As Chair of the Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF) and member of the National Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Mr. Bohdan Onyschuk is and has been actively involved in the community through a number of leadership roles, including as President of the Ontario Provincial Council of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (1973 – 1976). In addition, Mr. Onyschuk has also held the position as founding Chairman (1992 – 1994) and current Vice
President of the Canada Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, a Canadian organization he helped establish. Mr. Onyschuk is a retired senior partner of Gowling Lafleur Henderson, Canada’s largest national law firm, and is recognized as one of the leading real estate lawyers in
Mr. Onyschuk and his firm represented the Government of Ukraine in Canada on a number of trade and government matters shortly after Ukraine’s Independence, including acting as counsel to the National Bank of Ukraine in negotiating the printing of Ukraine’s currency in Canada by the Canadian Bank Note Company. Mr. Onyschuk also served on the Chamber of Independent Experts on Foreign Investment in Ukraine, a body established to advise the President of Ukraine on foreign investment matters.
Mr. Onyschuk is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honours Degree in Political Science and Economics, and a Juris Doctor Degree in law. In addition to receiving the UCC Leadership Award, Mr. Onyschuk is the recipient of a number of awards including: the Order of Merit of Ukraine (presented by President Yushchenko in May 2008), the Shevchenko medal, and the International Council of Shopping Centres Trustees Distinguished Service Award.