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CUTIS celebrates the first anniversary of the CUFTA and kicks off the CUTIS Investment Roadshow

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) project with the support of the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Crossways MK Consulting Inc. have organized the first ever Investment Roadshow. The main objective of CUTIS Investment Roadshow is to develop Canada-Ukraine investment collaboration.

Investment Roadshow is part of the celebration of the first anniversary of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA), which came into force on August 1, 2017.

CUTIS project celebrates the first anniversary of the CUFTA on Monday, October 22, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Design Exchange, Toronto.

Key notes will be delivered by Stephan Kubiv, First Vice President & Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Chrystia Freeland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada, and Zenon Potoczny, President, Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

“The success of the CUFTA is measured not only by striking new trade deals but also by ensuring that our agreements actually deliver, and we are on the right track. Most recently, Brookfield Asset Management announced their support of the Lviv Innovation District IT park, which will include office buildings, campuses and labs, kindergartens, shopping malls and the Ukrainian Catholic University. This $160 million dollar, 10-ha IT park is the biggest infrastructure project of the Lviv IT industry and was initiated by a group of Lviv based international IT companies, such as N-iX, SoftServe and Global Logic and the Lviv IT Cluster.” said Zenon Potoczny, president, Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

On Tuesday, October 23rd and Wednesday, October 24th Toronto’s Bay Street players meet Ukraine. 20 leading Ukrainian companies will present investment projects in four major sectors: Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Information & Communications Technology.

The event will inform investors about large lucrative projects, share insights of CEO’s and Ukrainian Deputy Ministers, and provide opportunities to interact with decision makers on both sides of the commercial and geopolitical coin.

The selected 20 Ukrainian companies have been reviewed and examined by Crossways MK Consulting Inc. Toronto, Canada and SP Advisors, Kyiv, Ukraine.  Estimated total value of selected projects is USD 1.5 billion dollars.

“We pride ourselves on showcasing the right companies to the right people and creating an immersive setting that will drive stronger investor engagement,” said Markiyan Markevych, president, Crossways MK Consulting Inc. “An important component of the Investment Roadshow is to market Ukraine’s potential, and encourage opportunities for economic growth for both partners.”

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) Project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to lower poverty in Ukraine through increasing exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine.

The CUTIS project implements U CAN EXPORT Export Support Program in five priority sectors: clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery, and IT services.

CUTIS Project is looking for a new Ukrainian Project Coordinator

CUTIS Project is looking for a new Ukrainian Project Coordinator

The Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce is seeking to fill the following position in CUTIS Project team in Ukraine:

Ukrainian Project Coordinator

This position will be based in Kyiv, Ukraine and will report Directly to the Ukrainian Project Manager in Kyiv.

The selected candidate will be a self-motivated, independent, resourceful and results-oriented individual who has demonstrated an ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Main Responsibilities

  • Perform data mining activities for information needed to achieve Project goals and targets
  • Organize seminars, business forums, B2B meetings and trade fairs for project participants in Canada and Ukraine including venues, logistics, accommodations and travel
  • Assist project participants to identify and benefit from opportunities in the Canadian market
  • Assist in the development of website information portals
  • Assist the Project Manager to monitor, evaluate and track the progress of assigned project activities
  • Assume Project Manager’s responsibilities in his or her absence.

Job Qualifications 

The successful applicant will have a Business or Finance degree or comparable experience in a related field. In addition, the successful individual will have a minimum of four years of work experience in project management as well as strategic planning and data mining.  Excellent written and oral communications skills in both Ukrainian and English.

Please submit CV along with a covering letter no later than October 15, 2018, either electronically to or by mail to:




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Webinar “Women in Business: Business Experience in Canada” will be held on 26th of September

Export Promotion Office and CUTIS project run a webinar within the She Exports platform.

Topic: Women in Business: Business Development Experience in Canada

Speaker: Victoria Umin, Senior Director, International Business Development at Ag Growth International (Canada), a leading international producer of grain handling and storage equipment. Victoria has been working in the company for more than 10 years and takes a direct part in international business development. You can find more here

Time: September 26, 17:00 – 18:00

What issues will be considered?

  1. What skills should be developed in the modern business in connection with global trends?
  2. What needs to change in business to be effective in the modern economy?
  3. What practical business development tips can you give?
  4. What to consider in the export plan for entering the Canadian market?
  5. Practical advice for women entrepreneurs, based on experience in Ukraine, Canada and other countries.

 Language: Ukrainian

How to join?

You can register at

1) Fill out this registration form:

– Fill in information about yourself and your company

– At the end of this registration form, write your questions to the speakers on the topics of the webinar in a specially designated field.

2) After this registration, you will receive a confirmation to the mail provided in the registration form, and online link to view the online broadcasting of webinars on the above schedule.

After completing this form, click SUBMIT to complete your registration

Contact person Alina Sevastyuk, +380674628282.

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Ukrainian furniture booth received Best New Exhibitor award at Canadian Furniture Show

On Friday, May 25, 2018, Ukrainian furniture booth designed by Sergey Makhno Architects received the Best New Exhibitor award at Canadian Furniture Show.

A jury of esteemed industry professionals has awarded the Meblica booth for going “above and beyond other first timers to create an impactful, well-displayed and well-branded space”.

Meblica booth included furniture of the following Ukrainian producers:

  • Cube44 (living room and office furniture)
  • ADK (living room and bedroom furniture)
  • Aqua Rodos (bathroom furniture)
  • Merx (kitchen, living room and bedroom furniture)
  • Instyle (kitchen furniture)
  • Stalkon (office furniture)
  • Blest (living room and bedroom furniture)
  • Snite (children’s furniture)
  • Kulik System (office furniture)
  • Renaissance (children’s furniture)

Read more about the concept of the Meblica booth designed by Sergey Makhno Architects

Ukrainian mission to Canadian Furniture Show 2018 was supported by the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support project funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.

Ukrainian Furniture will be exhibited in the International Center of Toronto at the booths #2245 and #3507 until May, 27th. See more info at the Canadian Furniture Show’s website.

Two Ukrainian condos designed by Sergey Makhno Architects will be exhibited at the largest Canadian furniture show

On May 25-27 the largest Canadian furniture exhibition Canadian Furniture Show will be held in Toronto. This year as a part of the event two condominiums designed by the world-renowned Sergey Makhno Architects studio using only furniture from selected Ukrainian manufacturers will be exhibited.

According to Sergey Makhno Architects, condominiums will be executed in the style of “weighted eclecticism”.

“Here every object has its own character and its history. But at the same time – the space is holistic and harmonious. This is what we tried to achieve – each chair to remain in the leading role and not to “conflict” with the neighbor. The space to be cozy and inviting to stay”- said the founder of the design studio Sergey Makhno.

The Ukrainian stand will include the furniture of Ukrainian companies: Cube44 (living room and office furniture), ADK (living room and bedroom furniture), Aqua Rodos (bathroom furniture), Merx (kitchen, living room and bedroom furniture), Instyle (kitchen furniture), Stalkon (office furniture), Blest (living room and bedroom furniture), Snite (children’s furniture). Also outside the main booth furniture of  Kulik System (office furniture) and Renaissance (children’s furniture) companies will be exhibited.

Ukrainian producers will enter the Canadian market under the joint Meblica brand.

Participants of the mission were selected by Canadian experts according to the preferences of North American consumers and the potential of the companies to enter the Canadian market.

The mission of Ukrainian furniture producers to Canada is the part of the U CAN Export support program initiated by the Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment support project and Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce with the assistance of the Government of Canada.

“Furniture is one of the priority sectors of Ukrainian exports to Canada. After Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement entered into force import duties for Ukrainian furniture were canceled and the export process was significantly simplified. This gives Ukrainian producers a significant competitive advantage on the Canadian market, “- CUTIS project statement goes.

According to the experts, Ukrainian participants of the Canadian Furniture Show will demonstrate the high quality of Ukrainian furniture to Canadian partners and to establish initial contacts with importers of overseas.

Training course on exports to Canada launched in Ukraine

The educational programs of Ukrainian chambers of commerce and business schools will include a training course on exports to Canada for small and medium-sized enterprises.

The respective memorandum was signed today by the Canadian-Ukrainian Trade and Investment Support Project (CUTIS), the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce and representatives of Ukrainian educational and business institutions on April 24 in Kyiv.

In particular, the Kyiv-Mohyla Business School, Lviv Business School of UCU, Chernihiv, Kherson, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Vinnytsia, Kirovograd, Dnipropetrovsk, Odesa, Ivano-Frankivsk, Volyn, Khmelnytskyi chambers of commerce and industry, the Council of the Young Scientists from Sumy joined the project.

The project involves training of export trainers on the basis of the participating institutions and providing them with the materials of the curriculum “How to Export to Canada” developed by the CUTIS project experts.

The curriculum will cover all aspects of exporting goods and services to Canada, in particular, the search for partners, negotiations, logistics, regulatory features, customs clearance, etc.

The program will also include sectoral modules on exporting five priority groups of goods and services – clothing, footwear, furniture, confectionery and IT services.

Pilot courses of the project to start in late 2018. The quality control and sustainability of the project will be ensured by the Canadian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce.

The Ukrainian negotiators learned about the best practices of international trade in services

In April 2018, CUTIS project initiated a series of events devoted to international trade in services negotiations for Ukrainian government officials.

On April 12 and 13, representatives of Ukrainian ministries, chambers of commerce and other organizations involved in international negotiations took part in the basic trade in services training session.

Canadian experts told Ukrainian reformers about the basics of trade in services and the peculiarities of the trade negotiations within the World Trade Organization.

Particular attention was also paid to the Ukrainian and Canadian commitments in the WTO. This is especially important, as within a few years it will be possible to review the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, which currently covers only trade in goods.

The participants also reviewed the Canadian strategy of conducting international trade in services negotiations and familiarized themselves with Ukrainian cases of economic diplomacy.

On April 16 and 17, with the support of UNCTAD experts representatives of Ukrainian state institutions participated in the simulation of the trade in services negotiation process on the international arena. The participants of the training were able to personally plunge into the negotiation process and felt how strategic one needed to act on international markets.

Entrepreneurs in Khmelnytsky and Ivano-Frankivsk discussed opportunities for entering the international markets

On March 27 and April 2 in Khmelnytsky and Ivano-Frankivsk events from the series of world business-cafes “Women Entrepreneurship: Access to Foreign Markets” initiated by the Export Promotion Office under the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade took place.

Meetings for women in business were held at the local Chambers of Commerce and Industry with the assistance of the Canadian-Ukrainian Trade and Investment Promotion Project (CUTIS).

Within the business cafe, women entrepreneurs listened to an informational lecture on the opportunities created by the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, and also had a “brainstorming” session covering the following questions:

  • What are the barriers preventing their businesses from exporting?
  • What export support services are needed to overcome these obstacles?
  • What is the best way to provide export support services?
  • Who can provide these services?

As a result of the discussion, the participants formulated practical tips that could help businesses increase their chances of entering international markets, and also exchange their observations and experiences on overcoming the existing barriers for women entrepreneurs.

Follow the announcements for the future events here.

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Infographic: The income of Canadians (2016)

We encourage you to learn more about the income of Canadians, since it determines the purchasing power of your potential customers across the ocean.

Did you know, for example, that the richest Canadians live in Alberta? And that over 4 million Canadians have low incomes?

Find out much more in the infographics by  Statistics Canada below. Download full-size here.

Also, check out other infographics on our website: