About The Congress

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) represents the Ukrainian Canadian community before the people and Government of Canada, promotes linkages with Ukraine and identifies and addresses the needs of the Ukrainian community in Canada to ensure its continued existence and development for the enhancement of Canada’s socio-cultural fabric.
Currently there are well over 1.4 million Canadians of Ukrainian background living in Canada. Ukrainians first settled in Canada in the 1890’s and have developed strong communities in every region of Canada.

The Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians is the policy forum where the leadership of the Ukrainian Canadian community is elected for the next three years and where the priorities for the community are discussed and decided.

Mission Statement

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) represents the Ukrainian Canadian community before the people and Government of Canada, promotes linkages with Ukraine and identifies and addresses the needs of the Ukrainian community in Canada to ensure its continued existence and development for the enhancement of Canada’s socio-cultural fabric.

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The Honourable Chrystia Freeland
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland
Minister
Chrystia Freeland is Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. From November 2015 to January 2017, Ms. Freeland served as Canada’s ...
Katherine Vellinga
Katherine Vellinga
Founder
The idea for Zirkova Vodka came from Katherine Vellinga’s deep desire to pay tribute to both her Ukrainian roots and the home ...
Taras Kulish
Taras Kulish
Member of the Board of Directors
Taras Kulish is a lawyer at Steinberg Title Hope & Israel LLP. Taras specializes in servicing the needs of charities and ...
His Excellency Roman Waschuk
His Excellency Roman Waschuk
Ambassador to Ukraine
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His Excellency Andriy Shevchenko
His Excellency Andriy Shevchenko
Ambassador to Canada
Prior to the diplomatic appointment, Mr. Shevchenko had accomplished an outstanding career in politics and media. He is also ...
Vasyl Bodnar
Vasyl Bodnar
Deputy Minister
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Lucas Makowsky
Lucas Makowsky
Gold Medallist, Speed Skating
Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Lucas Makowsky joined the Regina Speed Skating Club at the age of 6. Not knowing ...
Ihor Michalchyshyn
Ihor Michalchyshyn
CEO and Executive Director
Ihor Michalchyshyn serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. Ihor ...
Andrea Malysh
Andrea Malysh
Program Director
Andrea Malysh is the Program Manager of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund and an internee descendant. ...
Valentina Kuryliw
Valentina Kuryliw
Chair
Valentina Kuryliw has been a passionate advocate for human rights and the education of responsible citizens throughout her ...
Danylo Puderak
Danylo Puderak
Executive Director
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Danylo Puderak’s life on the Ukrainian community stage began as a teenaged ...
Bohdana Bashuk
Bohdana Bashuk
Executive Director
Ms. Bashuk has over 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector in the areas of culture and heritage. As the executive ...
Andrij Potichnyj
Andrij Potichnyj
Veterans Programs Director
Andrij is a Toronto-based community member and fundraiser focusing his efforts on the support of Ukrainian combat veterans. He ...
Andrij Waskowycz
Andrij Waskowycz
President
Andrij Waskowycz has worked for Caritas Ukraine for 19 years and has served as President since 2001. His leadership and vision ...
Serhiy Kasyanchuk
Serhiy Kasyanchuk
Director
Serhiy Kasyanchuk earned an undergraduate degree in Economic Cybernetics from Lviv National University and a Masters degree in ...
Orest Zakydalsky
Orest Zakydalsky
Senior Policy Advisor
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Dennis Levesque
Dennis Levesque
Chief Administrative Officer
Dennis Levesque is a retired Canadian Armed Forces Senior Officer with 37-years of distinguished service as a pilot and senior ...
Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz
Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz
President
Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s of Science in Administration Degree. Olesia works full time for ...
Anatoliy Shatkovskyy
Anatoliy Shatkovskyy
President
Anatoliy Shatkovskyy is an experienced professional that has steered public service projects across the not-for-profit, ...
National Chief Perry Bellegarde
National Chief Perry Bellegarde
National Chief
Perry Bellegarde was re-elected for a second term as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2018. Originally from ...
Andrew Hladyshevsky, QC
Andrew Hladyshevsky, QC
President
Andriy is a lawyer and partner in the International Law Firm Dentons LLP. His education includes B.Sc., LLB and MBA degrees. ...
Larry Balion
Larry Balion
Board Member
Larry is employed as the brand manager for Nachurs Alpine Solutions and oversees their marketing activities in Canada. He is a ...
Yaroslav Baran
Yaroslav Baran
Principal
Yaroslav Baran is a partner with the Earnscliffe Strategy Group in Ottawa, where he leads the company’s Communications ...
Paul Grod
Paul Grod
President
Paul Grod is President of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC). He served as its Vice President for 10 years prior to his ...
Barbara Derbawka-Stevenson
Barbara Derbawka-Stevenson
Board Member
Barb Derbawka-Stevenson – current board member and secretary of Ilarion Residence (The Ukrainian Orthodox Senior Citizens’ ...
Irena Dounets
Irena Dounets
Executive Director
Irena Dounets is the Executive Director of the St. Demetrius Development Corporation in Toronto, which operates the Ukrainian ...
Terenya Tonkovich
Terenya Tonkovich
Executive Director
Terenya Tonkovich has been involved with Ivan Franko Homes for over 50 years. Ivan Franko Homes (IFH) is a not-for-profit ...
The Hon. A. Raynell Andreychuk
The Hon. A. Raynell Andreychuk
retired Senator, lawyer, judge, diplomat
A native of Saskatoon, Raynell Andreychuk graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BA in 1966 and a law degree in ...
Marcus Kolga
Marcus Kolga
Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
Marcus Kolga is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, human rights activist and a leading Canadian expert on foreign ...
Marta Baziuk
Marta Baziuk
Executive Director
Marta Baziuk has more than 25 years of experience working in international development and the not-for-profit sector. She ...
Oksana Levytska (Moderator)
Oksana Levytska (Moderator)
Chair
Oksana Levytska began her teaching career in 1989 in Ukraine. She worked as a teacher of English and vice-principal in a ...
Tatiana Sunak
Tatiana Sunak
President
Tatiana Sunak is the President of the Ukrainian Canadian School Board, Toronto branch; Principal of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian ...
Nadia Prokopchuk
Nadia Prokopchuk
EAL Teaching Specialist & PCUH Academic Affiliate
Nadia, grandchild of first wave immigrants to Canada from Western Ukraine, grew up on a farm near Prud’homme, Saskatchewan and ...
Dr. Olenka Bilash
Dr. Olenka Bilash
Professor
After serving for six years as Senior Advisor to the Ukrainian Language Education Centre (UKEC), Olenka Bilash is currently ...
Orest Sklierenko
Orest Sklierenko
Chair
A successful and experienced sales and marketing professional who has worked at global leaders in the pharmaceutical and ...
Darren Lemke
Darren Lemke
President
Darren Lemke is President of Approach Management Group Ltd. An entrepreneur with over 25 years of dental industry experience, ...
Oresta Korbutiak
Oresta Korbutiak
Founder & Owner
Oresta Korbutiak is the founder and owner of ORESTA organic skin care. A first generation Canadian, Oresta was born and raised ...
Anna Otroshchenko
Anna Otroshchenko
Founder and Co-owner
Anna Otroshchenko was born and raised in Lviv, Ukraine. Anna holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in ...
Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn
Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn
Owner
Larisa views life through the lens of an artist. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art & Design from the ...
Joanne Lewandosky
Joanne Lewandosky
President
Joanne Lewandowsky was born and raised in Sandy Lake, MB. Joanne’s parents and grandparents instilled in her an understanding ...
Paula Speevak
Paula Speevak
President and CEO
Paula Speevak joined Volunteer Canada after serving as the Managing Director of Carleton University’s Centre for Voluntary ...
Keynote Address by Mr. Andriy Kulykov
Keynote Address by Mr. Andriy Kulykov
Co-founder of “Hromadske Radio”, Ukrainian journalist, media expert, TV host.
Andriy Kulykov (born in 1957) began his way to journalism in 1979 as a Soviet propagandist in “The News From ...
Dr. Jaroslaw Grod
Dr. Jaroslaw Grod
Chair
Jaroslaw is a practising Doctor of Chiropractic and a long-time member of the Ukrainian Youth Association. His service to the ...
Alex Ilchenko (Moderator)
Alex Ilchenko (Moderator)
Second Vice President
Alex Ilchenko is Head of the Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring Practice Group at Pallett Valo LLP. Alex has over 26 ...
Jurij R. Klufas (Moderator)
Jurij R. Klufas (Moderator)
Executive Producer
Jurij Klufas is the President and Founder of Entertainment Media Corporation (1979), and President and Founder of KONTAKT ...
Cassian Soltykevych (Moderator)
Cassian Soltykevych (Moderator)
President
Cassian is the Founder and Marketing Director of Urban Block Media, an Ottawa based web design and marketing company that ...
Connor Moen
Connor Moen
Former National Coordinator
Connor was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and holds a strong connection to his Ukrainian heritage like many who live in the ...
Victor Hetmanczuk (Moderator)
Victor Hetmanczuk (Moderator)
President
Victor Hetmanczuk is the President and CEO of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation and a member of the National Board of Directors of ...
Markian Shwec (Moderator)
Markian Shwec (Moderator)
Vice President
Markian Shwec has been a leader in the Ukrainian community for 30 years. In Montreal, he was elected President of the ...
Denys Volkov
Denys Volkov
Director of Advocacy and Communications
Denys Volkov is employed as Director of Advocacy and Communications at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities. Previously, ...
Olga Radchenko
Olga Radchenko
Director of Parliamentary Affairs
Olga Radchenko has served in senior roles advising two Ministers of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in the government of ...
Keynote Dr. Oleh Wolowyna
Keynote Dr. Oleh Wolowyna
Academic and Scholar
Dr. Oleh Wolowyna was born in Lviv, Ukraine, and grew up in Argentina. He has a Licenciado degree in mathematics from the ...
Alexandra Chyczij
Alexandra Chyczij
President
Alexandra Chyczij was unanimously elected and sworn in as President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) on December 8, ...
Natalia Jatskevich
Natalia Jatskevich
President
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Mary Ann Trischuk
Mary Ann Trischuk
Ukrainian Canadian Congress National Secretary, Former President
Mary Ann grew up in Canora, Saskatchewan with three sisters, who as youths were immersed in and taught the value of ...
Michael Shwec (Moderator)
Michael Shwec (Moderator)
President
Michael Shwec was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec.  He is a longtime member of CYM – Montreal Branch, and was its ...
John Denysek
John Denysek
President
John Denysek, a 4th generation Ukrainian Canadian, was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan where growing up on the family ...
Allyson Grant
Allyson Grant
Director
Allyson Grant is the Director of Government and University Relations at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), where ...
Andrea Kopylech (Moderator)
Andrea Kopylech (Moderator)
First Vice President
Andrea Kopylech is the Associate Director of Advancement with the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. She started ...