Advisory Council


James C. Temerty, C.M.
Advisory Council Chair

Mr. Temerty is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northland Power Income Fund. Previously, Mr. Temerty owned and operated the world’s largest privately held chain of ComputerLand stores. Prior to that, he held numerous positions with IBM in Canada and the US and assisted in the founding of Softchoice Corporation and served as its Chair for 15 years. Mr. Temerty has been an active community leader and has played instrumental roles in philanthropy. He was chairman of the Ukrainian Centennial Fundraising Campaign, a member of the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation Governing Council, Co-Chair of the Havergal College Capital Campaign, a director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation.



Ian Ihnatowycz, B.Sc., M.B.A., C.F.A., C.Dir.
Advisory Council Vice-Chair

Ian Ihnatowycz is President and CEO of First Generation Capital Inc., a private investment holding company. Formerly, Mr. Ihnatowycz was Founder, President and CEO of Acuity Investment Management Inc. and Acuity Funds Ltd. Under his leadership, Acuity was the first Canadian advisor to the UN on the integration of environmental, social and governance factors within investment management and grew to combined assets of over $7.5B.

Mr. Ihnatowycz has been an active community leader and fundraiser, serves on the boards of numerous organizations including Myca Health Inc., Kardium Inc., WellBox Inc., Real Imaging Ltd., Fulcrum Management Solutions Ltd., Acerus Pharmaceuticals Corporation and the Royal Conservatory of Music; and is a member of the Ivey Advisory Board, and the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership Advisory Board of the Ivey Business School.

Honorary distinctions: Mr. Ihnatowycz was named a Chevalier of the Order of Merit, 3rd Class, by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in 2017, has received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Western University (2012), an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy from the Ukrainian Free University in Munich (2009) and is a Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music (2007).

Honourary Members

  • His Eminence Metropolitan Yurij Kalistchuk, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada
  • Most Rev. Lawrence Huculak, OSBM, Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Canada


  • Former Senator Raynell Andreychuk
  • Ms. Delores Buka-Huculak
  • Mr. Borys Chabursky, President – SHI Consulting
  • Dr. Eugene Czolij, Past President – Ukrainian World Congress
  • Mr. Roman S. Dubczak, Managing Director & Head of Global Investment Banking – CIBC World Markets
  • Mr. Paul Grod, President & CEO Rodan Energy Solutions, Past President UCC, Current President Ukrainian World Congress
  • Mr. Andrew Hladyshevsky, Q.C., President – Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko
  • Consul Lubomyr (Mir) Huculak, Honourary Consul of Ukraine in British Columbia
  • Mr. John Iwaniura, President – Caravan Logistics Group Inc.
  • Mr. Jurij Klufas, President – KONTAKT Media Group
  • Ms. Olena Koszarny, Co-founder and CEO – Horizon Capital
  • Mr. Bohdan Kupych, Vice President – KM Core
  • Mr. Roman Medyk, Chairman – Buduchnist Credit Union
  • Mr. George Myhal, President and CEO – Partners Value Investments Inc
  • Mr. Taras Pidzamecky, President – Ukrainian Credit Union
  • Mr. Zenon Potoczny, President – Shelton Canada Corporation
  • Mr. Eugene Roman, Chief Technology Officer  – Canadian Tire Corporation
  • Mr. Arthur Sawchuk, retired chairperson – Manulife Financial Corporation
  • Mr. Fred Shlapak, Chairman – SiGe Semiconductors
  • Mr. Andre Sochaniwsky, Chairman – Ukrainian Credit Union
  • Honourable Mr. Ed Stelmach, former Premier of Alberta
  • Dr. Marta Witer, Ontario Association of Optometrists
  • Mr. Eugene Zaraska, Chairman – ZAK Foundation

The UCC Advisory Council is comprised of prominent and exemplary supporters of the Ukrainian Canadian community who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and have made significant contributions to the community. Members of the Advisory Council are nationally recognized and respected Canadians who provide strategic guidance, expertise and cognitive strengths to help shape the current and future priorities of the Ukrainian Canadian community and who provide meaningful input and support to the UCC as the umbrella organization for one of the most dynamic and influential communities in Canada.

The Advisory Council provides strategic advice to the President and the Executive Committee of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

UCC Advisory Council – Terms of Reference

Roles and Responsibilities

Advisory Council members’ responsibilities include:

  • Strategic advice
  • Fundraising
  • Advocacy
  • Ambassadorship

Each year an Advisory Council meeting will be held to the provide input on the future plans of the Congress, review progress and address strategic questions.  The Advisory Council may hold additional meetings as particular issues develop.


The UCC is governed by its Triennial Congress and between Congresses by its Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  The Advisory Council is not a formal Board of Directors and does not have fiduciary responsibility for the Congress.  This responsibility lies with the Board of Directors of the UCC.  Responsibility for program implementation lies with the UCC staff under the direction of the Executive Director.

Advisory Council members are appointed by the UCC Board of Directors.

Terms and Selection:

Members of the Advisory Council serve for three year renewable terms.  At each UCC Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors will review the composition of Advisory Council and make recommendations for additions or modifications.  An executive committee of the Advisory Council may be formed to provide more frequent support to the Congress.

At any one time, the Congress strives to have 5 to 15 active members on its Advisory Council.  Capabilities of Advisory Council members may include:

  • Government and public relations experience
  • Appreciation of the Ukrainian Canadian community
  • Skills in fundraising or advocacy
  • Understanding of the Canadian and/or Ukrainian political, cultural and social environment
  • Financial, marketing, legal or management expertise
  • Intent on making a positive difference for the Ukrainian Canadian community