Gregory Zubacz, J.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Peacemaking and Conflict Studies
Faculty in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Graduate Academic Program
Faculty in Criminology and Restorative Justice Studies, Degree Completion Program.
4882 E. Townsend Ave.


Dr. Greg Zubacz grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has always combined or alternated between academics and professional work. After graduating from St. Paul's High School in 1984, he received his B.A. in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Manitoba in 1987, and then his LL.B. in 1990 from the same university. He practised law at the Saskatchewan and Manitoba bars, and was appointed Cabinet Committee Secretary to the Manitoba Legislature in 1995. He remained there until he attended Seminary in Ottawa from 1997 to 2000, and graduated with civil and ecclesiastical degrees in Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University and the University of Ottawa, facilitated by the Sheptytsky Institute. He also obtained his Masters Certificate from the Menno Simmons College at the University of Winnipeg in Pastoral Studies in 1998.

In 2000, Dr. Zubacz resumed his government career and served as an Officer of the Privy Council in the Nation's Capital, Ottawa, and later served as a Legislative and Treasury Board Analyst with Health Canada in Ottawa. While he was with Health Canada, he was the lead developer of their dispute management system for pharmaceutical company user fees.

During his time with the federal government, Dr. Zubacz earned his Certificate in Mediation from the Canada School of Public Service. He participated in post-doctoral seminars with Osgoode Hall and The Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto, as well as Tufts University in Boston. He earned his M.C.L. and J.C.L. in 2002, and his J.C.D. in 2007 from St. Paul University and his Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa. His dissertation centered on the church-state conflict over confessional secrecy, which was later published as a book, The Seal of Confession and Canadian Law, which appears in the holdings of a number of libraries across the world including Harvard, Oxford, and the Supreme Court Library. It is on the reading list for a number of evidence courses and has also been translated into French.

Dr. Zubacz has been in active parish ministry in the Ukrainian Catholic Church since receiving holy orders in 2004. He has served in the RCAF as a chaplain and currently holds the rank of Captain. He was appointed Chancellor of the Metropolia of Winnipeg in 2011, and served the 25,000 Ukrainian Catholics in Manitoba there until coming to FPU in 2014. While Chancellor, Dr. Zubacz was the architect of the dispute management system and procedures for the Archeparchy. Since 2009 he served in prison chaplaincy through the Manitoba Department of Justice and was involved in Restorative Justice in the disciplinary process. During his time in Winnipeg, he has published a number of articles in The Winnipeg Sun, Progress, and the Steinbach Carillon. He has served as peer reviewer for the academic journal, Logos.

Dr. Zubacz is married to Melita, and together, they are proud parents of three lovely daughters, Sofia, Helenka and Teresa. He enjoys his involvement in the Ukrainian community and culture. Dr. Zubacz loves and serving and teaching the faithful, always marveling at the mystery of the work of the Holy Spirit within the community.


Ph.D. - University of Ottawa
J.C.D. - St. Paul University
Mediation Cert. - Canada School of Public Service
M.C.L - University of Ottawa
J.C.L. - St. Paul University
M. Cert. (Pastoral Studies) - Menno Simons College, University of Winnipeg
LL.B. - University of Manitoba
BA - Psychology and Criminology - University of Manitoba

Scholarly Interests

  • Church-State Conflict
  • Restorative Justice

Professional and Service Experience

  • Director, St. Nicholas Mutual Insurance Company, 2009-2011
  • Director, Ukrainian Canadian Committee, 2009-2011
  • Book reviewer, Studia Canonica, St. Paul University, 2011 (Book review of A. Thompson, Religious Confession Privilege and the Common Law, 2011)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Bars (non-practising)
  • Shevchenko Scientific Society
  • Canadian Canon Law Society
  • The Church Council on Justice and Corrections

Publications and Presentations

  • The Seal and Confession of Canadian Law
  • Canadian Canon Law Society Conference, Québec City, Québec, 2008 Presentation on the Seal of Confession and Canadian Law