Board of Directors

Ruth Chun – Chair

Ruth  is a proven executive with global experience in corporate law. Previously a partner of Africa’s largest law firm, Ruth has also worked with major legal firms in Canada, and the United Kingdom. She has held executive and board positions in the financial services sector. She is admitted to legal practice in Ontario, New York, and Namibia, and is in-house counsel at Newstrike / Up Cannabis, a licensed producer of cannabis partnered with The Tragically Hip.  Ruth lives on a chicken and garlic farm and has two boys.

Suzanne Stoltz – Vice Chair

Suzanne graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2002, where she served as co-Editor-in-Chief for the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. She was called to the bar in New York in 2004 and in Ontario in January 2018.

Suzanne is the Senior Family Law Associate with Barry Gage Family Law and through her experience in family law and her background as a human rights advocate, Suzanne has developed a deep understanding of the emotional impact divorce takes on all involved. Suzanne takes special care to develop a unique strategy to make sure that every client’s immediate and long-term needs are met. Her unique background and experience allows Suzanne to find dynamic solutions for even the most complicated of cases.

Suzanne is also active in the Oakville community and served on the steering committee with the Women of Halton Action Movement and has served on the board of Community Development Halton.

Nikki DhaliwalTreasurer

Nikki lives in Oakville with her family, including her husband and two children.  Nikki is a Chartered Professional Accountant and works for BMO full-time.  Outside of work and SAVIS, Nikki keeps busy managing  the homefront and a crazy hockey schedule for her kids and keeping active.

Johanna Zemmelink

Johanna is the President, Founder and Principal Consultant of a compensation/HR consulting firm that bears her name (Johanna Zemmelink + Associates Inc., at and has been operating since 2014.  She and her team of experienced associates provide clients across all sectors with design, deliverables and services in all areas of broad-based (non-executive) compensation, with a longstanding focus on pay equity and pay parity.  An Honours graduate of the University of Waterloo in economics and human resources, she is an active member of the Total Rewards community, presenting at conferences, and moderating expert panels.  Outside of her professional and family activities, Johanna is heavily involved in (amateur) choral singing and has performed as a member of a mass a cappella chorus on stage at both the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall  in New York City.  She lives in Oakville with her son and daughter who are in their late teens.  She is finding her Board experience with SAVIS eye opening – and rewarding –  given the organization’s mission in meeting the needs of survivors.   In working with the other accomplished members of the Board and SAVIS’ staff, she hopes her expertise will contribute further to SAVIS’ effectiveness and sustainability.

Brian Mitchell
Gillian Wassmansdorf

Sexual Assault Awareness Month- May 2021

May is Sexual Assault Prevention Month. Ontario recognizes this month is a time to raise awareness about the devastating impact of sexual assault and focus on the measures being taken to stop violence and support survivors Since the province-wide lockdown due to COVID-19, there have reports of increased incidents of sexual violence across the province against young children and both women and men. Survivors of sexual…