Andre Sochaniwsky, Chair
Mr. Andre Sochaniwsky has been a member of Ukrainian Credit Union Limited for almost three decades and was first elected to the UCU Board in 2009. He was appointed to the position of Chair of the Board in April 2013. He also serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee and member of the Governance Committee. Prior to that, he was Board Vice-Chair and Chair of the Budget and the Donations, Sponsorship, Scholarships and Marketing and Executive and Governance committees. He brings with him two decades of business technology management experience, including a significant system delivery and governance capability. He also has a successful operational leadership track record as a commissioned officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Mr. Sochaniwsky holds the position of Director, Finance and Supply Fulfillment Systems Delivery at a leading Canadian telecommunications company. He is responsible for the successful planning and delivery of the company’s multi-million-dollar finance, supply fulfillment and compliance system work program, which includes post-acquisition corporate integration and other essential and transformational programs.
For ten years, prior to his current employment, Mr. Sochaniwsky was a management consultant, specializing in business process re-engineering and systems integration (ERP) 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 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 board work at the UCU Limited, Mr. Sochaniwsky serves on the Re
membrance Committee of the Toronto Branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). He is President of the Ukrainian War Veterans Association of Canada. He also Chairs the World War II Documentary Committee at the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre.
Mr. Andre 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 has earned a Project Management Certificate from the University of Toronto. He also holds the PMP (Project Management Professional) from the Project Management Institute. He has completed all 3-levels of the CUDA (Credit Union Director Accreditation) program. In addition, he obtained the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from The Directors College (a collaboration agreement between DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada).