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’ experience in government funding, including tax credits and grants and incentives. Dieter’s skill set spans all operational areas with a core focus on maximizing clients’ recovery strategies across a variety of programs. He has spent several years maximizing the grant funding strategies of multinational organizations across the globe.

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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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Cassandra Doria

Marketing Coordinator
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Currently in her 3rd year of study at the University of Guelph-Humber, Cassandra is en route for a future Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Studies with a focus in Media Business, as well as a Diploma in Media Communications. Her position at GrantMatch has allowed her to apply, utilize, and expand her data-analysis and research skills by retrieving, verifying, and updating data.

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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.

Technical Team

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Emma Boylan

Senior Funding Analyst
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Emma earned Honours Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and History from the University of Toronto and a Graduate Certificate from Humber College in Professional Writing and Communications. During her time with the Region of Halton, she created the Communications Strategy and Plan and can both design and execute strategies that will positively impact not only clients, but communities as a whole.

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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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Alanna Cretney

Funding Analyst
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Alanna earned her Ph.D. in History at Queen’s University, and brings experience in teaching, curriculum writing and development, and fundraising to her role at GrantMatch. Alanna’s extensive research, writing, and analytical background, coupled with her collaborative approach to problem-solving, have equipped her with the tools necessary to pursue funding priorities and strategies with success.

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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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Mario Gravelle

Senior Funding Specialist

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Mario received his PhD from York University in 2018 (History). He has held various positions in private and public grantmaking organizations over the past decade, including volunteering as a Grant Review Team Member for the Ontario Trillium Foundation (2017-2020). He relies on his research and critical thinking skills to identify the best funding opportunities for grant-seeking organizations. 

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Ivana Jazic

Compliance Administrator
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Ivana earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Criminology and a double minor in Sociology and Education Studies from the University of Toronto and is currently completing a post-graduate diploma in Risk Management and Business Administration from McMaster University. Ivana also has diverse experience in the banking industry, which has further enhanced her skill set.

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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’s diverse academic background and experience in economic development and international trade has enabled her to develop effective research, data analysis, and writing skills that can be leveraged to secure government funding for our clients. Originally from Georgia, Chelsey earned a BS in International Affairs and Modern Languages from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Corey McCulloch

Funding Specialist
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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 Entrepreneurs’ Society, Corey mentored fellow students in business planning and in applying for start-up funding opportunities.

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Ken Mison

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

Senior Tax Consultant
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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.

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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 EODP provides clients with invaluable insight into securing government funding within Southern and Eastern Ontario. Her proven track record reflects her ability to successfully complete various funding applications on behalf of our clients.

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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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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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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 is an MLIS candidate from Western University with a focus on information organization, data management and metadata. 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 has led her 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

Tala Abdu

Tala Abdu

Information Analyst, Co-Op
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Tala is in her fourth year of studies at the University of Waterloo. Double majoring in Environment and Business, she has a passion for incorporating sustainability, innovation, and efficiency throughout all aspects of her life. With a diverse set of skills in data analysis, research, environmental policy, and more, Tala brings a unique perspective to GrantMatch.

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Abeer Baig

Historical Data Analyst, Co-Op
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Abeer is a first-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 with quantitative data and research analysis.

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Kevin Blanks

Funding Analyst, Co-Op
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Kevin is in his third year of studies at the University of Waterloo. Pursuing a double major in Political Science and Psychology, he brings an in-depth understanding of not only the innerworkings of governments, but people as well. With a diverse set of skills in data analysis, public policy, and much more, Kevin brings a unique perspective to GrantMatch. 

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Karanbir Singh Kamboj

Jr. Software Developer, Co-Op
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Karanbir is a fourth-year Computer Science co-op student at the University of Waterloo. The experience he has gained during past internships and throughout his university career allows him to learn about and improve company software. 

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Adam Lantorno

Jr. Software Developer, Co-Op
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Adam is a second-year student at the University of Waterloo pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering. His previous co-op experience in engineering, quality assurance, and software development are constantly applied in his work with GrantMatch’s software team.

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George Mo

IJr. Software Developer, Co-Op
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George Mo is a second-year Honours Mathematics student at the University of Waterloo. At GrantMatch, he is applying and enhancing his software development and programming skills, while expanding his professional network and growing his teamwork skills. 

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Joseph Perez

Jr. Software Developer, Co-Op
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Joseph is in his first year at the University of Waterloo, studying Computer Science. Working at GrantMatch allows him to apply what he's learned in class to a professional setting. By working with the GrantMatch team, he is able to refine his technical skills while improving company software.

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Elizabeth Williamson

Funding Analyst, Co-op
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Elizabeth is a new member of the GrantMatch team. This is her second co-op placement in the financial sector. She is currently in her 3rd year of the Environment and Business Program at the University of Waterloo, pursuing a Bachelor of Environmental Studies with a minor in French Studies.

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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