Team

 

Meet The QVX Team!


ania b circleAnia Barycka

Position: Co-Chair 
From: Windsor, ON
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Ania was born in Windsor, Ontario. In 2008, she moved to Ottawa to pursue a political science degree and joined the Polish Students’ Society of the University of Ottawa. Together, with five other individuals, Ania co-founded Quo Vadis conferences in Canada with the very first conference taking place in Ottawa in 2009. In 2010, she became Co-Chair of the second Quo Vadis conference, “Building Bridges, Building Leaders”, in Windsor which gathered together 150 students and young professionals of Polish descent from all over North America.

While Ania was working towards her bachelor’s degree in Ottawa, she also completed numerous professional internships in Canada, Poland, Belgium and France. Between the years of 2008 and 2013, Ania interned at the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, the Ministry of International Trade in Ottawa, the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism in Ottawa, the Polish French Communication Agency in Toulouse, France, the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw, Poland, and the Senate of Poland in Warsaw, Poland. In 2013, Ania graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences degree from the University of Ottawa, specializing in Political Science.

Ania moved back to Windsor in 2014 and started her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Law. While completing her degree, Ania volunteered with many local and international organizations, such as Windsor Lawyers Feed the Hungry, Windsor-Essex Humane Society, the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Freedom House in Detroit. She was also elected as the National Representative for the United States by the International Bar Association. While she studied law, Ania also worked in the corporate group at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone in Detroit, Michigan, a law firm with a strong Polish practice and three offices in Poland.

In 2016, Ania participated in the University of Detroit Mercy Immigration Law Clinic, where she appeared in Detroit Immigration Court and successfully represented an asylum seeker. Ania graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy in May 2017 and is currently working at Queen’s Park in Toronto.


 

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Position: Co- Chair
From Toronto, ON
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Joanna was born in Wroclaw, Poland. After immigrating to Canada she joined the Polish Scouting Association (www.zhpkanada.org) as a girl guide and has become an experienced instructor dedicating over 20 years to the scouting movement with a strong focus on developing skills that aim to support young people in their physical, mental, and spiritual development so that they may play constructive roles in society.

Joanna has been very involved in Polonia; while earning two Bachelor Degrees at McMaster University she helped start the McMaster Polish Society (MPS) and was elected President in her 4th year. That year MPS was voted Cultural Club of the Year. Joanna is an Alumnus of Quo Vadis II Conference, as well as the Treasurer and Pre-Conference co-organizer of Quo Vadis III, Toronto. In 2012 she was selected to participate in the School for Leaders in the Polish Diaspora (SLP) 2012. Since 2018 she is a founding Director of the new and emerging Konekt Polish Canadian Professionals (www.konekt.ca)
Currently she is focusing on Co-chairing the 10th edition of Quo Vadis in Toronto, is a Director of Quo Vadis Conferences Canada and is leading the VIP Committee for Mississauga Polish Day taking place June 8th (http://mississaugapolishday.ca).

Professionally Joanna is a Strategic Sourcing and Procurement professional having worked at Aeroplan, Walmart Canada, PWC and currently, at Canada’s newest bank, Duo Bank of Canada. She is completing her MBA, supports local causes and her hobbies include playing volleyball, dancing (for fun) and travel. She hopes you will join in on this year’s very special celebration of young Polonia’s the past, present and future at Quo Vadis X!


oscarOscar Wasilik

Position at QVX: Sponsorship Director
From: Ottawa / Oxford Ontario
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Oscar is a business person and engineer who has started 6 companies. While an intern he wrote an energy paper that has been presented at the World Economic Forum.  He has volunteered at the Ottawa Polish school since 2007.  He got his engineering license while living in Nunavut, in Canada’s Arctic. His team built new power plants for Canada’s Inuit. After 10 years of work, Oscar started a business degree at the University of Oxford and was admitted to Harvard in 2012. He tutors high school students in his spare time.


IMG_7873 (2)Justyna Korczynska

Position at QVX: Sponsorship Director
From: Ottawa/Toronto, Ontario
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Justyna is a BBA 2018 graduate specialized in Accounting and pursuing the CPA designation. She is passionate about volunteering in my community, meanwhile helping others develop their potential. In the past, she held the role of President of PISK, a Polish youth organization based in Ontario, specifically in the GTA (Toronto). 
 
In addition, Justyna is currently involved as an Organizing Committee member for the Financial Management Institute’s Professional Development Week, which is a 5-day conference in November which provides an amazing learning experience for more than 5,200 public service professionals. Overall, Justyna looks forward to growing professionally within the public sector’s financial community. 

Justyna is an avid learner, always looking forward to new challenges, adventures and learning opportunities. On a more personal note, she loves spending time in nature, which includes hiking in national parks! During her remaining free time, she enjoys painting, learning French as well as exploring museums and art galleries! 
 

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Position: Communications PR  Director
From: Grimsby, ON 
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Victoria currently works for Sheridan College’s Facilities  Services – Projects department as a Project Coordinator.  In this role she part of an internal team that completes institutional design and project management work. Finding herself in a project management role was very unintentional, as she attained a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Interior Design from Sheridan College. Her major ambitions are to pass her NCIDQ exam, attain LEED certification and obtain project management certification.

Although, interior design is her everyday passion, throughout her life she has continued to reach out to her roots in the Polish community. Currently she enjoys attending Konekt Canadian Polish Professionals events and being a member of the QVX committee. She continues to be inspired when attending these networking events and making new connections, because of their ability to encourage a greater sense of community.

 

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Position: 10 Year Anniversary Book Committee
From: Ottawa, ON
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Matt moved to Canada with his parents as a young child as his parents saw little future in communism, however yearned to understand more about his roots. To help connect with his past, during university, he went on student exchange for a year to Politechnika Warszawska, taking a year of engineering courses in Polish. This allowed him to understand more of what it means to be a Polish Canadian. Matt has lived in the UK, Russia, Poland, Armenia, and extensively traveled. He has participated in numerous Polish Canadian organizations including student organizations, PISK, YPCPA, Tatry Dance, and numerous others. His polishes comes out in his every day interactions, sometimes inadvertently through things like his name. He currently works as a capital projects consultant for PwC, helping organizations succeed in developing their industrial projects.


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Position: Special Projects Advisor, Awards Committee Chair
From: Toronto, ON
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Dominic Roszak is a seasoned political advisor, with over 13 years of experience at the Federal and Provincial levels of government. He has worked in the Prime Minister’s Office and advised senior Cabinet Ministers on Stakeholder Relations, Policy, Operations, Communications and Parliamentary Affairs. He also serves as the General Secretary on the Canadian Polish Congress National Executive Board. He has been involved with Quo Vadis Conferences Canada since QVII in Windsor in 2010, where he served on the Organizing Committee.


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Position: Regional Coordinator Chair
From: London, ON
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Being apart of the polish community in London has been the foundation of my identity. An identity that is defined by our faith, language and culture. I want to inspire a new generation of Polish youth. That is why I am apart of the Quo Vadis organizing committee. After his father was adopted by a Polish family in Canada, he decided to go to Poland to find love. His father met his mother at a church in Poland. They decided to get married in Canada and start a family in London, Ontario. The Polish culture was a part of life for Krys, encompassing faith, language, music and dance. Krys has been involved with Our Lady of Czestochowa Roman Catholic Church’s different youth initiatives. Krys attended Polish School on Saturdays all the way to Grade 12. As a member of Cracovia Folk and Dance ensemble, Krys has performed at different festivals in Ontario, United States, and in Poland. Currently, Krys has been working as a Disability Support Worker in Community Living London. In his spare time, Krys loves to play on the accordion and sing a variety of Polish songs. Going on adventures and exploring is his greatest passion.


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Mike Kulasza

Position: Media Relations
From: Winnipeg, MB
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Mike was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His parents moved to Canada in the early 1970s and instilled into him the importance of maintaining Polish language and culture. During the 1990s, Mike graduated from the University of Manitoba and Red River College, after which he has worked in a number of business sectors. He returned to school in 2010 to pursue his passion in communications, and completed the Public Relations & Marketing Management program at the University of Winnipeg. Mike has been active in Winnipeg’s Polish community for a number of years with such organizations as the Ogniwo Polish Museum Society and the Polish Association ‘Sokol’ of St. Boniface. In 2018, Mike served as Vice President of the Canadian Polish Congress (Manitoba District) and was subsequently elected as its President in 2019. Quo Vadis X is the second Quo Vadis conference that Mike has been involved with.


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Ania Nogal

Position: Graphic Designer
From: Windsor, ON
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Ania Nogal was born and raised in Windsor Ontario, Canada. She has been volunteering at the Polish Carousel of the Nations and in Polish Community in Windsor, since high school. Ania has been involved in the youth choir at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in high school and in Plomien – local dance and song ensemble while in University.  She was a part of the PCSAW ( Polish Canadian Student Association of Windsor) ogranization as a secretary and treasurer which led her to particate in Quo Vadis 2 (Building Bridges) and Quo Vadis 3 (Tools for Success) conferences. She finished her Bachelor of  Science in Marketing Management from Wayne State University. While at school, she participated in  AAF (American Advertising Federation) as a leader in school, (Media Director and Media Planner)and participated in regional advertising campaigns in Michigan. More currently, while working as a Marketing and Business manager at a local business in Windsor, she developed a passion for advertising, website design and graphic design. Her passions in life are singing, photography, travel and starting her own business-to inspire creativity and passion in others.