Simon  Hodgett

Simon Hodgett

Partner, Technology

Key Contact: Outsourcing

Key Contact: Artificial Intelligence

Key Contact: Fintech

Key Contact: Digital Assets and Blockchain

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.6819



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).

    • AtomVie in its spinout and Series A Financing
    • Andgo Systems in its $5.6 million Series A financing round
    • Canada Drives in its $40 million convertible equity financing led by goeasy
    • Reamined Systems Inc. in its $45.9 million acquisition by Information Services Corporation
    • Signal 1 in its collaboration with Unity Health Toronto and TD Bank Group along with its US$10 million Seed financing
    • 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 in the conversion of WSIB’s defined benefit, single employer pension plan to a jointly sponsored pension plan
    • Suncor Energy Inc. in its US$15 million investment in LanzaTech
    • Bookmark Your Life in its strategic partnership with Moneris
    • Q4 Inc. in its strategic alliance with S&P Global Market Intelligence
    • Advising a large utility on outsourcing matters
    • Advising a provincial government agency with respect to complex data distribution agreements
    • Advising on all aspects of a large financial institution’s data and voice network contract
    • Advising both providers and customers of cloud computing technology, including advising on intellectual property and location of data risks
    • Advising clients of the firm’s early stage company program on critical commercial contracts
    • Advising a pension administrator with respect to procuring a pension administration system
    • Advising a pension administrator with respect to procurement matters and various information technology systems
    • Licensing of health information technology to establish a health information portal
    • A major outsourcing of card processing services for a major Canadian bank
    • Advising on several outsourcing transactions for a major Canadian retailer
    • Providing ongoing advice to a major system integrator on government procurement matters
    • Projects linking a number of Ontario hospitals into digital image repositories, as part of Ontario’s electronic health record transition
    • Various licensing and services arrangements on behalf of major financial institutions related to equities trading and account management

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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