capital – access to working capital and financing
  • Risk mitigation – insurance that lowers the risk of doing business abroad
  • Trade Knowledge – expertise to help companies make informed decisions
  • Global connections – relationships that connect Canadian and international companies and help both parties grow

With offices across Canada and around the world, EDC are close to the Canadian businesses they support and to the buyers in global markets that can connect Canadian exporters to international supply chains.

CUCC is looking forward to working with EDC on engaging and supporting Canadian businesses wishing to participate in the rebuilding and reconstruction of Ukraine.

Caravan Group of Companies – Canada’s Best Managed Companies 2023 Winner

We would like to congratulate one of CUCC’s longest standing members Caravan Group of Companies on their achievement of joining the list of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

Through innovation, investment in its employees and optimization of company’s culture, Caravan Group of Companies has become one of the leaders in transportation industry in Canada.

Below, you will find Globe and Mail article about the history of Caravan Group of Companies and it’s road to success.


Fireside Chat with Business Ombudsman in Ukraine Roman Waschuk

On April 25th, 2023 CUCC hosted a Fireside Chat with Business Ombudsman in Ukraine Roman Waschuk and CUCC President Zenon Potichny at KUMF Gallery.

The topic of the evening was Post-War Ukraine: Security, Reconstruction, Recovery and New Order, and panelists discussed Canadian expertise, which will be useful during reconstruction period, importance of partnerships with Ukrainian and European companies, involvement of international organizations, as well as effective corruption fighting mechanisms.

We would like to thank Mr. Waschuk for joining us for this important discussion, which complements the Rebuild Ukraine Conference planned for November 2023.



EU-Canada Business Day in Toronto

On Thursday, April 27th, 2023,  CUCC Director John W. Moskalyk had a pleasure of attending and representing Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce at the EU-Canada Business Day organized by EUCCAN – European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada.

The theme of this event was “Uniting for economic security: Why the EU-Canada partnership is essential” with three panels focusing on sustainability, raw materials and strategic EU-Canada partnerships.

Business Day featured opening remarks by Melita Gabric, Ambassador of the EU to Canada, Adrian Thomas, EUCCAN President and Perry Spitznagel, Vice-Chairman – Bennett Jones LLP, as well as a keynote speech by Kovaliv Yuliya, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada.


New Member – Sepro Mineral Systems

We would like to welcome Sepro Systems as the newest member of Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

Sepro Mineral Systems is Canada’s largest supplier of mineral processing and aggregate equipment. It also provides engineering and process design services. Starting as industry leaders in gravity concentration, Sepro Minerals now ranks as one of the most knowledgeable companies on a wide variety of mineral equipment and processes.

Sepro Mineral Systems is represented by global agents in over 15 countries and has equipment operating in over 31 countries around the world.


New Member – Sidcon International Consulting Company


“SIDCON International Consulting Company” – 20 years of practical experience in the security market.

Sidcon is the leader of information and analytical services since 2002  for private and public organizations in Ukraine and other countries.

Sidcon services include:

  • Development of a strategy for entering into foreign markets
  • Analysis of economic sectors / markets / market segments, development forecasts industries;
  • Analysis of the investment attractiveness of the industry for the investor; assessment of risks and perspectives for entering the sector of industry;
  • Design a corporate security system for critical infrastructure facilities, companies;
  • Analysis of business partners’ and competitors’ qualities;
  • International investigations;
  • Security audit, cyber audit;
  • Development of a security policy/conception;
  • Analysis of the political situation in Ukraine / individual regions of Ukraine;
  • Analysis of individual political figures: direct and hidden links (politics, economy), area of interest, personal environment and impact on the situation in Ukraine, advantages and disadvantages;
  • Identification of personal links (direct and hidden) of Ukrainian enterprises / persons of Russian Federation, Belarus origin;
  • Assessment of external and internal corruption risks of Ukrainian enterprises;
  • Other analytical studies accompanying the Customer, who help to objectively assess the situation in the industry, save money and time for the Customer.


Sidcon is competent and can provide analysis of all key sectors of the Ukrainian economy:

  • Agriculture segment
  • Energy sector
  • Military industrial complex/ Defense sector
  • Extractive industry
  • Oil and gas production and oil refining
  • Chemical industry
  • Metallurgy
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Timber complex
  • Construction and building materials
  • Land market
  • Financial system
  • Healthcare, medicine and medical tourism
  • Software engineering, IT
  • Other industries and sectors of economy which are the matter of interest to the Customer.

Arguments in favor of cooperation with Sidcon:

 – “SIDCON International Consulting Company” has 20 years, and its’ experts – more than 30 years of successful activity in the field of analytical support for Ukrainian and foreign Customers in Ukraine, risk minimization and integrated investment security;

– Long-term experience in working with foreign companies, holdings, state corporations, higher educational institutions;

– Sidcon experts understand deep processes of the current situation in Ukraine (its regions, markets, business, etc.), causes and consequences of the adoption of certain strategic decisions for Ukraine, interrelations of business and politics, peculiarities of doing business in Ukraine, etc.;

– The company has a great number of sources of objective information and developed unique technologies and know-hows for processing such information and completing all around research;

– Membership in International specialized Security Associations (WAD – World Association of Detectives), which for many years allows us to have an access to foreign independent sources of information and conduct international research and investigations;

– A systematic and integrated approach to solving analytical problems, which gives the Customer proper understanding of a real, holistic, objective situation in the whole on the market, in the political arena, in a separate enterprise, etc.;

– Participating for many years in security, investment conferences, as well as conducting education in the field of risk minimization, integrated security and analytical support for international corporations and companies.

More than 20 books, practical manuals, and textbooks on corporate security have been edited and published by the team of experts led by the owner of the company Yurii Kohut. All publications are the quintessence of the author’s scientific training and professional experience and include practical developments and recommendations on building security systems, minimizing risks, and providing information and analytical support to businesses.

The books of the “SIDCON” author’s team are the matter of practical use and interest for specialists in the protection of critical infrastructure facilities, business representatives dealing with current and strategic issues of business development and security, for scientists, analysts, government officials, and will also serve educational purposes.


Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal’s visit to Toronto, Canada – April 11th, 2023

On April 11th, 2023 Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal visited Toronto, Canada and met with Export Development Canada, Leaders of Ukrainian Community Organizations in Canada and Canadian Business Community.

CUCC President Zenon Potichny had the honor of attending a working lunch hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal’s visit. During this meeting Canadian business leaders discussed opportunities for Canadian trade and investment in Ukraine, particularly the essential role that private sector investment will play in Ukraine’s long-term reconstruction. The attendees of the meeting included Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly, Minister of Defence Anita Anand, Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada Yuliya Kovaliv, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Larisa Galadza, CEO of Export Development Canada Mairead Lavery and  President & CEO of Business Council of Canada Goldy Hyder.

During the visit, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada will provide additional military aid to Ukraine sourced from Colt Canada.

Prime Minister Trudeau also announced Canada has disbursed a $2.4 billion loan to the Government of Ukraine to support essential services, such as pension payments, purchasing fuel, and restoring damaged energy infrastructure. This funding, announced in Budget 2023, brings Canada’s total commitment to Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s illegal full-scale invasion to over $8 billion.  

To strengthen our trade ties and help support Ukraine’s economic recovery, Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Shmyhal signed a joint declaration on the conclusion of negotiations for the modernization of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA), and underscored the need to complete the processes to implement it as quickly as possible. A modernized CUFTA supports long-term security, stability, and economic development in Ukraine, as well as the creation of good middle-class jobs here in Canada.

Canada and Ukraine signed a bilateral Youth Mobility Agreement, which young people from both countries will benefit from when travel to Ukraine becomes safe. The Agreement further deepens the strong bonds between our peoples and our two countries. It will open up new opportunities for youth to work and travel, including opportunities for Canadian youth to help rebuild Ukraine once Russia withdraws its forces from the country.

To maintain the pressure on the Russian regime, Prime Minister Trudeau announced new sanctions targeting 14 Russian individuals and 34 entities complicit in Russia’s war in Ukraine, including several security targets linked to the Wagner Group and Russia’s aviation sector. In addition, to further pressure Putin’s enablers in Belarus, the Prime Minister announced additional sanctions on nine entities related to the Belarusian financial sector.

During Prime Minister Shmyhal’s time in Canada, Saskatoon-based Cameco and Ukraine’s state-owned Energoatom signed a major supply contract in which Cameco will provide the necessary uranium to meet Ukraine’s nuclear fuel needs until 2035. This supply contract, which builds on the partnership agreement signed earlier this year, will help Ukraine keep the lights on, while creating and supporting good, middle-class jobs here in Canada.

Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated to Prime Minister Shmyhal that Canada will stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes.