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Retired Business Executive

Born in 1927 in Bahna, Bukovina, Ukraine 

Date and Place of Birth: 1927 in Bahna, Ukraine

Date of Interview: May 24, 2016

Place of Interview: Toronto, Ontario

Interviewer: Philip Sochan

Length of Interview: 02:50:28 (raw)


Personally I was able to gain my public reputation through the blessing of God with the talent of administrating conferences, especially the controversial ones [laughs]. Here I had the chance to conduct three or four CUCC Congresses in Canada, some of them were rather heated. Additionally I led two Ukrainian World Congress’s, especially the second one (November 1-4, 1973), which was practically on the border of collapsing, which we were successful in keeping together. In the organization of UNO I remained a Member of Council, although not right now, because I am in the age of being an Honourable Member.


  1. Jaroslaw Bilak’s son, Danylo Bilak, referenced in an article written by Diane Francis for Financial Post, published on March 10th, 2012

  1. Jaroslaw Bilak’s son, Danylo Bilak, referenced in an article written by Neville Kyrke-Smith for the Catholic News Agency, published on October 29th, 2014

  1. Jaroslaw Bilak’s spouse, Alma Alexandra Bilak, online obituary published in the New Pathway – Ukrainian Canadian News Portal on August 25th, 2015

  1. Jaroslaw Bilak’s daughter, Donna Bilak, interviewed by the Bard GraduateCenter

excerpt from the Interview with JAROSLAW BILAK

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