With the help of the MCC and the sponsorship of Willms relatives, Hugo immigrated to Canada in 1948. He graduated from University of Saskatchewan with a degree in electrical engineering in 1956. In 1967, the family moved to B.C. where Hugo worked for BC Hydro as a design, acceptance, and project engineer until his retirement in 1989. Post retirement, Hugo consulted for Kilborn Engineering and took mission trips with YWAM, Haggai Institute, and Disciple Making International. With DMI, he did house evangelism in his birthplace, Ukraine. Hugo had great love for God and was passionate about following and serving him, as evidenced by his concern for people and his participation in ministries including those at Northview Community Church in Abbotsford.