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Leadership

Meet the people who lead our team of nationally recognized privacy and security experts.

Who We Are

We take care of your privacy and security for you.

Privacy Horizon Inc. (PHI) enables organizations to build privacy and security programs so they can focus on growing their business. Our leaders, board of directors, and coaches are a team of industry experts with decades of experience in privacy and security’s most challenging sectors – healthcare, finance, and technology.

Our leadership team ensures our policies, operations, and strategies are effective and deliver on industry best practice and the evolving privacy landscape and legislation. They uphold our commitment to offering comprehensive privacy and security solutions that make privacy and security easier for our clients.

We’ll match you to the right coach for your specific industry needs, the privacy and security resources you require, and your business’ growth goals.

Leadership

Our team

Patrick Lo

Chief Executive Officer
CISP, CIPP/C

Brendan Seaton

Chief Creative Officer
CISP, CIPP/C, CRISC

Evan Mitchell

Director of Business Development
CIPP/C

Mark Kohler

Chairman
CPA, CA, ICD.D

Barry Richards

Board Director
MBA

Craig Simmonds

Vice President of Product Management

Patrick leads with 20+ years of expertise as a senior executive in the information privacy field in both the public and private sectors. Known for creating comprehensive privacy and security programs, Patrick is responsible for developing our PHI Framework and strategic roadmap, empowering healthcare, technology, and financial services companies with privacy compliance expertise and practical technical solutions from early stage to enterprise. He is also passionate about educating future privacy professionals, teaching at the National Institutes of Health Informatics (NIHI), McMaster University’s Centre for Continuing Education, and Digital Health Canada. Patrick formerly led eHealth Ontario’s highly regarded Privacy Office as the Senior Program Director for the Identity, Access, and Privacy Portfolio.

Patrick is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada (CIPP/C).

Brendan Season

Brendan contributes 30+ years of experience as one of Canada’s leading experts and innovators in the management of eHealth risks, including privacy, security, and safety. Known for leading the development of health IT privacy and security standards, Brendan guides our product vision and development. He invests in others through education and leadership, having trained more than 1,000 privacy officers and specialists across Canada since 2000, instructing future privacy professionals at the National Institutes of Health Informatics (NIHI) and McMaster University’s Centre for Continuing Education, and serving as the President of ITAC Health. In 2013, Brendan was designated as a Privacy by Design Ambassador by the former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Ann Cavoukian.

Brendan is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada (CIPP/C), and is Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).

Evan brings years of experience working with start-ups and family businesses that uniquely equips him to support organizations in the early stages of development with privacy compliance expertise and practical technical solutions. In his current role, he leads business development, sales, and client experience at PHI, helping diverse industries and businesses implement real privacy and security solutions every day. Evan is passionate about helping tech entrepreneurs gain a competitive advantage by implementing leading private and security practices.

Evan is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada (CIPP/C).

Mark brings decades of experience as a senior executive and board member at leading North American healthcare, technology, and financial services companies. He currently leads as Chairman and CEO of Exelerate Capital, a strategic advisory group specializing in corporate development and strategy, M&A, GRC services, and private equity investment, enabling the healthcare IT sector in Canada and the U.S. through growth capital and innovation funding. He also provides strategic guidance in several board roles and as the Health Leader-In-Residence at the World Health Innovation Network. Mark’s leadership has resulted in significant mergers and acquisitions, including leading the board and management team at QHR Corporation as Executive Chairman through a strategic realignment process that resulted in its sale to Loblaw Companies Limited for approximately $170 million.

Mark is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, and a Certified Corporate Director.

Barry is a seasoned capital markets professional with more than 25 years of experience helping Canadian technology companies. He currently leads Banking Investment Technology at Paradigm Capital, where he has served in a variety of leadership roles for nearly two decades. Barry’s diverse expertise as an engineer, venture capitalist, research analyst, investment banker, investor, and board member, uniquely equip him to contribute varied perspectives and valuable insights in his role as Board Director at PHI. Barry’s past experience include roles at Bell Canada, Working Ventures Canadian Fund, Sprott Securities (now Cormark), and CIBC World Markets.

Craig brings years of senior leadership experience driving digital innovation and product development in multiple sectors, including health care, education, real estate, and technology. Known for leading the strategic development of user-friendly apps and technologies that put solutions in people’s hands, Craig is passionate about making complex issues like privacy and security more simple and accessible for other busy teams.