Canadian Meetup at Lviv IT Arena: a new stage of cooperation between Canadian and Ukrainian ICT companies

The Government of Canada continues to support the development of the Ukrainian ICT sector and promotes fruitful cooperation between Canada and Ukraine in the field of communication technologies.

Canada was once again represented at the largest technology conference in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, Lviv IT Arena. This time as the exclusive partner of the event.

The Embassy of Canada to Ukraine (Trade Commissioner Service) in cooperation with the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce (CUCC) and the CUTIS project, organized a Canadian Meetup. More than 60 companies from different regions of Canada (including Tektelic and BlackBerry) attended the event in a virtual format. Circa 20 key-noted speakers shared their experience and took part in the discussion.

The event was attended by the Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Larysa Galadza. The online discussion was moderated by Kadie Ward, founder of Build Strong Cities.

“A huge advantage of a virtual conference is that there are no borders or distances. The digital format has brought together almost all the key players of the Canadian ICT sector who would not otherwise be able to attend. The Canadian meetup was the longest in terms of time and had the largest number of representatives from the Canadian ICT industry,” Olga Shtepa, CUTIS project coordinator said.

Adam Barbolet and Yury Mardak from the Trade Commissioner Service, the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine, representatives of the Embassy of Canada to Germany, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Jobs Creation and Trade, as well as top management of leading ICT companies from Ukraine and Canada addressed Canada-Ukraine cooperation issues and opportunities.

According to Emma Turos, Executive Director of the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce and CUTIS Project Manager, a virtual meeting was attended by Ukrainian companies that already have expertise in working with Canada for several years, for example, ISSP. The companies shared real success stories, discussed the possibilities of localizing business in Canada and the challenges in finding sources of funding. N-iX company provided the analysis of Ukrainian ICT sector achievements.

There is a significant contribution from both the CUTIS project, which gave these companies a chance to gain such experience and CUCC, which was the first Canadian organization they turned to, Emma Turos added.

“The potential for cooperation between the countries is huge. It has even increased due to the pandemic. COVID-19 creates new challenges for business and government institutions around the world. Successful problem-solving depends largely on the speed and efficiency of the implementation of new solutions and technologies, especially in ICT. This includes cloud services, virtual platforms, and cybersecurity. The challenges are so powerful that it is possible to counter them only by uniting the efforts of specialists from both countries,” Olga Shtepa concluded.