Paul Grod (Toronto)
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.
Paul was recently awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal at a ceremony on Parliament Hill in recognition for his significant contributions and achievements in service to Canada. For a third consecutive year, Paul was named in 2014 as one of the top 100 people influencing Canada’s global future by Embassy Magazine & Hill Times’ Power and Influence magazine [LINK].
After visiting Ukraine as part of Prime Minister Harper’s delegation in March 2014, Paul was one of 13 Canadians santioned by Russian President Vladimir Putin and barred from entering Russia.
He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and holds Bachelor of Political Science, Bachelor of Laws, and Master of Business Administration degrees. Paul is married and has four young children.
Andrea Kopylech (Edmonton)
Andrea sits on the UCC National Executive Board as 2nd Vice President, 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.
Walter 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.