Advisory Council

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.

The following individuals currently reside on the Advisory Council:

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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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