We are a unique west coast investment company.

We are not your average venture capital company. Big Birch Capital is a private investment and real estate acquisition and management company. We develop and invest in international businesses primarily within technology, energy and life sciences industries. We support early and late-stage investments and provide seed funding for developing early-stage experiments in multiple sectors. Our real estate portfolio includes commercial assets throughout Canada and the United States.

Our goal is to partner with entrepreneurs and business owners that share our values: Creativity, Purpose and Community. We want to build the next generation of west coast companies that are changing how we live, work, and play. That’s why we seek to share our expertise by strategically funding meaningful start-ups and existing businesses that support our core values.

We are a team of passionate entrepreneurs, technologists and seasoned business veterans who have either cut their teeth by bootstrapping their own businesses or been key players in developing successful multinational businesses from the ground up.

Our portfolio

We are investing and taking a hands on role in the future of consumer goods, technology, life sciences, real estate, and profitable social good.

With Elevation Direct's suite of configurable sales management and analytics tools, companies can take their direct sales campaigns to the next level by way of workflow automation, visualized real time field reporting, and powerful sales analytics.

They're on quest to create the world’s healthiest – and tastiest – naturally awesome supershake. Rumble is thoughtfully made and loaded with natural goodness to fuel life on the go.

Elevation PR is a full service marketing, communications and events company, partnering with some of North America's best known brands within the technology, retail energy, and entertainment industries.

The 4o7 is Victoria's premier waterfront catering and event space.

The team

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Kal Suurkask
Managing Director

Kal Suurkask

Kal Suurkask has played a founding role in a number of successful business ventures. He has grown Elevation Group into a multi-million dollar international enterprise. Along the way he has helped implement communications and marketing strategies for a number of successful sales, technology and entertainment companies.

Born in Whitehorse, Yukon, Kal attended Athol Murray’s College of Notre Dame and received his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. He has brought his wealth of longtime experience to his former role as regional communications advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada and as an award-winning public speaker and thought leader at conferences around the world and publications on the topics of sales and communications. In 2011/2012 Kal was selected as one of 16 emerging leaders for the prestigious Action Canada fellowship.

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Sean Anderson
Advisor

Sean Anderson

Sean Anderson is a seasoned sales and marketing executive, with experience in both high volume B2C environments and complex B2B sales. Currently, Sean resides in Toronto and is the National Inside Sales Manager for SAP Canada, with responsibility for driving license and subscription sales for SAP in the Canadian SMB market. Under his leadership, Canada has become the top performing SMB region for SAP in North America.

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Tara Dunn
Advisor

Tara Dunn

Tara Dunn brings extensive management experience and analytical acumen to Big Birch. Tara currently leads Volcano Corporation’s venous franchise, responsible for the company’s fastest growing business segment. Her prior roles include 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.

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Patrick Soares
Advisor

Patrick Soares

Patrick Soares is President and CEO of Foran Mining Corporation and a member of the Board of Directors since November, 2010. Previously, Patrick served as the President and CEO of Brett Resources Inc., which was acquired by Osisko Mining Corp. in May, 2010.

Patrick holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) from the University of British Columbia and is a Professional Geoscientist with APEGBC. Patrick began his professional career in 1983 as an exploration and mine geologist in northern Canada. Subsequently, he worked in the field of investor relations and corporate development, and held positions with Sutton Resources Ltd. (acquired by Barrick Gold in 1999), EuroZinc Mining Corp. (now part of Lundin Mining Corporation) and Aurizon Mines Ltd. Patrick is the Chairman of SnipGold Corp.

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