Honorary Advisors

Jerry (Jerzy) Barycki, P. Eng.

Jerry Barycki is a professional civil engineer. He is a community volunteer and an avid organizer of Polish-Canadian events. Jerry was born and raised in Poland and immigrated to Canada in 1982. He was involved in many significant Polonia projects, some of which he co-founded, including the Polish Canadian Business and Professional Association of Windsor, the Windsor and Lublin twin-city partnership, the Canadian Polish Congress (CPC) Windsor-Chatham Branch, and the Polish Weeks in Windsor. Jerry is for many years very actively involved in the Executive Boards of the International Relations Committee of the City of Windsor, the Polonia Park housing project, and the National Head Executive Board of the Canadian Polish Congress. He is currently serving a fourth term as Honorary Advisor for the annual Polonia youth leadership conference, Quo Vadis.

Tony Muszynski

Founder and first Program Director of Poland in the Rockies, Tony works as an immigration lawyer and recruiter in Calgary with most of his professional work related to increasing the immigration of Polish nationals to Canada. He is Vice-President of both the Canadian Polish Congress (Western Canada) and the Canada-Poland Youth Internship Society. He leads The Athabasca Project for the Canadian Polish Congress, a project that has as its main goal significantly increasing skilled worker immigration to Canada from Europe. Tony’s parents are survivors of the 1940 Soviet deportations to Siberia. They inspired his firm belief in the importance of young North Americans of Polish descent (and indeed all North Americans) knowing more about the Polish historical narrative.

Edward Andrzej Bukowski

Edward Andrzej Bukowski immigrated to Canada and settled in Calgary in June of 1982. Since 1994 he has been an active member of the Polish Canadian Association in Calgary and a member of its Board of Directors since 1996. From 1997 to 2002 he successfully served as the association’s Presidentand subsequently the Vice President from 2002 to 2005 and 2008 to 2012. He is currently the Vice President of the Canadian Polish Congress Alberta Branch for southern Alberta and has held this position since 2002. His impressive resume also states him as a member of the Board of Directors for the Polish Canadian Cultural Centre in Calgary and the Building Committee for the same location. Edward was also highly involved in the international educational program Poland in the Rockies, holding a position on the organizing committee from 2004 to 2010. His enthusiasm and efforts within the Polish community in Alberta are witnessed all over the province and he continues to be an active supporter and honorary advisor to the Quo Vadis executive team.

Martin Grzadka

Born in Poland, Martin immigrated to Canada at the age of ten. In his youth he was an active member of Polish Scouts and numerous other Polish organizations. Martin was appointed Director of the Karpaty Scout Lodge in Kaszuby, Canada and ran operations for four years. In 2004, Martin earned a B.A in Economics and Finance from Waterloo University. While in university, he was a founding member of the Entrepreneurs Association of UW (EAUW) and traveled to Italy as a delegate in the 1st student exchange program to Calabria University. Perusing his passion for the investment field, he currently works as a Financial Advisor with Investors Group for the past eight years. In 2009 he co-founded YPCPA an organization dedicated to serving young Polish-Canadian Professionals. In 2011 Martin co-chaired the International Young Polonia Leaders Conference “Quo Vadis 3” which took place in Toronto Canada. Amongst other programs Martin participated in: School for Leaders for the Polish Community Abroad (SLP), Poland in the Rockies (PitR), Young Polonia and the Old Country conference, Quo Vadis I (QV1) in Ottawa and Quo Vadis II (QV2) in Windsor. Martin speaks five languages and posses an entrepreneurial drive.

Natalia Kusenda

Natalia is 23 years old, born in Bratislava, Slovakia. She is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human & Molecular Biology. She is currently the office manager at Premier Homecare Services, a company which specializes in providing compassionate care to seniors and people living with disabilities, striving to increase their quality of life and allowing them to remain living independently in their homes. Natalia is very actively involved in Polonia, as she cherishes her Polish roots inherited from her mother. She is the president of the Polish Students’ Initiative of Canada, an organization whose goal is to connect students of Polish heritage across Canada, creating a platform for networking, collaboration and the exchange of ideas and opportunities. In 2011, she served as the co-chair of the Quo Vadis III: “Tools for Success” Conference which took place in Toronto and was attended by 208 delegates from 16 countries. In her spare time, Natalia enjoys the outdoors, sharing some laughs with friends, Salsa dancing and a good read.