Canada-Ukraine Foundation



Oleg Holowaty is President of Holcor Associates Inc., a valued IBM Business partner focusing on Business Continuity and Resiliency Services. He has over 20 years of experience in the computer and telecommunications industries.

He has been active in community organizations for many years. He currently serves as Director and Vice-President, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada Foundation and President of St Cyril & Methodios Fellowship. He is Past President of Ukrainian Canadian Social Services (Toronto) Inc.

Oleg has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto.

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.

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.

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.

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