The Funding Portal and its experts are often quoted in the news as specialists in Canadian public funding and private financing. Read more about the Portal and our services in the articles posted below. For more information, please contact communications@TheFundingPortal.com.
February 21, 2012
Kevin Shea understands the role of public policy and funding in support of strategic industries and initiatives.
Mr. Shea is 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.
As the Chair of an important provincial funding agency, Kevin also brings a Canadian and North American perspective. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee, National Capital Commission of Canada, whose mandate includes building the Capital into a source of pride and unity for Canadians. Kevin is also a member of the Canadian American Business Council, which includes all former US Ambassadors to Canada and Canadian Ambassadors to the US and serves as the premier voice of the Canadian American business community in Washington.
January 3, 2012
More about Mr. Herd
Most recently, Mr. Herd was Vice President of Business Development & Corporate Strategy for WorldBand Media, starting as its first staff member and overseeing operations as the company launched North America¹s largest South Asian radio network, co-launched NYC's largest Caribbean radio station, acquired US multilingual radio broadcast rights for FIFA 2010 (with syndication in 6 languages on 16 stations) and was awarded a Spanish radio channel on the merged Sirius XM Radio.
Prior to WorldBand, Mr. Herd spent a number of years working in the private equity and start-up sectors helping companies develop their business, marketing and corporate growth plans and secure much needed launch and growth capital.
Mr. Herd also brings to The Funding Portal considerable experience in sales and marketing gained as a national sales manager within the technology/manufacturing sector.
Mr. Herd holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and a MBA from Queen's University. He also acts as a part-time professor of strategy, finance, accounting and marketing with The School of Business at Humber College.
Starting Jan. 3, Mr. Herd will establish the Portal's Toronto office and direct its operating personnel.
Dr. Isabelle is a faculty member at Carleton University's Sprott School of Business, teaching marketing and international business to B.Comm and MBA students. She is also the principal of Diane Isabelle & Associates Consultants.
Most recently, she was the Executive Director to the Vice-President Frontier Science at the National Research Council of Canada, working in fields ranging from metrology, nanotechnology, IT, molecular sciences, microstructural sciences, to astronomy and astrophysics.
Her long career at the NRC includes strategic planning and foresight; national and international initiatives in Science & Technology; and design and implementation of industrial research assistance programs. She was an NRC-IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor for many years, supporting Canadian SMEs with the strategic use of research and technology. Prior to joining NRC, Diane practised as a project engineer for several multinational enterprises such as Boeing Aerospace, Esso and General Electric.
Dr. Isabelle holds a PhD in management, a MBA and an engineering degree.
As one of The Funding Portal's public funding experts, Dr. Isabelle will assist Canadian businesses in successfully finding and obtaining public funding, with a special focus on research and technology.
The Funding Portal Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Leo Lax to its National Advisory Council. Mr. Lax will serve as the Innovation and Investment advisor to the Portal.
Mr. Lax is the 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.
The Funding Portal is Canada’s national bilingual database of more than 4000 public funding programs distributing $24B in public funding per year. It aggregates Canada’s rich array of industrial support programs and, through its online concierge service and national roster of funding experts, assists Canadian businesses to find and apply for public funding.
The Funding Portal’s National Advisory Council is chaired by Georgina Steinsky-Schwartz, a former Deputy Minister in the Government of Canada and corporate executive. Ms Steinsky-Schwartz has been recognized by the Public Policy Forum of Canada for her outstanding contribution to public service in Canada.
The National Advisory Council guides the work of the Portal in identifying digital tools and solutions to streamline government funding application processes and make them more efficient for business applicants.
Mr. Lax’s understanding of Canada’s innovation sector and the important role of public and private financing to support commercialization and growth objectives is recognized across Canada. Leo is a welcome addition to The Funding Portal.
TORONTO—The Funding Portal Inc. is pleased to announce that it has welcomed Georgina Steinsky-Schwartz as Chair of its National Advisory Council.
Ms. Steinsky-Schwartz 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.
Until 2008, Ms. Steinsky-Schwartz served as CEO of Imagine Canada, a charity that supports and strengthens Canadian non-profits and charities. In the corporate sector, she has held senior positions with Bell Canada, Manulife Financial and the Bata Shoe Organization. She is currently President of GSS Logic Inc., a consulting firm.
As Chair of the Portal’s National Advisory Council, Ms. Steinsky-Schwartz will apply her significant public and private sector experience to facilitating dialogue between government funders and the business community to improve access to grants and tax incentives in Canada.
Specific objectives for the National Advisory Council include identifying tools and solutions to streamline grant application processes and increasing the percentage of public funding that is distributed to the business community.
Dr. Campbell spent 21 years at NRCan, notably as Director of the CANMET Energy Technology Centre (CETC) and the CANMET Energy Efficiency Division (CEED). In his work at NRCan, he focused on developing cleaner, more efficient energy sources and more efficient end uses for energy (e.g. energy efficient buildings and industrial processes).
Dr. Campbell has also worked at the Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB) and Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL). He is currently Principal at Frank R. Campbell Consulting, where his work included reviewing submissions for public funding programs.
Dr. Campbell holds an Engineering degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and a Ph.D. in Process Metallurgy from Imperial College in the U.K.
Dr. Campbell will apply his considerable expertise in sustainable energy technologies (energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean fossil fuels) to assist Canadian businesses in successfully finding and obtaining public funding as one of The Funding Portal’s public funding experts.
The Funding Portal's experts guide companies through the process of applying for public funding through two key steps – Apply for It and Score It.
Dr. Abou-Guendia will join The Funding Portal as the resident expert on international business development and trade, encouraging Canadian companies to seek export opportunities abroad.The Funding Portal's experts guide companies through the process of applying for public funding.
The Funding Portal Inc. was recognized as the top new business start-up in Ottawa by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce at a Chamber Breakfast event on Wednesday.
The Portal’s innovative new solution, which makes all federal, provincial and municipal funding and tax programs for business available on a new national bilingual Portal, was recognized before an audience of 250 regional business leaders and will be showcased again at the national gathering of all Chambers from across Canada at their Annual General Meeting later this month. The Portal was also featured in an article entitled “More Money, Fewer Hoops” in the September issue of The Voice, the monthly publication of The Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. In the article, John Reid, President and CEO of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), says the Portal is “a very positive development from a business perspective.”
Speaking at the event, Steve West, CEO of global specialty health science company Nordion Inc, said, “The Portal is exactly the kind of service Nordion can use.”
Financed by Ottawa-based investor iVentures Inc., The Funding Portal Inc. is a Canadian private corporation. Teri Kirk, President of iVentures Inc., which has financed and built three previous Portals, says, “We have been overwhelmed with the market demand and excitement about this important new offering for companies wanting to explore the public funding marketplace as part of their expansion and R&D financing solutions. We are confident that we are providing a best-in-class solution in Canada and are moving forward with plans to enter select international jurisdictions over the coming 12 months.” Kirk has previously been named one of Ottawa’s top three female entrepreneurs by the Ottawa Citizen.
These three growing companies, Clevest Solutions Inc. in BC, Freebird Solutions in Ottawa and The Warehouse Quaterly in Montreal, are poised for growth and have begun the process to obtain public funding through the Portal’s easy 4-step process.
Clevest Solutions Inc., which Profit Magazine has named the #1 fastest growing company in Canada serving the utility industry, provides software solutions that optimize the efficiency of mobile workforces.
Freebird Solutions operates in the field of Communications Enabled Applications. It is a portfolio company of Coral CEA, a new and promising incubator in Ottawa that has participated in the creation of seven new companies and 34 jobs.
The Warehouse is a cutting-edge urban lifestyles and political magazine published in Montreal. It is owned and operated by K&F Publishing Inc.
The Funding Portal is proud to collaborate with these companies through all four steps of obtaining funding—Find It, Apply for It, Score It and Leverage It.