Ostap Hawaleshka is the immediate Past-President of Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF). As president of CUF from 2002-2007, he led it to fully operational status as a charitable organization dedicated to helping Ukraine with over $2 million charitable donations and projects.
Ostap graduated in 1955 with many awards and scholarships from Rosemount High School in Montreal. In 1960 he graduated with a B.Eng. “Cum Laude” degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. In 1965 he received his M. Eng. degree in Aerodynamics, also from McGill.
Returning to McGill for his higher studies, he lectured in Hydraulics in Civil Engineering. In 1970 he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. There, he established a highly successful program in Industrial Engineering. After leaving the field of Fluid Mechanics, Prof. Hawaleshka devoted his research, teaching and consulting to the field of Industrial Management, publishing nearly 100 papers, articles and reports. He, and his research team, received the “Top Researcher Award” for their work on the unique “HAZARD Program” for the Canadian Dept. of Defense. For his extensive work with local industries and Indian Nations, he received the University of Manitoba’s “Outreach Award” as well as the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba “Merit Award”. Upon his retirement in 1997, he was honoured with the title of “Emeritus Professor of the University of Manitoba”.
Prof. Hawaleshka was very involved with engineering education consulting projects in South America, South East Asia, for CIDA, ADB, and IBRD. He produced the first Engineering Manpower Survey of the Philippines.
In 1994, the Canadian Government selected him to establish and run the Science and Technology Centre of Ukraine (STCU), in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Lviv. This international organization is funded by Canada, Sweden, the USA, Ukraine, the EU, Japan, to support R&D activities by Ukrainian scientists formerly involved with the development of weapons of mass destruction – reorienting them to peaceful and economically useful purposes. This extraordinarily successful project has provided nearly $200 million to support over 13,000 Ukrainian scientists producing many successful inventions and international industrial relationships.
Prof. Hawaleshka has been honoured for his work in Ukraine and for his community, by being awarded the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian recognition. He also was awarded: the Queen Elizabeth Memorial Medal from Canada, the Yangel and Kondratiuk medals from Ukraine, and the D.Sc.(Hon.) degree by Kyiv’s renowned “Institute of Metal Physics-IMP” of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine-NASU.
Ostap Hawaleshka is very active in the Ukrainian community. As a life-long member of PLAST–Ukrainian Scouting Association — he served at all levels, and was recognized by receiving the St. George (silver) medal. He served on the Boards of: North Winnipeg Credit Union as its long-time president, of the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre in Winnipeg, of the Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences, of Ukrainian Park-Manitoba, and on the UCC Committee for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights-CMHR. He also served the general Canadian community on the Boards of the United Way of Winnipeg, the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba, the Institute of Industrial Engineers.
The Ukrainian government appointed him as “Honourary Consul of Ukraine” for the Province of Manitoba.