Mitacs marks one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Vancouver, BC – Today marks one year since Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine. In the past year, we at Mitacs, and indeed people all around the world, have seen first-hand the courage and determination of the people of Ukraine who are fighting for their freedom.

Since the war began, Mitacs has been working to provide support to students and researchers in Ukraine affected by the conflict, including through a renewed memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine to support the creation of up to 600 internships for Ukrainian students affected by the war.

As part of last summer’s Globalink Research Internship cohort, we welcomed more than 60 undergraduate students from Ukraine to Canada and expect more than 100 more this summer. In addition, we have funded 114 researchers from Ukraine through the Globalink Research Award.

We partnered with the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the Kyiv School of Economics to support 30 Ukrainian graduate students to continue their studies.

This support was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of the federal government and our provincial government partners.

Mitacs will continue to stand with Ukraine.


John Hepburn, CEO, Mitacs

“Since the invasion of Ukraine, Mitacs has looked for ways to assist students, professors, partners, and other members of our community touched by this tragedy. We will continue to do all that we can to support those affected and build new and stronger ties with Ukraine’s brightest young minds who will continue to bravely support their country through the war and contribute to rebuilding efforts beyond.”

Dmytro Lopushanskyy, Mitacs Globalink Research Award intern at the University of Toronto

“The Globalink Research Award has provided me with an incredible opportunity to collaborate with experienced supervisors from Canada and my home university in Ukraine on a research project aimed at bringing healthcare artificial intelligence (AI) models to clinical practice. This project has the potential to make a significant impact by enabling hospitals to leverage machine learning in patient care. It will also foster the work of other AI researchers on streaming physiological data. I am truly grateful to Mitacs for supporting Ukrainian students and providing us with opportunities to continue our research work in Canada. This experience is an invaluable milestone in my career, and I am eager to continue my internship over the next months.”