Board of Directors

Chair, Bob Stark

Bob Stark

Bob Stark is a Strategy Consultant and Disability Advocate. Prior to this, he was Deputy Minister and CEO of ServiceOntario and an executive at Rogers and Scotiabank. He is married with four children and five grandchildren. His youngest adult daughter is blind and has received services from BALANCE for many years.

 


Vice Chair, Michelle McQuigge

Michelle is standing by a window with her guide dog.

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, Darren R. Harper, CHRL, BBA, Board Member

Darren Harper

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.

 


Board Secretary, Robin Dafoe

Robin Dafoe

Robin Dafoe is the Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of the Condominium Authority of Ontario. Robin has worked in the Ontario Public Service for most of her career.  She has extensive experience in board governance and is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond.

 


Past Chair, Meenakshi Venkatesan

Our past Chair, Meenakshi V.

Meenakshi Venkatesan was Chair of the Board from 2015-2017.  Meena 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.

 


Janis Davidson-Pressick, Board Member

head shot Janis Davidson-Pressick

Janis is a marketing and communications professional with more than twenty years’ experience. She has worked in numerous industries including professional sports, radio, television, and publishing. Janis presently works for Accessible Media, a supporting partner of BALANCE and its initiatives. Janis lives in Toronto with her husband, daughter and three pets.

 


Virginia Duff, M.D., FRCPC, Board Member (on leave)

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.


Keith Gordon, Ph.D., Board Member

Dr Gordon 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 currently Research Director of the New Zealand Blind Foundation where he has helped develop and direct a number of research projects, most notably a study on the prevalence of visual impairment in New Zealand and a study of the needs of Blind Foundation members across a wide range of activities. Dr Gordon has been a Board member of, and worked with, a number of national and international organizations associated with vision. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto.


Joeita Gupta, Board Member

 


Anne (Hurka) MacPhee, Board Member

Anne is a senior finance and operations executive with over 30 years of leadership, strategic and operational planning, developing meaningful performance measures, generating results and improving operational performance in the for profit and not for profit sectors.


Stephen Ricci, Board Member

Steve 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.

 

 

 

 

 


Marcus M. Song, Board Member

Mark Song is standing by a window in a suit jacket and open-collar shirt. Mark is a finance professional currently working at CAMH (Centre for Addition and Mental Health). He has extensive working experience in capital planning, financial cycle management and system implementation. Mark is CPA designated and holds a degree in Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and motor sport.