Karina LeBlanc

Executive Director of the Pond-Deshpande Centre

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

Prior to coming to UNEI, Karina was the Vice-President, Operations at Autism Pro, a virtual autism clinic, aimed at increasing accessibility to autism intervention for six years. In this role, she managed the overall operations and strategic planning of Autism Pro. 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 YMCA, 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 and 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.