Our Team of Grant Angels:
Stephanie, a true Vancouverite, vowed never to be an entrepreneur, though she comes from four generations of business owners. Stephanie holds a degree in international marketing, and worked in various industries including tourism and technology, before establishing herself in a VP role with an international manufacturer in Taiwan. After ten years of fast-paced Asian living, and success in developing her family business to pre-IPO stage, she returned to Vancouver in 2010 to start Granted Consulting. As head ‘grant angel’, Stephanie and her team impact businesses in B.C. by helping them leverage grant opportunities successfully.
Tom LiaoSr. Consultant
Tom comes from vast experience in international trade and manufacturing. He has lead teams internationally in product engineering and design and was instrumental in establishing quality systems for manufacturing plants. Tom’s role at Granted is to ‘spread the wealth’ to non-English speaking communities such as the Chinese community in Greater Vancouver. He continues to build a reputation among Chinese networks as the ‘go-to’ source for funding opportunities.
Sheeba FaqihGrant Coordinator
Sheeba brings a unique combination of skills to Granted, that encompass her background working for the federal government for several years as well as founding and running her own business. Having lived in different parts of the world, she has considered Vancouver her home for the last 2 decades and has completed her B.A. in Criminology through SFU. She speaks French and Urdu and is currently an integral part of the administrative side of Granted.
Paul LeungGrant Consultant
Paul brings over six years of financial services experience to Granted and currently holds a B.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University. He spent a significant part of his career helping clients grow their small business by focusing on a needs-based approach, prioritizing long term relationships over short term gains, and encouraging clients with a positive and enthusiastic attitude. In addition to Paul’s experience in banking, he also spends his time supporting local non-profit organizations that specializes in youth leadership and development.
Lareina WangAdministrative Assistant
Lareina provides administrative support and assists the processing of grant applications. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University. Originally from China, she is fluent in Mandarin and is passionate about supporting internal operations at Granted.
Maksim ChitovGrant Coordinator
Maksim is dedicated to entrepreneurial success. With a B.A. in International Relations from Simon Fraser University, he holds a wealth of knowledge on global trade policies and the international economic climate. Maksim’s familiarity with the entrepreneurial mindset and his understanding of the institutional origin of funding programs enables him to advise on effective grant solutions for businesses in B.C.
Cheryl KwanSales and Marketing Coordinator | Executive Assistant
An enthusiast in digital marketing, Cheryl is the key contributor to Granted’s sales and marketing efforts, including communications, social media and website maintenance. She also provides administrative and scheduling support to senior management. Cheryl holds a B.A. in Communications from Simon Fraser University with a minor in Publishing, and is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. She is committed to spreading the knowledge of ‘free money’ among the wider business community.
Jessica TanAccount Manager
Jessica brings over 6 years of customer service and administration experience to Granted. Her previous role at a professional, regulatory body, enables her to understand some of the needs of small to medium sized businesses. Jessica finds great joy in helping clients access government funding that they wouldn’t have otherwise without Granted’s help. With a customer-focused background and friendly attitude, Jessica empathetically listens to her clients to provide grant solutions catered to their unique business needs.
Thomas LiuAdministrative Assistant
Thomas works in the administrative capacity. His creative yet meticulous nature allows him to operate with efficiency and effectiveness. With a B.A. in History from Simon Fraser University and a Diploma in Human Resources Management from BCIT, he seeks to maximize his research and internal operation capability at Granted. As an entrepreneur himself, Thomas understands the challenges many businesses are facing today.