Changing the System through Research, Policy and Entrepreneurship

Pond Deshpande Center

Changing the System through Research, Policy and Entrepreneurship​

The Pond-Deshpande Centre believes that we need innovative ways to address our most pressing and complex socio-economic challenges. We are building the capacity across all sectors for systems thinking, user-centered design, prototype development, experimentation, and scale. We have developed the expertise to convene diverse voices, build the capacity for systemic change and make a real, lasting and positive impact on the communities we work with.

Our Programs

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Connecting MIT’s innovators to the business community to accelerate emerging technologies to market

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Our Programs

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B4C Be.For.Change

Accelerating people who are effecting positive change through successful, innovative entrepreneurial ventures

NouLAB

A social innovation lab solving complex, rapidly-shifting, multistakeholder social problems

Student Ambassador Program (SAP)

A launchpad for New Brunswick’s university students to create change in their communities

The Changemakers Fund

Inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs and innovators to create opportunities, change mindsets and develop solutions for Atlantic Canada’s most urgent challenges

B4C Be.For.Change

NouLAB

Student Ambassador Program (SAP)

The Changemakers Fund

B4C Be.For.Change​

Accelerating people who are effecting positive change through successful, innovative entrepreneurial ventures

NouLAB​

A social innovation lab solving complex, rapidly-shifting, multistakeholder social problems​

Student Ambassador Program (SAP)

A launchpad for New Brunswick’s university students to create change in their communities​

The Changemakers Fund

Inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs and innovators to create opportunities, change mindsets and develop solutions for Atlantic Canada’s most urgent challenges​

Our Impact

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Partner with Us

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  • Do you have persistent, complex socio-economic challenges?
  • Do you want to understand how to leverage Public and Social Innovation Labs to address these challenges?
  • Do you have ideas and don’t know where to start turning those ideas into action?

Pond Deshpande Center

Renaissance College, Carriage House,
811 Charlotte St. PO Box 4400, Fredericton, NB E3B5A3
Phone: 1-506-451-6826
Email: innovate@unb.ca

Our People

Core Team

Karina LeBlanc

Executive Director, PDC Executive Director, NBSPRN

Heather Boyd-Kinnie

Operations & Funding Manager, PDC/NBSPRN

Sarah Cormie

Funding & Financial Assistant, PDC/NBSPRN

Ruth Hayes

Funding & Financial Assistant, PDC/NBSPRN
NouLAB Program Team

Jason Doiron

NouLAB Facilitator

Joanna Brown

NouLAB Director, Interim

Jules Maitland

NouLAB Lead Facilitator

Nick Scott

Co-founder, NouLAB

Shawni Beaulieu

NouLAB Lab Manager

Lewis Muirhead

NouLAB Knowledge Manager
B4C Program Team

Rachel Mathis

B4C MANAGER

Sydney Rankin

B4C COORDINATOR
Advisory Board

Desh Deshpande

CO-FOUNDER,
DESHPANDE FOUNDATION
PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN,
SPARTA GROUP LLC

Gerry Pond

Chairman and Co-Founder of
Mariner Partners Inc.

Raj Melville

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
DESHPANDE FOUNDATION