Board of Directors

Board Members

Robin Dafoe, Chair

Robin Dafoe

Robin Dafoe is the Chief Executive Officer & Registrar of the Condominium Authority of Ontario. Robin has been in the Ontario Public Service, including with several government agency boards, for most of her career. She is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and to best practices in governance. Robin has obtained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and has served on the BALANCE Board for over 5 years. She was Board Secretary from 2018-2021 and is currently Vice-Chair to the BALANCE Board.

Wayne Yeung, Vice-Chair

Wayne Yeung

Wayne is currently a Senior Consultant in KPMG’s National Healthcare and Life Sciences Management Consulting practice. Primarily focused on Public Health related clients, Wayne has been a dedicated partner to organizations as they respond to the pandemic and working with leaders in Southwestern Ontario and North York Toronto to launch the region’s COVID-19 immunization campaigns. Having experience working with rural, urban and suburban populations in Ontario, Wayne has a robust understanding of the importance in involving the community to achieve quality health outcomes. Known for his ability to work with senior leaders and also frontline staff, he empowers organizations to be innovative and embrace change. Prior to his current role, he led matters pertaining to enterprise risk management in KPMG Canada’s National Quality and Risk Management office.

As an active volunteer and ambassador with the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, Wayne has been pivotal to many of the Foundation’s various initiatives for the past 11 years. Currently serving his third term as Chair of the Holiday Season Committee, Wayne brings a wealth of non-profit philanthropic and governance experience to BALANCE.

Bob Stark, Treasurer

Bob Stark

Bob Stark is a Strategy Consultant and Disability Advocate. Prior to this, he was Deputy Minister and CEO of Service Ontario and an executive at Rogers and Scotiabank. He is married with four children and seven grandchildren. His youngest adult daughter is blind and has received services from BALANCE for many years. Bob has served as BALANCE Board Chair, and is currently Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Keith Gordon PhD, Past Chair

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Dr. Keith Gordon is currently the Senior Research Officer of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB). He was Vice President Research of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind from 2007 to 2017 where he was responsible for directing all research activities of the organization. Prior to that he spent more than 30 years in the ophthalmic industry, where he was responsible for a wide range of research and scientific activities. He is a past Research Director of Blind and Low Vision New Zealand and has been a Board member of, and worked with, a number of national and international organizations associated with vision. Dr. Gordon’s primary research interests lie in the area of ophthalmic epidemiology. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto.

Virginia Duff, M.D., FRCPC, Secretary

Ginny Duff

Ginny is a psychiatrist practicing at Unity Health Toronto and holds a position of Lecturer at 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. Ginny currently serves as Board Secretary at BALANCE. She is an avid downhill skier, sailor and cyclist.

Jamiu Adigun, Board Member

Jamiu Adigun

Jamiu Adigun is a distinguished chartered accountant and finance professional with extensive experience across various industries, including hospitality, construction, ICT, telecommunications, manufacturing, food, logistics, transportation, and oil and gas. He excels in financial reporting, analysis, risk management, planning, treasury management, full cycle accounting, project management, and comprehensive finance operations.
Jamiu has achieved notable milestones, such as optimizing budget allocations in hospitality, managing financial reporting in construction, implementing advanced data analysis in ICT, structuring a EUR 250 million bond deal in telecommunications, and driving cost-saving procedures in manufacturing and logistics. In oil and gas, his financial analysis led to significant tax savings.
He holds an MBA from the University of Nicosia, a B.Sc in Finance from the University of Ilorin, and a Certificate in Strategic Planning from Heriot-Watt University. His professional credentials include ACMA, CGMA, ACA, and an IT certification (MCSD) from NIIT. Jamiu’s strategic insights and financial expertise make him a valuable asset to any organization.

Alex Bulmer, Board Member

Alex Bulmer sitting on a red Muskoka chair

Alex Bulmer is an award-winning blind Canadian writer, theatre maker, actor and educator— named one of the most influential disabled artists by UK’s Power Magazine.

Working across Canada and the UK, over 30 five years, she has founded groundbreaking Deaf and Disability arts programs, consulted on numerous performing arts education projects, led accessibility audits across arts venues, and written and created work produced with numerous companies including the BBC, CBC, Channel 4 television, the London and Rio Olympics, the Stratford Festival Ontario, Luminato Festival, Nightwood Theatre and Harbourfront Centre.

Alex was one of two blind people to be part of the 1991 description research project led by the Washington Kennedy Centre and The National Sound Archives of London, which was the beginning of what became audio description for live performance. She became a trainer for audio describers in the UK and was co-founder of Picasso Project in Toronto which went on to train some of Canada’s leading describers. She is the first blind person to be awarded a Highly Skilled Migrant Visa from the UK, and in 2000, her critically acclaimed play SMUDGE was called a turning point in Canadian theatre by theatre journalists, disability activists and theatre scholars. Inspired by her position as assistant producer for the highly political CBC 1993 television series D-Net, which influenced the beginning of multiple media and arts organizations, including Reel Abilities Film Festival and Tangled Art Disability, she has infused her artistic work with all the possibilities revealed by the experience of blindness and disability.

Alex is Artistic Director of the Blind-led arts collective Fire & Rescue Team, is former Artistic Director of Common Boots Theatre, lead curator of CoMotion International Deaf and Disability Arts Festival, is a fellow of the BBC Performing Arts, and is an associate artist with the National Theatre School of Canada. She holds a BA in Humanities and Economics with Bishops University Quebec, an Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and an MA in Screenwriting with the University of the Arts London.

Gillian Davis

Gillian Davis

Gillian ‘Gilly’ Davis is a professional writer and communicator. Her unique life journey and challenges have shaped her into a formidable creative force. Growing up in a nomadic family, she developed a deep love for storytelling, films, and books. Despite facing the diagnosis of a degenerative eye disease early in life, Gillian’s resilience and determination to overcome drove her to pursue her dreams, inspire others and remain steadfast in the pursuit of personal and professional growth.
Gillian’s unwavering passion for story led her to ghostwrite various genres, publish several books, and fearlessly share her experiences with retinitis pigmentosa through her blog. She has also co-hosted and has been a guest on numerous podcasts spanning a variety of topics.
Inspired by a filmmaker acquaintance, Gillian’s love for film was rekindled in recent years. She began taking on roles in script and pitch writing, co-producing short films, documentaries, and enjoyed a brief stint as press manager for a small film company. Her resilience, creativity, and unwavering spirit have made Gillian an extraordinary, distinct voice in the communications industry.

Lizna Husnani- Puchta, Board Member

Lizna Husnani-Puchta brings a wealth of experience and a personal passion to her dual roles as Senior Manager for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and the newly appointed Accessibility Lead at Coast Capital Savings. With a foundational career as an occupational therapist specializing in disability management, accommodations, and accessibility, Lizna’s expertise is not just professional but deeply personal. As a mother to a child with a disability, she embodies a unique and empathetic understanding of accessibility challenges. Her career trajectory took a transformative turn during the pandemic, marking a shift to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with a laser focus on employment equity and accessibility. This pivot was driven by Lizna’s profound commitment to dismantling systemic barriers faced by marginalized groups. As a South Asian woman living with a hidden disability, she interweaves her personal identity with her professional pursuits, offering an intersectional lens that fuels her drive for transformative change. Within Coast Capital Savings and in broader societal frameworks, Lizna is a vocal advocate and a beacon of progress, championing inclusive and accessible environments for all.

Ana Juricic, O.D, Board Member

Dr. Ana Juricic wearing a pair of eyeglasses.

Ana Juricic, Doctor of Optometry, graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1996. Ana is a leading authority in Low Vision Rehabilitation in Canada, with 27 years of experience in the field. She employs an integrative approach through her Vision Enhancing Method, which goes beyond traditional approaches and combines vision solutions with nutrition and wellness. She has helped thousands of people across Canada maximize their remaining vision using specialized vision aids, customized glasses, and the newest assistive technology so they can read, recognize faces of loved ones, watch TV and enjoy daily activities.
As an international lecturer, she advocates for Low Vision Rehabilitation, emphasizing that help is available for those living with vision loss. Her mission is to impact millions of people worldwide, spreading the message of hope and assistance. When not seeing patients, Dr. Juricic is a devoted mother to her four teenagers (with the youngest being twins) and enjoys traveling with her family.

Jue Li, Board Member

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Jue Li has spent over 15 years in the banking industry in various finance and product management positions and currently work as Senior Product Manager of Deposits and Savings at Coast Capital Savings. Her strong skills on strategic planning and profit optimization have helped making impactful decisions and significantly contributed to the organizations’ growth. Jue is also a Chartered Professional Accountant of Ontario with a focus on cost accounting management. Jue is married with two kids (one boy and one beagle) and resides in Oakville. Jue is also actively volunteering in local community events and when she is free, the family can be found biking in the local trail in the summer or skiing in Glen Eden during snow time.

Stephen Ricci, Board Member

Stephen Ricci wearing eyeglasses and a purple long sleeves.

Stephen Ricci works for the CNIB in the Social Enterprise Division as the National Portfolio Manager- Accessibility Solutions, supporting the CNIB Smartlife brand. Stephen is a person with ocular albinism and has been legally blind since birth. Stephen is an active member of the blind and partially sighted community volunteering and is always willing to lend a hand. Stephen is driven by the knowledge that he can help make a difference in his community and change what it means to be blind or partially sighted in Canada. Stephen is happily married with three adult children and resides in Toronto. When Stephen is not advocating for accessibility, universal design or talking about the benefits and features of accessible products, he’s likely reading, listening to comedy, cheering on his Maple Leafs or vacuuming.