Meet our Pathstone Foundation Champions
Chair – Ruth Unrau
Ruth is a lifelong resident of Niagara. She is a small business and leadership development coach and works with entrepreneurs, emerging leaders and community organizations. Ruth is an active and dedicated volunteer and believes that strong communities are built by individuals who get involved and take action.
Vice Chair – John Darch
John is an Insurance/Financial Advisor and owner of John Darch Insurance & Investments Inc., representing The Co-operators in Beamsville and Grimsby. He is a lifelong resident of Niagara and father of three.
Past Chair – Betty-Lou Souter
Betty-Lou is the CEO of Community Care St. Catharines and Thorold. She has received various awards and recognition for her work including the Ontario Medal for Citizenship, an Honourary Doctorate from Brock University and recently received a Life Time Achievement Award from The WIN Council of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. Having served on various non-profit boards and task forces locally, provincially and federally, Betty-Lou brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table and is also the current chair of the Foundation’s Governance Committee.
Sarah works in the municipal government sector in Niagara. She is a proud Brock University alumna and remains actively involved in research efforts with the university. Sarah believes in giving back to her community and is an avid volunteer. Currently, she acts as a Family Ambassador for the Niagara Children’s Centre and serves on the Board of Directors for Parks and Recreation Ontario.
Dave is an local entrepreneur, who has volunteered on the Foundation Board for nearly 5 years. He is also a proud dad.
Ken brings leadership experience from the private, non-profit and public sectors. He is Vice President, Administration at Brock University. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ontario Government. Ken was Public Affairs Director at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Vice President for advocacy, research and clinical programs at Cystic Fibrosis Canada. He also worked in the United Kingdom, as an advisor in the Office of the Mayor of London and the British Department for Business. Earlier in his career, Ken was an officer with Peel Regional Police.
An experienced director, Ken is on the boards of Alterna Savings Credit Union, Alterna Bank, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and ALS Canada. His prior board experience included roles in the health and education sectors in Canada and the United Kingdom. He holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Ken has a Master of Forensic Accounting from the University of Toronto, a MBA from the City University of Seattle and a BA from Simon Fraser University.
Chelsey is a lifelong resident of Niagara. She is a lawyer at Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP, practicing in family law. Chelsey is fully bilingual in French and English, and is passionate about supporting the community. She believes there is nothing more important than helping our community’s children, to ensure a bright future for all.
Owen is a Partner at Colliers International Niagara Ltd., fulfilling roles as a senior appraiser, sales representative and project consultant. He is designated with the Appraisal Institute of Canada at the Sauder School of Business at UBC, and proud alumni of Brock University. He is an active and engaged member of the Niagara community, participating in Board of Director roles and Committee participation to contribute from his field of expertise. Owen is also a proud father of two.
Paul is a longtime Niagara resident and lawyer for over 45 years. He served over 34 years collectively as a hospital board trustee, and is a past Chair of the Pathstone Foundation Board.
Greg was born in Sault Ste. Marie, and holds a B.A in Economics and is a chartered accountant. He was the President and CEO of Algoma Central Corporation before retiring in 2015. Greg held a number of senior roles in his 35 year career with Algoma that included Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. He has served on many non-profit boards including the United Way and Niagara Health System and most recently joined Pathstone Foundation and served as the fundraising chair of the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Task Force. In addition, Greg is the currently a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation and a Commissioner and Treasurer for the Niagara District Airport Commission.
Martin was born and raised in Poland and moved to Niagara region over 30 years ago.
Over the last 25 years he has worked at various financial institutions focusing on providing tailored solutions and advice to high-net-worth clients and their families. In 2019, after close to 11 years tenure with RBC Private Banking, Martin has joint Niagara Falls based RBC Dominion Securities team. Martin has been a member of the Foundation Board for close to 9 years and currently holds position of, Chair of the Foundation Audit & Finance Committee.