The UCC Advisory Council is comprised of prominent and exemplary supporters of the Ukrainian Canadian community who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and have made significant contributions to the community. Members of the Advisory Council are nationally recognized and respected Canadians who provide strategic guidance, expertise and cognitive strengths to help shape the current and future priorities of the Ukrainian Canadian community and who provide meaningful input and support to the UCC as the umbrella organization for one of the most dynamic and influential communities in Canada.

The Advisory Council provides strategic advice to the President and the Executive Committee of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

Advisory Council

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James C. Temerty, C.M.

Advisory Council Chair
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Ian Ihnatowycz, B.Sc., M.B.A., C.F.A., C.Dir.

Advisory Council Vice-Chair

Honourary Members

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His Eminence Metropolitan Yurij Kalistchuk

Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada
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Most Rev. Lawrence Huculak

OSBM, Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Canada


  • Former Senator Raynell Andreychuk
  • Ms. Delores Buka-Huculak
  • Mr. Borys Chabursky, President – SHI Consulting
  • Dr. Eugene Czolij, Past President – Ukrainian World Congress
  • Mr. Roman S. Dubczak, Managing Director & Head of Global Investment Banking – CIBC World Markets
  • Mr. Paul Grod, President & CEO Rodan Energy Solutions, Past President UCC, Current President Ukrainian World Congress
  • Mr. Andrew Hladyshevsky, Q.C., President – Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko
  • Consul Lubomyr (Mir) Huculak, Honourary Consul of Ukraine in British Columbia
  • Mr. John Iwaniura, President – Caravan Logistics Group Inc.
  • Mr. Jurij Klufas, President – KONTAKT Media Group
  • Ms. Olena Koszarny, Co-founder and CEO – Horizon Capital
  • Mr. Bohdan Kupych, Vice President – KM Core
  • Mr. Roman Medyk, Chairman – Buduchnist Credit Union
  • Mr. George Myhal, President and CEO – Partners Value Investments Inc
  • Mr. Taras Pidzamecky, President – Ukrainian Credit Union
  • Mr. Zenon Potoczny, President – Shelton Canada Corporation
  • Mr. Eugene Roman, Chief Technology Officer  – Canadian Tire Corporation
  • Mr. Arthur Sawchuk, retired chairperson – Manulife Financial Corporation
  • Mr. Fred Shlapak, Chairman – SiGe Semiconductors
  • Mr. Andre Sochaniwsky, Chairman – Ukrainian Credit Union
  • Honourable Mr. Ed Stelmach, former Premier of Alberta
  • Dr. Marta Witer, Ontario Association of Optometrists
  • Mr. Eugene Zaraska, Chairman – ZAK Foundation

UCC Advisory Council – Terms of Reference

Roles and Responsibilities

Advisory Council members’ responsibilities include:

  • Strategic advice
  • Fundraising
  • Advocacy
  • Ambassadorship

Each year an Advisory Council meeting will be held to the provide input on the future plans of the Congress, review progress and address strategic questions.  The Advisory Council may hold additional meetings as particular issues develop.


The UCC is governed by its Triennial Congress and between Congresses by its Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  The Advisory Council is not a formal Board of Directors and does not have fiduciary responsibility for the Congress.  This responsibility lies with the Board of Directors of the UCC.  Responsibility for program implementation lies with the UCC staff under the direction of the Executive Director.

Advisory Council members are appointed by the UCC Board of Directors.

Terms and Selection

Members of the Advisory Council serve for three year renewable terms. At each UCC Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors will review the composition of Advisory Council and make recommendations for additions or modifications. An executive committee of the Advisory Council may be formed to provide more frequent support to the Congress.

At any one time, the Congress strives to have 5 to 15 active members on its Advisory Council. Capabilities of Advisory Council members may include:

Government and public relations experience
Appreciation of the Ukrainian Canadian community
Skills in fundraising or advocacy
Understanding of the Canadian and/or Ukrainian political, cultural and social environment
Financial, marketing, legal or management expertise
Intent on making a positive difference for the Ukrainian Canadian community