The Canadian Polish Research Institute

Kanadyjsko-Polski Instytut Badawczy

Est. 1956


Joanna Lustanski, Ph.D.

Joanna Lustanski holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Warsaw and a Project Management Certificate from the University of Toronto. As a doctoral student, she taught Polish historical grammar courses to students of the Polish Language and Literature Program and also worked for the Polish Scientific Publishers PWN and Gazeta Wyborcza. In Canada, she's been a contract Faculty member in the Department of Linguistics and Languages at McMaster University teaching Polish and linguistic courses. She also works in the communications and marketing division of the vice-provost office at York University. Joanna is the author of many publications on Polish Canadians; she wrote the book Jezyk polonijny w Kanadzie (based on her doctoral dissertation) and publishes papers in peer-reviewed journals including Poradnik Językowy, Przegląd Humanistyczny, Linguistica Atlantica, and The International Journal of the Sociology of Language. In 2012-2013 for OMNI TV, she made a series of interviews about Polish in Canada. She joined the Canadian Polish Research Institute in 2004 and was elected president of the Institute in 2011.

Michal Kasprzak, Ph.D.

Michał Kasprzak holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Toronto. His main areas of interest include modern Poland, comparative intellectual history of socialism and Communism (especially the evolution of the European Left), theory of nationalism and assimilation/acculturation, the American Polonia, as well as American espionage in East Central Europe in the early Cold War years. He has published in several peer-reviewed journals including the Canadian Slavonic Papers, Nationalities Papers, The Polish Review, and Critique: A Journal of Socialist Theory. His work has been recognized through various achievements and awards. Currently, he teaches modern history and international relations at Ryerson University and works in the area of digital education strategies. He was elected vice-president in 2012.

Edward Soltys, Ph.D.

Edward Soltys was president of the Canadian Polish Research Institute from 1995 to 2011; however, he has been working with the Institute since 1988. He is a sociologist holding a Ph.D. which he received from the Silesian University in Katowice. He worked there as an assistant professor in the Institute of Sociology and then as an assistant professor at the Catholic University of Lublin, teaching and tutoring methodology and sociological techniques. He was a director of the Canadian Polish Congress from 1997 to 2002. Edward publishes articles in the following Polish newspapers: Goniec, Nowy Kurier (Toronto) and Tygodnik Polski (USA). In 2000 he was awarded the Silver Medal of the Canadian Polish Congress. He has published in scholarly journals such as Studia Filozoficzne, Studia Socjologiczne, Prakseologia, Organizacja i Zarządzanie, Przegląd Organizacji, Ruch Prawniczy, Ekonomiczny i Socjologiczny and Ekonomika i Organizacja Pracy. He is the author of many books on the Polish ethnic group in Canada, i.e. Half a Century of Canadian Polish Congress, Parlament na obczyźnie, Trwanie w walce, Road to Freedom. His latest book (2014) titled Black Ribbon Day concerns the Black Ribbon Day movement that commemorates victims of Nazism and Stalinism.

Gabriela Pawlus Kasprzak, Ph.D.

Gabriela Pawlus Kasprzak is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto. Her dissertation focuses on the relationship between religion and nationalism amongst Polish émigrés to Canada in the interwar period. Some of her areas of interest include: religion and nationalism; hybrid identity; cross-Atlantic relations (diaspora vs. homeland). She has published in Polish American Studies and Historical Studies, was a Guest Editor for a special edition of the Polish American Studies on the history of Poles in Canada, and contributed to the The Polish American Encyclopaedia. Her work has been recognized through various awards and recognitions including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the Skalny Civic Achievement Award.

Renata Czyzycka

Renata Czyzycka, CPA, CGA

Renata Czyzycka is a Certified General Accountant, member of Certified General Accountants Association of Ontario. Since 2007, she has been working at Mongrel Media - a leading independent film distributor focused on bringing the best of local and world cinema to Canadian audiences. In her spare time, Renata enjoys gardening, cooking and traveling. In January 2015, she became a member and treasurer of the Institute.

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