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Nominees for the Board of Directors

Кандидати до Ради Директорів 

Meet the candidates running for our board of directors at this year’s AGM. 

This year there are 4 positions open for the Board of Directors. Three (3) Directors will each be elected to a three-year (3-year) term; and one (1) Director who is ordinarily resident in the City of Hamilton, the Regional Municipality of Halton, the Town of Caledonia, or the Town of Grimsby will be elected to a three-year (3-year) term. 

The nominees for the 3 at-large positions are:

Taras Hetmanczuk

Taras Hetmanczuk graduated from the University of Toronto (Hon BSc) and Wilfred Laurier University (MBA) and has over 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles at large corporations. He is an active member of the Ukrainian Canadian community, starting as a counselor for PLAST Ukrainian Youth Association and continuing to serve this past summer as a camp Director. In the past he served as President of the University of Toronto Ukrainian Students Club and later as the President of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association of Toronto. Taras resides in Etobicoke, with his wife Laryssa and sons Maksym and Nicholas.


William Roman

I have been a lifelong member of Ukrainian Credit Union and often listened to my dad Eugene talk about all the great things the company does for the community. This sparked my interest in joining the board of directors. I believe I have many key skills to help the company serve its members and the Ukrainian hromada.

The combination of my undergraduate business studies, graduate studies and practical experience in the wine business offers me a unique perspective on customer service and business operations. My work focuses on the applying innovative ideas and cost-efficient practices at Rosewood Winery where I am the General Manager. Digital marketing, operational effectiveness, customer channel development, leading a team and unique product branding are but a few of the areas I drive. I have been an active member of the Ukrainian community via Plast, Ukrainian School and most recently as part of the Ukrainian Professional and Business Association.  

Ukrainian Credit Union has been part of family life for as long as I can remember. I’d like to pay it forward by serving as a member of the board in supporting the mission to Build Community as the future unfolds.


Orest Sklierenko 

Orest Sklierenko is a successful and experienced sales and marketing professional who has worked at global leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, Orest is well respected for his leadership capability, strategic planning expertise and passion for delivering results. Orest's successes in industry include leading the launches of a novel, highly specialized therapy for an ultra-orphan blood disorder, and a blockbuster drug for advanced cancer patients. Orest co-founded and launched Men's Health Solutions, a company focused on the optimization of patient outcomes in male-specific diseases, which evolved to become Canada's largest network of male health clinics.

Orest has also worked as a healthcare consultant, helping clients evaluate and re-focus their strategic plans and programs. His past clients include multi-national pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, professional associations, healthcare start-ups, specialty and community pharmacies, and medical partnerships as well as individual healthcare practitioners. He is currently a member of the Oncology team at Sanofi Genzyme Canada, helping bring new cancer therapies to Canadian patients.

Orest has dedicated a significant amount of his time volunteering for community organizations. His volunteerism has included advocacy, oversight, and fundraising support in the areas of education, arts, heritage, community building and humanitarian causes.

Orest is a member of the board of directors at the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko (2016-present) where he has played central roles on the governance and communications committees, as well as the launch of several novel initiatives including the MITACS and REACH programs, and the inaugural TRYZUB Awards Gala.

Orest is the incoming president of the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (June 2020) and looks forward to leading this important institution as it sets its course for future generations of continued success.

Orest’s ability to align a diverse set of stakeholders around a common cause and come to a mutually agreeable solution has been demonstrated on several education and arts-related issues over the past decade.


The nominee for the position reserved for a resident in the City of Hamilton, the Regional Municipality of Halton, the Town of Caledonia, or the Town of Grimsby is: 

Dr. Natalia Lishchyna

Dr. Natalia Lishchyna has been a proud credit union member for over forty years at United Ukrainian Credit Union Ltd in Hamilton, So-Use Credit Union in Mississauga and Ukrainian Credit Union Ltd (UCU) when these credit unions merged in 2010 and 2012, respectively. She was elected to the UCU Board in 2017 and has served as the Governance and Nominating Committee Chair for two years and currently is the 1st Vice Chair. She has completed the Director Education Program at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and received her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Natalia has been an active member of the Ukrainian community in Hamilton, Mississauga and currently where she resides in Oakville, Ontario. She was elected as a Member of Council for the Town of Oakville in a 2015 by-election and acclaimed for a four-year term in the 2018 municipal elections. She has over 20 years of experience working in the health care sector. She is an Assistant Professor at CMCC and has presented her research at conferences in Australia, Europe, South America and South Africa.

On a personal note, Natalia has been married to Taras for 25 years and they have two wonderful children.