Our Team

Our Team

Managing the grant application process from A to Z

About Us

Our founder, Stephanie Sang, established Granted Consulting in 2011 and envisioned a community of business owners who not only leverage grants to grow, but also included grants strategically into their financial resource plans. Initially, Granted focused on small companies to help busy business owners manage the complicated and confusing application process. As the company grew, larger businesses approached Granted with the same needs, expressing that they also did not have the capacity or know-how to find the right programs for their business, let alone apply for them.

Unfortunately, grants are not taught in business school, which is why many companies find it difficult to manage the research and application process. Therefore, we have built our internal systems to simplify the grant process from research to final reconciliation and serve as an accurate GPS to help them navigate to the right opportunities.

Our Team of Grant Angels:

Granted is comprised of a team of multilingual grant strategists with experience in various industries. We recognized that many business owners prefer working with us in their native language, as well as consult with someone who understands specific business needs. Granted offers services in the following languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Dutch, and Hindi.

Stephanie Sang

Stephanie Sang

CEO and Grant Angel

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. Stephanie inspires to grow a business that integrates both technology and white-glove service to cater to the needs of the market.

If Stephanie could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve sun, mindfulness, and fun.

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Rukshaar Ali

Strategy Manager

Rukshaar is passionate about working with clients of all industries to build long-term customer relationships. She has held various roles in customer service and account management and her experience from retail, manufacturing, and financial technology industries will support her work at Granted. Rukshaar completed a BBA from Kwantlen in Marketing Management with particular interest in marketing and psychology as it relates to customer behavior. She is also fluent in both English and Hindi. As an animal lover, she enjoys volunteering with the BCSPCA to support animal welfare initiatives.

If Ruk could invent a holiday, it would involve cuddling cute animals all day.

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Floyd Sijmons

Managing Director 

Floyd Sijmons is an experienced CEO, Founder and business mentor with a demonstrated history in driving tech start-ups and scale-ups to success. Having started at Groupon in the early days, Floyd helped push the extreme growth the company went through. As an international executive, he lived in 7 countries during 3 years, picking up ailing areas of the business where needed and effecting change, from Head of Sales, to Head of Operations, Sales Ops, Business Intelligence, and more. Having recently arrived in Vancouver, Floyd hit the ground running and joined NewVenturesBC as a mentor, and VentureLabs as EIR. Floyd aims to use his background and experience in growing companies to push Granted to new heights, expand inside Canada, and help more and more businesses get the grants they deserve.

If Floyd could invent a holiday, it would be a Pet Rescue day – every year 1 day people get the day off, and all pounds, breeders, rescue shelters etc, open their doors and/or come to location for people to mingle with pets. Adoption optional.

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Natalie Smith

 Business Operations Manager

Natalie joined our team after relocating at the beginning of 2020 to Vancouver. Originally from London, England, her background is in HR, Recruitment and Office Management. Natalie enjoys the variety her role has here at Granted and having to wear many hats within the business. Her previous work in operational roles adds to Granted’s ability to build systems so that our clients can leverage our services with greater efficiency.

If Natalie could invent a holiday, it would be National Community Food day where communities can hold street parties lined with picnic benches and everyone would bring a dish to share and eat.

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Ti Wu

Customer Success & Product Management Specialist

At the University of British Columbia, Ti completed her undergraduate studies in Cognitive Systems and Master of Management. She previously worked as a Project Leader at a research lab and also a junior robotics instructor before becoming a Grant Angel at Granted Consulting. At Granted, she loves the constant learning in her job that helps her stay proactive. Ti’s passion is to understand the need of users in order to create strategic and data-driven business solutions for them. Through using GetGranted, she hopes that SMEs can grow and scale their business to create more impact.

If Ti could invent a holiday, it would definitely be national board game day.

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Jerry Liu

Grant Coordinator

Born and raised in Vancouver, Jerry is a Vancouverite with an enthusiastic attitude mixed with a hard-working spirit. He has a diverse background in many industries such as Retail, Embroidery, Fitness, and VFX. Having obtained knowledge on how types of different companies run their operations, he hopes to share his past experiences and bring new perspectives to the team. His work experience includes Client Services, Account Management, Operations Support, and Office Coordinating. He enjoys the variety that comes with his role and is eager to add to his knowledge of Grants. With the constant growth of Granted, Jerry is excited for the endless possibilities that lie ahead for the team.

If Jerry could invent a holiday, it would be National Corgi Hugging day. Where everyone would be able to hug a chubby, happy, well-fed Corgi.

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Kendall Chapman

Grant Coordinator

Kendall was born in Vancouver but has zig-zagged her way back and forth between the United States and Canada for most of her life. After eleven long years in Buffalo, New York (GO BILLS!), she made the decision to attend Capilano University for Motion Picture Arts in North Vancouver. After hardly any deliberation and being unable to resist the mythical magnetic pull from the mountains, she decided to return to her roots and come back to Vancouver. Her background is filled with administrative and customer support positions that allowed her to springboard into her role at Granted. She enjoys the “jack of all trades” feeling of her current position because it lines up with her ability to adapt to any situation or need that may arise.

If Kendall could invent a holiday, she’d make Pride celebrations a national holiday so that all queer Canadians could celebrate. Love is Love!!

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Jostenn Herritt

Data Scientist

Originally from the East Coast, Jostenn has a background in chemical engineering and has spent the last six years in the Bay Area at a tech company. After transitioning into Data Science, he is excited to further develop Granted’s business analytics so that the team can help as many people as effectively and efficiently as possible. You can find him in the mountains biking or snowboarding.

If Jostenn could invent a holiday, it would be to make Election day a holiday!

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Marley Lightfoot

Grant Writer & Researcher

Marley was born and raised not too far from Vancouver in Abbotsford, BC. She moved to Vancouver in 2016 to attend the University of British Columbia. She has recently completed her degree in Urban Forestry and Landscape Planning by watching her grad ceremony on Zoom. Throughout her time at UBC, she developed her passion for data visualization and mapping. To continue with this passion, she is pursuing a masters of Geographic Information Systems Technology at Ulster University, which began in September. At Granted, Marley enjoys applying her report-writing skills from UBC and using them to help small companies get grants and expand their business.

If Marley could invent a holiday, it would be National Cookie Day, so it can be socially acceptable to eat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies all day long.

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Matthew Yeung

Research Lead

Since graduating from the University of British Columbia, Matthew has worked in various research roles exploring the applications of psychometric profiling techniques in alternative financial data. Having worked in tech startups, he truly understands the importance of grant funding and understands the customer pain points. Matthew aims to use his research experience to help more businesses get the funding they need and to help Granted expand its national coverage.

If Matthew could invent a holiday, it would be National Blood Donation Day. A single donation can save 3 lives!

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Sarah Tambur

Grant Strategy Consultant

Born and raised in Toronto, Sarah headed to BC to be closer to the great outdoors. Starting her career in the automotive industry, moving into hospitality, and later into corporate events, Sarah’s professional experiences helped her find her way to Granted when she moved to Vancouver in 2020. Passionate about customer service and a keen problem-solver, Sarah is a strong believer in equal opportunity and uses her skills to help businesses leverage grants so they can grow and succeed.

If Sarah could invent a holiday, Halloween would last a whole week and would ALWAYS be pet-friendly.

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Clara Belluco

Grant Strategy Consultant

Clara is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has been in Vancouver for almost two years. What she most enjoys about this city is watching the seasons change, and can’t decide which she loves more – fall or spring! She speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish and “un petit peu” of French. After graduating in Psychology, Clara found her calling working in Human Resources, where she felt very accomplished by being able to help people find fulfilling jobs, propel their careers and prosper in their lives. With an MBA in Human Resources Management, she led recruitment, training, learning and development initiatives for over 7 years. However, she shifted gears, and ventured into the marvellous world of Sales Management in the tourism industry, actively assessing client needs and creating tailor-made solutions. What excites her about Granted is being able to support clients in expanding their business, driving growth and developing their team members talent through grant funding. She also teaches Organizational Behaviour at an international college, which is extremely rewarding, and is very proud of her students. When she’s not working, she loves being outside, reading, making crafts and, when she still could, going out for beers with friends and watching live concerts. She is a music lover, and can’t spend more than a few minutes without tunes playing in the background.

If Clara could invent a holiday, she’d have a National Express Yourself Day, where people would be encouraged to put down their screens for the day and create freely through art, craft, music, writing or any creative outlet they choose. Then, at the end of the day, there would be small block parties or meet ups at neighborhood parks to share what everyone has created.

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