A passionate believer in the power of Canadian entrepreneurs, Kristi focuses every day on driving and delivering positive change.
Kristi has been providing mid-market businesses with relationship-focused, strategic financing and advice for more than twenty years. As Managing Partner of Natural Products Canada (NPC) Ventures, Kristi has returned to her entrepreneurial roots. Anchored by Farm Credit Canada, NPC Ventures invests in innovative, early-stage Canadian companies in the natural products and biologicals sector. The sector encompasses natural products and technologies, nutrition and natural health products, agri-tech and value-added agriculture, functional food and feed additives, biotech, bioproducts, clean tech, water treatment and waste streams.
Previously, as Founder and former National Managing Director of First West Capital, a junior capital firm serving the Canadian mid-market, Kristi grew that business from start-up to a national firm that funded over $250 million to more than 100 businesses. Kristi is honoured to have been recognized by EY as the Pacific Region’s 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year in the category of Business Disrupter for this work.
Kristi holds a Master of Business Administration from UBC, as well as the ICD.D designation.
Kristi currently serves on a number of corporate, public sector and non-profit boards.