Executive Committee

National President Paul Grod Ukrainian Canadian Congress
1st Vice President Alexandra Chyczij Ukrainian Canadian Congress
2nd Vice President Andrea Kopylech Ukrainian Canadian Congress
Secretary Slawko Borys UCC Secretary
Treasurer Romana Latenko UCC Treasurer
President Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz UCC Alberta Provincial Council
Representative Markian Shwec UCC Toronto Branch
Representative Krystina Waler Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund (CCCF)
Representative Olya Grod Ukrainian Canadian Social Services of Canada HQ (UCSS)
Representative Cassian Soltykevych Ukrainian Can. Students’ Union (SUSK)
President MaryAnn Trischuk UCC Saskatchevan Provincial Council




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.

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.

Alexandra Chyczij (Toronto)
1st Vice-President

Andrea Kopylech headshot

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)


Slawko (Yaroslaw) Borys has been involved in the Aviation Industry for the last 13 years, primarily dealing with Flight Operations, Safety & Risk Management and Regulatory Affairs. During his career he has held a number of management positions with Canadian airlines, and is currently Director of Safety, Security and Environment for Air Canada’s new airline, Air Canada rouge. As part of the Airline’s senior management start up team he is responsible for the overall implementation and management of the Airline’s Safety, Security and Environmental management programs.

Prior to joining Air Canada, Mr. Borys was responsible for Flight Operations at Sunwing Airlines and part of the airline’s start up team. With direct oversight and management of the airlines Flight Operations group including pilot hiring, foreign operations, base management, and labour relations. In 2007 Mr. Borys started his own company, Horizon Aviation, which is North America’s first; open to the public, Flight Simulator centre.

In his personal life, Mr. Borys has been actively involved in the Ukrainian Canadian community, as a member of the Ukrainian National Federation, Sokil Property Owners Association and as a representative of the UNF Of Canada at the Ukrainian Canadian Congress locally and nationally. Currently Mr. Borys is President of the Ukrainian National Federation – Toronto Branch, and National Secretary of the UNF Board of Directors.

Mr. Borys is a graduate of the Aviation Management program at Georgian College, and has also received professional accreditation in Aviation Risk Management, Safety Management Systems and Quality Auditing.


Romana Latenko (Edmonton)



 Markian Shwec

Markian Shwec (Toronto)
Representative, UCC Toronto Branch

Krystina Waler
Representative, Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund

Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz
Representative, UCC Alberta Provincial Council

Cassian Soltykevych
Representative, Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union (SUSK)