Building a world serviced by
exceptional professionals

About us

6 years

founded in
September 2014

70

employees in
Canada and Australia

360+

academic
partners

Our values

Caring

We deeply care about the well-being of those around us, including the team and partners we work with, and the applicants they represent.

Driven

We strive for excellence and aim to produce our best work that helps us achieve our company vision.

Curious

We encourage experimentation to feed our innate desire to learn and to push our company forward.

Altus empowers higher education institutions to look beyond book smarts, and to identify and nurture exceptional professionals by using unique data to generate meaningful insights that influence key academic decisions.

We do this primarily through Casper, a suite of admissions tools that helps schools look beyond book smarts, seeing a clearer, more holistic view of applicants. It’s used by over 360 academic partners in Canada, the US, Australia (and growing!) with 150,000+ applicants taking the test each year, including 80% of all Canada and US medical school applicants. We also host the Admissions Summit, an annual 2-day conference, and power the Alo Grant, an annual $100,000 research fund.

Why we started Altus

Our solutions

Our story

Investigating the problem
Harold Reiter, MD MEd and co-creator of the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) began to work with Kelly Dore, PhD to address applicant screening before the interview. Their research led them to create a situational judgement test that would look at WHY an individual would behave a certain way.
Initial development and feedback
Their idea was supported by the Medical Council of Canada, the Stemmler Fund of the National Board of Medical Examiners in the US and the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. Their feedback and guidance helped refine the test and influenced the decision to make Casper available online to widen access to applicants.
Casper goes live at McMaster University
At the risk of great embarrassment if it did not work, McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences gave the green light to proceed with Casper. The test was successfully implemented for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.
Altus Assessments is born
After medical schools in Canada started expressing interest in Casper, Altus Assessments was formed. The company would take over researching, developing and delivering the Casper test to schools around the world.
Welcome below the border
New York Medical College and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School become the first two US medical schools to have their applicants take Casper for admission.
The land down under
A group of teacher education programs in Victoria State, Australia introduce Casper to their admissions process to help meet the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s (AITSL) regulatory requirements for improving the quality of teachers across the country.
The year of many milestones
Altus Assessments delivered Casper to over 100,000 applicants the same year it celebrated its 5th anniversary and made Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 Companies to Watch list. The company also hosted its first ever Admissions Summit.
The year of giving back
Altus Assessments launched the $100,000 Alo Grant to accelerate new research in admissions. The company also launched Altus Academy (formerly Altus Education) to address the absence of conferences during the pandemic and provide an online resource centre and gathering spot to help the admissions community connect, learn and grow.
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Leadership team

Rich Emrich, CEO and co-founder
Rich Emrich
CEO and Co-founder
Darryl Kraemer, VP of sales
Darryl Kraemer
VP, Sales
Harold Reiter, co-founder
Harold Reiter
Co-founder
Irwin Liu
VP, Strategy
Kelly Dore
Kelly Dore
VP, Growth and Co-founder
Briana Knowlton, director of operations and research
Briana Knowlton
Director, Operations and Research
Tony Vlismas, director of marketing
Tony Vlismas
Director, Marketing
Vasu Desikachary
Director, Sales

Board of Directors

Bernard Lim, Board of Directors
Bernard Lim
Chair, Board of Directors
Matt Holland, director
Matt Holland
Director

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