WeWork Scotia Plaza Toronto
DocuSign will operate out of the WeWork Scotia Plaza. (Photo: WeWork)

Published: March 15th, 2019

Electronic signature software vendor DocuSign Inc. opened a regional headquarters in Toronto on March 14, part of the firm’s ‘Invest for Canada’ initiative.

Located in the WeWork Scotia Plaza in Toronto’s financial district, the new office will be home to sales, marketing, and service functions. It will cater to DocuSign’s customer base of more than 1,500 local firms, the vendor says. In a press release, DocuSign’s General Manager for Canada Dan Kagan says the firm wants to expand its team in Toronto and across Canada.

The new office comes almost a year after DocuSign made an initial public offering. It’s also expanding its services beyond e-signatures and into other systems around managing agreements between companies and individuals.

Robert Herjavec - at desk

DocuSign also announced that it’s appointed cyber security expert and entrepreneur Robert Herjavec to its advisory group. The founder and CEO of Herjavec Group is also known for his role on CBC’s Dragon’s Den show and ABC’s Shark Tank.

Existing Canadian firms named by DocuSign in the release include Manulife Financial Corp., the National Bank of Canada, and Telus.

“We are working with DocuSign on the deployment of electronic signature capabilities.¬†As customer in Canada, we are thrilled about DocuSign’s continued commitment to the region with the opening of its new Toronto HQ,” said Jeff Maltez of Manulife Financial Corporation in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to work with DocuSign and its local data center to accelerate our digital transformation efforts.”

Last September, DocuSign announced the launch of a data centre somewhere in Canada. Kagan described it as a “Microsoft Azure-based data center,” in a press release. DocuSign says having a data centre on Canadian soil is part of the data residency requirements to serve its customers in the country.

In May 2017, DocuSign announced an agreement with Microsoft Azure as its preferred public cloud services platform in Canada. Microsoft operates two data centres in Quebec, so it can help DocuSign meet data residency requirements for Canadian clients.