The Canadian Polish Research Institute

Kanadyjsko-Polski Instytut Badawczy

Est. 1956


Dr. Wiktor Turek
(President from 1956 to 1963)

Dr. Wiktor Turek was the founder of  the Canadian Polish Research Institute. He studied law in Lwow and Paris. Captured and imprisoned in the Soviet Union in 1940, he worked for the Polish government-in-exile. Both in the soviet Union and Middle East. He immigrated to Canada in 1950 and settled first in Winnipeg. Although Dr. Turek was well prepared for an academic career through his study of law, as an immigrant in Canada in 1950’s, he found himself at professional crossroads. After a short period of time as an assistant editor of “Gazeta Polska”, Dr. Turek worked for three years at the Manitoba Historical Society. It was then that he found his calling to collect materials dealing with various aspects of life of the Polish immigrants to Canada, to create an archive and to open a library. In 1954, Dr. Turek moved to Toronto and enrolled at the University of Toronto Library Studies. Thus, he established himself professionally, working in a field of  great interest to him in the Slavic Languages section of the University of Toronto Library. There, he gained his knowledge about collecting and selecting library materials.

Dr. Tadeusz Krychowski
(President from 1963 to 1972)

Tadeusz Krychowski was born in 1892 in Lubelszczyzna. He studied in Russia; he earned a master of laws from a university in Moscow. While studying he was engaged in the activities of Polish Military Organization. He witnessed the re-birth of Polish independence in 1918 as he helped disarming German soldiers. In 1920, Krychowski stepped out and fought with Bolsheviks. Before the second World War he worked in the Supreme Court; he was later nominated a director of the Prison Department and a minister of internal affairs. He published papers concerning laws. In 1939, Krychowski went over to England when joined the Polish Army. He was then sent to Middle East as a representant of the Cultural-Press Division of the Polish Army. After the end of the war, he worked as a law counsellor in the area of Polish and international law. He was honoured with the Cross of Virtuti Militari and Cross Polonia Restituta. Krychowski came to Canada in 1960 and lived here until his death in 1973.

Rudolf K. Kogler
(President from 1972 to 1995)

Rudolf Kogler was born in Wadowice in 1919. In high school he became friends with Karol Wojtyla, who was the Pope between 1978 and 2005. They stayed close friends until the death of R. Kogler. After high school graduation, he went to an officer cadet school. In 1939, he fought in the second world war in Poland but then he left for Hungary and got interneed. He run away and got to the Polish Independent Carpathian Brigade. He participated in the battle of Monte Cassino, Ancona and Fortino. He was wounded three times. Three times, also, he received the Cross of Virtuti Militari. After the war ended, Kogler took care of the Polish refugees in Klagenfurt. When left the army service, Kogler got a scholarship from the St. Andrew University in Scotland. In 1946, he graduated with a master of arts in economics and experimental psychology. He came to Canada in 1952. In 1961, he received a position as an economist at the Ontario ministry of treasure and economy. Then, he worked in the demographic department. He is the author of numerous papers dealing with demographics.

Dr. Edward Sołtys
(President from 1995 to 2011)

Edward Sołtys was born in 1947 in Szczecinek. He served in the army in the twentieth Armoured Division. In years 1968-1973 he studied sociology at University of Łódź, and in years 1974-1977 worked as an assistant professor at the Sociology Institute of the Silesian University in Katowice while doing his doctoral studies. In 1978, Edward Sołtys graduated from this university with a Ph.D. in sociology. Between 1983 and 1986 he worked at Catholic University of Lublin teaching and tutoring methodology and sociological techniques. Edward Sołtys was the president of the Canadian Polish Research Institute from 1995 to 2011; however, he has been working with the Institute since 1987. 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 is the author of many articles 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. Dr. Soltys is the author of many books on Polish Canadians such as Half a Century of Canadian Polish Congress, Parlament na obczyźnie, Trwanie w walce, Road to Freedom and Black Ribbon Day etc.

Dr. Joanna Lustanski
(President from 2011 up to now)

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.

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