UCBA Executive

UCBA PresidentPresident and Membership Director: Alex Ilchenko

Alex Ilchenko, C.S. is Chair of the Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring Practice of Pallett Valo LLP and practices exclusively in insolvency and related commercial litigation, with an emphasis on secured and unsecured creditor remedies, commercial bankruptcy, receiverships and commercial restructurings and representing receivers, trustees and court appointed monitors.

woycheshyn_jason copyVice-President, UCPBA and Alberta liaison: Jason Woycheshyn

Jason Woycheshyn's practice is focused on complex litigation including corporate commercial disputes, securities litigation, fraud investigations and recovery and professional negligence matters.  Jason has experience before all courts in Ontario and Alberta, as well as a number of administrative and regulatory boards and tribunals. He has experience in securities regulatory and enforcement matters, shareholder and partnership disputes, auditors' and accountants' liability, directors' and officers' liability, oppression proceedings, derivative actions, and class proceedings. As part of his fraud law practice, Jason has experience in obtaining Mareva injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal orders, Anton Piller orders and assisting in fraud investigations. Jason has special expertise in e-discovery and record management issues in complex litigation and is often asked to lecture on these topics.

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Andy practices exclusively in the area of management-side Employment & Labour Law.  He advises corporate clients on a wide range of human resource issues, including employee discipline and discharge, employment and consulting contracts, workplace investigations, collective agreement administration, obligations of departing employees, and the statutory obligations of employers pursuant to the Employment Standards Act and Ontario Human Rights Code.  He has presented seminars, training programs, and papers on a variety of employment law topics.

Andy has appeared as litigation counsel before the Ontario Courts on wrongful dismissal matters, injunctive proceedings, and occupational health and safety prosecutions.  He has represented employer clients before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Workplace Safety and Insurance Tribunal and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. Andy is also active as a member of the Board of Directors of several not-for-profit organizations. 

nataliaSecretary and Program Director: Natalia Vandervoort 

Natalia has a broad commercial and securities litigation practice with a focus on defending proceedings brought by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), the Joint Serious Offences Team (JSOT), the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA). She has experience with matters involving breaches of contracts, shareholder disputes, investment loss claims, share valuation proceedings and class actions. Natalia holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. While at law school, Natalia defended clients charged with summary offences under the Criminal Code of Canada in her role as a Criminal Division Leader at the Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP). Natalia has also successfully competed in a number of mooting competitions, including the national Corporate and Securities Moot.

greg-cholkan-1Web and Social Media Director: Greg Cholkan

Greg is an associate at Tinti LLP in Muskoka. After completing his law degree at Queen’s University, where he received the Reuben Wells Leonard Prize in Law and Economics, Greg articled in Toronto and was called to the Bar in 2014.

Greg practises in the areas of Wills & Estates, Corporate/Business and Real Estate law.

Greg is particularly interested in estate planning, and his broad business, financial and accounting background has served his local corporate clients well. Clients repeatedly comment on Greg’s practical, no-nonsense and co-operative approach to the practise of law.

Having been a counsellor at Ukrainian scouting camps for many years, Greg developed a love of the outdoors and decided to move north to Muskoka. He plays soccer, writes and records music, and is an avid fisherman. Greg is also a proud owner of a Norwegian Elkhound from Attiwapiskat.

Check out his fishing blog!


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Alexandra Chyczij was unanimously elected and sworn in as President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) on December 8, 2018. Previously, she served as 1st Vice President of the UCC.

Alexandra Chyczij is a committed leader, activist and volunteer, dedicating her efforts to serving the Ukrainian community in Canada. The UCC coordinates and represents the interests of one of Canada’s largest ethnocultural communities (1.35 million). The UCC brings together under one umbrella all the national, provincial and local Ukrainian organizations and has been instrumental in shaping Canada’s social, economic and political landscape.

Alexandra Chyczij is the Executive Director of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA), the national voice of in-house counsel in Canada. With a membership more than 5000-strong, the CCCA is a section of the Canadian Bar Association, the essential ally and advocate of the legal profession in Canada. Prior to that, Alexandra was CEO and Executive Director of The Advocates’ Society, a national not-for-profit association for trial lawyers, judges and advocates. Previously, Alexandra practiced civil litigation.

Alexandra is a member of the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund, which supports the commemoration and recognition of the experiences of ethnocultural communities affected by Internment during WWI. The UCC was one of the leading stakeholders in establishing the Internment Recognition Fund.

Alexandra is an Executive member of the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association, which maintains a national network of lawyers, judges, paralegals and law students of Ukrainian origin in order to create professional opportunities, to mentor law students and young lawyers, to conduct professional development, as well as to assist Ukraine with respect to the development of its legal system.

In 2017, Alexandra co-chaired the Team Invictus Ukraine Gala Event attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Canada) and President Poroshenko (Ukraine), which raised $100,000 for the Defenders of Ukraine Fund, providing aid to Ukrainian veterans of the war with Russia.

Alexandra is co-chair of the Canada-Ukraine Stakeholder Advisory Committee, a forum for consultation between the Government of Canada (Global Affairs Canada) and the Ukrainian Canadian community (represented by UCC). Alexandra was a member of the delegation of Canada’s Minister of International Development, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, on her first visit to Ukraine, in 2018. Minister Bibeau was the first G7 Minister to travel to the line of contact of the war with Russia being fought in eastern Ukraine. In 2016, Alexandra was a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s delegation on the Prime Minister’s visit to Ukraine to witness the signature of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement.

Alexandra is a member of the Fundraising Committee for the Konowal Walk at the Hill 70 Memorial, commemorating the bravery of Cpl. Filip Konowal at the Battle of Hill 70 (August 22, 1917) for which he was recognized with the highest medal of the British Empire, the Victoria Cross. He was the only Ukrainian Canadian ever so distinguished.

For many years, Alexandra has worked with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association on legal issues, advocating for matters affecting the administration of justice, rule of law, human and civil rights. She has conducted research and advocated for recognition of the Holodomor (Ukrainian Famine) as a genocide and for recognition of the unjust internment of Ukrainian Canadians and others in Canada’s first national internment operations during WWI. She has prepared submissions to and appeared before Standing Committees of Parliament and the Ontario Legislature on various issues including Citizenship and Immigration (denaturalization and deportation) and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Emergency Preparedness Act).

Alexandra chaired the Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians in 2010, 2013, and 2016, and has been an election observer on Canadian bilateral missions to Ukraine for several elections.

Alexandra was co-counsel with Justice John Sopinka on the International Commission of Inquiry into the 1932-33 Famine in Ukraine, convened by the World Congress of (Free) Ukrainians in 1988, whose report was delivered to the United Nations.

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Andriy Semotiuk is a U.S. and Canadian immigration lawyer. He is a past President of the Canada Ukraine Foundation, a Forbes Columnist and a former United Nations Correspondent. He is a member of the bars of Ontario, B.C., New York and California.





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Taras is a bilingual (French/English) graduate of McGill University's Law School. Since 2002, Taras practices business law, trademark law and not-for-profit and charity law with Steinberg Title Hope & Israel LLP. For over 20 years Taras has worked with a diverse clientele: local restaurants, ice cream and juice manufacturers and distributors; local pharmacies; advertising agencies; medical professionals; hospitals; Internet start-ups; Board game creators; Life coaches and public speakers, among other interesting clients.

Taras Kulish is a committed community volunteer and advocate. Since 2001, he has been involved with HOPE worldwide of Canada as a director, president of the board, Country Director, and now as the International Relations Officer responsible for International Giving and Disaster Relief. In 2015, Taras will raise awareness in Canada and funds to support orphans and displaced persons in partnership with HOPE worldwide Ukraine.

nahirnyMember at Large and Program Director: Alesia Nahirny

Alesia is a family law lawyer and mediator in Oakville. She runs a client-focused, dispute-resolution oriented law practice helping her clients resolve their separation and divorce issues in a safe and respectful manner. She is also a trained Collaborative Family Law lawyer and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Peel Halton Collaborative Family Law Practice Group and Ontario Association of Family Mediators. Alesia volunteers her time as a Board Member with the Halton Women’s Centre in Oakville.

Prior to moving to Oakville and starting her own law practice, Alesia worked for the Department of Justice in Toronto and Ottawa and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in Ottawa. She has extensive experience in good governance and anti-corruption working for Transparency International in Berlin and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Kyiv. She has also served as a Program Coordinator for the Petro Jacyk Centre for the Study of Ukraine at the University of Toronto and was an elections observer with the Canadian mission in Ukraine for the Presidential elections in 2004 and the Parliamentary elections in 2012. 

Member at Large and Program Director: Bohdan Matsura

Bohdan Matsura, Matsura Law, Personal Injury Law, 2005 Call.

Member at Large: Eugene Zalucky

Founding Partner, Mitchell Bardyn & Zalucky LLP, 1973 Call.

Member at Large and In-House Counsel Liaison: Mark Fedorowycz

Hudson's Bay Company, 2005 Call.

Member at Large and Public Affairs Director: Michael Szubelakshubi

Michael Szubelak works in-house as Corporate Counsel at CACEIS Canada. 

Michael focuses on transactional legal work in the financial industry with a specialty in corporate governance matters. He holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he founded the Osgoode Society for Corporate Governance - a student organization that has collaborated with the International Finance Corporation and the Institute of Corporate Directors on various initiatives.

Michael has also spent considerable time in Ukraine working on international development and charitable projects.