Learn how we’re challenging convention and transforming the way people work.
Who We Are
We are Canopy, the creators of industry-leading data privacy and cybersecurity software. Our goal is to bring transparency to how organizations store, process, and share sensitive data by empowering them to detect and protect personally identifiable information (PII).
When Ralph Nickl founded Canopy, data privacy laws like GDPR, CCPA, and PIPEDA were gaining momentum across the globe, but technology had not yet caught up. In an attempt to keep pace with growing threats, organizations were using software from parallel industries like ediscovery.
Having come from the ediscovery software market, Ralph witnessed firsthand how slow, inaccurate, and expensive it was for finding PII and people in breached data. He wanted to create a tool that was designed to help companies notify authorities and affected people as quickly as possible in the event of a breach — not just because regulations require it, but because it’s the right thing to do.
Data Breach Response
July 23, 2018
Canopy Software disrupts the market through the use of AI and machine learning as well. With a purpose-built user interface and process, Data Breach Response is the first software of its kind.
October 13, 2021
Canopy defines PII detection again with the launch of our second product. Privacy Audit provides companies with critical insights about how they handle data to inform their data governance strategies and proactively mitigate risk.
How We Work
Canopy has been a remote-first company since day one, before the pandemic turned that into a global trend. This has allowed us to build and grow our team with the best talent, regardless of where they live.
There’s a great deal of trust that comes with remote work, and no room for micromanagement. We select Foresters who are reliable, self-managing, and motivated to provide our customers with the best solutions to their cybersecurity problems.
This remote-first structure benefits our company and our people in many ways — here are just a few:
It allows for a change of scenery.
Great ideas come from exploring: Canopy itself was conceptualized in the forest. Without ties to an office, we’ve seen Foresters do amazing work from a hotel, a campground, or even a boat.
It's better for our planet.
We strive to be good stewards not just in the digital world, but also in the real world. Cutting out daily commutes and not powering a dedicated workspace are ways to lessen our impact on the planet.
It offers a healthier balance.
Our Foresters are dedicated to the roles they play at Canopy, but they are also people with full lives. Working from home provides more time and autonomy to balance family, hobbies, and other obligations.
It lets us build a more diverse team.
Recruiting from just one geographic location can severely limit the variety of voices on a team. By bringing together people from all walks of life, we aim to make more inclusive decisions.
Meet Our Team
Dubbed “Foresters” as another homage to our love for nature and the broader environment, our team is made up of talented, creative, and enthusiastic people from across the United States. We all share a common goal: to leave the world (both real and digital) better than we found it.
If you’re interested in joining our team, check out our Careers page to view our available positions.
Founder and CEO
Ralph Nickl has more than 25 years of experience working with startups to deliver business solutions, software products and consulting services to enterprise, law firm and government clients. With earlier roles spanning technical architect, strategic consultant, and senior sales executive for companies like Accenture and First Advantage, Ralph has directly supported litigations, investigations, and eDiscovery implementations.
As a serial entrepreneur, prior to launching Canopy, Ralph co-founded Global Colleague, a boutique eDiscovery and document review company. During this phase of his career, Ralph advised government entities, service providers, and software manufacturers on the application of ediscovery technology to support litigation, investigations, and public records responses. Ralph’s experience in using technology to find personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI) exemptions under these public record laws made post-data breach response for GDPR, HIPAA, FERPA, and similar laws an obvious choice for Canopy’s first product.
When not leading Canopy, Ralph spends his spare time with his family hiking, foraging for mushrooms, and baking bread.
Chief Revenue Officer
Adi Elliott brings more than a decade of leadership experience in the software and services industries to his role leading Canopy’s global revenue operations. Adi has extensive experience building and leading high-performance marketing, sales, product, and strategy teams. He’s led multiple marketing, sales, and product teams recognized for innovation, and has deep experience in business operations, strategic planning, and corporate development.
Prior to joining Canopy, Adi led strategy for Epiq’s global ediscovery business. He joined Epiq via the acquisition of Iris Data Services, where he led product and marketing. Before his time at Iris, Adi founded and led Relativity’s marketing and enterprise sales teams.
In his free time, Adi enjoys hiking with his wife in the Pacific Northwest, playing basketball, and cheering for the Portland Trail Blazers. And thanks to his three sons, he somehow became pretty serious about playing Pokémon Go.
Chief Financial Officer
Drawing upon previous experience as CFO, Treasurer, Controller and Director for various U.S. and international companies, Martin Borak is responsible for all financial matters at Canopy. Martin has financial, management, operational, and strategic planning experience spanning diverse business environments, including large public companies and top 50 financial institutions, venture capital-backed startups, and turnaround situations. He is a proven leader in corporate finance, M&A, demanding environments such as private equity, and complex high-growth companies that require organizational savvy. Martin has been recognized for his creativity, strong technical ability, leadership and motivational skills, as well as sharp business fundamentals.
Martin earned his MBA from Duke University, graduating in the top 10 percent of his class, and received a BA with high distinction from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society.
In his spare time, Martin enjoys his varied musical tastes, cooking, and his beloved Washington Nationals.
Director of Customer Success
Caroline joined Canopy’s team in 2020 to fulfill the role of Customer Success and Information Security Manager, and she transitioned to her current role in 2021. With over a decade of experience in the corporate risk management and legal field, Caroline is responsible for maintaining and enhancing Canopy’s information security program. In addition, within the customer success role, Caroline acts as liaison between customers and the product development team to foster an environment of collaboration and learning where application users know their opinions and experiences are vital to the continued joint success of Canopy and its partners.
Caroline resides in Ft. Worth, TX with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she can be found cheering on her daughter and son in all that they do, from the ball field to the school theatre.
Director of Marketing
Sarah joined Canopy in 2021, bringing a unique combination of design, writing, and marketing strategy experience to the team. She champions the corporate brand and manages Canopy's website development, social media presence, advertising campaigns, content creation, communications/public relations, and conference participation.
Sarah has lived and breathed digital marketing since graduating from Ohio University in 2012. Before coming to Canopy, she served as the Marketing Manager at PCCA, a pharmaceutical compounding wholesaler and services provider, where she was instrumental in growing the company's digital presence and led the transition toward an account-based marketing (ABM) focus. She previously coordinated digital marketing efforts for national and global companies in the textile recycling and fashion industries.
Sarah lives in Houston, Texas, with her fiancé and their dog, Murphy. In her free time, she can be found on the sand volleyball court, the bouldering wall, biking around town, or enjoying a local park.
Alanna Dent guides Canopy’s Data Science team on the linguistic characteristics of PII from around the world. Alanna holds a Master’s Degree in Terrorism and Political Violence from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she gained tremendous experience in data mining for terrorism research. Prior to earning her degree, Alanna spent two years in Zambia in the Peace Corps, where she taught English, among other subjects.
Alanna is fluent in Russian and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Russian Language from Trinity College. She studied abroad in Moscow, Russia with Middlebury College at Russian State University for the Humanities and at The Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College. Despite not having studied in a technical area, Alanna has proven that the skills required to learn new languages can also be applied to technology.
Alanna enjoys traveling. She has been to 44 countries and her life goal is to live in a van by the river, and to be able to work from anywhere in the world.