Notice of Nominations

The following individuals will be running for positions on the Ukrainian Credit Union Board of Directors at the 69th Annual General Meeting to be held on April 29, 2014, 6:00pm at the UNF Hall 145 Evans Avenue in Etobicoke.

The candidates are listed in alphabetical order, by last name in the category of seat for which they are running.

Nominees running for the two (2) at-large positions:

Walter Kish (Володимир Кісь)  

Andrew Rupf (Андрій Рупф)  

Andre Sochaniwsky (Андрій Соханівський)  

Nominees running for the one (1) position set aside for a representative of the former So-Use Credit Union:
Borden Osmak (Богдан Осьмак)  

Nominees running for the one (1) position reserved for the City of Hamilton, the Regional Municipality of Halton, or the Towns of Caledonia or Grimsby:  
Peter Szlichta (Петро Шліхта)  


Nominee Biographies 

Walter Kish (Володимир Кісь)

Mr. Walter Kish has been a member of the credit union for over 40 years. In 2000, he was elected to the credit union’s Audit Committee and became its Chair in 2003. He has served on the Credit Union’s Board for the past five years.  From 2004 to 2006 Mr. Kish moved to Ukraine to manage a Canadian government CIDA foreign aid project aimed at helping strengthen the credit union system in Ukraine.
Mr. Kish graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1973 specializing in Mathematics and Computer Science and has worked for a number of large multinational companies in senior management positions, including Senior Project Manager with Celestica, Regional Operations Manager with Xerox, Vice President and General Manager with Allied Van Lines, Ukraine Country Manager with Seagram, and Manager, Project Delivery with the Ontario Ministry of Government Services.  Currently, he is working as a Project Management Consultant on a contract basis.
Mr. Kish has an extensive record of involvement with the Ukrainian community both locally, nationally and internationally.  He is a former President and currently an Executive Member of the Oshawa Branch of the UNF, a former President and Vice-President of the Durham Region Branch of the UCC (KYK), a regular columnist with The New Pathway (Noviy Shliakh) newspaper, a Director of the Canada Ukraine Foundation, a member of the Parish Council of the St. John’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Oshawa, and a Director of the Ukrainian Journalists Association of North America. He is a past National President of the Ukrainian National Youth Federation of Canada.
In 2010 Mr. Kish received the Shevchenko Medal from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress for his lifetime contribution to Ukrainian Community Development.

Borden Osmak (Богдан Осьмак)

Mr. Borden Osmak joined the UCU Board of Directors from So-Use Credit Union, where he served since 2006. He has been a member of Ukrainian Credit Union Limited since 1992.

Mr. Osmak, and his spouse Jeanne, have three children, Katrusha, Nicholas and Evanka. The family are members of St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Mr. Osmak served on the Parish board for six years, four of those as a member of the Audit Committee.

Mr. Osmak holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from the University of Windsor, and an MBA (Finance) from McMaster University in Hamilton. He also attended International Banking courses at St. Andrews University, Scotland.

He brings 33 years of financial experience with the Bank of Nova Scotia, in both Toronto and New York. As Managing Director/SVP Mr. Osmak was responsible for the Scotia Bank's corporate loan portfolios in the following sectors: Industrial, Consumer, Real Estate and Forestry.

Mr. Osmak was a founding Director of the Toronto Raptors basketball team, helping to bring the NBA to Canada in the mid-1990s.

Presently, he is a Director of Scotia Investments Ltd. in Halifax and is the chairman of its Audit Committee.

Andrew Rupf (Андрій Рупф)


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 3 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 knows intimately 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.

Andre Sochaniwsky (Андрій Соханівський)

Mr. Andre Sochaniwsky has been a member of the UCU for over twenty-five years and was first elected to the board in 2009.  He is the current Chair of the Board and also chairs the Executive and Governance Committees.  Prior to that, he was the Board Vice-Chair and Chair of the Budget and the Donations, Sponsorship, Scholarships and Marketing and Budget Committees.  He brings with him over fifteen years of business technology management experience, including a significant system delivery and governance capability.  He also has a successful operational leadership track record as a former commissioned officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Currently, Mr. Sochaniwsky holds the position of Director, Finance and Supply Fulfillment Systems Delivery at a leading Canadian telecommunications company, where he has worked since May 2008.  He is responsible for the successful planning and delivery of the company’s multi-million dollar finance and supply fulfillment system work program, which has included the company’s system migration to IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) Harmonized Sales Tax, post-merger integration of large corporate acquisitions and other essential and transformational programs.

For ten years, prior to his current employment, Mr. Sochaniwsky was a management consultant, specializing in systems integration for large manufacturing companies. While in that position, he had the opportunity to work with numerous Fortune 500 companies throughout North America, contributing to the success of their system implementations.

Andre also served as an Air Combat Systems Officer in the RCAF for 13 years.  He commanded a maritime patrol air crew tasked with ocean surveillance and reconnaissance and the detection and tracking of nuclear submarines and accumulated 2200 hours of flight time.  He was awarded with three military medals for service to Canada, including one for air patrol operations in the Adriatic Sea during the Yugoslavian conflict.

In addition to his UCU Limited Board work, Mr. Sochaniwsky serves on the Remembrance Committee of the Toronto Branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC).  He is also an active parent volunteer of the St. Sofia Byzantine Catholic School Council.  He is a member of the Ukrainian National Federation (UNF), the Ukrainian War Veterans Organization and Plast and parishioner of St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church.  Professionally, he is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Mr. Sochaniwsky received his Bachelor of Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada and his Master of Business Administration from the Ivey Business School at Western University.  He has completed the Canadian Securities Course and the Project Management Certificate program from the University of Toronto.  He also holds the PMP (Project Management Professional) designation and has successfully completed the CUDA (Credit Union Director Accreditation) Level B training.

Peter Szlichta (Петро Шліхта)

Peter Szlichta was elected to the UUCU Board in 2006. He performed duties as Secretary and member of the strategic planning committee. Upon the merger of UCU and UUCU he was appointed to the UCU board as advisory member till 2013. Mr. Szlichta brings 33 years of business management experience in the Toronto high rise condo development industry. His experiences include management oversight of all activities of the development process including design oversight, project management, and construction management overlooking the execution / oversight of project operations. In the later 1970s Mr. Szlichta worked in USA Midwest region as Supt. on major industrial projects for Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and American Motors.

Mr. Szlichta joined the UUCU in 1976 and has been an active member of the credit union for 37 years and served on UUCU Board strategic planning committee from 2007-2012

In 2007 he became Director of Construction for Aspen Ridge Homes (High Rise Division) a division of Con- Drain and Metrus to create a new high rise division alongside the existing single family home division. Prior to this, Mr. Szlichta held a position in management at Monarch Homes (High Rise Div). A member of a selected core group, who created, developed and managed the high rise dept at Monarch.

Mr. Szlichta obtained a degree in Architectural Engineering. Supplemented knowledge with courses in real estate, construction management.

Nominations are now closed. See you at our AGM!

Annual General Meeting

The 70th Annual General Meeting of Ukrainian Credit Union Limited will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at the UNF Hall, 145 Evans Avenue, Toronto at 6:00 p.m.

Please reserve your complimentary dinner tickets before April 13, 2014 at 416.922.4407 ext. 2 or 3, to guarantee your place for dinner.


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