Canada-Ukraine Foundation



Daniel Bilak is a Partner with the London-based international law firm, CMS Cameron McKenna, in the firm’s Kyiv, Ukraine office. Having worked in the private and public sectors in Ukraine since 1991, Dan served for over ten years as a United Nations-sponsored senior governance adviser on rule of law, anti-corruption and public administration issues to the Ukrainian Government, including the President, Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, and Cabinet secretariat.
Following the “Orange Revolution” in December 2004, Dan was appointed as a Member of the UNDP-sponsored Blue Ribbon Commission providing recommendations on a new wave of reforms to newly-elected President Victor Yushchenko and co-authored the proposals on judicial reform, governance and administrative reform. He was then was appointed by the President of Ukraine to the National Commission on the Strengthening of Democracy and the Rule of Law, established to direct Ukraine’s European integration process.
Dan has also advised the governments of Bulgaria and Lithuania with respect to the transformation of their respective systems of administrative justice.

Bohdan Cherniawski is a military veteran who served over 23 years with the Canadian Forces. Recently Mr. Cherniawski spent time in Ukraine facilitating Tactical Medicine and Combat Medic training to Ukrainian Forces.  He also deployed and assisted with the delivery of humanitarian aid to Internally Displaced People and trained Ukrainian Medical Personnel in the rapid deployment of field medical facilities and triage. In addition, Bohdan Cherniawski deployed as part of the medical team with the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Canadian Surgical missions of the Canada Ukraine Foundation at the Kyiv Military Hospital.

Mr. Cherniawski is also actively involved with the Ukrainian Canadian community through a number of consultative and leadership roles. He sits on the executive of Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto where he serves as the Chair of the Remembrance Day Committee. Mr. Cherniawski is also active with the executive of the League of Ukrainian Canadians, the Medical Advisory Committee of the Children of Chernobyl Canadian Fund and is an active member of the Ukrainian War Veterans Association.

Bohdan Cherniawski is a Graduate of Ryerson University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honours. In 2008 Mr. Cherniawski was inducted into the Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem. He is a member of the Canadian Nurses Association, Special Operations Medical Association as well as the Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing.

Ostap Hawaleshka is the immediate Past-President of Canada Ukraine Foundation (CUF). As president of CUF from 2002-2007, he led it to fully operational status as a charitable organization dedicated to helping Ukraine with over $2 million charitable donations and projects.

Ostap graduated in 1955 with many awards and scholarships from Rosemount High School in Montreal. In 1960 he graduated with a B.Eng. “Cum Laude” degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. In 1965 he received his M. Eng. degree in Aerodynamics, also from McGill.

Returning to McGill for his higher studies, he lectured in Hydraulics in Civil Engineering. In 1970 he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. There, he established a highly successful program in Industrial Engineering. After leaving the field of Fluid Mechanics, Prof. Hawaleshka devoted his research, teaching and consulting to the field of Industrial Management, publishing nearly 100 papers, articles and reports. He, and his research team, received the “Top Researcher Award” for their work on the unique “HAZARD Program” for the Canadian Dept. of Defense. For his extensive work with local industries and Indian Nations, he received the University of Manitoba’s “Outreach Award” as well as the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba “Merit Award”. Upon his retirement in 1997, he was honoured with the title of “Emeritus Professor of the University of Manitoba”.

Prof. Hawaleshka was very involved with engineering education consulting projects in South America, South East Asia, for CIDA, ADB, and IBRD. He produced the first Engineering Manpower Survey of the Philippines.

In 1994, the Canadian Government selected him to establish and run the Science and Technology Centre of Ukraine (STCU), in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Lviv. This international organization is funded by Canada, Sweden, the USA, Ukraine, the EU, Japan, to support R&D activities by Ukrainian scientists formerly involved with the development of weapons of mass destruction – reorienting them to peaceful and economically useful purposes. This extraordinarily successful project has provided nearly $200 million to support over 13,000 Ukrainian scientists producing many successful inventions and international industrial relationships.

Prof. Hawaleshka has been honoured for his work in Ukraine and for his community, by being awarded the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian recognition. He also was awarded: the Queen Elizabeth Memorial Medal from Canada, the Yangel and Kondratiuk medals from Ukraine, and the D.Sc.(Hon.) degree by Kyiv’s renowned “Institute of Metal Physics-IMP” of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine-NASU.

Ostap Hawaleshka is very active in the Ukrainian community. As a life-long member of PLAST–Ukrainian Scouting Association — he served at all levels, and was recognized by receiving the St. George (silver) medal. He served on the Boards of: North Winnipeg Credit Union as its long-time president, of the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre in Winnipeg, of the Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences, of Ukrainian Park-Manitoba, and on the UCC Committee for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights-CMHR. He also served the general Canadian community on the Boards of the United Way of Winnipeg, the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba, the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

The Ukrainian government appointed him as “Honourary Consul of Ukraine” for the Province of Manitoba.

Roman Litwinchuk, CPA, ACUIC is the Chief Operating Officer of Ukrainian Credit Union Limited. Roman has worked in the Credit Union system for over 30 years with various credit unions and in many leadership roles. His experience includes finance, accounting, operations, sales, service, information technology, and project management.

Roman studied engineering at the University of Toronto before embarking on his financial career. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and an Associate of the Credit Union Institute of Canada.

He is the President of the Board of Compass Charitable Foundation (non-profit housing foundation), and past Treasurer of the Ukrainian National Federation, a member of the Credit Union Manager’s Association and a member of St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church in Brampton.

Nadia Luciw has been an educator for 42 years. Although Nadia started off in a classroom, the majority of her career – 35 years – has been in administration. She is the founding principal of St. Sofia Elementary School , the first Byzantine Rite school in Mississauga, Ontario. In l992, Nadia helped found the Institute for Professional Development of Teachers, which holds yearly summer courses in various cities across Ukraine. Nadia was the co-ordinator and principal of the summer institutes, co-instructor of a course for administrators, and co-author of a manual for the course. Since l998, Nadia has been the chair of the Educational Council at the Ukrainian World Congress and during that time was co-organizer of a conference on Language and Identity. She is also a member of the UWC International Co-Ordinating Committee – Famine l932-33.

Nadia is active in the scouting organization PLAST, both as a counselor and leader. She is a member of the Catholic Women’s League of St. Nicholas Parish in Toronto and was chair of the St. Nicholas Jubilee Committee.

Nadia graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in History and Political Science. She has a Master in Education from the University of Toronto. For her work in the field of education in Ukraine, she received the Medal of Vidminyk Osvity. For her work in the community, she was awarded the medal in gold of the Eternal Flame from PLAST.She also is the recpient of the the medal of St. Volodomyr from the Ukrainian World Congress for her work in Ukraine and Canada.

Gerald Luciuk is a retired Saskatchewan born and educated resident with a distinguished history of public service and dedicated community involvement.

A soil scientist by training, Gerald worked with provincial and federal departments of agriculture where he was responsible for pivotal studies on land degradation and soil conservation on the Canadian Prairies. Subsequently, he directed programs for promotion of sustainable agriculture and improved soil and water resource management across the Western Canadian Prairie Region.

Gerald extended his Canadian experience to international development in sustainable agriculture beginning with scientific cooperation in Russia. With the collapse of the Former Soviet Union, his agricultural background led to participation in the first Government of Canada technical planning mission to Ukraine charged with establishing sector programs of development assistance to the newly independent Ukraine. Subsequently, he has been an instrumental leader in numerous strategic policy and technical assistance initiatives in Ukraine including a project as policy mentor in 1993 with the Deputy Minister of Economic Planning in the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine. His work in international development continued as a director to a China-Canada CIDA funded project on sustainable agriculture in Inner Mongolia. His involvement in the promotion of sustainable agriculture in Canada and abroad resulted in the publication of a number of scientific papers, presentations and reports on issues of environmentally sustainable land and water management.

Throughout his professional career, Gerald Luciuk has been actively involved in the Ukrainian cultural and religious community. He is a long time director of the St. Petro Mohyla Institute. At the local level, Gerald has maintained an active participation in his local Ukrainian Orthodox Parishes in Regina and earlier in Saskatoon. As a member of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Regina Council he was instrumental in establishing interim programs for English language learning for new Ukrainian immigrants to Saskatchewan. At the national religious community level, Gerald served a Board member of the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada from 1999 through to 2010. As a Consistory member, he chaired an Episcopal Search and Development Committee that was instrumental in securing two new young Bishops for the UOCC in 2008. He continues to chair the By-Laws and Joint UOCC-Ukrainian Self Reliance League Standing Committees.

In the area of Provincial community affairs, Gerald Luciuk served on successive advisory committees to the Saskatchewan Government on Saskatchewan Ukraine relations. In 2009, he was appointed as Chair of the Saskatchewan Ukraine Relations Advisory Committee. He is also a Board member and Vice Chair of the Canada Ukraine Centre Inc, a not-for-profit group dedicated to the promotion of mutually beneficial collaboration between Ukraine and Canada on science and technical innovation.

Andrew Tarapacky is principal of Projects at Work Inc. providing project and program management consulting services for the development and delivery of new products and services, technologies and processes. His clients include Sprint, TELUS Communications, Rogers Communications, Loblaw and Blackberry (previously known as Research in Motion).

Prior to starting Projects at Work, Andrew worked in Insurance, Banking and Telecommunications industries in progressively more senior management positions.

Andrew is a graduate of University of Toronto where he majored in Economics. He holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) and ITIL designation and is a member of the Project Management Institute.

In addition to the Board appointment at CUF, Andrew is on the Board of multiple organizations. These include as follows: 1) Secretary of the Board at BCU Financial (Buduchnist Credit Union) where he also chairs the Audit and Technology Committees, 2) Executive and treasurer of Plast Canada, 3) Executive and treasurer of the Council of Ukrainian Credit Unions (CUCUC), 4) Executive and treasurer of the League of Ukrainian Canadians (LUC National). In addition to these roles, Andrew chairs the Audit Committee at Ukrainian Canadian Congress (Toronto Branch) and is Audit committee member for Homin Ukrainy (Ukrainian Echo) Newspaper.

Markian Shwec has been a leader in the Ukrainian Community for 30 years. In Montreal, he was elected President of the Ukrainian Youth Association (SUM), and also served on SUM’s National and World Boards. While in Montreal, Markian led many community events at various times while serving as VP SUSK, VP UCC Montreal, and on the Board of UCC National.In the early 1990’s, Markian travelled to Ukraine several times to assist fledgling democracy groups take root and work towards Ukraine’s independence.

Upon arriving in Toronto in 1998, Markian served on the Executive of UCC Toronto. As its President, Markian had many accomplishments, including leading the initiative that eventually led to a successful collection of $1.5 million and the deployment of 500 observers during the 2004 Presidential elections in Ukraine. He currently serves on the Executives of both UCC National and UCC Toronto, and is Chair of EuroMaidan Canada. Markian is a Finance and Operations Executive, who holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, an MBA in Strategy and Finance, and a CMA.

Andrew Witer is the Founding Partner and President of Romyr & Associates.
Since 1993 Andrew has provided political analyses, planned and developed strategic communication campaigns, opinion audits, and orientation seminars for clients in Ukraine, where he maintains an office.
He appeared as a guest lecturer on “Effective Government Communications” at the Institute of Public Administration and Local Government in Kyiv and other universities throughout Ukraine.
Prior to his involvement with Romyr, Andrew was a Member of Canada’s Parliament and a Commissioner with the Canadian Immigration Refugee Board.
He has a keen interest in choral music and has produced several CDs of the leading choirs of Ukraine

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