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A third generation Ukrainian Canadian and local business owner, Borys Wrzesnewskyj lived in Etobicoke Centre for over two decades – proudly representing the riding in the Canadian House of Commons from 2004 to 2011.
Borys received his Bachelor of Commerce from Trinity College – University of Toronto in 1983 and quickly gravitated towards humanitarian and pro-democracy work – helping organize and finance the People’s Movement of Ukraine in the late 1980s, and in support of the referendum for the independence of Ukraine in 1991. Borys initiated and was actively involved in organizing the Canadian delegation headed by former PM John Turner to the contested Ukrainian election during the Orange Revolution of 2004.
While a Member of the House of Commons, Borys was in charge of various portfolios including Citizenship and Immigration, Crown Corporations, Foreign Affairs, and Multiculturalism. In 2008, he was awarded the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise by the Ukranian President for his distinguished services to the people of Ukraine. In 2014 he was awarded the Knight’s Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland by Poland’s President for work on Canada Poland relations.
Borys is fluent in English, Ukrainian and Polish, and is the owner of Future Bakery Limited, and M-C Dairy Limited.