Senior Advisor/Managing Director
Kal Suurkask’s ability to develop brands through communications and marketing strategies is backed by more than 15 years of experience. He has worked as a communications advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, developing strategies and carefully crafted messages for the world stage.
His numerous clients have included large international entertainment powerhouses, billion-dollar energy supply companies, and fledgling social media start-ups, among others. Kal has played a founding role in a number of successful business ventures. He has grown Elevation Group into a multi-million dollar international enterprise and is an active investor in technology start-ups and in global commercial and residential real estate.
Kal is an award-winning public speaker and thought leader. He's been invited to speak at conferences around the world and has been interviewed in international publications on the topics of sales and communications. Kal’s professional experience is complemented by a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Kal serves as an advisor to a number of technology start-ups, including Vancouver-based Reitium, a global asset-backed blockchain real estate investment platform, and serves on a number of community organizations such as Downtown Victoria Business Association’s Clean and Safe Streets Committee and the South Island Prosperity Project Economic Resilience and Inclusion Subcommittee. In 2011/2012 Kal was selected as one of 16 emerging leaders for the prestigious Action Canada fellowship.
Elevation’s strategic communications specialist is award-winning journalist and author Adrian Brijbassi, a former editor at New York Newsday, the Toronto Star and the Vancouver Sun.
Adrian is a digital media expert who has spoken at numerous conferences on how brands can adapt their content to engage contemporary audiences. He has helped tourism and hospitality businesses increase their reach and revenue through quality content and strategic digital media strategies. He holds a journalism degree from Ryerson University and an MFA degree from Southampton College.
Herman Chor has 15 years experience in building and managing startups. He has designed, developed and deployed key Internet applications for a variety of industries, achieving rapid revenue growth in very short periods of time on small seed investments. He was also the first full-time employee of a biotechnology company that eventually went public on the NASDAQ. Herman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.
Tara Dunn brings extensive management experience and analytical acumen to Elevation. Tara's roles have included M&A, integrations and divestitures, strategic management consulting and clinical and regulatory operations across a spectrum of companies including Medtronic, Goldman Sachs, Health Advances and InfraReDx.
Tara holds an A.B. with honours in Biology from Harvard University, a MS in Drug Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy from The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
Tara was a member of Harvard University Women’s NCAA Ice Hockey Champion team and its Ivy League Softball Champion team and was named to the ECAC All-Academic Team during her tenure. She later went on to play semi-professional hockey in the National Women’s Hockey League where Tara led her team in scoring her rookie season.