President, Ukrainian World Congress
Eugene CZOLIJ is a Senior Partner at Lavery Lawyers, one of the largest law firms in Quebec operating 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. He began his legal career when he was called to the Quebec Bar in 1982. Mr. Czolij was elected as the President of the Ukrainian World Congress for a five-year term in 2008, and was re-elected for a second term in 2013, while continuing serving on its Board of Directors since 1994. The Ukrainian World Congress is an international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities, which represents the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. 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. Mr. Czolij has been the President of a Ukrainian credit union, the Caisse Populaire Desjardins Ukrainienne de Montréal, since 2006 and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Ukrainian Credit Unions of Canada. Throughout his career, Mr. Czolij was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Order of Merit of Ukraine III Degree, the Commemorative Medal of the President of Ukraine in an honor of the 25 years of the Independence of Ukraine, the Medal of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, and the Shevchenko Medal of 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 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. He is married and has three children - Melania, Stephane and Sophie and two grandchildren - Zachary and Julia.