Executive Committee

Executive Committee

Paul Grod (Toronto)
National President

Paul Grod is President & CEO of Rodan Energy, a leading North American smart grid company delivering integrated energy solutions to electricity consumers, distributors and power producers. Prior to founding Rodan Energy, Paul was a corporate and investment banker with CIBC World Markets and a lawyer with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP practicing corporate finance and M&A law.

Paul actively volunteers his time with a number of charities and is currently the National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress which coordinates and represents the interests of one of Canada’s largest ethnocultural communities (1.25 million). Paul is also Vice President of the Ukrainian World Congress. Paul has substantial experience in the electoral process and election monitoring having led several international election observation missions in Ukraine.

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Renata Roman
1st Vice-President

Renata Roman is the 1st Vice President  of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. Renata brings much community and non-profit sector experience to the UCC. She has been actively involved at the executive of the Toronto UCC and on the Board of Directors of Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund for the past 17 years. She is currently the President of CCCF, where she oversees medical projects in Ukraine and has lead a medical mission to Ukraine. Recent events in Ukraine have lead to her working on the CUF Medical mission  to Kyiv where she was the the practicing physiotherapist. She is a member of Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

Renata has been involved with various community organizations including Plast , UNF , Ukrainian Art Song Project. She was instrumental in developing and organizing the Ukrainian Dragons Competition at the November 2013 UCC Triennial Congress. Renata graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in Physical Therapy. She practices at her clinic Clarkson Sports & Physio in Mississauga and has been working with Ukrainian and Canadian National Figure Skating teams. She is married to Eugene Roman and has 2 children. They run and operate Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery in Niagara.

Emil Yereniuk (Toronto)
2nd Vice-President

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Andrea Kopylech

Andrea sits on the UCC National Executive Board as Secretary, and chairs the Ukrainian Canadian Arts Network , Fundraising committee and the National 125th Anniversary committee. She served a term on the UCC Saskatoon Branch as Secretary, as well as a two year term on the UCC Saskatchewan Provincial Council’s Nation Builders Selection committee. A talented communications professional, writer and editor with 2 decades in the publishing industry, Andrea has transitioned her career into fundraising, and has spent the last 5 years honing her skills in grassroots efforts developing support for organizations both local and national in scope with a fundraising consultancy, and then moving into direct donor work as a Major Gifts Officer. She is currently with the University Hospital Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta.

Passionate about the arts and culture, and supportive of community, Andrea has served on the boards of various committees including the Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts, Vesna Festival in Saskatoon and continues to work with other local organizations.

With a BA from the University of Alberta majoring in English, the written word is another one of Andrea’s delights, and she enjoys taking time for local literacy projects.  In her personal time she enjoys photography and dabbling in other creative projects. After four years exploring the Ukrainian community in Saskatoon, SK, she is back in Edmonton with her husband and 3 children.

Wolodymyr Dlugosh (Winnipeg)

Wolodymyr Dlugosh has been the Chief Executive Officer of Carpathia Credit Union Limited, the largest Ukrainian financial institution in Western Canada. He has held a Certified Management Accounting (CMA) designation for over twenty-two years and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (B.A.) and Red River College (Business Administration Diploma).He is a member of the Society of Management Accountants of Manitoba, the Ukrainian Professional Business Club of Winnipeg and has over the course of time been involved with a number of community organizations such as the Ukrainian Youth Association  (CYM), Holy Family Home and Immaculate Heart of Mary School.  Wolodymyr is married to Marijka Diakiw and they have two children.

 Markian Shwec

Markian Shwec (Toronto)
Representative, UCC Toronto Branch

Ann Szyptur 2016

Ann Szyptur (Toronto)
President, Ukrainian Youth Association (PLAST)

Hania Szyptur is a member of the National Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress representing Plast Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada where she was the President from 2004 -2010. As a volunteer in the Ukrainian Community Hania worked in the areas of youth leadership and governance. Over the last decade, she has also volunteered in Ukraine both with Plast and with Help Us Help Children focusing on capacity building and change management activities.Professionally Hania worked for the Government of Ontario focusing on governance and accountability. Currently she is a management consultant providing organizational development, program evaluation and accountability expertise to the public and private sectors.Hania holds a B.Sc. and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.

Michael Hantzsch
Representative, Ukrainian Canadian Professional & Business Federation (UCPBF)


Jaroslaw Balan
Representative, Ukrainian Self-Reliance League of Canada


Slawko Borys
Representative, Ukrainian National Federation (UNF)