Board of Directors 2022-2023

Meet our Pathstone Foundation Champions

Chair – Ruth Unrau  

Ruth is a life-long resident of Niagara. She is a small business and leadership development coach and works with entrepreneurs, emerging leaders and community organizations. Ruth is also the host of Niagara Made on Newstalk 610CKTB, a radio show highlighting the diverse landscape of entrepreneurs in the Niagara Region. 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.

Secretary-Treasurer – Janice Calverley

Janice is the Interim Chief Operating Officer at Meridian Credit Union. She has over 20 years of experience in treasury, financial analysis, financial operations, accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, and planning. A recognized hands-on, expert problem solver, Janice can rapidly resolve cross-functional business process problems, formulate strategic plans, and implement change. Previous to joining Meridian, Janice served in progressively senior roles at Canadian Tire Financial Service. A member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, Janice is a passionate advocate for the advancement of women in the workplace and of mental health issues. Janice has been married 24 years, has two young adult children and enjoys hiking with her three border collies.


Sarah Ane

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.

Ken Chan

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 Gauthier

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 Hughes

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.

Patricia Reles

Patricia is a Human Resources Professional in the private sector with over 15 years of experience. She is passionate about community involvement and has previous board experience with Victim Services Niagara.  She is a graduate of Niagara Collage and is a proud mother of four. She is highly involved in volunteering in children’s sports and is active as a coach and as a participant on sporting organizations steering committees.  

Ruth Peters

Ruth is the Director of Marketing at 13th Street Winery and enjoys all that the Niagara wine industry offers our region. She is passionate about supporting her local community and has volunteered for the Canadian Cancer Society, parent council at her children’s school and is a lead volunteer at the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games. Ruth graduated from McMaster University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and has spent over 30 years in marketing for the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. She lives in Niagara with her husband and two daughters.

PathstoneBoard of Directors 2022-2023