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Ukrainian Canadian Students' Union
AffiliationsUkrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), SUSTA

“Cоюз Українськoгo Студентства Канади” (CУСК), “Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union", or “Union des Étudiants Ukrainiens Canadiens” is a national student organization composed of Ukrainian Students’ Organizations (USOs) at post-secondary institutions across Canada. It was formed in 1953 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Though it fell inactive in 2001, SUSK was revived at the XXII Congress of Ukrainian Canadians held in Winnipeg, in October 2007.[1][2] SUSK is also a National Member of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.[3]


"Student" or "Студент" is the official publication of the Ukrainian Canadian Students' Union (SUSK). The newspaper has served as a means of communication for Ukrainian Canadian student groups and alumni at universities across Canada for decades.[4]

SUSK Congress[edit]

An annual Congress is held by a USO (Ukrainian Student Organization) somewhere in Canada, usually in May.

The 2016 National SUSK Congress (aka 'SUSKatoon') was held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the University of Saskatchewan (St. Thomas More College) from May 5–8. Topics covered include the Holodomor, Ukrainian Immigration to Canada, and effective social media.

The 57th Congress was held by the McGill Ukrainian Students' Association in Montreal, Quebec.[5]

The 55th Congress was hosted by the Ukrainian Students Society at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.[6][7][8][9][10]

The 54th Congress was held in Hamilton, Ontario in May 2012. It was hosted by the McMaster University Ukrainian Students’ Association and hosted over thirty delegates. The theme for the 54th Congress was "SUSK is the New Steel" as Hamilton is known for its steel production.[11][12]

The 53rd Congress was held in Ottawa, Ontario and was hosted by the uOttawa Ukrainian Students’ Club.[13]

The 51st Congress was held in Toronto, Ontario on February 20–22, 2009 as was hosted by the Ukrainian Students' Club at the University of Toronto.[14]

SUSK Congress Year Location
61st 2019 Winnipeg, MB
60th 2018 Banff, AB
59th 2017 Ottawa, ON
58th 2016 Saskatoon, SK
57th 2015 Montreal, QC
56th 2014 Toronto, ON
55th 2013 Edmonton, AB
54th 2012 Hamilton, ON
53rd 2011 Ottawa, ON
52nd 2010 Edmonton, AB
51st 2009 Toronto, ON
50th 2008 Montreal, QC
43rd 1996 Montreal, QC
24th August 1983 Ottawa, ON
23rd August 1982 Winnipeg, MB
22nd August 1981 Toronto, ON
21st August 1980 Edmonton, AB
20th August 1979 Montreal, QC
19th August 1978 Winnipeg, MB
18th August 1977 Vancouver, BC
17th August 1976 Toronto, ON
16th August 1975 Edmonton, AB
15th August 1974 Winnipeg, MB
14th August 1973 Toronto, ON
13th September 1972 Ottawa, ON
12th September 1971 Thunder Bay, ON
11th September 1970 Winnipeg, MB
10th August 1969 Vancouver, BC
9th March 1968 Montreal, QC
8th December 1966 Toronto, ON
7th December 1963 Toronto, ON
5th December 1960 Toronto, ON
4th February 1960 Montreal, QC
3rd February 1958 Montreal, QC
2nd December 1955 Winnipeg, MB

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During the Euromaidan situation in Ukraine, SUSK supported the freedom for Ukrainian people along with many of the 1.2 million citizens of Canada that have a Ukrainian heritage.[18]

In November 2013, SUSK was one of the finalists of the "Ukrainian Dragons" Project taking place at the XXIV Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians.[19] Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk invested $10,000 into the project created by SUSK at the "Ukrainian Dragons" competition.[20]

SUSK helped organize a book tour across Canada for Andrea Chalupa in the Fall of 2013 for her book Orwell and the Refugees: The Untold Story of Animal Farm.[21]

SUSK has held networking events to connect Ukrainian students and youth with professionals and entrepreneurs.[22]

In March of each year, SUSK holds a Ukrainian Literature Day to commemorate the famous Ukrainian poet, Taras Shevchenko.[23]

In 2011, SUSK held a contest to win a spot on the Historical Train of Ukrainian Pioneers to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the first Ukrainians immigrating to Canada.[24]

In November 2008, SUSK coordinated two projects with Ukrainian Student Organizations across Canada in commemoration of the Holodomor, the 1932-1933 genocide in Ukraine. The first was a 33-hour fast to help raise awareness on campuses while the second was a display of Holodomor: Genocide by Famine.[25]


Vera Watowich (née Zarowski) was the first President of SUSK from 1953–1958. She died on October 21, 2012, in Denver, Colorado.[26]

Bohdan Bociurkiw was the co-founder of SUSK, alongside Vera Watowich, and was the first Vice-President in 1953. He was one of the founders of CIUS and served as the associate director from 1979 to 1982. He died on October 1, 1998 in his Ottawa home.[27]

Paul M. Grod is an alumni and past president of SUSK. He is currently president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and vice president of the Ukrainian World Congress.

Donald Sadoway is a Professor of Materials Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and served on the SUSK Executive between 1972–1974. In 2012 he was named one of Time Magazine's Top 100 most influence people in the world.[28][29]

Bohdan Kupych has worked for many years in the technology industry in Ukraine and Russia. He was a member of the SUSK National Executive and met with Jason Kenney on his June 2015 trip to Kyiv, Ukraine.[30]

Roman Onufrijchuk is a past SUSK alumni who died in 2015. He was a Professor at Simon Fraser University for several years, specifically in The Faculty of Communication.[31] He presented "From Datawakes to Paramortals" at TEDx at SFU in 2012.[32]

Arthur McDonald, a SUSK alumnus, won the 2015 Nobel Prize for his work in the area of physics.[33]

National Executive[edit]


President: Roman Grod

Vice President National: Devon Goldie

Vice President-Finance: Mattay Dubczak

Vice President-Eastern Canada: Marc Darmohraj

Vice President-Central Canada: Sophia Holowaty

Vice President-Western Canada: Nykola Dovgyy

Internal Relations Director: Andrian Prichliak

Secretary: Irina Boyko

External Relations Director: Danylo Grod

Media Director: Luba Maslej

Student Editor: '

Project Director: Kirsten Sharun

Alumni Director: Raissa Dzulynsky

Immediate Past President: Stephanie Nedoshytko


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