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Tamara Balan

Tamara is the Vice President of Operations and Community at the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation, which supports one of the busiest community academic hospitals serving Toronto’s west end and beyond. Prior to this, she held the role of Chief Operating Officer of CivicAction, a non-profit organization that boosts civic engagement and addresses critical urban issues. After completing a degree in Urban Studies she worked at the Canadian Urban Institute.

A strategic leader professionally and as a volunteer, Tamara believes that collective leadership is key to addressing the toughest issues we face today.

For more than twenty years, Tamara has been engaging senior and rising leaders across sectors to tackle complex challenges urban regions face. Tamara has focused on building inclusive leadership, creating access to quality childcare, and leading initiatives that level the playing field for youth in Canada.

Tamara is a longstanding member of Plast Ukrainian Youth Organization where she volunteered for many years, and her two young sons are now a part of.

She serves on the Board of the Toronto Public Library and Why Not Theatre.

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Dr. Christine Czoli

Christine Czoli is a Senior Research Analyst at Health Canada, where she conducts research to inform policy and regulatory efforts for tobacco and vaping products. Having completed her PhD in public health at the University of Waterloo, Christine’s professional expertise includes quantitative epidemiology, public opinion research, evidence synthesis, and knowledge translation.

Christine is actively involved in the Ukrainian Canadian community, currently serving as a Trustee of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Charitable and Educational Trust. In 2022, Christine served as Chair of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Triennial Congress Resolutions Committee. She is past President of the Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union (SUSK), and was actively involved in local Ukrainian Students’ Organizations at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo. She has twice served as an election observer on missions to Ukraine.

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Demyan Hyworon

Demyan Hyworon has over 25 years’ experience in the computer software industry. He currently is responsible for IT Security, Compliance and Privacy for a Canadian publicly traded company.

Demyan’s community involvement includes: board member of the National Ukrainian Canadian Congress (9 years. 3 as the Treasurer), board member of OSEREDOK Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre (9 years), board member of the Council of Ukrainian Credit Unions of Canada (9 years), Board Member of Carpathia Credit Union (15 years) and Chair of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Charitable & Education Trust (12 years).

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Lidia Narozniak

Lidia Narozniak is a retired prosecutor having served as a Crown, and Assistant Crown Attorney in the Region of Waterloo and City of Hamilton, Ontario. In addition to her extensive prosecutorial experience at all levels of the judicial system, her skills include financial, administrative and human resources management.

An avid advocate of human rights, Lidia was active on numerous committees and advisory bodies in support of victims and their right to justice including the Advisory Committee for the Alliance for Sexual Abuse Programs for the Community Child Abuse Council of Hamilton and the Children Witnessing Wife Assault Working Group. She was actively engaged in developing and implementing educational programming for young lawyers and police officers.

She is Past President and long-standing member of the Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada, Hamilton Branch, as well as Past President of the National Executive, Past President of Ukrainian Canadian Congress Ontario Provincial Council and Chair of its Advisory Council, and past member of the UYA Women’s Choir Svitanok.

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Dr. Oleksandr Romanko

Dr. Oleksandr Romanko works as Associate Director in Financial Risk Quantitative Research at SS&C Technologies Canada, he is also an Adjunct Professor at University of Toronto, American University Kyiv and Ukrainian Catholic University. He is a Founding Director of the Master of Technology Leadership and Artificial Intelligence program at American University Kyiv. Dr. Romanko received Ph.D. in Computer Science from McMaster University. Previously, he worked as a Senior Research Analyst and Manager of Quantitative Research at Watson Financial Services division of IBM. Dr. Romanko received several industrial awards including IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award in 2014 and Eminence and Excellence IBM Award to Quantitative Research Group of IBM Risk Analytics in 2012. He also received a number of academic awards from INFORMS, Canadian Operational Research Society and Mitacs.

Dr. Romanko is an author of more than 25 articles and book chapters in financial risk management, machine learning, artificial intelligence, analytics and operations research. His research focuses on optimization algorithms, financial portfolio optimization, machine learning and artificial intelligence applied to finance and risk management. To popularize data science and analytics as a new career option in Ukraine, starting from 2013 Dr. Romanko co-organized and taught more than ten one- and two-day courses in Data Science, Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence with more than 5000 attendees. Dr. Romanko is a co-founder of Canada’s Mitacs Research Internship Program for Ukraine, that allowed more than 700 Ukrainian students to participate in research internship projects at Canadian universities and companies. Dr. Romanko served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Anna Novosad, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine in 2019-2020. He is also a member of the board of directors of Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Shevchenko Scientific Society of Canada.

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Ruslan Tracz

Ruslan Tracz has almost 20 years of experience within the Government of Canada. He has held various managerial and directorial positions for a number of departments with a focus in communications, issues and program management, and media relations.

He has sat on the UCC board for the last five years as the Plast Ukrainian Youth Association representative and as a member of the resolutions committee the last two triennial congresses. He remains active in Plast, holding several leadership positions locally, nationally, and internationally over the years.

Ruslan has been the co-site manager for Edmonton’s UFEST, western Canada’s largest Ukrainian Festival since 2019.

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Dr. Lyubov Zhyznomirska

Lyubov Zhyznomirska is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. Zhyznomirska is a scholar of European studies and migration and citizenship studies, and her research interests include such issues as migration governance, irregular migration, forced displacement, citizenship and belonging, foreign policy and security studies, with the area specialization in the European Union, Ukraine, and Russia.

Dr. Zhyznomirska is an alumna of National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (B.A. in Political Science, 2002) in Kyiv, Ukraine. She completed her graduate studies in Political Science at the University of Alberta (MA’05 and PhD’13).

Lyubov Zhyznomirska was actively engaged in the youth politics in Ukraine until her move to Canada to pursue graduate studies in 2003. She was active in the student governance during her studies at the University of Alberta. Since 2017, Lyubov has been actively involved in promoting Ukrainian culture and history and building connections among Ukrainian Canadians in her now home city of Halifax. She recognizes the importance of strong diasporic organizations and of the civic engagement for the development and flourishing of the Ukrainian Canadian community. Lyubov has been a member of the Ukrainian Canadian Association of Halifax-Dartmouth and has served on the board of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Nova Scotia Branch (as president and vice-president). Since 2017, she has held multiple educational events to raise awareness about the Holodomor of 1932-33 among Canadians. She delivered lectures and organized academic panels dealing with the subject matter of genocide as a tool of warfare and as a tool of politically orchestrated cultural and physical elimination of ethnic groups.

As a scholar and educator, Lyubov encourages her students to be politically engaged citizens, both locally and globally. Democracies need informed and engaged citizens to preserve itself, and young people can make a difference and bring about better, fairer and more inclusive future.