Advisory Council


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

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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Ian Ihnatowycz
Advisory Council Vice-Chair

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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  • Senator Raynell Andreychuk
  • Delores Buka-Huculak
  • Borys Chabursky
  • Roman S. Dubczak
  • Ivan Fecan
  • Andrew Hladyshevsky, Q.C.
  • Consul Lubomyr Huculak
  • John Iwaniura
  • Jurij Klufas
  • Olena Koszarny
  • Bohdan Leshchyshen
  • Eugene Melnyk
  • George Myhal
  • Taras Pidzamecky
  • Zenon Potoczny
  • Arthur Sawchuk
  • Ed Stelmach
  • Gene Zwozdesky

The UCC Advisory Council is comprised of prominent and exemplary supporters of the Ukrainian Canadian community who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and have made siginficant contributions to the community. Members of the Advisory Council are nationally recognised and respected Canadians who provide strategic guidance, expertise and cognitive strengths to help shape the current and future priorities of the Ukrainian Canadian community and who provide meaningful input and support to the UCC as the umbrella organization for one of the most dynamic and influential communities in Canada.

The Advisory Council provides strategic advice to the President and the Executive Committee of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

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