Notice of Nominations
Nominees to the UCU Board of Directors
2015 Annual General Meeting
The following individuals will be running for the Ukrainian Credit Union Board of Directors at the 71st Annual General Meeting to be held on April 28, 2015, at 6:00pm at the UNF Hall, 145 Evans Avenue in Etobicoke.
The seven candidates are listed in alphabetical order, by last name. All of the candidates are running for four at-large director positions. Each position is for a three year term.
Slawko (Yaroslaw) Borys was elected to the board in 2013 and serves as the chair of the scholarship awards and is a member of the donations, scholarships and member services committee.
Mr. Borys has been involved in the Aviation Industry for the past 13 years, primarily dealing with Flight Operations, Safety & Risk Management and Regulatory Affairs. During his career he has held a number of management positions with Canadian airlines, and is currently Director of Safety, Security and Environment for Air Canada’s new airline, Air Canada rouge. As part of the Airline’s senior management startup team, he is responsible for the overall implementation and management of the Airline’s Safety, Security and Environmental management programs.
Prior to joining Air Canada, Mr. Borys was responsible for Flight Operations at Sunwing Airlines and part of the airline’s startup team. He had direct oversight and management of the airline’s Flight Operations group including pilot hiring, foreign operations, base management, and labour relations. In 2007 Mr. Borys started his own company Horizon Aviation which is North America’s first, open-to-the-public flight simulator centre.
In his personal life, Mr. Borys has been actively involved in the Ukrainian Canadian community, as a member of the Ukrainian National Federation, Sokil Property Owners’ Association and as a representative of the UNF of Canada at the Ukrainian Canadian Congress locally and nationally. Currently, Mr. Borys is President of the Ukrainian National Federation – Toronto Branch, and National Secretary of the UNF Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Executive Committee.
Mr. Borys is a graduate of the Aviation Management program at Georgian College, and has also received professional accreditation in Aviation Risk Management, Safety Management Systems and Quality Auditing.
Mr. Bob Diakow is a retired senior manager with a broad background in manufacturing, wholesale distribution and municipal government in the Information Technology (IT) sector. He is an accomplished award-winning leader who achieves business goals through the use of innovation, process redesign and technology resulting in increased levels of efficiency and effectiveness for the corporation. He has extensive expertise in strategic planning, project management, governance and financial management.
For 25 years Mr. Diakow served on the board of the Ukrainian (St. Catharines) Credit Union before its merger with Ukrainian Credit Union Limited, including ten years as President of the Board. Since the merger with UCU, Mr. Diakow has served on the Branch Advisory Committee.
Mr. Diakow has been active in the Ukrainian community all his life and is currently on the executive of the St. Catharines branch of the Ukrainian National Federation, the Niagara Branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and is the National Vice-President of the UNF Board of Directors. He and his family are parishioners at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Mr. Diakow holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Brock University and a Masters degree in computer science from the University of Waterloo.
Mr. Diakow respectfully believes that he has the experience, desire and time to help Ukrainian Credit Union continue to grow, prosper and serve the Ukrainian community.
Mr. Oleh Marianchuk has been a member of UCU and the former So-Use Credit Union for nearly 20 years. He has served on the executive of the Ukrainian Students Club at the University of Toronto as Vice-President and External Affairs Chair and is a member and server of the St. Volodymyr Orthodox church. He is also an active member of the Prolisok Ukrainian Youth Ensemble. Mr. Marianchuk's other community involvements include having served as President and Treasurer of the UofT Psychology Students Association, co-founding of the Graduate Management Consulting Association, and co-founding of HomeworkAid, a program providing free tutoring for elementary school children.
Mr. Marianchuk holds a Master's degree in Innovation Management from the University of Toronto and specializes in business strategy. He has worked at our Bloor West branch as a Member Service Representative and at our head office as an analyst in Operations. While in the strategy and operational effectiveness unit at Morneau Shepell, Mr. Marianchuk worked with senior management to develop organic growth strategies for the publicly traded company.
Mr. Marianchuk believes that the success and tremendous growth of UCU is the result of the hard work of a Ukrainian community that came together to support one another. He hopes to unite the younger generations to support the success that previous generations have achieved for us.
Lieutenant-Colonel Zenon Myshkevich, CD, BSc. MDS has been a member of UCU Limited and the former So-Use Credit Union for over 50 years. He has four decades of senior leadership and management experience in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as a senior military officer, with expertise in business planning, human resources management, recruiting and selection. In his last assignment at the National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, he served as the Air Force Chief Engineering Officer, entrusted with an $800 million budget as well as a critical Air Force performance management programme that supported military operations world-wide.
He is a distinguished graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, the Canadian Forces College, and Ryerson University. He holds a BSc. in Applied Science, a Master’s degree in Defence Studies, and a certificate in Human Resources Management. He has invested in a programme of continuing education wherein he has completed numerous academic and professional courses in areas such as strategic planning, organizational behavior and human factors engineering.
Zenon’s early childhood in Toronto was influenced by strong Ukrainian community involvement in church (St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Church), Ukrainian youth movement (CYMK), and Ukrainian cultural organizations (St. Vladimir Institute). His career in the Canadian military has taken him from Victoria, BC to Summerside, PEI, and as north as Canada’s most northern base, Alert, NWT. As much as possible, he and his wife Lida have tried to maintain contact with Ukrainian community groups, churches, and Ukrainian schools during their frequent postings. Zenon and Lida’s two children, Andriy and Christina have had the tremendous opportunity of attending Ukrainian school programmes across Canada, most recently at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic School in Etobicoke.
Currently, Zenon holds the position of Curriculum Development Officer at the Canadian Forces College where he is involved in executive-level professional development for the Canadian Forces. Over the past year, he has become involved in developing links with Ukraine’s military and supporting expanded collaboration between the Canadian Forces College and senior level Ukrainian military professional education organizations. Zenon is a regular participant in the annual Ukrainian Remembrance Day ceremony in Toronto and other local Ukrainian community events. He is also a member of the Ukrainian War Veterans' Association of Canada. The entire Myshkevich family has supported numerous Ukrainian organizations across Canada, and now that Zenon’s military career has stabilized, they are focused upon Ukrainian organizations in the Toronto area.
Zenon’s motivation in applying for a board position stems from his commitment to serve. Serving in Canada’s military for three decades has reinforced his belief in the value of service to country before self, and this personal belief is now ready for migration into the UCU domain. Zenon believes it is time to expand and broaden his scope of support for the Ukrainian community. An ideal way to do this would be to become more involved in the strategic level oversight of an organization that he believes in, supports, and uses as a long-time client. Zenon's unique and diverse military career would add tremendously to the Board of Directors of UCU and would aid the board in its focus on maintaining core values as well as positioning UCU for future growth.
Mr. Oleksyshyn joined our credit union over 25 years ago and has served as a member of our Credit Committee since 1998, as a member of the Audit Committee since 2005 and to which he was appointed chair in 2008, and reappointed in 2009.
Currently, Mr. Oleksyshyn is Category Manager, Network Core Strategic Procurement Services at Rogers Communications.
Prior to this, he was managing Director of MNO Procurement Solution Practice, Senior Manager, Global OEM Hardware and Software Licensing at Nortel Networks, held various other roles within Supply Chain including Manager of Offshore Software Outsourcing, and he was Assistant Branch Manager at the Bank of Montreal.
Mr. Oleksyshyn is a member from our Mississauga Branch and an active member of St. Mary’s Dormition parish on Cawthra in Mississauga. He continues to participate as a volunteer supporting various fund raising events.
In addition to his work in the Ukrainian community, Mr. Oleksyshyn has been involved in United Way’s Days of Caring program with Seniors at Storefront Humber Centre, and was an active member of Big Brothers of Peel for 15 years.
Mr. Oleksyshyn holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and a MBA. He also is a certified APIC member (American Association of Production and Inventory Control). He has taken CUDA courses to supplement his knowledge as a Committee member.
Mr. Jerry (Jaroslaw) Pryshlak is retired. He has experience in various jobs and capacities. He owned his own retail business in St. Catharines, Ontario, and was the Business Manager of the Niagara YMCA, where he worked in accounting and project management. He also spent many years at General Motors working in the construction division, and was involved in the co-ordination and execution of many large projects.
For 18 years, Mr. Pryshlak served on the Board of the Ukrainian (St. Catharines) Credit Union before its merger with Ukrainian Credit Union Limited. Of the 18 years, three years were as President of the Board. He also served on the Supervisory Committee as member and chair. Since the merger with UCU, Mr. Pryshlak has served on various committees, and has been the Secretary of the Board of UCU for the last five years. He sits on the Supervisory Committee of the Council of the Ukrainian Credit Unions of Canada.
Mr. Pryshlak has been active in the Niagara Ukrainian community all his life, as a member of Plast, musician for the Dunai Dance Ensemble, member of various committees for the community, and a member of St. John Ukrainian Catholic Church council. He is the secretary of the St. Catharines UNF Branch.
Mr. Pryshlak holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from Brock University, has participated in the CUDA training for Directors, and has completed the Professional Directors Program with Level Five. He has attended numerous credit union conferences and seminars to maintain his skills and knowledge of the credit union system. Mr. Pryshlak believes that strong governance is the way to a strong Ukrainian Credit Union!
Mr. Andrew Rupf has been actively involved in the Credit Union movement, mortgage brokering, and banking sector for over 15 years. He has an excellent knowledge of the mortgage industry and his experiences have touched on many aspects within the industry including lending, strategy, and computing technology. Mr. Rupf is a familiar face to many members at Ukrainian Credit Union Limited. He served three terms on UCU’s Credit Committee starting back in 2001. Since his Credit Committee days, he has continued staying involved with UCU, albeit in a less formal capacity. Andrew has routinely been spotted at UCU branches on Saturday mornings chatting with staff and members on all things UCU.
During his days as a mortgage broker, Mr. Rupf worked with many families and real estate investors in obtaining mortgages for their homes and properties. He also assisted businesses with their financing needs. He intimately knows the difference between an average and an exceptional mortgage experience. He wants to ensure that all members (and future members) are always treated to an exceptional mortgage experience. Never shy in sharing insights and experiences, Mr. Rupf has routinely been invited to speak at conferences and seminars on mortgage strategies and software technology in the banking industry. He is especially sought after for his expert knowledge in group mortgage benefits. Given the prominence that technology is now playing in the operation of UCU and the industry at large, Mr. Rupf’s knowledge and most recent experience in this area will be of value for UCU’s membership. In his current position as Senior Business Consultant at IBM Canada, he has led teams in implementing back office software systems for several large banks and financial institutions.
Mr. Rupf holds both a Professional Engineering license and a Mortgage Broker license within the province of Ontario. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering. He has also completed the Credit Union Director Achievement (Level A) course. Mr. Rupf looks forward to serving the members of Ukrainian Credit Union Limited.
Annual General Meeting
The 71th Annual General Meeting of Ukrainian Credit Union Limited will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at the UNF Hall, 145 Evans Avenue, Toronto at 6:00 p.m.
Please reserve your complimentary dinner tickets before April 20, 2015 at 416.922.4407 ext. 2 or 3, to guarantee your place for dinner.