Mr 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. His legal practice includes corporate and commercial litigation as well as insolvency and financial restructuring. He pleads before the Supreme Court of Canada, and all court levels in Quebec.
In 2008, Mr Czolij was elected as President of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) 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. UWC has a network of member organisations with Ukrainians in 53 countries. Founded in 1967, UWC was recognised in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organisation with special consultative status.
Since 2006, Mr Czolij has been President of the Caisse populaire Desjardins Ukrainienne de Montréal (a Ukrainian credit union), and 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. Furthermore, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute Foundation.
Mr Czolij 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 III Degree, the Commemorative Medal of the President of Ukraine – ‘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.
In 2016, Mr Czolij received an honorary doctorate from Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine for his contribution to promoting Ukraine’s interests and its Euro-integration.
This public lecture is presented by the ANU Centre for European Studies (ANUCES). ANUCES is an initiative involving six ANU Colleges (Arts & Social Sciences; Law; Business & Economics; Asia & the Pacific; Medicine, Biology & Environment, and Engineering & Computer Science) co-funded by ANU and the European Union.