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Our People

Meet the leaders behind the world’s easiest background checks.

Our Leadership Team
Leadership Andrew

Andrew McLeod

CEO + Co-Founder

Andrew McLeod is a co-founder and the CEO of Certn. Under his leadership, Certn has won multiple regional awards including 2nd in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50™ (Canada) and 24th in North American Technology Fast 500™.

Andrew is no stranger to disrupting a variety of tech industries. As the Chief Strategic Officer of RentMoola, he altered the rent payments space.

During his free time, Andrew enjoys surfing off the coast of Vancouver Island with his family.

Leadership Owen

Owen Madrick

COO + Co-Founder

Owen Madrick is a co-founder and the COO of Certn. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant in both Canada and the US with experience raising capital (~$200M), acquiring businesses, working with banking partners, and obtaining government incentives.

With Certn, Owen is working to give consumers back ownership of their own information through a decentralized digital credentialing tool that allows applicants to securely share their verified information to create new opportunities.

Leadership Michael

Michael Coombs


Michael’s journey from Software Architect at DWL to Wall Street banking at UBS and RBC, followed by strategic roles at GlobalFoundries and leadership in the startup world at Ripcord, has shaped him into the financial expert he is today.

Originally from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Michael currently lives in Belmont, California with his family. He enjoys surfing in his free time.

Leadership Serkan

Serkan Honeine


Lives: Sydney, Australia

Education: Commerce (Finance and Accounting) degree from University of New South Wales.

Key Work Experience: CRO at Ai-Media (ASX: AIM), CCO at Multichoice (MCG:JNB), Pan-African Pay TV Director of Media Products portfolio and various marketing roles at Telstra.

Proud to Be: father to rainbow twin 3-year olds

Loves to: play soccer, tennis, or write poetry

Fun Fact: Built and sold the largest fitness e-commerce retailer across ANZ.

Leadership Shannon

Shannon Davidson

Legal + Compliance

Lives: Victoria, Canada

Key Work Experience: litigation background in labour and employment law

Proud to Be: tasked with building the Legal & Compliance team at Certn from scratch.

Fun Fact: played varsity hockey with Hayley Wickenheiser under Danielle Goyette (Go Dinos!).

Leadership Ed

Ed Hickey


Lives: Brighton, UK

Key Work Experience: Growth focussed with broad global leadership experience; 15 years of leadership in global background checks.

Proud to Be: building and running digital product agency, helping start-ups and scale-ups succeed through technology.

Loves to: spend time with family, play tennis, and travel (eating as many local delicacies as possible along the way).

Leadership Chris P

Chris Palk


Lives: Brighton, UK

Education: MBA & Computer Science.

Key Work Experience: Worked for Morgan Stanley, HireRight, Dabapps; Managed remote teams in India, Poland, Nashville, Wales, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Tulsa.

Proud to Be: build an amazing company with some lovely people.

Loves to: walking long distances, pinball, wine, travelling, bad Welsh rock music

Fun Fact: built 80-100 mobile and web apps.

Board of Directors

Andrew McLeod

Shawn Abott

Shawn Abbott

Steve Cadigan

Steve Cadigan

Elizabeth Weil

Elizabeth Weil

Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore

Rashmi Gopinath

Rashmi Gopinath

Join the Certonians

We’re a growing global technology company reinventing the way businesses build trust. We’re soccer players, DIY creators, karaoke lovers, pet parents, cheese connoisseurs, and so much more! More importantly, we’re changemakers who disrupt, innovate, transform, and who won’t settle for how it’s always been done.

We’re looking for more team members to help us level up and want to hear from you! Join our global team of over 400 people living the dream at Certn.

Certn team celebrating being one of Canada's top companies with group photo