Simon Hodgett

Simon’s practice concentrates on outsourcing, other complex services arrangements and procurement. He advises enterprises whose businesses rely on technology and complex services. He also advises technology suppliers ranging from large established software providers to early-stage technology companies.

He leads a team providing innovative legal services models to the firm’s high growth technology clients pursuing a wide variety of cutting-edge technology and business models, including FinTech, artificial intelligence, data analytics, Blockchain, AgTech and eHealth. Simon has been lead counsel on projects across a broad range of industry verticals, including the technology, banking, pension, investment, healthcare, energy, telecommunication and retail sectors. He also advises on selling to governments. Simon is often engaged to assist clients with complex interpretations of services agreements, including recently in connection with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on contractual performance.

Simon writes and lectures on various areas of technology law, both in public forums, firm seminars and client education venues. He is a past President of the Canadian Information Technology Law Association (IT.Can).  


Representative Work

  • Andgo Systems

    Andgo Systems in its $5.6 million Series A financing round

  • AtomVie Global Radiopharma

    AtomVie in its spinout and Series A Financing

  • Canada Drives

    Canada Drives in its $40 million convertible equity financing led by goeasy

  • Reamined Systems Inc.

    Reamined in its $45.9 million acquisition by Information Services Corporation

  • Signal 1

    Signal 1 in its collaboration with Unity Health Toronto and TD Bank Group along with its US$10 million Seed financing

  • Suncor Energy Inc.

    Suncor Energy Inc. in its takeover of day-to-day operations at Syncrude oil sands mining joint venture

  • The Board of Trustees of the WSIB Pension Plan Fund

    The Board of Trustees of the WSIB Pension Plan Fund in the conversion of WSIB’s defined benefit, single employer pension plan to a jointly sponsored pension plan

  • Suncor Energy Inc.

    Suncor in its US$15 million investment in LanzaTech

  • Q4 Inc.

    Q4 Inc. in its strategic alliance with S&P Global Market Intelligence

  • Bookmark Your Life

    Bookmark Your Life in its strategic partnership with Moneris

  • Drop Technologies Inc.

    Drop Technologies Inc. in $44 million Series B round of capital financing

  • JMI Equity

    JMI Equity's $115 million investment in Vena

  • Paycase Financial Corp.

    Paycase Financial Corp. in its agreement with TMX’s Shorcan DCN to launch a new cryptocurrency brokerage service

  • Ontario Pension Board

    Ontario Pension Board in the outsourcing of its investment management operations to a $60 billion new investment management entity, the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)

Latest Insights

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  • Blog Mar 2, 2023

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Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Information Technology
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Computer & IT Law; Technology Transactions; Ontario’s top computer and IT lawyers in 2021
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Information Technology Law; Technology Law; “Lawyer of the Year”, Technology Law (2023)
  • Legal 500: Recognized in Technology, Media and Telecoms
  • Who Who Legal: Recognized in Data – Information Technology; Fintech & Blockchain – Blockchain, Canada – Data; Canada – Fintech & Blockchain

Media Mentions

  • Osler News Jun 29, 2023

    29 Osler lawyers recognized in Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health 2023

    Congratulations to 29 of our lawyers for their inclusion in the Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health 2023.

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  • Osler News Aug 25, 2022

    Osler recognized in 2023 edition of Best Lawyers Canada

    Congratulations to 170 of our lawyers who have been ranked across multiple practice areas and 13 who earned recognition as “Lawyer of the Year”.

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  • Osler News Jun 15, 2022

    28 Osler lawyers recognized by Lexpert as leaders in Technology and Health Sciences

    The Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health Sciences 2022 recognizes 28 Osler lawyers as leaders.

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  • Osler News Feb 19, 2021

    Lexpert recognizes 21 Osler lawyers as technology leaders

    Osler is pleased to announce 21 of our lawyers have been recognized as leading lawyers in the Lexpert Special Edition: Technology 2021.

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Speaking and Writing

Published Work

  • Canadian Chapter,  Global Legal Insights – AI, Machine Learning & Big Data 2022 (with Ted Liu and Sam Ip)
  • Canada Chapter, Global Legal Insights – AI, Machine Learning & Big Data 2020, (with Ted Liu and Andre Perey)
  • How to Effectively Use Contracts to Mitigate the Impact of Data Breaches, Ontario Bar Association Institute, February 2015
  • Exclusions and Limitations of Liability (Osler Webinars and Client seminar), 2012-2014
  • Cyber security considerations for public companies, Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada, January 2014
  • Cloud Computing: Minimizing Data Security Risks for You and Your Clients, co-presenter at the Ontario Bar Association’s TECHxpo, September 30, 2013
  • Mobile Payments Navigating a New World, Osler Client Conference, April 12, 2012.
  • Security in a Connected World, Osler client seminars 2011 and 2012.
  • IT Contract Management, roundtable presentation jointly presented at Canadian IT Law Association Annual Conference, October 2011.
  • IT Procurement: Best Practices for Issuers and Respondents, roundtable presentation jointly presented at Canadian IT Law Association Annual Conference, October 29, 2010
  • Cloud Computing Contracting and the Spectrum of Risk, paper presented at the Canadian IT Law Association Annual Conference, October 23, 2009
  • Preparing for eHealth Transformation Projects and New Infrastructure Ontario Approach (ITAC and Osler), panelist, October 21, 2009
  • Payment Card System Security, Cardware 2009, June 17, 2009

Credentials

Education

  • London School of Economics, LL.M.
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland, B.A.

Languages

  • English

Professional Affiliations

  • FinTech Working Group, Ontario Ministry of Finance
  • IT.Can Law Association, former Board Member and President
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Toronto Computer Lawyers Group, former Chair
  • American Bar Association