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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Alexandra Chyczij (Toronto)
1st Vice-President

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Andrea Kopylech (Edmonton)
2nd Vice-President

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.


Slawko Borys (Toronto)



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.

 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