Board of Directors
Chair of the Board, Meenakshi Venkatesan
Meenakshi Venkatesan has several years of experience as a Research Scientist in Cancer Research across hospitals in Toronto. She holds a PhD degree in Biochemistry from University of Cambridge. She has extensive experience in grant writing and Policy and governance. She also holds a certification in Project Management. She enjoys classical music, is an avid outdoor enthusiast and loves everything about nature and wilderness.
Vice Chair, Michelle McQuigge
Michelle McQuigge is a reporter with the Canadian Press, Canada’s national wire service. She holds degrees in English Literature and Journalism from the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, respectively. She is accompanied on all professional and personal adventures by Reva, her much-loved guide dog
Treasurer, Amish Lakhani
Amish Lakhani, who holds a CA and CPA designation, has been a member of the Balance board since 2013. His current role as a finance manager leaves him well positioned to serve as board treasurer. He is an avid sports fan and is delighted to be involved with this great organization.
Board Secretary, Martin Courcelles
Martin Courcelles is an Accessibility Technology Specialist at the Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation. He is a geek at heart; better known as a gadget enthusiast. He is accompanied by his black lab guide dog named Nashville, who incidentally is the cutest guide dog yet to visit the Balance offices.
Robin Dafoe, Board Member
Robin Dafoe has worked in the Ontario Public Service for most of her career. She is now the Executive Director for the Condominium Authority of Ontario and the Condominium Management Regulatory Authority of Ontario. Robin has extensive experience in board governance and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond.
Virginia Duff, M.D., FRCPC, Board Member
Ginny is a psychiatrist practicing at St. Joseph’s Health Centre (Toronto), Centre for Addictions and Mental Health and the University of Toronto. As part of her psychiatric practice, she works with people who are struggling with vision loss. Ginny has vision loss herself. She is an avid downhill skier, sailor and cyclist.
Darren R. Harper, CHRL, BBA, Board Member
Darren Harper is a Certified Human Resources Leader and holds a BBA degree in Organizational Behaviour, is trained as a dispute resolution specialist and has 20 years of experience working in, managing and leading Human Resources and related portfolios. Darren has an extensive background in facilitation, mediation, and negotiation and has a passion for engaging and mentoring emerging HR professionals.
Stephen Ricci, Board Member
Stephen Ricci is very active in the blind and partially sighted community both professionally and personally. When not selling assistive technology throughout Canada, he volunteers with organizations including Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians and Accessible Media Inc. He is married with three children.
Bob Stark, Board Member
Bob Stark is a Strategy Consultant and Disability Advocate. Prior he was Deputy Minister and CEO of ServiceOntario and an executive at Rogers and Scotiabank. He is married with four children and five grandchildren and his other love is flying his plane.
Gord Walker, Board Member
Gord Walker is a retired public relations and marketing consultant with extensive experience in the investment industry, including as a director of the Toronto Stock Exchange.