Kristi Miller

Managing Partner, Krystal Growth Partners

Role: Associate

Sites: CDL-Atlantic, CDL-Rockies

Streams: Ag, Oceans, Prime

As a proven business builder, I focus every day on driving and delivering positive change. I believe passionately in the power of entrepreneurs to innovate, create employment and make our communities better and more prosperous places in which to live and work.

In a return to my entrepreneurial roots, I now lead and am a partner in NPC Ventures. I have primary responsibility for the Fund’s day-to-day operations. My role includes fundraising, LP relations, leading and managing a team, key infrastructure / policy / and process development, deal sourcing, and the conduct and oversight of investment due diligence.

What compels me to do this? In 2010, I saw an opportunity to bring sophisticated and creative capital to the mid-market in a better way. Under my leadership, First West Capital grew from start-up to a national junior capital firm that funded more than $250 million to 100+ amazing businesses. I am 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. With 20 years of finance and entrepreneurship experience, I know how to build and grow organisations.

NPC Ventures takes me back to these entrepreneurial and mission-based roots. I am excited about the potential to achieve impact and build a world class investment fund that supports early stage companies solving major global challenges with naturally-derived products and technologies.

External business leadership: Board member of LIFT Philanthropy Partners, the Fulmer Foundation and Douglas College. Advisory board member at Aisle (formerly Lunapads) and Private Debt Partners. Volunteer Advisor (fintech stream), MaRS Discovery District.

Notable awards and recognition: EY Entrepreneur of the Year, Business Disrupter Category, Pacific Region (2019). BC Business Most Influential Women in Finance (2019). Metro Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Nominee (2019, 2015). Canadian Venture Capital Association Ted Anderson Award for Community Leadership (2017).

Community service: Strong advocate for women in business, financial literacy for youth, health and wellness, and social entrepreneurship. Deeply involved in the community. Proud mother, Canadian and global citizen.