3 September 2013
On 22 August 2013, delegates to the X Ukrainian World Congress re-elected Eugene Czolij for a second five-year term as President of the Ukrainian World Congress.
Eugene Czolij, an attorney by profession, was called to the Quebec (Canada) Bar in 1982 and is a senior partner at Lavery, de Billy, one of the largest law firms in Quebec, with more than 170 lawyers. His legal practice includes corporate and commercial litigation, shareholder oppression remedies, the insolvency of significant corporations, banking litigation and class action suits. He pleads before the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as all court levels in Quebec.
Eugene Czolij was first elected President of the Ukrainian World Congress in 2008. Throughout his first term of office he has dedicated himself to promoting Ukraine’s Euro-integration and the human and national rights of all Ukrainians, regardless of their country of residence.
The UWC is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the diaspora representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. The UWC has member organizations in 33 countries and ties with Ukrainians in 14 additional countries. Founded in 1967 as a non-profit corporation, the UWC was recognized in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status.