Lieutenant-Colonel Hlibchuk was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, then educated in Montreal, Quebec; London, Ontario; and Vancouver, British Columbia. For over 25 years he has both served in the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve while at the same time actively involving himself in community volunteer work.
In 1987 he joined the Canadian Grenadier Guards as a Guardsman during the summer break from CEGEP. After the completion of CEGEP, while studying at Ivey School of Business in London Ontario, then Guardsman Hlibchuk enrolled in the 1st Hussars as an Officer Cadet. He was eventually promoted to Lieutenant and acted as a tank troop leader.
Following graduation from the Ivey School of Business in 1991, then Lieutenant Hlibchuk accepted a job with Procter & Gamble in Vancouver and transferred to the British Columbia Regiment where he acted as a Reconnaissance Troop Leader and Battle Captain. In March 1993, after promotion to Captain, he took up the study of law at McGill University and at the same time served with the Royal Canadian Hussars as Operations Officer, Gunnery Officer, and Squadron Commander. LCol Hlibchuk also represented Canada as part of the CIOR military pentathlon team competing in Eupen, Belgium in 1994 and Rome, Italy in 1995.
LCol Hlibchuk graduated from McGill Law School in June 2000 and has since served as an advisor to the Commanding Officer of Pacific Region RCMP; Senior Policy Advisor to the President of the Treasury Board; and Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Justice. He also acted as a senior investigator with the United Nations in Dili, East Timor, investigating the attempted assassination of the President of East Timor. LCol Hlibchuk is fluent in French, Spanish and Portuguese.
In addition to serving his community through the army reserve, LCol Hlibchuk has also been actively involved with volunteer work. Examples include the Montreal Children’s Hospital Infant Intensive Care Unit; the Montreal Association for the Blind, the London Boys’ and Girls’ Club and the NDG Food Depot. Most recently, in both 2009 and 2010 LCol Hlibchuk coordinated the NDG Food Depot’s operation for the collection of food and money in the city of Westmount during the annual food drive.
In September 2009 he was promoted to Major and appointed Deputy Commanding Officer of the Royal Canadian Hussars. LCol Hlibchuk was promoted to his current rank on the 26th of Nov 2013, and is currently a lawyer with the Federal Government and teaches law at John Abbott College. He is also currently serving on the board of directors of the NDG Food Depot and was appointed Treasurer in May 2011.
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