Advisory Council

The UCC Advisory Council is comprised of prominent and exemplary supporters of the Ukrainian Canadian community who provide on-going advice and support to help the Congress and by extension the community to realize its potential and ensure its future success. The Advisory Council provides strategic advice to the President and Executive Committee of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

James C. Temerty, C.M.
Advisory Council Chairman

Mr. Temerty is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northland Power Income Fund. Previously, Mr. Temerty owned and operated the world’s largest privately held chain of ComputerLand stores. Prior to that, he held numerous positions with IBM in Canada and the US and assisted in the founding of Softchoice Corporation and served as its Chair for 15 years.Mr. Temerty has been an active community leader and has played instrumental roles in philanthropy. He was chairman of the Ukrainian Centennial Fundraising Campaign, a member of the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation Governing Council, Co-Chair of the Havergal College Capital Campaign, a director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation.

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John Iwaniura
Advisory Council Member

John Iwaniura, age 50, is an active promoter and supporter of Ukrainians worldwide. Mr. Iwaniura’s steadfast belief in the value of Ukrainian heritage has spurred him to be a part of some of the most prolific moments in the global Ukrainian community, enabling him to foster relationships with influential people and make informed decisions about pushing the culture into a positive public light.

John Iwaniura joined the Board of Directors in the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce in 2005, and was later appointed 1st Vice President. Mr. Iwaniura’s primary focus is on providing executive leadership and furthering the Chamber’s footprint within the market place; engaging in attractive financial opportunities in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, with the goal of raising cultural awareness within the Ukrainian community across Canada.

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Erast Huculak
Advisory Council Member

Mr. Huculak was born in Ukraine and immigrated with his parents to Canada in 1948. He founded the first Medical Pharmacy in Oshawa, ON and just retired from the position of president and chairman of the board of Medical Pharmacies Group, which is a chain of 37 pharmacies and over 650 employees in Ontario. Medical Pharmacies Group is the largest provider of pharmaceuticals to Long Term Care facilities in Canada.

Mr. Huculak has been a very active member of many organizations. He organized an interdenominational school that was accredited by the Board of Education in Oshawa, 1962. He was Member of the Library Board, Oshawa 1963-65, President of Business and Professional Club in Oshawa, Leader (stanychnyj) of Plast in Toronto 1983-1987, President for four years of Canadian Friends of Rukh for Canada, and is one of the founders and director of the “Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund”. Mr. Huculak is also active in many professional, business and medical associations.

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Roman S. Dubczak
Advisory Council Member

Roman Dubczak is Managing Director and Head of Cash Equities, Wholesale Banking with CIBC World Markets Inc. In this role, he is responsible for sales, trading, prime brokerage, alternative execution services and research for CIBC’s cash equities business globally. He also shares responsibility for the Equity Capital Markets activities and is a member of the Wholesale Bank Management Committee as well as the firm’s Corporate Credit Deals Committee. Mr. Dubczak joined CIBC World Markets in 1992 and has worked in a variety of roles in both the Equities and Fixed Income businesses. Previously, he held the position of Vice Chairman and Head of Equity Capital Markets at CIBC. In this role, he was responsible for the firm’s equity origination and underwriting activities.

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Dr. Walter Curlook
Advisory Council Member

Described as “an industrial renaissance man of the 20th century”, Walter Curlook, PhD, P.Eng., is a visionary, innovator, scientist and engineer, with an over-riding focus on the commercial application of research. He has left a lasting imprint on the mining and metallurgical industry in Canada and around the world.

At 25, Dr. Curlook joined Inco on a permanent basis as a research metallurgist with a keen understanding of, and devotion to, innovation. Throughout his 50-year career, he spearheaded the development of new technologies and products, inventing or co-inventing some 12 patented processes, most of which were commercialized to improve the company’s productivity and profitability, and its performance in environmental and worker occupational health and safety.

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Ivan Fecan
Advisory Council Member

Ivan Fecan is best known for his contributions to Canadian media as an executive and to his community as a philanthropist. Mr. Fecan was the president and CEO of Baton Broadcasting and its successor CTVglobemedia from 1996 to 2011, and CEO of the CTV Television Network from late 1998 to 2011.

Born in Toronto in 1953, Mr. Fecan attended York University receiving a BA in Fine Arts. After university, Fecan joined CBC Radio as a Producer of the multicultural program Identities he then was the Creative Producer of Quirks and Quarks. Along with Moses Znaimer, he created CityPulse News on Citytv. In 1984, at the age of 31, Fecan was offered a job with NBC.  Fecan served as their Vice-President of Creative Development for two years before returning to Canada to become Director of television programming for CBC Television in 1987. Some of the shows that Fecan ushered in during his tenure at CBC include Degrassi High, Road to Avonlea, The Kids in the Hall, Royal Canadian Air Farce and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

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Ian Ihnatowycz
Advisory Council Member

Ian Ihnatowycz is the President and CEO of First Generation Capital Inc., a private investment holding company. Formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Investment Management Inc. and Acuity Funds Ltd., Mr. Ihnatowycz founded Acuity in 1990 to provide discretionary asset management for pension, foundation and private clients as well as mutual and pooled funds. A leader in sustainable investing, Acuity was the first Canadian advisor to the United Nations on the integration of environmental, social and governance factors within investment management. The firm grew to over $7.5 billion in client assets over twenty years, and won many awards for investment performance. Acuity was acquired by AGF Management Limited on February 1, 2011.

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UCC Advisory Council – Terms of Reference

Roles and Responsibilities

Advisory Council members’ responsibilities include:

  • Strategic advice
  • Fundraising
  • Advocacy
  • Ambassadorship

Each year an Advisory Council meeting will be held to the provide input on the future plans of the Congress, review progress and address strategic questions.  The Advisory Council may hold additional meetings as particular issues develop.


The UCC is governed by its Triennial Congress and between Congresses by its Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  The Advisory Council is not a formal Board of Directors and does not have fiduciary responsibility for the Congress.  This responsibility lies with the Board of Directors of the UCC.  Responsibility for program implementation lies with the UCC staff under the direction of the Executive Director.

Advisory Council members are appointed by the UCC Board of Directors.

Terms and Selection:

Members of the Advisory Council serve for three year renewable terms.  At each UCC Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors will review the composition of Advisory Council and make recommendations for additions or modifications.  An executive committee of the Advisory Council may be formed to provide more frequent support to the Congress.

At any one time, the Congress strives to have 5 to 15 active members on its Advisory Council.  Capabilities of Advisory Council members may include:

  • Government and public relations experience
  • Appreciation of the Ukrainian Canadian community
  • Skills in fundraising or advocacy
  • Understanding of the Canadian and/or Ukrainian political, cultural and social environment
  • Financial, marketing, legal or management expertise
  • Intent on making a positive difference for the Ukrainian Canadian community