Chair | Ukrainian Canadian Congress Education Advocacy Committee
A successful and experienced sales and marketing professional who has worked at global leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, Orest is well respected for his leadership capability, strategic planning expertise and passion for delivering results. Orest’s successes in industry include leading the launches of a novel, highly specialized therapy for an ultra-orphan blood disorder, and a blockbuster drug for advanced cancer patients. Orest co-founded and launched Men’s Health Solutions, a company focused on the optimization of patient outcomes in male-specific diseases, which evolved to become Canada’s largest network of male health clinics.
Orest has also worked as a healthcare consultant, helping clients evaluate and re-focus their strategic plans and programs. His past clients include: multi-national pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, professional associations, healthcare start-ups, specialty and community pharmacies. He is currently a member of the Oncology team at Sanofi Genzyme Canada, helping bring new cancer therapies to Canadian patients.
Orest has dedicated a significant amount of his time volunteering for ethnic arts & culture organizations, and grassroots community organizations.
Orest is a member of the board of directors at the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko (2016-present) and was appointed UCC’s National Advocacy chair earlier in 2019, after leading the Education Committee at UCC Toronto (2014-2018).
Orest has experience leading community initiatives in Ontario, specifically the community’s response to several issues affecting Ukrainian Eastern Rite Catholic schools on budget and policy matters affecting Ukrainian language such as: Ukrainian language instruction in full-day kindergarten; proposed student transportation cuts; secondary school boundary discussions; and most recently leading the response against the proposed elimination and reduction of international language instruction.
At the Shevchenko Foundation, Orest has played central roles on the governance and communications committees, as well as the launch of several novel initiatives including the MITACS and REACH programs, and the inaugural TRYZUB Awards Gala.
Orest’s ability to align a diverse set of stakeholders around a common cause and come to a mutually agreeable solution has been demonstrated on several education and arts-related issues over the past decade.