Bohdan Medwidsky is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto (Ph.D. 1977). He taught Ukrainian for three decades at the University of Alberta (1972-2002). He established and expanded the Ukrainian Folklore Program at the University of Alberta. He set up a series of endowments to support this program and its students, and collected materials into a major archive that now carries his name. Ukrainian folklore at the University of Alberta boasts two endowed professorships (the Huculak Chair of Ukrainian Culture and Ethnography, and the Kule Chair of Ukrainian Ethnography), over 40 successful graduate student completions, and a reputation as the main centre for Ukrainian folklore studies in North America. His long career of community activism has been devoted to many organizations and causes, including Ukrainian bilingual education in Alberta, the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood, the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, as well as politics in Canada and Ukraine. His academic research has focused on Ukrainian proverbs, historiography of Ukrainian folklore studies, and Ukrainian Canadian oral traditions.