Team

We know the world of grants can often be overwhelming and confusing. That’s why our team is committed to help small and medium-sized businesses grow by navigating them through each stage of the grant process.

CEO & Founder

Stephanie Sang

CEO & Founder

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.

Business Operations Manager

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.

Senior Grant Strategist

Rukshaar Ali

Senior Grant Strategist

Ruk joined Granted in 2018, coming from a sales and marketing background. With over 10 years of experience serving clients in various industries including retail, manufacturing, and Fin-Tech. With a BBA in Marketing Management, Ruk leverages her professional experience and passion for helping clients to lead Granted's consultants and deliver unparalleled quality service.

Research Manager

Matthew Yeung

Research Manager

Since completing his undergrad at UBC, 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.

Writing Manager

Marley Lightfoot

Writing Manager

Marley joined Granted in 2020 and shortly thereafter moved to Quebec City. Originally from Vancouver, her background is in urban forestry and sustainability modelling, having worked for non-profits in BC and across Canada. Outside of work you can find her exploring the East Coast with her partner Cam and their pups Ted and Dave, and managing their real estate investments.

Lead Grant Coordinator

Ashpreet Thind

Lead Grant Coordinator

An SFU graduate, Ashpreet grew up in Vancouver, and can’t imagine calling anyplace else home. From past work, lived experiences, and volunteer work, Ashpreet has learned to be adaptable, caring, and efficient which allows her to succeed in her role as a Lead Grant Coordinator. She has a wide variety of hobbies (digital painting, whittling and collaborative storytelling to name just a few) and is always looking to learn new skills!

Grant Strategy Consultant & Clean Tech Specialist

Erin Bedard

Grant Strategy Consultant & Clean Tech Specialist

Erin Bedard is the Grant Strategist of the clean-tech pod here at Granted Consulting. Over the past few years, Erin has obtained a diploma in Environmental Studies and a Bachelors degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria. Having collaborated with many community-based organizations, Erin knows the value that grants have for business owners. She enjoys the variety of work that she gets to do at Granted and is thrilled to be working in an industry that helps other businesses succeed.

Grant Strategy Consultant

Jaime Lysak

Grant Strategy Consultant

Jaime Lysak joined Granted as a Grant Strategy Consultant in May 2021. Prior to joining Granted, he worked in the financial business industry at local and international banks. With his background in banking, portfolio management and strategic planning he has been leading the professional services pod, developing relationships with company's decision makers and guiding them through the grant process, from identification to approval. 

Account Manager

Pedro Pimenta

Account Manager

Pedro joined Granted an Account Manager in November 2021. Prior to joining Granted, he worked in the finance and service industry in Canada. With his background in customer care and account management, Pedro leads the clients in the tech pod and brings consultative skills and delivers white-glove service to clients new to hiring, training and market expansion grants.

Grant Coordinator

Connor Halsey

Grant Coordinator

Connor joined Granted as a Grant Coordinator at the start of 2022. His background is in Business Management and Administration, which he graduated from Langara College for in 2020 with a BBA in Business Management. Prior to joining Granted, Connor has worked in other coordinating and customer service-based roles. Connor enjoys the variety of different people and companies that he works with at Granted and looks to bring his customer service focused mindset to Granted’s community.

Grant Coordinator

Mariana Melo

Grant Coordinator

Mariana joined Granted as a Grant Coordinator in July 2022. Originally from Brasilia, Brazil, Mariana came to Vancouver in 2016 to study International Business Management. After spending 2 years visiting every pub in Ireland, she returned to Vancouver to pursue the next stage in her career. Her experience in contract law and her keen eye for detail help ensure the success of the Operations team at Granted. In her spare time, she competes on the Caramelo soccer team.

Grant Coordinator

Stefanie Ioannides

Grant Coordinator

Stefanie joined Granted in March 2022, coming from a variety of industries like government, education, and marketing. Growing up in a household of two entrepreneurs, she understands the importance of businesses’ reliance on grant funding to grow. Living in Innisfil, Ontario, Stefanie spends her free time playing and watching soccer and football, reading, and enjoying the lake at her family’s cottage.

Grant Writer

Christopher Small

Grant Writer

Chris joined Granted in 2022 shortly after completing a BA at the University of British Columbia in Political Science and Philosophy. Having worked as both an editor and publisher on undergraduate research journals, Chris gained formal academic writing and editorial experience. He is now keen to use his writing skills to leverage grant funding for ambitious SMEs looking to expand to new markets. “Chris spends his free time skiing on the North Shore mountains and seeking out the best new places to eat in the city.

Account Manager

Ryan Bakuska

Account Manager

Ryan is the Account Manager for the Construction and Manufacturing pod at Granted. Prior to joining the Granted team, Ryan worked in the construction software industry. With his background in account management and customer support. Ryan helps his clients secure hiring, training and market expansion grants.

Account Manager

Ashley Adjei

Account Manager

Ashley joined Granted as an Account Manager in May 2022. Prior to joining Granted, she worked in the fintech and manufacturing industry; utilizing her expertise to help companies across Canada. With her background in account management and tech sales, Ashley helps her clients in the Digital Tech industry secure funding to help with their continued growth and innovation. She combines her industry knowledge and results-driven approach to help her clients understand the grant process and reach their grant goals.

Account Manager

Stephanie Kriezman

Account Manager

Stephanie is an Account Manager at Granted who comes from a sales and project management background, with over 10 years of experience serving clients in the retail and hospitality industries. Stephanie leverages her creative problem solving skills to help Granted’s Professional Service Clients' strategically grow their businesses through grant funding.

Grant Coordinator

Cody Dujon

Grant Coordinator

Cody joined Granted as a Grant Coordinator in the summer of 2022. He studied at York University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Law and Society. Prior to joining Granted, Cody worked in other coordinating and customer service-based roles. With many years in customer service, he uses his skill set to help everyone he can at Granted every step of the way. In his spare time, he is an avid walker and enjoys gardening. He is always walking towards new opportunities and finding new seeds to plant.

Product Manager

Sajeev Bedi

Product Manager

Account Manager

Lauren McLellan

Account Manager

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