"Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry."
― Bill Drayton, Leading Social Entrepreneurs Changing the Worlds

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.

Recent News

  • Sep, 2118

    B4C Announces its 8th Cohort in the time of Covid-19

    B4C had just begun it’s 8th Cohort when the pandemic lockdown suddenly happened in the Spring of 2020.   As we work in the “new normal,” […]

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  • Apr, 1218

    NouLAB Works With “Between the Bridges- Inspiring Communities” on Collective Impact

    The challenges of quality and affordable housing in Halifax Regional Municipality have been present in the area of Dartmouth North for many, many years. Inadequate […]

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