Funding Gurus. Friendly Faces.

Formerly named Fairtax Grants & Incentives, the GrantMatch team has been in the game for more than 25 years. Led by Managing Partners Dan Civiero and Mike Janke, GrantMatch has collectively secured over $300 million in government funding dollars for a wide range of clientele.

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Our Mission & Vision

Resolve global challenges by connecting clients to funding

We believe in the value of our services. Our goal is to educate, advise, and assist the most innovative organizations to reach their funding potential and flourish as a result. We cut through the confusion, uncovering the specific financial resources that allow you to focus on taking your operations to the next level.
Formerly named Fairtax Grants & Incentives, the GrantMatch team has been in the game for more than 25 years. Led by Managing Partners Dan Civiero and Mike Janke, GrantMatch has collectively secured over $300 million in government funding dollars for a wide range of clientele.

Our Culture

 

GrantMatch is an equal opportunity employer. This means we are dedicated to the idea that diversity is strength, and we build our team accordingly.

We look for individuals with unique life experience, big goals, great attitudes and a commitment to being a life-long learner. The nature of our business is rooted in adaptability, and our core values reflect this. Whether your background is in Finance, Economics, Political Science, or English Literature, we leverage unique perspectives to add maximum value within our organization, and to our clients. GrantMatch is the leading team of dedicated funding professionals, and our people are what make us unique.

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Meet Our People

Executive Team

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Dan Civiero

Managing Partner
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Founder and Managing Partner of GrantMatch (formerly Fairtax), founded in 1994, Dan helps companies access funding through grants & incentives, indirect sales tax, and SR&ED ITCs. He oversees the operations of the company and provides quality assurance on every large file client interaction to ensure no viable opportunity is left behind so the client receives maximum funding.

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Mike Janke

Managing Partner
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Mike, Managing Partner, founded Onager Solutions in 2010, growing the government incentives firm for 5 years until being acquired by Fairtax (now GrantMatch). Mike gained a grant reviewer’s perspective after being appointed to a grant review team board by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, and has received several Innovation Awards.

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Dieter Eisbrenner

President
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Dieter is a results-driven executive with over 25 years of experience in government funding, including tax credits and grants and incentives. Dieter leverages GrantMatch’s AI-captured funding data to consult with Fortune 500 companies on a proactive basis as a skilled government funding strategist. His skill set spans all operational areas with a core focus on maximizing clients’ recovery strategies across a variety of programs. 

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Christine O'Brien

Vice President, Operations
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Through her academic background in International Finance and Accounting, Christine developed excellent analytical and report-writing skills, as well as a deep understanding of company financial statements. Graduate of the University of Toronto with a B. Comm Specialist, major in Economics and Minors in French and Spanish, Christine worked in audit compliance for several years at TD Canada Trust.

Business Development Team

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Gibson Ingram

Director, Marketing & Communications
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As Marketing & Communications Manager, Gibson maintains and innovates brand identity across platforms, strategically developing marketing campaigns and corporate communication standards that fuel our client acquisition funnel. Gibson completed an Honours Communications Studies Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, accompanied by an Entrepreneurship Core specialization.

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Peter Kimpton

Director, Corporate Affairs
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Peter is a seasoned professional with over 10 years of experience in sales and business development. His exceptional communication skills, strong work ethic, and keen attention to detail allow him to play an integral part within the GrantMatch team.

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Luis Scheinkerman

Senior Director, Corporate Affairs & External Relations
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Luis is an awarded senior professional with 25+ years of international experience leading strategic initiatives in the areas of communications, public relations, and external affairs. He is a multilingual consummate contract negotiator recognized among Fortune-500 companies. He possesses an MBA, a MHRM, a PGDCSR from the Isabel I University and an Osgoode Hall Law School Certificate in Negotiation.

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Michele Trempe

Senior Director of Business Development
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Michele is a high energy, passionate team player with a wealth of experience. She previously worked in Sales Tax Recovery and has over 20 years of business experience in sales and leadership. She holds an Honours Business Administration Diploma from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York University.

Funding & Incentives Team

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Lola Bridges

Funding Specialist
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Graduating in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Calgary, Lola has excelled in writing and communication courses with a focus on critical analysis. Lola also brings with her over 15 years of experience in customer service and has prioritized high quality standards through her work in small business management for the last 5 years.

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Andrew Cleary

Funding Specialist
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Andrew obtained an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree and HBA in Financial Mathematics degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. His diverse academic background has provided him with attributes that are key to developing the analytical and client management skills necessary to effectively communicate and leverage his experience to secure government funding for GrantMatch’s clients.

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Rebecca Crilly

Senior Funding Specialist
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Rebecca has over 10 years of experience as a marketing specialist in consumer and B2B marketing. Her extensive background and knowledge include specialties in communication planning and implementation, grant writing and CRM management. Rebecca has earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Degree in Business Administration and Management from Ryerson University.

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Nick Favero

Funding Specialist
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Nick holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University. A recent addition to our team, he is eager to build on his experience as a Financial Advisor and Investment Representative. Nick has an analytical mind that enables him to approach complex tasks strategically and communicate solutions effectively.

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Peter Gilfoy

Senior Funding Specialist
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As our specialist in Atlantic Canadian funding programs, Peter recently opened the Atlantic regional office for GrantMatch in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Peter has a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, with a major in Global Business Management and minors in German and French.

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Tony Klopp

VP, Commodity Tax Recovery, Fairtax - A Division of GrantMatch
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Allison LaSorda

Editor
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Allison LaSorda holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto, an MA from the University of New Brunswick, and an MFA from the University of Guelph. A National Magazine Award-nominated writer, she has worked for postsecondary institutions and academic and literary publishers for nearly ten years.

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Ralph MacKelvie

Senior Funding Specialist
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Ralph received a B. Comm. Honours from the University of Manitoba. Ralph has held senior accounting positions in a range of industries, attained the CMA designation, and was the Gold Medal recipient for Manitoba on the comprehensive final. Ralph’s experience in information technology has been invaluable in implementing the data analysis techniques GrantMatch employs on large data populations.

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Chelsey MacNeil

Manager, Special Projects
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Chelsey, a previous Sr. Funding Analyst of four years, gained a thorough understanding of the process involved in securing funding approvals for our clients, from building strong relationships, to researching project components, writing applications, and everything in between. She now utilizes that breadth of knowledge to manage special projects in support of GrantMatch’s executive team, as well as our Funding Specialists and Analysts.

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Corey McCulloch

Funding Team Lead, United States
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Corey’s passion for entrepreneurship led him to launch two small businesses and pursue an honours degree in Business Administration and a diploma in Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship at the University of Guelph-Humber. As president of the University’s Entrepreneur’s Society, Corey mentored fellow students in business planning and applying for start-up funding opportunities. He now uses his experience to ensure clients achieve maximum funding.

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Ken Mison

Senior Funding Analyst
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Ken’s background in market research was developed over a 30-year career in which he advised national and multi-national businesses on customer service, process design, and communications. He is the recipient of Canada’s highest market research award – the Pinnacle Award from the Market Research Intelligence Association – for work he did with Plan Canada. A graduate of Carleton University, Ken applies his vast knowledge of industries to develop strong funding applications.

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Roberto Pegorano

Funding Analyst
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Roberto has over 30 years of experience in policy and management positions in the Ontario Government including at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Ministry of Finance, and Cabinet Office. As a Funding Analyst, he brings his strong research and analytical skills and extensive experience in collaborating with individuals to assist clients navigate through the latest information in grant programs and develop effective funding strategies.

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Lynda Rickard

Senior Funding Specialist
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Lynda has a strong background in organizational development and extensive knowledge of proposal writing. Her in-depth experience with FedDev Ontario and the Eastern Ontario Development Program provides clients with invaluable insight into securing government funding within Southern and Eastern Ontario. Her proven track record reflects her ability to successfully complete a wide range of funding applications on behalf of our clients.

Martin Snead

Martin Snead

Senior Funding Specialist
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Martin has more than 14 years of experience in developing compelling and persuasive funding applications for a wide range of charitable/non-profit and business clients. He has helped clients successfully secure more than $ 20M in funding. Martin has a BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a MA in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. As a Senior Funding Specialist, he is committed to both service excellence and to being a dynamic partner in our clients’ funding success.

Data & Software Team

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Fahim Al Sami

Software Developer
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Fahim is a Software Developer with a passion for coding and cyber security. With a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering from Lakehead University, Fahim uses his background and knowledge of software development to support the continuous evolution of GrantMatch's scalable platform, ensuring we can serve our clients well. 

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Lisa Doria

Research Analyst
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Lisa’s role as a Research Analyst is a very diverse one, making it a perfect fit for her entrepreneurial spirit. Lisa studied business at Ryerson University and Sheridan College. Aside from her experience as an entrepreneur, Lisa was previously a Production and Raw Material Planner. Her client-focused approach helps her to ensure that customer satisfaction is always at the forefront.

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Abdul Hanan

Data Engineer
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With a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Computer Engineering and experience supporting business growth as a Data Engineer/Scientist, Abdul brings an invaluable skillset to the GrantMatch team. He continually stays abreast of the latest advancements in Data Science and Data Engineering technology, allowing GrantMatch to leverage massive data sets through developments in machine learning, algorithm design, and data mining techniques. 

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Carly Pearce

Information Analyst 
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Carly earned a Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa, specializing in History and Political Science. Throughout her degree she found a passion for writing and research, which she is now pursuing as our newest member of the Data team.

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Kaitlyn Morris

Data Librarian
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Kaitlyn has a Master's of Library and Information Science from Western University with a focus on information organization, metadata, and access. She has a degree in Political Science and English Literature from Nipissing University, and a postgrad in Journalism from Humber College. With 15 years of customer service experience and time spent among not-for-profits, her passion for information makes her a valuable addition to the GrantMatch data team.

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Trista Morris

Manager, Data & Research
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Trista holds a double major in English Literature and Political Sciences from Nipissing University. She also completed a master's degree in Library and Information Sciences with an emphasis on information management from Western University. Trista has a highly analytical mind and thrives in tasks related to data manipulation, analysis, detailed reporting, and making sense of complex data sets.

Our Clever Co-Ops

Shelby Allen

Shelby Allen

Funding Analyst, Co-Op

Shelby is a first-year student at the University of Waterloo pursuing a master's degree in Social and Legal Studies. Her position with GrantMatch utilizes her background in various social studies and further develops her skill set in writing, research, and data analytics. 

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Abeer Baig

Historical Data Analyst, Co-Op

Abeer is a second-year student at the University of Waterloo pursuing a master's degree in Social and Legal Studies. Her position as a Historical Data Analyst allows her to pursue her passion for research and statistics. With GrantMatch, she is able to expand and hone her skills in quantitative data and research analysis. 

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Kevin Blanks

Funding Analyst, Co-Op

Kevin is in his fourth year of studies at the University of Waterloo. Pursuing a double major in Political Science and Psychology, he brings an in-depth understanding of the inner workings of governments, as well as many industries. With a diverse set of skills in data analysis, public policy, and more, Kevin brings a unique perspective to GrantMatch and looks forward to expanding his professional network. 

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Anastasiya Filatava

Funding Analyst, Co-Op

Anastasiya is currently in her first year pursuing a master's degree in Public Service at the University of Waterloo. She has a very diverse educational background with a bachelor's degree in Political Science, French and Italian, and 14 years of musical education which includes a degree in Music and Psychology. Her position at GrantMatch allows her to utilize previous professional and educational experiences in linguistics, research, and writing to provide valuable insight and enhance her skill set. 

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Tanya Joseph

Funding Analyst, Co-Op

Tanya is in her third year of studies, majoring in Honours Political Science with an International Relations specialization at the University of Waterloo. With a diverse skill set, her position at GrantMatch allows her to use her previous knowledge and experience to further explore different areas of research while expanding her writing and analytical skills.

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Eric Lin

Jr. Software Developer, Co-Op

Eric Lin is a second-year Honours Mathematics co-op student at the University of Waterloo. He has a strong passion for software development and data science. His position here at GrantMatch as a Junior Software Developer allows him to enhance his skills as a programmer, hone his problem-solving skills, and expand his professional network.

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Eric Liu

Data Engineer Intern, Co-Op

Eric Liu is a first-year Computing and Financial Management student at the University of Waterloo who is passionate about Machine Learning and software development. As a Data Engineer at GrantMatch, he is able to apply and hone his programming skills and gain valuable experience regarding data transformation, data extraction, and Machine Learning.

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Kaira Salas

Information Management Assistant, Co-Op

Kaira is a second-year student at the University of Waterloo. Pursuing a Bachelor’s in Legal Studies and Philosophy, she harbours a strong analytical mindset and has a passion for roles that facilitate community development. Her work at GrantMatch allows her to pursue her dream of combining administration and innovation while honing her skills in data management and collaborative research.

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Aman Shah

Jr. Software Developer, Co-Op

Aman Shah is a first-year student at the University of Waterloo pursuing Mechatronics Engineering. He is passionate about AI, Machine Learning, and web development. Aman's position at GrantMatch as Junior Software Developer allows him to learn new skills and enhance his existing skills to become a better developer.

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Teresa Tan

Information Analyst, Co-Op

Teresa is entering her fourth year in the Arts and Business program at the University of Waterloo, majoring in Social Development Studies. Her interest and experience in research and analysis have allowed her to thrive on GrantMatch’s data team while also continuing to develop other skills.

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Kayla Thiessen

Funding Analyst, Co-Op

Kayla is entering her fourth year of studies in Environment and Business at the University of Waterloo. Her interest in policy and legal writing, specifically surrounding environmental issues, brings a unique perspective to the GrantMatch team. With GrantMatch, Kayla is able to hone and develop her research, writing, and quantitative data analysis skills.  

Our Esteemed Clients & Partners

Like any great endeavour, we achieve much more when collaborating with exceptional partners like Financial Executives International (FEI), Canada’s largest association of CFOs, and other senior corporate executives. Additionally, we work with a large network of partner organizations including municipal finance officers, and food processor associations.
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