Funding Experts. 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 

To 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. 
 
The GrantMatch team is a diverse and growing group of individuals who are united in their expertise of the government funding and incentive landscape. We cut through the confusion, uncovering the specific financial resources so you can focus on taking your operations to the next level.

Our Culture

 

GrantMatch is an equal opportunity employer. We understand that diversity means strength and we build our team accordingly.

We look for individuals with unique life experiences, big goals, great attitudes, and commitment to life-long learning. The nature of our business is rooted in adaptability. Whether your background is in Finance, Economics, Political Science, or English Literature, we leverage unique perspectives to add maximum value within our organization, and for our clients. GrantMatch maintains a leading team of dedicated funding professionals: 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), Dan helps companies access funding through grants and incentives, indirect sales tax, and SR&ED ITCs. He oversees the operations of the company and provides quality assurance on every large client filing and each major client interaction to ensure no viable opportunity is left behind, so the client receives maximum funding.

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Christine O'Brien

Vice President, Operations
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As Vice-President of Operations, Christine directs, coordinates, and oversees the technical, data, and software teams at GrantMatch. Graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce, major in Economics, and minors in French and Spanish, Christine provides day-to-day leadership and focuses on developing overall strategies and processes for the company to meet current and future needs.

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Mike Janke

Managing Partner
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Mike, Managing Partner of GrantMatch, founded Onager Solutions in 2010, growing the government incentives firm for 5 years before joining forces with GrantMatch (formerly Fairtax). Mike’s entrepreneurial drive was instrumental in the development of the GrantMatch™ platform; Mike now leads the GrantMatch™ development team as well as the company’s technical team.

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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.

Business Development Team

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Kevin Blanks

Marketing Coordinator

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Kevin is in his fourth year of studies at the University of Waterloo, pursuing a double major in Political Science and Psychology. Kevin brings to the team an in-depth understanding of both public and private sector organizational structures, and offers a diverse set of skills in data analysis, public policy, and digital marketing.  In his current role, Kevin looks forward to expanding his professional network and skills. 

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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 communications skills, strong worth ethic, and keen attention to detail allow him to play an integral part within the GrantMatch team.

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Michael Grach

Senior Director of Business Development
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Michael is a results driven sales professional with over 15 years experience specializing in Government grant funding, sales tax and SR&ED tax credits.  Michael’s success is fueled by his desire to provide real value to his clients by helping them create a grant funding strategy that aligns with the organization’s plans for growth and competitiveness.

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Luis Scheinkerman

Senior Director, Corporate Affairs & External Relations
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Luis is an accomplished senior professional with over 25 years of international experience leading strategic initiatives in communications, public relations, and external affairs. He is a multilingual contract negotiator recognized among Fortune 500 companies. Luis has earned an MBA, MHRM, and a PGDCSR from the Isabel I University, as well as a Certificate in Negotiation from the Osgoode Hall Law School. In addition, he also has a Negotiation Mastery from Harvard Business School.

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Gibson Ingram

Director, Product Marketing & Growth 
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As Director of Product Marketing & Growth, Gibson leads the development and go-to-market activities for the GrantMatch Hub SAAS platform. Gibson also leads the in-house marketing department, and is an active member of the business development team. Gibson holds an Honours Communications Studies degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Marketer as designated by the Canadian Marketing Association. 

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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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Emma Boylan

Funding Specialist

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Emma has been working in the government grants and tax incentives industry since 2018. She majored in English and History at the University of Toronto, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Emma also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Writing and Communications from Humber College. She enjoys learning about various businesses and helping clients execute their projects using her research and writing skills. 

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Alanna Cretney

Senior Funding Analyst
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Alanna earned her Ph.D. in History at Queen’s University, and brings experience in teaching, curriculum 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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Corey McDaker

Funding Team Lead, United States
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Corey McDaker is an experienced and driven leader who has spent over a decade working with individuals and organizations to successfully secure government funding. With a dual focus on project identification and strategy development for clients in both Canada and the US, Corey is dedicated to GrantMatch's mission of solving global challenges by connecting clients to funding.

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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 proven track record reflects her ability to successfully complete a wide range of funding applications on behalf of our clients.

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Kayla Thiessen

Senior Funding Analyst

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Kayla holds a Bachelors degree in Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo.  Kayla learned about the government funding process through co-op terms at GrantMatch.  She has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting compelling narratives that effectively communicate a projects value. Kayla enjoys learning about the various projects, especially those related to environmental efficiencies. Her academic background brings a unique perspective to her writing in a wide variety of funding applications.

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Michelle Talsma

Funding Analyst
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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 communications 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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Rebecca Crilly

Senior Funding Specialist
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Rebecca has over 5 years’ experience in grant management, with a focus on Fortune 500 companies in the food & beverage and manufacturing sectors, and 10 years’ experience in marketing. She expertly aligns large, complex projects with funding programs while building strong relationships with clients and government representatives. Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University.

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Peter Gilfoy

Senior Funding Specialist
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Peter excels in managing client relations to ensure the clients’ needs are surpassed while maximizing incentive values. Peter has been successful in securing funding in multiple jurisdictions throughout Canada and the United States and manages relationships with government representatives. Peter has a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University with a major in Global Business Management and minors in German and French.

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Ralph MacKelvie

Senior Funding Specialist
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Ralph received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba. He has held senior accounting positions in a range of industries and attained the CMA designation, receiving the Gold Medal 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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Imane Menni

Funding Specialist, Bilingual

Imane holds a bachelor of commerce with a major in International Business and a minor in Marketing. With a strong background in account management and financial transactions, she possesses strong problem solving skills and has the ability to adapt to changing situations which enables her to foster strong relationships with clients in both French and English.

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Roberto Pegoraro

Partnerships Liaison
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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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Andrew Cleary

Senior Funding Specialist
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Andrew earned an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree and HBA in Financial Mathematics degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. His diverse academic background has enabled him to develop 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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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. As a Funding Specialist, Nick builds on his experience as a Financial Advisor and Investment Representative to effectively serve clients. Nick has an analytical mind that enables him to approach complex tasks strategically and communicate solutions effectively.

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Tony Klopp

VP, Commodity Tax Recovery
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Tony heads up Fairtax, GrantMatch’s indirect tax division. He has been with the company since the very beginning. After twenty years in the business, he is still eager to broaden his tax knowledge and take on new challenges with new clients. Tony is happy to answer client questions and provide more information about our indirect tax recovery service.

 

Ken Mison

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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Stephanie Piercy

Funding Analyst
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Tanya Joseph

Funding Analyst
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Tanya brings a unique blend of academic expertise and practical experience to her role as a Funding Analyst. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, majoring in Honours Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations. Having honed her research and writing skills during her academic pursuits and co-op terms at GrantMatch, she seamlessly integrates her knowledge into the realm of funding incentives. Now, Tanya continues to use her creative expertise and analytical skills to enhance projects, infusing her innovative ideas and approaches into her work.

Data & Software Team

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Fahim Al Sami

Senior 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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Carly Pearce

Communication and Automation Coordinator
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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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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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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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Abdul Hanan Khan

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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Trista Morris

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

Operations Team

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Deborah Dunsire

Financial Services Administrator 

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Deborah is a CPA with a wealth of experience in both the Public and Private Sectors.  She has an entrepreneurial spirit and has operated two small business ventures using her effective customer service and organizational skills. As a dedicated team player, Deborah utilizes critical thinking to solve complex challenges to meet the individual and unique needs of all current and future clients at GrantMatch.

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Chelsey MacNeil

Operations Manager
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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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Melissa McIntyre

Human Resources Specialist 
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As Human Resources Specialist, Melissa takes a creative approach to human resource strategy and collaborates with the management team to continue to promote our culture and values.  She is a graduate of Carleton University, major in Psychology, and graduate of the Human Resources Management program at Fanshawe College. Melissa's 5 years of human resource experience specializing in employee engagement, culture and policies makes her a great addition to the already well-established team.

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Natalie Petit

Accountant 
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Natalie has a global perspective, holding a degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration, along with a CPA, CMA Certification. Natalie has diverse work experience in Corporate Financial and Management Reporting, and has developed strong relationship building, analytical, and writing skills through her work in commercial banking, where she worked to achieve win-win client solutions.

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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