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Simon  Hodgett

Simon Hodgett

Partner, Technology

Key Contact: eHealth

Key Contact: Outsourcing

Key Contact: FinTech

Key Contact: Blockchain

Key Contact: Artificial Intelligence

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.6819



Bar Admission

Newfoundland, 1996

Ontario, 1992

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

Simon’s practice concentrates on technology 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. Simon has been lead counsel on projects in the banking, pension, investment, healthcare, energy and other sectors. His practice includes FinTech, data agreements, outsourcing arrangements, software licensing, government contracting, e-commerce and payment systems. Simon is a member of the FinTech Working Group for the Ontario Ministry of Finance, a team comprised of leading financial services and technology experts appointed by the Ministry to shape Ontario’s FinTech strategy. Simon writes and lectures on various areas of technology law, both in public forums and client education venues.

Simon is a past President of the Canadian Information Technology Law Association (IT.Can).

  • 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)

    • 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.
  • Find More


  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019: Information Technology


  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2019: Computer & IT Law
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2019: Technology Transactions

Legal 500

  • The Legal 500, 2017: Recommended Lawyer, Technology, Media and Telecoms

Who's Who Legal

  • Who’s Who Legal, 2017: Telecommunications Media & Technology

Best Lawyers

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: "Lawyer of the Year," Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Information Technology Law; Technology Law

  • 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

  • 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), panellist, October 21, 2009.

  • Payment Card System Security, Cardware 2009, June 17, 2009.