The Kathi Fund
exists to honour the life and work of Kathi Leblanc. Kathi was forever a champion of natural products and passionate entrepreneurs. Kathi's career spanned three decades working in the natural products category, first as an employee at Yves Veggie and Imagine Food and finally as principle of Fluid Creative, where she supported the launch and growth of dozens of great natural brands.
The goal of the Kathi Fund is to identify, nurture, and support the next wave of Canadian Female Natural Products Entrepreneurs. Every year Canadian Female Entrepreneurs in the Natural, Organic, Sustainable, and Social Responsible Consumer Packaged Goods category will be asked to submit a launch or growth plan that will be assessed by a panel of industry experts. The applications will be assessed based on vision, mission, values, business plan and likelihood of success.
The annual winner will receive:
- $1,000 cash award
- One-on-one mentorship in a variety of critical disciplines including, Brand, Finance, Sales & Distribution, Product, Sourcing & Manufacturing
- $10,000 brand/marketing services from Fluid Creative.
Christine Janssen (Kathi's Life Partner and Natural Products champion in her own right), Brian Saul (Kathi's business partner and co-founder of Fluid Creative) and Gail Mountain (Kathi's long-time friend, mentor and founder for Indigo Natural Products) invite you to make a donation in honour of Kathi and in support of Female Entrepreneurship and a thriving Canadian Natural Products Industry.
Visit the Kathi Fund website
for more information as well as application instructions.
Donate now to the Kathi Fund.
If you are a Vancity Member, you can donate directly from your Vancity VISA or personal account.
If you would like to donate via cheque please address it to the Vancity Community Foundation (mention the Kathi Fund) and send to 810-815 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1B4.