Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation

Rebuilding the Ukrainian Catholic Church through education
Charitable Registration in Canada # 82224 5098 RR 0001

Ian O. Ihnatowycz

Thanks to the support of Ihor (Ian) Ihnatowycz, President and CEO of the investment company First Generation Capital Inc (Canada), and his wife, Marta Ihnatowycz, UCU is opening a Center for Leadership, including research and methodology.

The Center will research the theme of leadership, using the experience and methodology of the Ivey Business School in Canada, one of the world’s leading business schools. The Center’s team will study and analyze exemplary cases which will be included in the academic programs of the Lviv Business School, School of Public Management, and Institute of Leadership and Management, all at UCU. In addition, the results of the work will be accessible for other leadership centers of the world.

“In recent years we have seen a number of good examples of leadership. But society needs to understand this phenomenon. The Center’s research will provide the opportunity to tell the world about examples of leadership in Ukraine. We are talking about military leadership in the context of current events in Ukraine, leadership in volunteer initiatives during the Revolution of Dignity, and business leadership. The Center will not only research leadership as a phenomenon but will development the country’s ‘brand.’ The cases which will be part of our work will be accessible for various business schools of the world to view,” explains Sophia Opatska, CEO of the Lviv Business School.

The methods for teaching leadership at UCU’s programs will include self-reflections, group work, and comprehensive assessment and training. The participants will better understand their weak and strong sides and also acquire skills necessary to direct change and develop the culture of leadership.

“The Ihnatowycz family are very well-known philanthropists. Mr. Ihnatowycz has had the opportunity to become personally acquainted with the Ukrainian Catholic University, the activities and projects we carry out. His support of this project is very important for us. It demonstrates that we are developing in the right direction. Of course, this is a new experience for us, but I am certain that the results received will be an important research achievement for Canada and Ukraine,” explains Natalia Klymovska, UCU’s Vice-Rector for Communication and Development.

The Center will operate not only in Lviv but in Kyiv and other cities.