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.
We look for individuals with unique life experiences, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Wilfred Laurier University, accompanied by an Entrepreneurship Core specialization.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Raman is an innovative IT professional with superior knowledge of computer systems and software development. He excels in gathering, analyzing, and defining operational requirements and process executing tools, delivering on efficient re-engineering processes, workflows, and technology solutions for business continuity. Raman designs high-level technical solutions in adherence to best practices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.