About Us

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We are a digital literacy and internet safety education specialist company facilitating workshops and providing presentations on technology safety and privacy subjects.

The White Hatter is the brand icon of Personal Protection Systems Inc. a company established in 1993. Our mission is to provide students, teachers, parents, adults, businesses, and law enforcement with the knowledge and tools necessary in today’s digital world.

With our over 28 years in business, 30 years of law enforcement experience, Investigative practice, and research background, we offer a completely comprehensive approach to our training programs and services.

28+ Years Experience

Our Team is Comprised of:

  • Current and former law enforcement

  • Investigators

  • Academic researchers

  • Mental health advocates

  • White hat hackers

  • Technology enthusiasts

Security Business

Personal Protection Systems is a certified security business by the Province of British Columbia. We are the only social media safety and digital literacy company in British Columbia to possess such a license. Security licensing allows us to legally conduct online background checks, threat assessments, and investigations for third parties such as police departments, businesses, and school districts.

For Schools

We help students understand the benefits and safety components of technology. Our programs start in grade four and go all the way through to high school. These sessions are always age-appropriate and adapted over time as the tools today change. We offer energetic, engaging and motivating performances that will help students to harness the power of the internet, while doing it in a secure, legal, and appropriate manner. We have already presented to hundreds of thousands of students, and we are constantly updating our programs to meet the ongoing changes in the digital world.

For Business and Other Organizations

We offer safety and privacy workshops to ensure team members have the fundamentals of modern business safety practices to ensure the organization, staff, and customers are digitally protected. In addition, we offer training in online business intelligence and policy regarding BYOD, social media or device usage in the workplace.

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Professional Studio

The White Hatter Studio is more than just a laptop webcam meeting. We use a professionally outfitted multi-media broadcasting studio with multiple (6) camera angles. Using best in industry webinar-based professional broadcasting software and hardware. We provide a safe, secure, and private online webinar experience, using industry-leading software, to provide a high-definition video and audio online learning environment that is second to none. We also have the ability to seamlessly integrate with other virtual programs such as ZOOM, TEAMS, BLUEJEANS, SKYPE or any other web-based platform if requested.

We are constantly adapting and growing our program accessibility by using virtual live training opportunities for those in areas hard to reach.


Our company and team members are highly recognized from the awards and certifications acquired in the line of work we do. We really want to ensure that our programs and services  are the best and most accurate on the market today

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Canadian Platinum Jubilee Pin

2023 - Members of the Canadian Parliament were provided with a limited supply of commemorative pins, bearing the platinum jubilee emblem. The pins were awarded to Canadians who have made a meaningful impact through their work or volunteerism in the arts, sciences, innovation, community service, health care, education, entrepreneurship, inclusion or sport. Brandon was recognized by Cowichan–Malahat–Langford Member of Parliament, Alistair MacGregor

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Greater Victoria Business Awards - Emerging Business Person of the Year

2021 - honours a business owner or founder under the age of 35 who: Has excelled in business; Exemplifies outstanding leadership and/or entrepreneurial skills in their field; Exhibits exceptional vision that contributes to business success; and demonstrates leadership and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic

Distinguished Leader In Online Safety

2019- We are the first Canadian internet safety and digital literacy company to have been awarded this recognition from Bark and the “Center For Online Safety Excellence."

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BC Medal of Good Citizenship

2018 - Awarded to three members of the team, Beth, Darren, and Brandon in part, from the life-changing and sometimes lifesaving social media safety presentations or workshops hundreds of thousands of students have attended across North America, but especially in BC. More importantly, this award recognizes the community support we provide outside of our business hours and presentations.

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BC Social Innovations Youth Award

2017 - The BC Government & Radius SFU awarded Brandon, with the 2017 BC Social Innovations Youth Award for his work and advocacy with youth, tweens, teens, and adults in the areas of Social Media Safety and Digital Literacy

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Telus Outstanding Canadian Award

2016 - A national award that recognizes individuals, programs & organizations that have made a significant impact on keeping Canadians safer online. Awarded to Darren

BC Community Achievement Awards

BC Community Achievement Award

2015 - Awarded to Darren and Beth Laur for presenting Internet and Social Media Safety programs to tens of thousands of junior and senior students, teachers, parents and the wider community. Their commitment to providing critical information regarding cyberbullying and internet safety has had a positive and significant impact.

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Canadian Order Of Merit

2014 - The Governor General of Canada appointed Darren a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. Awarded to Darren for his exceptional merit and contributions in his policing career, community service, and his unique work with youth in both online and offline safety.

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Derek K Miller Award

2013 - Most inspiring social media user for our unique working the area of Internet and Social Media Safety both here in Canada and the USA.

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