The Funding Portal National Advisory Council
The Funding Portal hosts a National Advisory Council that’s mandate includes facilitating dialogue among government funders and business people about improvements to government grants and tax incentive programs in Canada. Specific objectives include identifying tools and solutions to streamline government grant application processes, reduce wait times associated with government funding decisions, and increase the percentage of public funding that is distributed to the business community.
Our National Advisory Council is chaired by Georgina Steinsky-Schwartz, who has served as Associate Deputy Minister in the federal Department of Regional and Industrial Expansion and as Deputy Minister of Supply and Services. She is a recipient of the Public Policy Forum Award for improving the quality of government in Canada. Her experience includes work aimed at improving the operational effectiveness of public, private and non-profit organizations, including the implementation of new technologies.
Other Council members include:
- Kevin Shea, Chair of the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Culture and one of the key catalysts and sources of public funding for the cultural media cluster, including book publishing, film, television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.
- Leo Lax, former CEO of Skypoint Capital, a Venture Capital firm investing in the telecommunications, social media and IT sectors. Prior to founding Skypoint Capital, Mr. Lax was an executive at Newbridge Networks where he launched and directed the Newbridge Affiliates Program. Mr. Lax sits on a number of boards in the innovation sector, both in Canada and internationally, including TransGaming, Mobio Technologies, TeloIP, and My6Sense. He is a graduate of McGill University (Electrical Engineering) and received his Master of Engineering degree from Royal Military College.