Notice of the Ukrainian Credit Union Limited Annual General Meeting

Nominees for the Board of Directors

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At this year’s Annual General Meeting to be held on April 20, 2021, there are 4 positions open for election to the UCU Board of Directors. Each position is for a (3) three year term.

The nominees for the 4 at-large positions, in last name alphabetical order, are:

Slawko (Yaroslaw) Borys

Slawko (Yaroslaw) Borys was elected to the board in 2013 and has served as Chair since 2019. He is also a member of the Governance Committee.

Mr. Borys has been involved in the Aviation Industry for the last 20 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 Regulatory Affairs for Air Canada’s new airline, Air Canada rouge. As part of the Airline’s senior management start up 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 start up team. With direct oversight and management of the airlines 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 a member of the Board of the Ukrainian National Federation – Toronto Branch.

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.

Bob Diakow

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 past 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.

Elena (Olena) Kroupa

Elena (Olena) Kroupa was born and raised in c. Lviv, Ukraine and immigrated to Canada in the early ‘90s. She became a member of So-Use Credit Union (now UCU) in 1992 and, later, worked there as a part-time teller at the Bloor West branch.

Currently, Elena serves as a Director of Information Systems and Technology Solutions at United Way of Greater Toronto. Furthermore, she fulfills the role of the Data Security Officer and oversees IT Operations, Application Development, and Data Warehouse support teams for the organization. Elena has been driving transformational change through complex corporate initiatives for close to two decades across multiple industries, including marketing and advertising, financial services, insurance, and pharmaceutical.

Elena has been an active member of the Ukrainian community in Toronto and Mississauga. She performed in several community concerts and actively supported various Ukrainian projects through Josyf Cardinal Slipyj school and the Ukrainian Heritage School of St. Nicholas Parish. Also, as a strong advocate for social responsibility, she is an active volunteer and supporter of United Way Greater Toronto and the network of agencies.

Elena holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University, an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business, and a Project Management certificate from Ryerson University. She is an active member of the CIO Association of Canada.

Taras (Walter) Rohatyn

Taras (Walter) Rohatyn has been a Ukrainian Credit Union Ltd. member his entire life, has been a Director with the Board of the Ukrainian Credit Union for the past 5 years (member of the Audit, Membership and Donation and Information Technology Committees) and has an extensive history of involvement in our Ukrainian community both locally and nationally.

He is currently the Chair of the UNF FOUNDATION, as well as the past President of the now dormant Oshawa / Durham Branch of the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada. He is a past Director of the National Executive of the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada, and a past President of the Sudbury and Windsor UNF Branches. Taras is also a past Vice-President of the Ukrainian National Youth Federation, National Executive as well as the retired choreographer and instructor of the Windsor Barvinok Dance School and Ensemble and the Sudbury UNYF Veselka Dance Ensemble.

Taras has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History (minor in English) from Laurentian University, and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Windsor.

Taras has a broad and varied employment background which includes both banking (Scotiabank)and commercial credit (Federal Business Development Bank and Roynat), the provincial government (WSIB Crown Corporation), and numerous not-for-profit charities (physical disabilities, Alzheimer’s, seniors and primary health care). Taras is semi-retired and currently has a consulting business (Your Personal Care and Financial Planner) that assists small businesses or those who may require assistance or are unable to perform tasks with day-to-day financial transactions, life skills and estate planning.

Taras is married to Debbie, has 2 adult children, Stephan (Mike) and Natalia (Boyd) and two grandchildren Bennett and Bree.