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.

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

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 Robinson, a retired Canadian diplomat, had a thirty-six year career in the Canadian foreign service, focusing primarily on the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe.  His Middle East experience consisted of postings in Beirut during the civil war, in Cairo as Counsellor and Chargé d’affaires, and as Ambassador to Jordan, while at Headquarters it included Director General for Africa, Director-General for the Middle East Peace Process, and Director of Middle East Relations Division.  For five years he served on behalf of Canada as Gavel (Chairperson) of the Refugee Working Group in the Multilateral Peace Process.  From 2001 to 2005 Andrew Robinson was Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine, including during the Orange revolution. During his assignment in Ukraine he was actively involved in support of the rule of law and free and fair elections in Ukraine, as well as support for Canadian business and for a closer relationship between Ukraine and western institutions. Subsequently he was Ambassador-in-residence at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre.

In July, 1982, as part of a small team who voluntarily remained on post at the Embassy in West Beirut during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, he was commended in a House of Commons motion for “unflinching devotion to duty”.  In 1991 he was a recipient of the Government of Canada Merit Award for an exceptional and distinguished contribution to the Public Service, in connection with his leadership of the Gulf War Task Force, 1990 – 1991.

In association with Carleton University he developed and taught courses on diplomatic privileges and immunities, the Vienna Convention and consular management to trainee diplomats.  He has also helped to design, develop and deliver peacekeeping and stability operations exercises for training and mentoring of military officers with NATO, the German Bundeswehr, and others.

A graduate of Trent University, Andrew Robinson undertook graduate studies in political science at the University of Manchester and Queen’s University, and attended the Advanced Management Program of the Banff School of Advanced Management.  He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. He has authored a variety of published scholarly or opinion pieces on international affairs.

Andrew Robinson serves or has served on the board of various charitable and not-for-profit organizations, including the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, the National Capital branch of the Canadian International Council, and Ashbury College.

Bohdan Onyschuk is the immediate Past Chair and CEO of the Canada Ukraine Foundation, and a member of the National Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. He is a retired senior partner of Gowling Lafleur Henderson, Canada’s largest national law firm, and is recognized by the Best Lawyers in Canada and the Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers as one of the leading real estate and urban development lawyers in Canada.

Mr. Onyschuk has been actively involved in the community through a number of leadership roles, including as Chairman of the Canadian Urban Institute, founding Chairman and current Vice President of the Canada Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, a Canadian organization whose membership includes most of the major Canadian companies doing business in Ukraine, founding Director of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and Past Director of the Canadian Division of the International Council of Shopping Centres. Mr. Onyschuk represented the Government of Ukraine in Canada on a number of trade and government matters, 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. He 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.

He is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honours Degree in Political Science and Economics, and a Juris Doctor Degree in law. He is the recipient of a number of distinguished 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.

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.

Boris Kishchuk, P. Eng., MBA, CMC is President of EMS Croscan, an engineering and management consulting firm. He served as an adjunct professor at the Centre of International Business Studies at the University of Saskatchewan where he established the U of S – Ukraine MBA program and took U of S MBA student to Ukraine for nine years to conduct a variety of research projects.

He has been and continues to be an executive member of a number of firms and community organization. He served as Chair of the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel. He currently is the Chair of the Canada-Ukraine Centre Inc. which seeks to bridge the scientific, industrial, commercial and educational strengths of Canada with Ukraine and other Eastern European countries.

Victor Hetmanczuk is the President and CEO of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation and a member of the National Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. After spending 30 years in the oil sector working as a Chemical Engineer and Logistician, he filled Executive Positions in the Canadian Charity sector for 13 years. He is currently consulting with a start-up Lubricants Blending Company.

Mr. Hetmanczuk is actively involved with the Ukrainian Canadian community through a number of leadership roles, including as Treasurer of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, and Treasurer of the Ukrainian World Foundation. He served seven years as the founding President of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada Foundation and is a past President of the St.Volodymyr Cultural Centre in Oakville. He served a three year term as a Director of the Ukrainian Care Centre in Toronto. Mr. Hetmanczuk recently visited His All Holiness Bartholomew 1, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul to review the status of Orthodoxy in Ukraine. He has visited Ukraine on a number of occasions seeking business ventures in the oil sector.

Mr. Hetmanczuk is a Graduate of the University of Toronto with two degrees: a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Arts. He was a member of the Logistics Institute. In his spare time, he collects Philatelic material from Western Ukraine during the period 1750 to 1945.

Derek Fraser is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Global Studies and Adjunct Professor for Political Science at the University of Victoria. In these positions, he has supported democratization in Ukraine, given lectures on various topics, organized or contributed to academic and foreign policy conferences, notably on Eastern Europe, Ukraine, failed states, the European Union, and China. He has also commented in the media.

Derek Fraser had a long career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He is a former ambassador to Ukraine, Greece, and Hungary. He also served in Vietnam, Germany, Soviet Union, and Belgium. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, now known as the Canadian International Council, and a former President of the organization’s Victoria Branch.

Mr. Fraser has a B.A. and J.D. from the University of British Columbia and a Certificat d’études françaises from the Université de Montpellier. Besides English, he speaks French, German, and Russian, and is familiar with other languages, including Ukrainian.

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