"The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it."
- Debbi Fields, Founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies

Karina LeBlanc

Karina is the Executive Director of the Pond-Deshpande Centre. She has has more than 15 years experience in senior management in both Fortune 500 and start-up companies focusing on Karina LeBlancfinancial/strategic management and business development.

Prior to coming to UNB, and for six years, Karina was the Vice-President, Operations at Autism Pro, a ‘virtual autism clinic’ aimed at increasing accessibility to autism intervention. In this role, she managed the overall operations and strategic planning of AutismPro. She raised more than $4 million from a variety of sources, including government and venture capitalists, and developed strategic partnerships worldwide for lobbying policy change, advocacy and increasing distribution of autism intervention support.

Karina is the past president of the Board of Directors of the YMCA Fredericton and was the campaign co-chair of the “Your New Y” fundraising initiative. During her work with the Y, she was instrumental in securing more than $11 million in funding from all three levels of government and the community to launch the construction of a new YMCA in Fredericton.

Karina has also held positions at UNB, Mathis Instruments, and Procter & Gamble.

She has an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Western Ontario.

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