Executive Committee

National President Alexandra Chyczij
1st Vice President Andrea Kopylech
2nd Vice President Alex Ilchenko
Secretary vacant
Treasurer Romana Latenko
Past President Paul Grod
Representative Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz President, UCC Alberta Provincial Council
Representative Markian Shwec UCC Toronto Branch
Representative Olya Grod Ukrainian Canadian Social Services of Canada HQ (UCSS)
Representative Cassian Soltykevych Ukrainian Can. Students’ Union (SUSK)
Representative MaryAnn Trischuk President, UCC Saskatchewan Provincial Council


Alexandra Chyczij, President

Alexandra Chyczij was unanimously elected and sworn in as President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) on December 8, 2018. Previously, she served as 1st Vice President of the UCC.

Alexandra Chyczij is a committed leader, activist and volunteer, dedicating her efforts to serving the Ukrainian community in Canada. The UCC coordinates and represents the interests of one of Canada’s largest ethnocultural communities (1.35 million). The UCC brings together under one umbrella all the national, provincial and local Ukrainian organizations and has been instrumental in shaping Canada’s social, economic and political landscape.

Alexandra Chyczij is the Executive Director of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA), the national voice of in-house counsel in Canada. With a membership more than 5000-strong, the CCCA is a section of the Canadian Bar Association, the essential ally and advocate of the legal profession in Canada. Prior to that, Alexandra was CEO and Executive Director of The Advocates’ Society, a national not-for-profit association for trial lawyers, judges and advocates. Previously, Alexandra practiced civil litigation.

Alexandra is a member of the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund, which supports the commemoration and recognition of the experiences of ethnocultural communities affected by Internment during WWI. The UCC was one of the leading stakeholders in establishing the Internment Recognition Fund.

Alexandra is an Executive member of the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association, which maintains a national network of lawyers, judges, paralegals and law students of Ukrainian origin in order to create professional opportunities, to mentor law students and young lawyers, to conduct professional development, as well as to assist Ukraine with respect to the development of its legal system.

In 2017, Alexandra co-chaired the Team Invictus Ukraine Gala Event attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Canada) and President Poroshenko (Ukraine), which raised $100,000 for the Defenders of Ukraine Fund, providing aid to Ukrainian veterans of the war with Russia.

Alexandra is co-chair of the Canada-Ukraine Stakeholder Advisory Committee, a forum for consultation between the Government of Canada (Global Affairs Canada) and the Ukrainian Canadian community (represented by UCC). Alexandra was a member of the delegation of Canada’s Minister of International Development, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, on her first visit to Ukraine, in 2018. Minister Bibeau was the first G7 Minister to travel to the line of contact of the war with Russia being fought in eastern Ukraine. In 2016, Alexandra was a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s delegation on the Prime Minister’s visit to Ukraine to witness the signature of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement.

Alexandra is a member of the Fundraising Committee for the Konowal Walk at the Hill 70 Memorial, commemorating the bravery of Cpl. Filip Konowal at the Battle of Hill 70 (August 22, 1917) for which he was recognized with the highest medal of the British Empire, the Victoria Cross. He was the only Ukrainian Canadian ever so distinguished.

For many years, Alexandra has worked with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association on legal issues, advocating for matters affecting the administration of justice, rule of law, human and civil rights. She has conducted research and advocated for recognition of the Holodomor (Ukrainian Famine) as a genocide and for recognition of the unjust internment of Ukrainian Canadians and others in Canada’s first national internment operations during WWI. She has prepared submissions to and appeared before Standing Committees of Parliament and the Ontario Legislature on various issues including Citizenship and Immigration (denaturalization and deportation) and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Emergency Preparedness Act).

Alexandra chaired the Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians in 2010, 2013, and 2016, and has been an election observer on Canadian bilateral missions to Ukraine for several elections.

Alexandra was co-counsel with Justice John Sopinka on the International Commission of Inquiry into the 1932-33 Famine in Ukraine, convened by the World Congress of (Free) Ukrainians in 1988, whose report was delivered to the United Nations.

Andrea Kopylech, First Vice President

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Andrea Kopylech is the Associate Director of Advancement with the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.

She started her career as a communications professional, writer and editor in the magazine publishing industry, transitioning into fundraising. Andrea has honed her skills in grassroots efforts, supporting organizations both local and national in scope as a fundraising consultant, and has further specialized her skills in Major Gifts at St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation in Saskatoon, and the University Hospital Foundation in Edmonton. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta (BA), a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and holds CFRE certification.

Currently Andrea volunteers on the UCC National Executive Board as 1st Vice President, Chair of the Fundraising Committee and remains an active past Chair of the Ukrainian Canadian Arts Network. She has served over 9 years with UCC National in several capacities, as well as having volunteered with UCC Saskatoon, UCC Saskatchewan Provincial Council, and UCC Alberta Provincial Council in the past.

Being an active part of her local community, she also sits on the Ukrainian Bilingual Parent Advisory Society board as Vice President, is a member of the Contemporary Ukrainian Studies Program Advisory Council with the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies at the UofA, and is a member of the board with Nuit Blanche Edmonton. She is passionate about Arts, Culture & Heritage and building strong communities.

Andrea lives in Edmonton with her husband and 3 children.

Alex Ilchenko, Second Vice President

Alex Ilchenko is 2nd Vice-President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. Alex is Senior Counsel at Pallett Valo LLP. He is President of the Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association. He joined the UCC Board of Directors in 2016.


Alex practices principally in the area of insolvency and related commercial litigation, with an emphasis on secured and unsecured creditor remedies to obtain recovery from both real and personal property, commercial bankruptcy, receiverships and commercial restructurings. Alex has represented individual and corporate debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, landlords, purchasers of assets from insolvent entities, liquidators, trustees in bankruptcy, construction lien claimants, directors of insolvent entities, receivers and monitors appointed under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.

During the course of Alex’s litigation practice he has principally appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Commercial List, and the Bankruptcy Registrar’s Court. He has also appeared before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Professional Memberships

  • Chair, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group, The Advocates’ Society
  • Business Law Advisory Council, Panel on Reform of Fraudulent Conveyance and Avoidance Legislation – Government of Ontario
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association Insolvency Subsection Executive
  • OBA representative and the Secretary of the Toronto Registrar’s Court Committee
  • OBA liaison to the Board of Directors of Ontario Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Peel Law Association
  • President, Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association
  • Honourary General Counsel, Last Post Fund
  • Director, Ukrainian Canadian Congress – National Board
  • Member, Officers Mess Committee, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada


  • B.A., Carleton University (1988)
  • LL.B., University of Ottawa Law School (1991), Magna Cum Laude
  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1993
  • Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law, 2008

Romana Latenko, Treasurer

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Romana started her financial career in 2004. She initiates, develops and nurtures relationships with clients to help them achieve their financial goals. She works with clients to help find the right plan to fit their retirement needs, including estate planning strategies. Her area of expertise is employee benefits, from setting up a new employee benefit plan to modifying existing plans and making sure it fits each company’s needs. Romana is a strong believer that it’s not what we learn that makes a difference, but what we do with what we learn. She is certain that there has never been a better time for people to take control of their financial futures. “Take actions today and turn your dreams of freedom, financial security and independence into concrete realities.” She is currently licensed as an financial security advisor with Freedom 55 Financial, a division of London Life Insurance Company.

Romana is proud and grateful of her family and loves being active with her son. In her spare time, she devotes back to her Ukrainian roots and community and most recently served as treasurer for Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Alberta Provincial Council.


Paul Grod, Past President


Paul Grod is the newly elected President of the Ukrainian World Congress.

Mr. Grod is also 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 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.

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 children.


Markian Shwec

Representative, UCC Toronto Branch

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Cassian Soltykevych

Representative, Ukrainian Canadian Professional & Business Federation (UCPBF)

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Cassian is the Founder and Marketing Manager of Urban Block Media, a marketing and web design company based in Ottawa. With over 8 years of experience in marketing strategy and implementation, he has an excellent track record of success in managing full service marketing campaigns and building strong clientele relationships.

Cassian graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelors of Commerce Degree with Distinction specializing in Management, Marketing, and Leadership and a Leadership Certificate from the Alberta School of Business. He has extensive expertise in planning, organizing, and executing internal & external communication programs for clients in a variety of industries, and has a proven ability to utilize creative strategies to reach targeted customers.

Cassian volunteers his time as a member of the Board and National Executive of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, as Board member of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association, and as Board member of New Pathway-Ukrainian News. In his free time, Cassian enjoys hiking, reading, and skiing in various parts of the world.


MaryAnn Trischuk,

President of the UCC Saskatchewan Provincial Council

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MaryAnn was born in Canora to Paul and Doreen (Gregory) Ortynsky. She grew up in a community-minded family with sisters Dianne, Lesia and Audrey. She graduated from the Canora Composite High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan. She has practised pharmacy in Yorkton for 28 years.

As President, for fifteen years, of the Troyanda Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, sponsored by the Olena Pchilka Ukrainian Women’s Association, she worked with committed individuals to create a vibrant and respected Ukrainian dance club.  Taking on leadership roles has enabled MaryAnn to promote Ukrainian culture by incorporating Ukrainian traditions in ceremonies held within the community. Two of her favourite projects were a Ukrainian Fashion Pageant on the history of Ukrainians in the Yorkton area (working with the Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Parish and priest) and producing a TV documentary on Ukrainian Christmas customs.

MaryAnn’s other involvements include the Provincial UWAC, the Saskatchewan Pharmacy Museum Society, University of Saskatchewan Senate for two terms, past president of the Canadian Federation of University Women, opening and closing ceremonies for the Summer Games held in Yorkton, organizing member with the Saskatchewan Centennial 2005 Celebrations and Yorkton 125 Sub commission. As one of the original members of the Sunrise Health Foundation Gala she is working on its thirteenth fundraising Gala for the Region’s health facilities. MaryAnn’s involvement in the community also includes Yorkton Music Festival and the Yorkton Arts Council.

MaryAnn and her family are avid supporters of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Mohyla Institute and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.  MaryAnn is married to Dr. Bernie Trischuk and together they have raised 4 children, Greg, Devan, Taisa and Lucia.


Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz,

President of the UCC Alberta Provincial Council

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Olya Grod,

Representative of Ukrainian Canadian Social Services of Canada (UCSS)

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