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.

Andy BTreasurer and Membership Director: Andy Balaura

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 in Barriston's Huntsville office who practices in the areas of real estate, business law, and wills and estates. He completed his law degree at Queen’s University, where he received the Reuben Wells Leonard Prize in Law and Economics. After articling in Toronto, Greg was called to the bar in 2014.

Greg has been involved in numerous asset and share purchase transactions. He is particularly interested in tax, estate planning, and rural real estate matters. Greg has a practical, no-nonsense, co-operative approach to the practise of law, while still being a strong advocate for his clients. 

Having been a counsellor at a scouting organization for many years, Greg developed a love of the outdoors and decided to move north. He plays soccer, enjoys reading, writes music, and is an avid fisherman. 

Check out his fishing blog!


Alex Chyczyj - smEducation and Ukrainian Canadian Congress Liaison Director: Alexandra Chyczij

Alexandra Chyczij is the Executive Director of The Advocates’ Society, a professional association for trial lawyers, with over 5,000 members across Canada.  The Advocates’ Society is Canada’s premier provider of advocacy skills training.  Prior to joining The Advocates’ Society, Alexandra practiced general litigation. Alexandra has served on the boards of many community organizations including the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-National, the Ukrainian Professional & Business Association of Toronto and the Chair of Ukrainian Studies Foundation at the University of Toronto. 

AA-Leading Head ShotMember at Large and Ukrainian American Bar Association Liaison: Andriy Semotiuk

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.





Taras office photos 2014 434b psdMember at Large and Program Director, Quebec Liaison: Taras Kulish

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.