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Welcome to UCPBA Ottawa.


UCPBA Ottawa Annual General Meeting
was held Thursday, September 28, 2017.
7:00 pm

New Board was elected for 2017-2018:

UCPBA Ottawa Board: 

President:      Michael Mackay.

First Vice President Operations: Michael Kostiuk 

Second Vice President Programming:  Ihor Hrytskiv

Past President:  Michael Kostiuk

Secretary:           Zonia Keywan

Treasurer:           Bohdan Tomiuk

Board Members:

Cornell Popyk
Ron Sorobey

Olya Moscicky

Community Builder Award for 2017 was given to Irena Bell for her many years (20+) compiling, maintaining and distributing the Ottawa Community Events Calendar.

Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) project cordially invites you and your associates to CUFTA: Opening Doors…


The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) project will be hosting a networking event to help Canadian businesses benefit from opportunities created by the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA).


The CUFTA: Opening Doors… networking events will take place in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

CUFTA: Opening Doors… for Canadian Business in Ukraine will highlight the opportunities and benefits of CUFTA to Canadian businesses, as well as promote positive relations between Canada and Ukraine. Speakers with brief presentations include: Minister of Economic Development and Trade; Regional Trade Commissioner;  Global Affairs Canada Regional Trade Commissioner, Senior Embassy Official from the Government of Ukraine, the President of Canada-Ukraine Chambers of Commerce and senior CUTIS team members.
The CUFTA was signed on July 11, 2016 and entered into force on August 1, 2017. The launch of the CUFTA was celebrated in Toronto with inspiring remarks about bilateral trade and investment opportunities for Canada and Ukraine delivered by the Hon. François-Philippe Champagne (Minister of International Trade), Andriy Shevchenko (Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada), and Zenon Potoczny, (President, Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce). This event was an important milestone in the Canada–Ukraine bilateral relationship. In addition to generating commercial benefits for Canadian businesses, CUFTA will support the economic reform and development efforts of the Government of Ukraine, strengthen the Canada-Ukraine partnership for peace and prosperity, and help pave the way for long-term security, stability, and broad-based economic development in Ukraine.
Please register online via Eventbrite for these FREE events, please click
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About CUTIS -The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) is a 5-year project funded by Global Affairs Canada. The project aims to stimulate economic growth through the expansion of Ukrainian trade with Canada and the encouragement of Canadian investment in Ukraine. To maximize the impact of trade and investment between Canada and Ukraine the CUTIS project focus is on small and medium enterprises (SME's) that make an important contribution to Ukraine's employment and economic growth. CUTIS project offices are in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada, and Kyiv, Ukraine.


For your reference, press release attached and should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, or a CUTIS team member at




Video of Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan talking to Ottawa Ukrainian Community on June 21, 2017.

Topic was military cooperation between Canada and Ukraine.






Canada Ukraine Free Trade Agreement Forum. 

 Was held on June 10, 2017 at the Rideau Carleton Entertainment centre

The power point presentation and videos of the presentations will soon be posted to this site.





Please Support Our Members


UCPBA Ottawa Medical Kits for Ukraine Project 

Update: As of January 31, 2017 UCPBA Ottawa has raised over $4,930 for this project.

Medical supplies for the Maidan and now for the Ukrainian military is a major area where the Diaspora has been helping Ukraine for many months. Among the initiatives in this sphere is a project “Patriot Defence” funded by the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) and led by its Kyiv-based Director of Humanitarian Initiatives Dr. Ulana Suprun. The project, which aims to help save lives in combat, provides medical training and equipment to the Ukrainian military. The project delivers Combat Lifesaver courses (CLS) and Improved First Aid Kits (IFAKs) to Ukrainian soldiers. The Patriot Defence’s goal is to deliver 10,000 IFAKs to Ukraine. Each Kit Costs $100 CDN.

UCPBA Ottawa will be collecting financial donations of any size (no amount is too small, or large) for this project, and will send the donation to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Toronto Branch which is coordinating the project in Canada.

Patriot Defence researched what NATO and the American army use as first aid kits; bought 250 of them, and brought them to Ukraine. As Dr. Surpun states: “we took the first aid kits and handed them over to the soldiers and said: ‘here you go, it will save your life.’ The guys took it and said: ‘wow, this is super cool but how do we use it?’ That’s when we realized that we had to teach them how to administer first aid in the battlefield.”

Patriot Defence researched information from the American army materials regarding soldiers’ mortality rate and found that roughly 60% of preventable deaths on the battlefield result from catastrophic blood lost, 30% from tension pneumothorax and 10% from blocked airways.

That is why the first aid kit has equipment and material to treat the three main killers on the battlefield: a Combat Application Tourniquet which can be adjusted easily (a one-handed tourniquet that needs to be placed on the very top of the affected limb), an Israeli-type bandage which is self-compressed to increase to stoppage of blood flow and a Quik Clot Combat Gauze which, as the name indicates, is a quick working agent that will not only stop the bleed but also serve as a gauze. All of these treat catastrophic blood loss and the soldiers have only 3 minutes to stop blood flow before the blood loss is too traumatic and death is inevitable
The Halo Chest Seals and a needle decompression device can treat a pneumothorax injury (where the lungs deflate from a bullet wound or shock wave) and a nasopharyngeal airway to treat blockage of the airways. The pack also includes a pill pack (for inflammation, pain medication and antibiotics), gloves, trauma scissors and a bag to carry all the items.

Please send your donation to

UCPBA Ottawa.

913 Carling Avenue

Ottawa, ON


Michael Kostiuk, President UCPBA Ottawa. 613-324-5409


Senator Andreychuk recognized for Lifetime Contributions to Ukrainian Canadian community
The Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association of Ottawa yesterday presented Senator Andreychuk with its Filip Konowal VC Lifetime Achievement Award, for her contributions to the development of the Ukrainian Canadian community.

“Ukrainian Canadians continue to distinguish themselves in all purs
uits in communities across Canada,” said Senator Andreychuk. “It is an honour to be recognized as having contributed to these achievements, and by an association of individuals that exemplify Ukrainian Canadians’ ongoing success.”

UCPBA(O) President Michael Kostiuk, who presented the award at the Association’s Annual Christmas Dinner in Ottawa, made particular note of Senator Andreychuk’s role in securing formal recognition of the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (“Holodomor”) in Canada.

“The Filip Konowal VC Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes substantial lifetime service to the Ukrainian Canadian Community,” said Mr. Kostiuk. “Senator Andreychuk represents the best of what it means to be a helpful Canadian, and a helpful Ukrainian-Canadian.”


Holodomor recognition

Senator Andreychuk introduced the resolution on Holodomor Ukraine Famine/Genocide in the Senate, which was adopted on June 19, 2003. She also sponsored Bill C-459, An Act to establish a Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (“Holodomor”) Memorial Day and to recognize the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 as an act of genocide, which received Royal Assent in May 2008.

The Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association of Ottawa

The Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association of Ottawa is a service organization dedicated to contributing to Canadian society by promoting good corporate citizenship and principles of volunteerism among its members, upholding and promote Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian culture, and facilitate and promote business and professional relationships with Ukraine and persons of Ukrainian heritage throughout the world.

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