Speakers

Hon. Thomas Lukaszuk

Thomas Lukaszuk is a Canadian politician and current Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Edmonton-Castle Downs as a Progressive Conservative. He is currently also the Minister of Education (formerly the Minister of Employment and Immigration). For more information regarding Thomas Lukaszyk please visit: http://education.alberta.ca/department/about/minister.aspx











Hon. Allan Wachowich

Allan Wachowich’s family was one of the first five Polish families to immigrate to Alberta in 1944. He has been a long standing judge in Alberta and was the former Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. He was also the Canadian Football League’s pro bono arbitrator for 20 years. For more information regarding Allan Wachowicz please visit: http://www.fmc-law.com/People/WachowichAllan.aspx







Blaine Calkins

Blaine Calkins is a Canadian politician who has served on the House of Commons Standing Committees for National Defence, Justice and Human Rights, Fisheries and Oceans and Environment and Sustainable Development and currently sits on the Standing Committee on Natural Resources. Blaine is Chair of the Canada-Poland Parliamentary Friendship Group and an executive member of both the NATO Parliamentary Association and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. For more information regarding Blaine Calkins please visit: http://www.blainecalkinsmp.ca/









Peter Mielzynski Jr.

Peter Mielzynski Jr. is the president and CEO of PMA Canada that is Canada’s largest importer of wine and spirits. Although his father was the founder of the company, Peter Mielzynski Jr. knew how to capitalize on his Polish roots and Canadian foundation. In 1982 he opened the Alberta chapter of PMA and this made the company the great success it is today. For more information regarding Peter Mielzynski Jr. please visit: http://www.pmacanada.com/home_manage_peterjr.php









L.Col. Walter Perchal

Walter Perchal currently teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs of the York University program in: Disaster and Emergency Management.  Additionally, at York University,  he is the Executive Director of: The Schulich School of Business, Executive Education Centre of Excellence in:  Security, Resilience, and, Intelligence. Concurrently, he has served as a senior officer in the Canadian Forces.  After completing his appointment as, Commanding Officer of The Royal Regiment of Canada, he was appointed,  Special Advisor to the Canadian Army Commander.
Additionally, he is a Managing Director of two interdisciplinary consulting  groups:  IC Inc. and SRI Professionals.  These concerns work internationally in contingency management and change issues. With his copious spare time, he works with and mentors a number of groups and programs, supports the York Yeoman Hockey Program, is an advisor to several community based groups, sits on the Boards of a few companies, is a fellow of several Colleges,  and, otherwise has great fun.

Wiktor Mazur

Wiktor Mazur is a Polish Canadian who came to Alberta in 1991. He grew up in Calgary, graduated from Pope John Paul II Polish School, and studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary. After graduation his work placements sent him abroad, where his climbing ambitions started taking shape. He climbed the tallest mountains in the UK, Sweden, Norway, and started taking on higher and continuously more challenging mountains. A work placement in Bolivia exposed him to the tall Andes and real high-altitude mountaineering. His climbing reached its literal peak on May 17 2010 when he summited Mount Everest. He currently works as an Engineer in Calgary, has lead a local Polish Boy Scout group, is an active Knight of Columbus, and makes the most of the nearby Rocky Mountains on the weekends.

Greg Kolodziejzyk

Greg Kolodziejzyk’s amazing achievements began at the young age of 21. Spotting an opportunity in the burgeoning world of electronic publishing, he formed a company called Image Club Inc., supplying royalty-free stock images and digital typefaces to the desktop publishers, layout artists, and designers who were eagerly embracing personal computers, but needed electronic content for their work. With a 50% annual growth rate during its nine-year climb to a top position on the list of Canada’s 100 fastest growing companies, the company attracted the attention of industry giant Adobe Software. In 1994 Adobe bought Image Club, making Greg a millionaire.

To read more about Greg please check out his site:

http://www.human-power.com/aboutgreg.html



Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz, Polish Ambassador to Canada

Mr. Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz has been serving as the Polish Ambassador to Canada since 2009. From August 2003 until June 2007 he was Ambassador of Poland in Slovakia. From September 2007 until March 2008, he acted as Counsellor Minister – Director of the Trade and Investment Promotion Division at the Polish Embassy in Berlin. He speaks German, English, Slovak and Russian. He is a strong supporter of initiatives by young Polish Canadians.





Prof. Zofia Butrym

Zofia Kawczynska-Butrym, prof. Sociologist, is head of the Department of General Sociology and Migration Studies at the Marie Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin. In 2009 she published the book entitled “Migracje.Wybrane zagadnienia” , which was awarded as the best scientific book of 2009 by the Lublin Scientific Society. In recent years she has collaborated on her work with the Catholic University of Lublin. She also conducted studies at her own university for the Ministry of Higher Education entitled “Departures of Poles – Arrivals of Ukrainians. Local Migration Problems in the Lublin Region, 2012”. Mrs. Zofia Kawczynska-Butrym’s next topic of research will be migration studies concerning youth that have emerged from the migration wave of the 1980’s and she is very excited to meet with us.





Janusz Cisek, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland

Born in 1955, Janusz Cisek is a graduate of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where he returned in 2004 as Professor of 20th Century Trans-Atlantic Relations and the Social History of Europe at the Institute of European Studies. He is the author of 21 books and well over 200 scholarly articles and general press articles. As a historian he is also a frequent commentator on history and culture in various media; hosted (among others) the television show “*Konflikty, Bitwy, Wojny*” (Conflicts,
Battles, Wars) on the TVP-Historia channel; while in Warsaw, he initiated a citywide program entitled “*Dotknij Niepodległości*” (Touching Independence) which consisted of a cycle of events with participation ranging from 100,000 to 200,000. His major community effort has been involved in working with the”*Strzelec*” Riflemen’s’ Association, a paramilitary civic and educational association with 5,000 members.

Cisek was selected as the Director of the Piłsudski Institute in New York (1992-2000), after his return to Poland; he was appointed Deputy Director of the Department of International Relations and European Integration at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. While in that post, he served as the Ministry’s Delegate to the Council of Europe’s Committee on Culture (Strasbourg). During that same period he had oversight over several major cultural projects both in Poland and abroad. He also served as the Deputy Mayor (2002-3) in his hometown of Stalowa Wola (70,000 residents).

Appointed Director of the Muzeum Wojska Polskiego in Warsaw, Professor Cisek served there from 2006-2012. The museum, at the suggestion of (then) Minister of Defense, Radosław Sikorski, initiated preparatory work for the construction of a new edifice for the Museum of the Polish Army and the repurposing of an existing building for the Katyn Crime Museum, both to be located at the Warsaw Citadel (Cytadela).

On June 11, 2012, Cisek was appointed Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he oversees the Department of Consular Affairs and the Polish Diaspora as well as European Information.