Ukrainian Canadian Congress Welcomes its New CEO

New chief executive officer (CEO) of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Ihor Hnatiw Michalchyshyn

Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Ottawa.

Ukrainian Canadian Congress President Paul Grod on July 27 announced the appointment of Ihor Hnatiw Michalchyshyn as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

In his new role, which begins September 6, Mr. Michalchyshyn will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the UCC’s operations, including government relations and community programming. The CEO will implement the UCC’s strategic plan, recommend policy direction to achieve the goals and further the mission of the organization, and support its programming, events and educational programs. He will also be responsible for managing the offices of the UCC in Ottawa and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“UCC was very fortunate to have received a number of very qualified applications for our most senior executive role,” stated Mr. Grod. “We are very excited to have Ihor take on this key leadership role at UCC. He has an impressive depth and breadth of organizational and political experience. As an active volunteer, he also brings a solid understanding of the Ukrainian Canadian community and ability to effectively engage donors and volunteers. I would like to thank and congratulate Slawko Borys and the UCC Search Committee for their effective work in soliciting applications, interviewing and selecting a very capable CEO.”

With over a decade of working within government at senior levels, Mr. Michalchyshyn brings to the UCC experience in the areas of public policy, strategic planning, community organizing and advocacy. Mr. Michalchyshyn held a number of senior positions with the government of Manitoba, as chief of staff to the premier of Manitoba. His responsibilities included developing outreach relationships with stakeholder groups, overseeing staff development, and helping to manage the political, public policy, communications and legislative priorities of government.

He has a long record of involvement within the Ukrainian Canadian community. He is a scout leader with Plast Ukrainian Scout Association and a long-time choir member of Melos Folk Ensemble (Winnipeg), and has just completed two terms on the board of Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Education Center. He has served on both the Manitoba and Canadian boards of Plast, as a volunteer with Help Us Help the Children in Ukraine and as an international elections monitor in eastern Ukraine.

Mr. Michalchyshyn was educated at the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba, focusing his studies in the areas of politics and public administration. He will be relocating from Winnipeg to Ottawa to work in the UCC national office this fall.

“I am both humbled and honored by this opportunity to provide leadership to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress,” stated Mr. Michalchyshyn. “I am looking forward to working with all of our dynamic community organizations, dedicated volunteers and talented staff at the UCC. We have a very vibrant community, dedicated supporters, loyal donors and committed partners that I’m sure will continue to ensure UCC remains a driving force in Canada and around the world.”

Mr. Michalchyshyn succeeds Taras Zalusky, who stepped down as executive director and CEO for a senior position with the federal government. The board of directors expressed gratitude to Mr. Zalusky for his six years of service.

The UCC also thanked and recognized Olya Grod, who was seconded from the Ukrainian National Federation to serve as the UCC’s interim executive director, and noted that she “masterfully managed a very ambitious UCC agenda during the transition,” including preparation for the triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians to be held in Regina, Saskatchewan, on September 29-October 2.

The chief executive officer of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress reports to the president and executive committee of the UCC, and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives.

For the past 75 years, the UCC has represented the interests of the Ukrainian Canadian community before the people and government of Canada. The UCC coordinates and unifies all major Ukrainian Canadian organizations, promotes linkages with Ukraine, and identifies and addresses the needs of the Ukrainian community in Canada to ensure it continues to flourish and enhance Canada’s socio-cultural fabric.