We are proven leaders in the development of network application solutions, low level systems development, and cyber security analytics.

Technology Fast 500 2021 North America Deloitte
Award - Global Infosec Awards Winner 2021
Award - 2021 Fortress Cyber Security
Award - Cyber Security Excellence Winner 2021

OverviewWhat We Do

Our mission is to strengthen the IT security operations of businesses of all sizes, worldwide. We believe it should be easier for CTOs, CIOs, IT managers, and IT staff alike to develop their cyber security expertise and implement sophisticated operational capabilities.


With decades of in-the-trenches experience, we are leaders in the development of network application solutions, low level systems development, and cyber security analytics. We build and provide tools, technology and services that allow organizations of all sizes to measurably improve their cyber security knowledge, experience and operations, saving them time, money and lots of unnecessary frustration.

Experience and Trust

At Field Effect, customer security and privacy are paramount.  It is through our focus on client requirements, privacy, and security that we earn your trust.

Our products are based on deep experience about what works in operational environments and our solutions are trusted by some of the most secure organizations around the globe, from small and mid-sized firms with sensitive data, to enterprise businesses and government systems.


We’re passionate about what we do and have been doing it a long time.  We understand our success is defined by that of our clients, and care a lot about ensuring you have what you need, and will work around the clock until you do.

Customer TestimonialsTrusted by businesses around the world.

“Using Covalence, we can effectively close security gaps and ensure compliance with healthcare privacy and data protection regulations.”

Geoff Schaadt
VP of Technology, TryCycle Data Systems

“Choosing Covalence was one of the best decisions for our organization.”

Pete Chamberlin
Director of IT, The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG)

“Thanks to Covalence, we now operate a network that I can confidently say is secure.”

Lynn LaHam
CPA, CGA, Director of Finance, Crossroads Children’s Mental Health Centre

VisionWhere We’re Going

We enable our customers to improve their cyber security operations with better technology, operational processes, and human capability.  This end-to-end approach allows our customers to create stronger networks, more responsive processes, and highly confident teams that are resilient in the face of modern IT and cyber security threats.

ValuesWhat We Believe

Cyber Security tools need to be both effective and usable. Tools and Services that offer complicated or difficult user experiences won’t result in improved network and system security. By respecting the needs and realities of our clients, our ecosystem will raise the ‘cyber security floor’ of the organizations we support.


In our products, deployments and operations, simplicity is king. We believe workflows should be easy to understand and that tools should be intuitive. In fact, just minutes after setup, you’ll look like a pro.


Growing shouldn’t be painful. As you require more data, more speed, more analytics and more integrations, we’re ready to support you.


We don’t pretend to understand the internal business requirements and setup of all our clients. Everything we build, we build to be modular, easily integrated and flexible. There are no silver bullets or all-in-one solutions in IT, especially in the world of security. You need to be able to adapt. Now you can.


Security is at the core of our business, and nobody does it better. “Raising the collective security floor” has long been a mantra at Field Effect Software and it guides every decision we make.

Executive Team Decades of experience in some of the most complex security environments in the world.

Matt Holland

Matt Holland

Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer

Matt Holland is one of the world’s leading authorities in the cyber security industry. Starting his career at the Communications Security Establishment, Matt spent seven years in the Tailored Access Operations (TAO) group as a leading security researcher specializing in intelligence tradecraft and technology for key top-secret projects for the Five Eyes. In 2007, he co-founded his first company and grew it to be a silent leader in the privatized intelligence industry, serving democratic governments globally. It was acquired by L3 in 2018. Matt has an established background and expertise in distributed computing, low level security systems and cross platform methodologies, and has a track record of commercialization and success with “hard problems”. Matt’s background directly contributes to Field Effect’s comprehensive cyber security solution, Covalence, and the aggressive growth of Field Effect worldwide.

Andrew Loschmann

Andrew Loschmann

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Loschmann led five years of research and development efforts to bring Field Effect’s sophisticated suite of Covalence threat monitoring and detection and Cyber Range simulation and training platforms, as well as other services, to the global market. Andrew brings a 20-year background building and managing IT security products and programs, including 13 years in government/defence, as well as security policy development within the Government of Canada’s Privy Council Office and contributions to Canada’s Cyber Security Strategy. His technical background includes development of software and systems, and cyber security analytics, as well as leading incident detection and response teams.

Peter Hunter

Peter Hunter

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining Field Effect, Peter Hunter was CFO at Fullscript – one of Canada’s fastest growing companies. He also served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and CFO at Privacy Analytics (PA). In addition, Peter has worked as a C-level officer, advisor and consultant to many of Ottawa’s successful technology companies. Peter worked as a practicing public accountant for many of Ottawa’s telecom, ecommerce and SaaS companies over the past 30 years. In these roles his focus has been on finance, legal affairs, regulatory compliance, business development, operations and mergers and acquisitions. He will play a major role in helping to prepare Field Effect for massive international growth and put the company on the map as the leading cyber security company in the world.

Shri Kalyanasundaram

Shri Kalyanasundaram

Chief Growth Officer

Prior to joining Field Effect, Shri helped TELUS Cybersecurity establish itself as one of Canada’s leading service providers. Through his leadership of the Product Management, Marketing and Sales Solutioning functions, he oversaw TELUS Cybersecurity’s innovation agenda and was instrumental in launching and driving the commercial success of a number of services such as Managed Cloud Security, Managed Detection and Response and Digital Identity. Previously, Shri held roles in corporate strategy and strategic planning at various organizations including Target Canada, Canadian Tire and Datamonitor. Shri currently serves on the board of Distress and Crisis Ontario and plays an active role in the community mentoring professionals immigrating to Canada.

Brad Peterson

Brad Peterson

Chief Security Officer

Brad Peterson brings over 25 years experience successfully building enterprise IT systems with a specialization on IT security since 2001. He has led software development in the fields of big data, network and endpoint security, vulnerability research, and machine learning – to name a few. At Field Effect, Brad helped assemble and lead teams that built and deployed Field Effect’s cyber defence product framework, including host, network and analytic components and their interoperability with commercial tools. Most recently, Brad is focussed on the rapid growth and evolution of Field Effect’s operational infrastructure, and pushing the envelope of our already deep security knowledge within our assurance lab. Prior to joining Field Effect, Brad was a senior manager in the Cyber Defence Branch of the Communications Security Establishment, the lead federal agency on cyber security.

Leadership Team Some of the brightest talents in the industry.

Patrick Smith

Director of Security Services

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Colin Belcourt

Deputy Director of Security Services

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Mark Gaudet

VP of Simulation Technologies

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Libby Robinson

Director of Product Marketing

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Noel Murphy

Director of Simulation Technologies

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Earl Fischl

Head of Data Analytics

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Toby Nangle

Global Director, Channels and Partnerships

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Stefanie McNeil

Director of People and Talent

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Barry McArthur

Director of Market Intelligence and Insights

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Jane Harwood

Director of Marketing

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Andrea Holland

Client and Partner Success Lead

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“Our best metric of success is to hear our customers say they’re more cyber-security capable and confident with their networks. To do this, we build unique solutions that prioritize function and simplicity above all else, with a company culture that emphasizes developing trust and confidence with our customers.”

Andrew Loschmann, COO