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Eugene Czolij
President, Ukrainian World Congress

Eugene Czolij was called to the Quebec Bar in 1982 and is a senior partner at Lavery, de Billy, one of the largest law firms in Quebec, with more than 200 lawyers. His legal practice includes corporate and commercial litigation, as well as insolvency and financial restructuring law. He pleads before the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as all court levels in Quebec.

In 2008, he was elected as President of the Ukrainian World Congress for a five-year term, and was re-elected for a second term in 2013. The Ukrainian World Congress is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the diaspora representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. The Ukrainian World Congress has member organizations in 34 countries and ties with Ukrainians in 15 additional countries. Founded in 1967, the Ukrainian World Congress was recognized in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non‑governmental organization with special consultative status.

Since 2006, he has been the President of the Caisse populaire Desjardins Ukrainienne de Montréal (a Ukrainian credit union), as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Ukrainian Credit Unions of Canada. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Council of Representatives, East of Montreal, of the Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec, the largest cooperative financial group in Canada. 

He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress since 1994 and of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute Foundation since 2005.

He has received several awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Order of Merit of Ukraine, and the Shevchenko Medal from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.

Since 2012, he has been listed in Best Lawyers, one of the oldest and most respected publications in the legal profession, in his practice areas. 

In 2016, he received an honorary doctorate from Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine for his contribution to promoting Ukraine’s interests and its Euro-integration.

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