BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Antoni Kowalczewski President
Born in Warsaw, Antoni immigrated to Canada via Morocco as a child. He completed a Computer Science degree at the University of Alberta and currently co-owns a company with his brother, designing medical and rehabilitation equipment. For the past 6 years, Antoni has been developing hardware and software that enables rehabilitation of hand movement for victims of brain damage and stroke. Antoni has been actively involved with the Polish Culture Society of Edmonton and the University of Alberta Polski Klub. He has also been at the forefront of other PitR alumni initiatives as an organizer of the Calgary Quo Vadis conference and as acting webmaster for the Cosmopolitan Review.
Szymon Bamburak Vice President
Szymon is currently a Project Coordinator with Junior Achievement. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 2009 and in 2011 he completed his Master’s degree in European Studies from Poland and England. He is alumnist of the 2006 Poland in the Rockies, after which he co-founded the University of Alberta Polish Club. Szymon is also on the executive board for the Polish Canadian Historical Society and part of the Polonia Social Club. His involvement in the Polish community also involves fundraising for the youth of Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonton and being part of the Knights of Columbus.
Kinia Adamczyk Treasurer
Kinia is a full-time Canadian and part-time Pole. Or maybe it’s the other way around. When she’s not pondering about hyphenated identities, Kinia makes a living in the fields of communications, languages and media. She has dabbled in investigative journalism, international projects, online magazine creation and translation. She co-founded cosmopolitanreview.com in 2008 while studying in Poland. Kinia participated in a myriad of Polish initiatives around the world, including PitR ’06, ’08 and ’10. She grew up in Montreal and currently lives in Edmonton.
Cathy Mrowka Secretary
Cathy has been active in the Polish community as a member of the Polski Klub at the U of A, the Canadian Polish Historical Society and most recently as a founding member of the Polonia Social Club. She has attended a number of international Polish events including PitR’08 and a number of Quo Vadis conferences.
Pawel Romanowski Board Member
Hailing from the fair city of Wroclaw, Pawel has spent most of his life in the provinces of Western Canada. Through this, Pawel has grown a deep appreciation of Canada’s nature and its people, while maintaining a strong attachment to his Polish identity. Pawel studied at the University of Alberta and has been teaching languages, social studies and guitar at a rural Alberta school since 2011. Since attending his first PitR in 2006, Pawel has been active in the Polish community in many ways, serving as President of the U of A Polish Club, researching the experience of Polish immigrants in Alberta, and organizing a variety of social and cultural events in Edmonton.
Agata Nowinka Board Member
Agata lives in Calgary and loves having the Rocky Mountains in her backyard. She had the privilege of participating in the first iteration of Poland in the Rockies in 2004 and is very excited to be helping put on the 2014 conference. She is also involved with the Young Polish Canadian Professionals Association in Calgary as well as the Polish-Canadian Association.
When not hiking, skiing, or planning the next trip, she works as a family physician. Prior to medicine, she earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Physiology.
Patrycja Kujawa Managing Director
An experienced manager, economist and journalist, Patrycja has lived and worked in both Canada and Poland. Recently, Patrycja lived in Warsaw managing the shale gas assets of a junior Canadian exploration and production company and is now in Edmonton working for the public and private sectors as a management consultant. She has a Master’s of Science in Natural Resource Economics from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan and a journalism diploma from Grant MacEwan University. Her journalism experience includes being a columnist for Alberta Oil Magazine and the Edmonton Sun. Patrycja is a proud PitR alumna who credits the program with forging lasting and precious friendships and giving her a cultural and historical context for successful trans-Atlantic business ventures.