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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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.

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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.

Business Development Team

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Michael Grach

Senior Director of Business Development
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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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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.

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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 SME-focused GrantMatch Hub SAAS platform. Additionally, he leads GrantMatch's in-house marketing department, and is an active member of the business development team connecting prospective corporate clients with GrantMatch's premium service offering.  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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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.

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Walter Woodroffe-Brown

Marketing Coordinator
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Walter earned a Bachelor of Communications in Public Relations Degree from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. His experience spans across the manufacturing, municipal, and not-for-profit sectors. A particular area of interest of his is in digital marketing, specifically delivering personalized relevant and interesting content.

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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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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.

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 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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Andrew Cleary

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.

 

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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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Emily Gallion

Senior Funding Analyst
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Emily holds a degree in Political Science, which enables her to understand the complexities of government funding. She previously served as Grant Manager for a US nonprofit, where she secured millions in grant funding during her tenure. A versatile writer, Emily loves to transform highly technical information into concise, compelling proposals for GrantMatch clients.

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Allison LaSorda

Editor
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Allison is a National Magazine Award-nominated writer and has worked for post-secondary institutions and academic and literary publishers for nearly ten years. Allison holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, a Master of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Guelph.

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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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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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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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Navi Padda

Funding Specialist, Bilingual
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Navi has over 4 years of experience managing projects and fostering strong relationships with clients as a French translator. As the newest member of the Funding Specialist team, she is responsible for understanding and identifying client needs in order to find programs that are best suited for them.

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Corey Roberts

Funding Specialist
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Corey Roberts holds a PhD in German Language and Culture and has nearly 20 years’ experience in the US higher education landscape as a professor and administrator, including extensive work in curriculum development, program assessment, and grant writing. In his role as Funding Analyst at GrantMatch he leverages this background to identify funding opportunities and draft compelling applications for client projects and priorities.

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Roberto Pegoraro

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.

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 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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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 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.

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Brandon Abrams

Historical Data Analyst, Co-Op

Brandon is entering his third year of studies in the Honours Arts and Business program at the University of Waterloo. Pursuing a major in history, his interest in historical research and data has allowed him to excel in the Historical Data Analyst position while continuing to develop his research skills as well as others.

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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 her previous professional and educational experiences in linguistics, research, and writing to provide valuable insight and enhance her skill set. 

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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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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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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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Harleen Kaur

Information Management Assistant, Co-Op

Harleen Kaur is a third year co-op student studying pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Waterloo.

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Bassam El-Naggar

Jr. Software Developer, Co-Op

Bassam El-Naggar is a first-year student at the University of Waterloo studying Computer Engineering. He has a passion for all things digital. His position as a Junior Software Developer allows him to learn about and interact with different technologies, helping him enhance his technical skills.

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Arvind Sanjay

Jr. Software Developer, Co-Op

Arvind Sanjay is a first-year student at the University of Waterloo pursuing Electrical Engineering. He is passionate about full-stack development and its intersection with data science. As a Junior Software Developer at GrantMatch, he is able to explore his interests in software, build upon his programming skills and expand his professional network.

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Khushi Nagpal

Information Management Assistant, Co-Op

Khushi is a third-year Legal Studies and Business student at the University of Waterloo. She is pursuing a minor in Canadian Politics and Public Policy to further explore her passion for Law. Khushi's position at GrantMatch as an Information Management Assistant has allowed her to enhance her interest in research while developing data management and analytical skills. 

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Sohail Sayed

Data Engineer Intern, Co-Op

Sohail Sayed is in his second year of studying Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He has years of programming experience and a strong interest in machine learning. As a Data Engineer at Grantmatch, he gains invaluable real world experience using machine learning, data extraction and data visualization programming frameworks and libraries on a daily basis.

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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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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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