About Us

Canopy was conceptualized in 2018 when two veterans of the eDiscovery software and services market, Ralph Nickl and Oran Sears, witnessed the limitations of using eDiscovery technology to respond to breach incidents. Knowing that a purpose-built application would accelerate the identification of the actual people who are affected by data breaches, the two officially launched CanopyCo in 2018.

Our Application

Today, the Canopy application reduces the time, cost, and risk associated with identifying personally identifiable information, including PII, PHI, FERPA, PCI, CCPA, PIPEDA, HIPAA and GDPR data present in breached data. In partnership with Canopy, cyber forensics companies, cyber insurers, law firms and legal service providers can more quickly notify individuals when their identifying information may be at risk following a breach.

Our Expertise

Since launching the company, Canopy has expedited 40+ breaches per month and scanned more than 10 million breached documents for potentially compromised sensitive information. In the wake of cyber insurers reporting significant increases in business email compromises, the demand for Canopy’s application has grown, and the company has been recognized as a disrupter in the field for its use of machine-learning technology and AI-based methods.

Based in Northern Virginia in the Washington DC metropolitan area and with satellite operations in Denver, CanopyCo is an environmentally-conscious company committed to protecting sensitive information in the digital world.

Leadership Team

Ralph Nickl, Co-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 CanopyCo, 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.

Oran Sears, Co-Founder and CTO

Oran has been in the software industry for more than 15 years and he has worked for companies such as Discovery Channel and Lockheed Martin. As a Certified eDiscovery Specialist (CEDS), much of Oran’s career has involved software solutions for the eDiscovery, litigation support, information governance, and cyber investigations markets. His experience spans everything from implementing large projects to designing an industry-leading eDiscovery suite for which he owns one patent with a second patent pending. Driven by a passion to innovate, Oran repeatedly delivers quality applications and programs that solve real problems for end users.

When not developing software, Oran is actively contributing to his community as the founder and leader of two non-profit organizations. Fully Involved, Inc. provides financial support to families affected by house fires, and Helping Heroes is dedicated to raising awareness and pushing for legislation to assist first responders with dealing with job-related stress such as PTSD. A native Texan, Oran naturally enjoys everything outdoors, from camping, hiking, and boating with his wife and two sons, to smoking BBQ in the backyard.

Martin Borak, VP of Finance

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 CanopyCo LLC. 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 prestigious Phi Beta Kappa society. In his spare time, Martin enjoys his varied musical tastes, cooking, and his beloved Washington Nationals.

Brenda Mahedy, VP of Marketing

Brenda Mahedy is a senior-level marketing executive with nearly two decades of experience driving the marketing strategy and operations for legal technology-oriented businesses. Drawing upon a background in eDiscovery, litigation software, and trial technology, Brenda is now helping Canopy to solidify its position as a global leader in data privacy technology. Brenda has repeatedly built and directed marketing departments, defined and supported go-to-market plans, driven communications strategies, and provided creative direction and content development for industry-titans and startups in the US and abroad. Previous posts include Opus 2, Thomson Reuters, ZyLAB, LiveNote and American Lawyer Media.

Among other professional achievements, Brenda was honored by Women in eDiscovery and ACEDS with the “Women Who Have Pioneered eDiscovery” distinction, she received the “Most Innovative Content Award” from the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), and she was nominated for the “Award of Excellence” at Thomson Reuters. When not heads-down helping innovative companies grow their businesses, you will find Brenda on the tennis court or Airstreaming around the western US with her husband, teen, tween and chocolate Lab.