Dawn Jutla, CEO and President

Dawn is the energetic founder and CEO of Peer Ledger. She has the honor of leading a first-class distributed team of talent passionate about blockchain technology, value creation, and corporate social responsibility.  Dawn has spent 20+ years doing multi-disciplinary R&D and teaching in computer science and business. She is the founder of the Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at the Sobey School of Business, where she is the Scotiabank Professor of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation, at Saint Mary’s University.  Dawn received her Master and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. She served as a Chair of the Dept. of Finance, Information Systems, and Management Science for 2 years, Director/Program Coordinator of the MTEI program for 3 years, and Saint Mary’s University Board of Governors for 6 years. She currently serves on the OASIS Open Board and the IWK Health Centre’s Board of Directors.


Dawn brings passion, superb execution ability, and strategic thinking to everything she does. Devoted to her family, she delights in the value that blockchain can bring to business and citizens everywhere. She led the authorship of the article called “Making Business Sense of e-Commerce” appearing in IEEE Computer and Nikkei Computer In 1999. Almost 20 years later, she clearly sees the analogy with blockchain and the parallel opportunities it brings. Dawn is the 2009 winner of the World Technology Award for IT Software in the Individual Category.

Mike Durland

Mike Durland, Board Director

Mike is the President and CEO of Melancthon Capital, a private company which provides capital and advisory services to socially purposeful emerging Canadian companies. Mike also holds the position of Professor of Practice at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, is the Chair of the Board of Directors of, and is a founding principal in Cabot Links, a member of the Board of  Directors of TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture, a member of the advisory board of Riipen Networks Inc, a member of the Board of Directors of the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, a member of the Board of Capitalize for Kids, a member of the Business Strategy Committee for the Global Risk Institute, a member of the Advisory Board of the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Social Impact at Queen’s University and the Master of Management Analytics Program at Queen’s University. Mike is a former Group Head and CEO, Global Banking and Markets for Scotiabank. Mike holds a B Comm degree from Saint Mary’s University, a PhD in Finance and Operations Research from Queen’s University and an honorary Doctorate from Saint Mary’s University.


Mike Durland is a significant investor in Peer Ledger.  Strategic, thoughtful, responsible, and deliberate, he brings a wealth of technical knowledge and international business experience to the company. Passionate about family, the environment, corporate social responsibility, he sees blockchain technology as more than a new medium for money. He regards it as an important new tool for risk management.

Peter Bodorik, Chief Technology Officer

Peter Bodorik is Chief Technology Officer at Peer Ledger. Very detail-oriented and a great team player, he is also a Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University where he has held various positions, such as Director of Master of Electronic Commerce, Associate Dean Academic, and Associate Dean Research (Acting).  He has published over seventy refereed papers in conference and journal venues with concentration on managing data in distributed systems, in which he focused on efficient mechanisms for transaction management and querying; electronic commerce, with concentration on e-commerce models and bench marking; and privacy with concentration on models and tools to support privacy on the client and server sides. He has received and participated in many grants and awards from NSERC, CFI, and industry. Over eighty graduate students have successfully completed their studies under Dr. Bodorik’s (co)supervision at both the masters and PhD levels. He enjoys working with disruptive technologies, such as blockchain.

Andy Osburn

Andy Osburn, Advisory Board Member

Andy is a parallel start-up entrepreneur and has over 20 years of experience in software engineering and start-up technology ventures. Prior to acquisition by Core Security, Atlanta, GA, Andy was CEO at SecureReset/QuickFactor which provides seamless and convenient multi-factor authentication from mobile devices. Andy was also CEO at where colleges and universities empower students and engage alumni through structured mentoring.


Andy has previously occupied various technical and operational roles with the Royal Canadian Navy, primarily in the area of combat control systems.  He holds a BSc from McMaster University, an MSc in acoustics from Royal Roads Military College and an MBA from Saint Mary’s University.

Andy has competed in a number of marathons and triathlons including Ironman Canada and Ironman Florida.

Gordon B. Agnew, Advisory Board Member

Gordon B. Agnew is an engineering professor at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada. Agnew’s primary research interests are in the fields of encryption and data security.


He received his B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1978 and a Ph.D. in 1982 after which he joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of University of Waterloo. He has worked closely with industry and is a co-founder of Certicom Corp. Agnew is a Foundation Fellow of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications and was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.