“My wife’s bringing another one,” he jokes, lifting a wrist to reveal a missing button from the sleeve of a crisp white shirt.
It is a humanizing gesture for a man who has not only become one of Canada’s most recognizable businessmen and philanthropists, but also emerged as a powerful force in Ukrainian educational and humanitarian circles. While other wealthy Ukrainians living in Canada and the United States have tended to focus their donor efforts closer to home, Temerty has through his patronage effectively become a bridge between his adopted and native homelands.
Not only has Temerty helped Canadians gain a greater appreciation of Ukraine’s cultural heritage through sponsorship of exhibitions exported to that country, he has also funded educational efforts in Ukraine which are expanding the horizons of a new generation of Ukrainians. He helped found and supports the business school at Kyiv’s Mohyla Academy and last year he gifted $1.2 million to Lviv’s Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) for Ukrainian-Jewish studies.