Team

Jody Dundas. Chief Strategist.

Jody Dundas

Chief Strategist/Suckerpunch Co-Founder

As chief strategist, Jody relishes the challenge of distilling complex concepts into clear, creative strategies. Overseeing all areas of Suckerpunch operation, Jody directs the team to craft the editorial, design and digital elements that bring our clients’ visions to life. Since graduating with honours from Red River College’s Creative Communications program, he has focused his career on marketing and communications for food and agriculture. When he isn’t cooking up excellent strategy, Jody enjoys spending time in the kitchen, preparing inspired meals for family and friends.

Jennifer Karton. Creative Director.

Jennifer Karton

Creative Director/Suckerpunch Co-Founder

A former roller derby skater and graduate of the Advertising Art program at Red River College, Jennifer is known for her boundless energy and design intuition. As creative director, she works very closely with clients, seeing projects through from conception to delivery. Living and breathing design, Jennifer uses her critical eye to bring client-focused creative to life, understanding that all jobs – large or small – can have a huge impact on brand. In 2017, this work hard/play hard gal brought together two of her passions and launched the annual Run for Tacos, an almost 5K race that culminates in an all-you-can eat taco extravaganza on the Suckerpunch deck.

Madison Takeuchi

Account Manager

After graduating from the Asper School of Business, Madison quickly found a passion for planning and managing projects, programs and events of all sizes. In her role as Suckerpunch’s Account Manager, Madison keeps everyone’s momentum moving forward, quickly building relationships with clients and overseeing projects from conception to completion, always with an eye toward the next milestone after our clients have reached their goals. When she isn’t working to make ideas into reality, Madison keeps herself grounded with hot yoga and running, and is a proud foster failure to her cat, Zoey.

Leah Heppenstall

Leah Heppenstall

Account Coordinator

For Leah, marketing and communications run in the family. For years, she’s helped her dad with his communications business, whether it’s helping with website design, handing out flyers or managing social media accounts. In her day-to-day as Suckerpunch’s Account Coordinator, Leah uses her creative problem solving and communication skills to understand the needs of our clients and help create solutions to reach their goals. When she’s not at the office, Leah enjoys watching live music, hanging out at her cabin in Victoria Beach, and cuddling with her rescue dog, Otis.

Lola Tunji-Abimbola

Agency Administrator

Lola started her marketing journey on the client services side and learned the importance of active listening early on as great ideas or concepts can often come from unexpected people or places. As Suckerpunch’s Agency Administrator, Lola ensures that our workflow is organized and our team is operating at peak efficiency. In her spare time, Lola enjoys curling up with a good read, getting out for a nice walk and exploring a new city. She also likes experimenting with and perfecting new recipes — even when they don’t turn out the first time.

Grant Geard

Lead Interactive Developer

Grant has worked in website development for nearly 10 years. In that time, he’s had the opportunity to work on websites for brands like Pepsi, Cabela’s and Cargill — maybe you’ve heard of them? Grant is passionate about user experience and loves taking the time to plan and build things that have a positive impact for our clients and their users. If you’re looking for him during non-work hours, good luck: he prefers to spend his free time outdoors camping, hiking or paddling, or sampling the latest local craft beers.

Sarah Sabatini

Senior Web Developer

Since graduating from RRC Polytechnic as a member of the Digital Media Design program’s first graduating class, Sarah has spent over 13 years in the marketing industry. As our Senior Web Developer, she loves keeping up with new techniques and best practices to ensure our websites look and function their best. One of the biggest takeaways she’s kept from her experience is that there’s never only one way to solve a problem. When she’s offline, you can find Sarah in a forest with her camera, adventure buddy, and her trusty dog, Fionn.

Dave Champion-Taylor

Art Director

With over 20 years of design experience under his belt, Dave has seen it all from working in design studios, ad agencies and running his own business. As Suckerpunch’s Art Director, Dave provides our clients with print and digital design solutions, whether they’re needed next week or the next hour. Old habits die hard, and as a longtime drummer, you’ll sometimes hear Dave tapping out a beat at his desk. Naturally, he enjoys playing music in his spare time, but sometimes swaps the drumsticks for golf clubs or a campsite.

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