Canada-Ukraine Foundation



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.

Bohdan Romaniuk is a lawyer, economist and an experienced business executive having held a number of senior executive positions in both very large and smaller enterprises over a business career spanning 30 years. Bohdan remains active in a number of business ventures, and chairs the Boards and/or Audit Committees of both publicly listed and private companies involved in oil and gas exploration, high speed computing and biotechnology. He was appointed a part-time Commissioner of the Alberta Utilities Commission in October 2012 pursuant to an Order-in-Council of the Alberta government. Bohdan received his B.A. (Honours) in Economics from the University of Alberta, an M.A. and Ph.D. (a.b.d.) in Economics from Queen’s University and an LL.B. from the University of Toronto.

Between 2001 and 2012, Bohdan served on the Investment Committee of the Shevchenko Foundation. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the Calgary Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association since 2007 and has been President since 2011. Bohdan was an active member of SUSK in the mid-1970s and has been involved in the Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada in various capacities since 1962.

Bohdan is a member of the International Telecommunications Society, where he has held the position of Secretariat since 2005, after serving 10 years on the Board of Directors. He also served for several years on the Board of the Calgary Opera Association. He has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) since 1988. Bohdan is also an avid fly fisherman and maintains a lifelong interest in amateur astronomy.

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.

Roman Petryshyn is the director of the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre (URDC) at Grant MacEwan College where he holds the Drs. Peter and Doris Kule Chair in Ukrainian Community and International Development. He holds a Phd. in Sociology of Race and Ethnic Relations from the University of Bristol, England and a Diploma in Social Sciences from the University of Birmingham, as well as a Masters and Bachelor degrees in Clinical psychology from Lakehead University. He has worked as a Research Associate in the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, and with the Governments of Ontario (Citizenship Branch) and Alberta (Cultural Heritage) where he was engaged in multicultural programming. His research and publications focus on the integration of Ukrainian minorities in Britain and Canada. He edited Changing Realities: Social Trends Among Ukrainian Canadians and has contributed articles to several published compilations.

Since 1991 he has been actively engaged in structuring and delivering technical assistance projects in Ukraine and Russia through Grant MacEwan College’s representative office. He was Project Manager for the “Agricultural Curriculum” and the “Agri-Business Learning Materials” projects (1991-95); coordinator of research for the study “Reform of the Novosibirsk Health Care System”; Manager of the “Yamalo-Nanetsk and Tyumen Organizational Readiness” project in 1996-97; and co-director of the “Canadian Business Management Project in Ukraine” (1997-2000) and the “Health Education Learning Project” in Russia (2000-04). Currently he is active in the Canada Ukraine Reasearch Team, administered jointly with the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta studying and improving the educational services available to children with disabilities in public schools of Alberta and Ukraine.

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.

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.

Yaroslav Baran is a partner with the Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Ottawa’s oldest public affairs consultancy.  He joined Earnscliffe following a long and accomplished career in the federal political arena.  He co-manages Earnscliffe’s communications practice, and is also heavily involved in public policy development projects for a broad range of clients and sectors.

The Hamilton, Ontario, native has lived in Ottawa since 1997.  He worked for several years as a House of Commons proceduralist in the Office of the Chief Opposition Whip before embarking on a career in political communications.  He managed the press office of the Office of the Leader of the Opposition for numerous years, served as Director of Communications in former prime minister Stephen Harper’s leadership campaign, and ran “war room” communications for the conservative Party through three successive election campaigns – in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Mr. Baran currently serves as President of the Ottawa chapter of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.  He has a lifetime of involvement in the Ukrainian Youth Association, is also active with the League of Ukrainian Canadians in Ottawa, Euromaidan Ottawa, and is on the advisory committee for Buduchnist Credit Union in Ottawa.

He is also on the board of directors of the Parliamentary Centre, an Ottawa-based NGO focused on capacity-building and democratic development internationally.  Mr. Baran has organized, managed and run democracy promotion projects on four continents, including a leadership role in four Canadian election observation missions to Ukraine.

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.

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