Yaroslav Baran – Deputy Head of Mission
Yaroslav is a seasoned political communication and parliamentary management professional, and a partner in one of Ottawa’s leading Public Affairs consultancies. He has served previously as Communications Director for the 2010 and 2012 Canadian election observation missions to Ukraine. He has also been involved in bilateral democratic development missions in Africa and Asia, and is on the board of directors of the Canadian NGO CANADEM.

Jamie Tronnes – Mission Director
Jamie has been a member of election observation mission for the International Republican Institute in various countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Egypt. She also has extensive experience in democracy and governance programming, political party development and campaign and advocacy training.

Taras Zalusky – Political Analyst
Taras has had significant experience in election monitoring in Ukraine. In 2004 and 2010 he was Chief of Staff for the Canadian bilateral observation mission for the Presidential elections in Ukraine. In 2012 he served as Chief of Staff to the Canadian bilateral observation mission for the Parliamentary elections in Ukraine.

Orest Zakydalsky – Political Analyst
Orest has served as a team leader on the bilateral Canadian election observer mission to Ukraine in 2004. He was a short-term observer for the 2010 Presidential election and in 2012 he was political analyst for the Canadian election observer mission to the Parliamentary election in Ukraine. He also contributed as apolitical analyst for the Canadian election observer mission to the repeat parliamentary elections in five districts in December, 2013.

Ann Szyptur – Long Term Observer (LTO) Coordinator
Ann has been a short term, medium-term and long-term observation coordinator and head of mission for organizations including CANADEM, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Carter Center and the Canada-Ukraine Foundation. This includes the observations for the Out-of-Country Voting (OCV) for the 2011 South Sudanese independence referendum, the Iraqi elections and the Parliamentary and Presidential elections in Ukraine between 2004-2013. Ann has also worked in the area of capacity building and civil society in Ukraine.

Mateusz Trybowski – Electoral Coordinator
Mateusz is an international elections and democracy specialist with six years of field. His expertise includes election observation, political party capacity building and democratic engagement of young people. In December 2013, he served as Deputy Coordinator of the independent Canadian mission to observe repeat parliamentary elections in Ukraine.

Volodymyr Kozoriz – Finance and Operations
Volodymyr is a senior planning and finance officer specializing in the administration of governance support projects. Volodymyr has 15 years of experience in security, travel and logistics coordination in challenging environments including Ukraine, Southeast Asia and Iraq.