Fundingportal

About Fundingportal

We use innovation to help businesses and organizations like yours to get funded

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What is Fundingportal

Founded in 2011, we are a funding subscription services and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) provider that helps companies, municipalities, nonprofits, and other organizations to secure grants, government incentives, and other funding.

Our online tools have served more than one million applicant organizations. Our SaaS subscribers include dozens of advisory firms, large corporations, and economic development agencies.

Our Management Team


Terry Kirk, CEO
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Alexandria Shannon, President
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Scott Kaplanis, Investment
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Terry Kirk, CEO

Terry has 25 years’ experience as a lawyer, executive, and entrepreneur. As Vice President, Business Development, Bell Canada, she led important national e-commerce initiatives with federal, provincial, and municipal governments. Industry and community roles have included Director, Private Capital Markets Association of Canada, and Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, School of Public Policy, Queen’s University. She has delivered a popular TEDx Talk on Financing innovation and appeared often on BNN. Terry holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and a master’s degree from Queen's University focusing on digital transformation. She has been named a Top Entrepreneur and Innovator of the Year by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance.

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Scott Kaplanis, Investment

Scott has over 15 years of capital markets experience and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses. He has extensive experience with asset management, recruitment, resource planning, M&A assessment, and exit evaluation. He holds an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

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Alexandria Shannon, President

"Alexandria values the power of data to inform decision making above all else. Prior to joining the financial technology sector as President of Fundingportal, Alexandria was the Director of Government Products for Torstar Corp. and has held government relations, policy analyst and executive positions in Brussels, Toronto and Ottawa. Alexandria was elected Board President of the Public Affairs Association of Canada in January 2021. Alexandria holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Victoria and a Post-Grad Certification in Statistical Analysis from Stanford.

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Our Subscription and SaaS Team


Melanie Tabet , Chief Marketing Officer
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Ashley Denton Marshall , Senior Account Executive
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Stephen Ilkiw, Senior Consultant
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Cory Haynes - Senior Consultant, Incentive Management Systems
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Melanie Tabet , Chief Marketing Officer

Melanie’s marketing and communications career spans nearly two decades, and includes leadership roles in software, travel and government funding organizations. In addition to driving strong marketing, branding and communications results, she has published numerous thought leadership articles on the topics of branding, customer experience, customer centricity, technology, and finance in industry magazines such as Forbes. She holds a degree in Commerce (Marketing) from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business in Montreal, and is a passionate marketer, effective communicator, analytical thinker, and strong leader.

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Ashley Denton Marshall , Senior Account Executive

A perceptive Account Executive who understands clients needs. Before joining Fundingportal, Ashley worked in the wealth management industry in both the UK and Canada. Ashley is a practical thinker and confident communicator. Ashley thrives in high-pressure problem-solving situations and provides data-driven solutions to clients across industries. Contact Ashley to learn how to find, apply for and leverage private and public sources of funding.

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Stephen Ilkiw, Senior Consultant

Stephen enjoyed a successful career working at PwC and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada, where he led and worked on multiple major national and international programs. He also held volunteer leadership roles in several nonprofits where he drove change and delivered improved strategic direction. Currently, Stephen is a volunteer member of CCI-Toronto's Marketing Committee. He holds a Master’s in Professional Communications from the University of Western Sydney, as well as a Certificate in Corporate Communications from Seneca College and a BA in Media, Information and Technoculture from Western University.

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Cory Haynes - Senior Consultant, Incentive Management Systems

Cory has spent his career traveling the globe to help companies create and maintain business in new markets. and has been a frequent visitor to over 75 countries. Cory is a trusted resource for Canadian funding programs, connecting companies with the right funding opportunities that help reduce the cost of growing their business. In 2005, Cory founded the Toronto branch of a business consulting firm focused on government funding. Between 2007 and 2009, he launched corresponding offices in Halifax and Moncton, grew the Atlantic market, and then went on to penetrate western Canada. In his current role as Senior Consultant, Incentive Management Systems at Fundingportal, Cory uses his wealth of experience and knowledge of the funding space to help companies grow and expand their business.

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Parth Rai Sharma , Senior Developer
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Sarbjeet Singh, Full Stack Developer
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Agne Urbonaite, Data
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Asom Mike-Ebeye, Data
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Asom Mike-Ebeye

Asom holds a bachelor's degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Benin and has an extensive background in Canada’s finance industry. As part of Fundingportal’s data management team, Asom is responsible for maintaining the integrity of its data identification and verification efforts.

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Agne Urbonaite, Data

Agne leads Fundingportal’s data verification and identification efforts and oversees our Accounts Payable. With deep experience in data management and project management, Agne holds a Master of Communications and Information and a Bachelor of Public Administration from Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania.

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Parth Rai sharma , Senior Developer

Parth is Senior Software Developer, with intense experience of 7 plus years in the indusrtry .He overseas infrastructure and architecture projects.He is also for computer science courses at Trious and Sault college

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sarbjeet Singh,Full Stack Developer

Sarbjeet is Fundingportal’s full stack developer. He studied programming at George Brown College. He has successfully overseen complex development projects on Fundingportal’s website and SaaS solutions.

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    • Founded Fundingportal to help companies source funding – like Expedia, but for funding!
    • Named Top Startup by Chamber of Commerce
    • Raised first round of financing
    • Launched first SaaS solution, Fundsearch, an algorithmic search tool into 5,000 funding sources to finance innovation
    • Launched first Data as a Service (DaaS) solution for Globe & Mail (Fundingportal Top 500)
    • Became a Registered Exempt Market Dealer
    • Closed second round of financing with VCs and strategic investors
    • Launched Fundingportal US
    • Launched Fundingportal GMS, an end-to-end SaaS Grants Management System
    • Named a Deloitte Top 50 Company to Watch
    • Founder Teri Kirk delivers TEDx Talk on Financing Innovation: From Capital Markets to Crowdfunding
    • Served 1M users on the Portal and 20 SaaS licensees
    • Our Founder named Top Female Innovator and Entrepreneur by Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance
    • Attracted first government SaaS client: Nova Scotia Business Inc.
    • Became a Microsoft Azure Cloud Solution
    • Closed expansion round
    • Layered on AI and launched our Grants Application Bot

Investors

Fundingportal is a private corporation, backed by experienced e-commerce investors, including:

  • KPMG
  • Slaight Communications Inc.
  • Lexenomics Inc.
  • KaplanisCo.
  • Partners in Primary Capital Inc.
  • Kirk Family Trust

For additional investor information, contact [email protected].


Governance

Fundingportal’s board is comprised of both investor representatives and leaders within government funding and capital markets communities, including:

Terry Smith, Slaight Communications Inc.
Rob Brouwer, KPMG
Michel Wylie, Societal Ventures
Debbie Weinstein, LW Law
Teri Kirk, Founder and CEO

International

Fundingportal operates in the following countries and languages:

Canada - English  
Canada - French  
US English  
UK English  

Advisors

We host a National Advisory Council that facilitates dialogue between the public and private sectors on improvements to grants and government incentives. Specific objectives include identifying tools and solutions to streamline application processes, reducing funding timelines, and increasing the percentage of funding that is distributed to businesses. Our Council includes:

Dr. David A. Jaffray

Georgina Steinsky
Government

Dr. David A. Jaffray

Dr. David A. Jaffray
Health

Glenn O'Farrell

Glenn O'Farrell
Media

Leo Lax

Leo Lax
Venture Capital

Kevin Shea

Kevin Shea
Digital Media

Richard Rémillard

Richard Rémillard
Data