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


Alexandria Shannon, President
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Scott Kaplanis, Investment
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Karen Fournier, COO
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Teri Kirk, CEO

Teri 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. Teri 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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Karen Fournier, COO

Karen began her career as a parliamentary reporter and a weekly columnist for the Financial Post. She has worked with hundreds of advanced R&D companies and municipalities to get funded. She holds an MBA from the John Molson School of Business and is a go-to expert on government incentives and how to get them.

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Alexandria Shannon, President

Alexandria’s experience in multinational environments and professional roles within global corporations, facing strict regulations helped prepare her for her current role as a VP, Clients & Partnerships. In addition to working in an government relations climate, Alexandria spent a considerable time in Brussels, working with various organizations including the European Commission. Her specializations include politics, economic development, deriving data-driven insights, project and change management. She holds a Bachelor's in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Victoria, and a diploma in Statistical Learning from Stanford University.

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Our Subscription and SaaS Team


Parth Patel, Technology
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Agne Urbonaite, Data
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Stephen Ilkiw, Senior Consultant
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Parth Patel, Technology

Parth leads Fundingportal’s full stack web operations. He studied programming at Durham College and Ryerson University. He has successfully overseen complex development projects on Fundingportal’s website and SaaS solutions.

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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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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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    • 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 Canadian 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