"Learn. Dream. Work with joy. Love people. Love life" - Dr. Bohdan Hawrylyshyn

October 24, 2016. OTTAWA, ON. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) expresses its deep sorrow on the passing of prominent economist, professor, philanthropist and community leader Dr. Bohdan Hawrylyshyn. Dr. Hawrylyshyn passed away early this morning at his home in Kyiv. He was 90 years old.

Dr. Hawrylyshyn was born in 1926 in Ternopil oblast and settled in Canada after WWII. He received a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the International Management Institute in Geneva and a Doctorate from the University of Geneva.

Dr. Hawrylyshyn held positions in research, management, and engineering, was an advisor and consultant to governments and several major multinationals. An expert in public administration and international business, he published more than 100 articles in management, managerial education, economic and political environment, and two books, "Towards More Effective Societies: Road Maps to the Future" (1980), and a memoir "Staying Ukrainian" (2011). He was a contributor, moderator and chairperson at international conferences and seminars in over 70 countries and holds seven honorary doctorates from Ukrainian and Canadian universities. In 1989 he initiated the establishment of International Management Institute in Kyiv.

Dr. Hawrylyshyn was active in the establishment of the Renaissance Foundation in Kyiv, and served on several advisory councils and boards. He served as an advisor to the first President of Ukraine, three Prime Ministers and four heads of Parliament. In 2010, he established the Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to "encourage and promote new generation of professional, patriotic, tolerant Ukrainians who care about common values and goods, who are proactive in social and political life of the country and who can cooperate with each other. These young Ukrainians will form a critical mass of people capable of transforming Ukraine in the future."

Among his many awards are Ukraine's Order of Merit and Order of Freedom.

"Today, we have lost one of our community's great leaders and philanthropists. We express our deepest condolences to his family and friends." stated Paul Grod, National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. "Dr. Hawrylyshyn made an immense contribution - we will remember him for his patriotism, optimism, generosity, and commitment to Ukraine's democratic future. Through his example, he taught us all a great deal about serving one's community, and one's country."

We ask God to remember Dr. Hawrylyshyn's family during this difficult time and to grant Dr. Hawrylyshyn eternal life in His Heavenly Home.

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For Dr. Hawrylyshyn's full biography, please see http://bhfoundation.com.ua/en/hawrylyshyn.html