Canada-Ukraine Foundation

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Welcome

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.

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.

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.

Major Oksana Kuzyshyn graduated from McGill University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts (Economics).  She joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985 and completed her training as a Logistics Supply Officer. 

Oksana deployed with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), Israel as the Supply Platoon Officer from 1998 – 1999.  Upon her return, she was posted to Area Support Unit (ASU) Calgary where she was the Deputy Commanding Officer.  In 2000 she was promoted to the rank of Major and was posted to Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies (CFSAS) Winnipeg as a staff officer.  Major Kuzyshyn transferred to the Reserve Force in January 2001 and worked as the G4 Operations Officer 41 Canadian Brigade Group in Calgary.  In September 2003, Oksana moved to Toronto and held a number of positions at Land Force Central Area. She deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in May 2004 and worked as the Logistics Plans Officer with the Stabilization Force (SFOR) headquarters in Sarajevo.  In 2008, her husband’s career had the family moving back to Calgary, where Major Kuzyshyn returned to 41 CBG as the Community Affairs Officer. After the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, she deployed to the military headquarters of United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) as the U4 Logistics Operations Officer.  Oksana is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Oksana has been working for the Federal Government as a contracts officer since her retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces in May 2014. 

Oksana and her husband John moved to Montreal in 2017, where they plan to retire. Oksana is a member of the Ukrainian Youth Association CYM, a board member of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, an active member of the Ukrainian community in Montreal, and currently is the President of the League of Ukrainian Canadian Women.

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 in 2019, after leading the Education Committee at UCC Toronto (2014-2018). 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.

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.

Peter Sochan has an M.B.A. and B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of several corporations and a Member of several Corporate Boards

In Ukraine, Peter was a member of the Secretariate of the Council of Advisors to the Presidium of the Parliament of Ukraine and the International Centre for Policy Studies and advised the government on economic and financial services legislation. He also advised the State Export Import Bank on the negotiation of terms, conditions and documentation for loans and bank lines of credit obtained by Ukraine from foreign governments and supranational financial agencies. He advised and assisted the National Bank of Ukraine and commercial banks in the development, drafting and implementation of prudential regulatory reporting under International Accounting and Auditing Standards. He was also responsible for coordination of agricultural economic reform and advisory services for a USAID financed project where he advised the Ukrainian government and the private sector.

Peter developed and taught MBA banking and finance courses at International Management Institute (IMI) in Kyiv, developed training courses, and lectured on economics, finance and banking for the World Bank, the European Union-TACIS Center for Privatization, the Institute for Public Management and Government and KPMG Barents.

Peter has been involved as a Long Term Observer for the CUF Election Observer Mission in Ukraine in 2012 and as Chief Observer for the Ukrainian World Congress for reruns of parliamentary elections in 2013.

Peter has been involved in Ukrainian Canadian community organizations including parish councils, as an executive member of local Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Clubs, and social services and a senior citizen’s home and community care centre.

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