About Our Team
Want to learn what happens when you mix cutting edge privacy and machine learning researchers with decades of industry experience and a dash of Transatlantic collaboration? You’ve come to the right place. We’re fanatically devoted to the idea that everyone deserves privacy and that it should be easy to add to any workflow.
Patricia Thaine, MSc
Co-Founder and CEO
Patricia Thaine is a Computer Science PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto and a Postgraduate Affiliate at the Vector Institute doing research on privacy-preserving natural language processing, with a focus on applied cryptography. She also does research on computational methods for lost language decipherment. Patricia is a recipient of the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, the RBC Graduate Fellowship, the Beatrice “Trixie” Worsley Graduate Scholarship in Computer Science, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. She has eight years of research and software development experience, including at the McGill Language Development Lab, the University of Toronto’s Computational Linguistics Lab, the University of Toronto’s Department of Linguistics, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Pieter Luitjens, MEng
Co-Founder and CDDH
Pieter Luitjens has a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Western Australia, as well as a Masters from the University of Toronto. He worked on software for Mercedes-Benz and developed the first deep learning algorithms for traffic sign recognition deployed in cars made by one of the most prestigious car manufacturers in the world. He has over 10 years of engineering experience, with code deployed in multi-billion dollar industrial projects. Pieter specializes in ML edge deployment & model optimization for resource-constrained environments.
Gerald Penn, PhD
Co-Founder and CSO
Gerald Penn is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, where he studies spoken language processing and computational linguistics. He has over 100 publications, with the top one accruing 1,581 citations. He is a senior member of IEEE and AAAI, and a past recipient of the Ontario Early Researcher Award. His lab revolutionized speech recognition with its work on neural networks, which received the IEEE Signal Processing Society’s Best Paper Award. He has led numerous research projects, including ones funded by Avaya, Bell Canada, CAE, the Connaught Fund, Microsoft, NSERC, the German Ministry for Training and Research, SMART Technologies, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Gerald has also worked at Bell Labs and NASA.
John Stocks, MA
Head of Sales
John has a Masters in Journalism from Concordia and a BA in Russian History from UofT, and has tried to be the dumbest guy in the room ever since. With a decade of experience in software sales split between London and Toronto at Airbnb and Limelight, he specializes in customer acquisition for start-ups, growth marketing, and scaling high-performance teams. He’s extremely excited to be working with such a talented group of individuals and to be maintaining user privacy while unlocking more datasets for exploration. If you ever need to bribe him, beer and/or pancakes are your best friend.
Peizhao Hu, PhD
Faculty Affiliate, Security Research
Peizhao Hu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), New York. His research focuses on (1) privacy-preserving cloud data analytics, specifically homomorphic encryption and multiparty computations; (2) distributed systems, including mobile and pervasive computing. Before joining RIT, he was Senior Research Engineer at NICTA (Australia’s centre of research excellence; now Data61@CSIRO).
Remi Daviet, PhD
Post-Doctoral Affilliate, Statistics and Quantitative Marketing
Remi Daviet is a Post-Doctoral researcher at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on marketing analytics and behavior modelling. He is interested in the development and promotion of privacy respecting marketing practices.
We wouldn’t be where we are today without the guidance and mentorship provided by these incredibly talented individuals over the years, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you!
Adam Agensky, JD
11.5 year veteran of InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IAC). Experience as a COO, CDO, Chief Legal Officer and GM.
Ann Cavoukian, PhD
Former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (3-terms). Inventor of Privacy by Design.
Senior B2B SaaS sales and growth professional with experience working at ROGERS, ADP, SAP, and Replicon.
Siavash Kazemian, PhD
Manager, Data Science at the Globe and Mail with a PhD in Computer Science from the UofT.
Asma Kenshil, MSc
International Management Consultant with an MSc from the London School of Economics.
David Magerman, PhD
Helped found the equities trading group at Renaissance Tech. PhD in Computer Science from Stanford.
Shahab Poshtkouhi, PhD
Risk management and treasury analytics specialist with a PhD from the University of Toronto.
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