Creative Company Culture Experts

We Help Companies Engage Their Teams Both Virtually and Through Travel

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Meet Moniker

We are an award-winning company culture agency, focused on helping distributed companies get together imaginative company retreats and creative virtual experiences, anywhere in the world.

Our mission? To create and operate unforgettable experiences and memories for our clients and their teams in a fun, transparent, and collaborative way. And we’re bloody good at it too.

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Our Story

Moniker’s roots began in the corporate world, where our “Eureka!” moment of what inspires people to love their workplace and click with their colleagues led us to quit our jobs and trade in our cubicles for carry-ons.

The goal was simple. Focus on creating bucket-list worthy retreats for other companies around the world, helping them brainstorm in inspiring places, celebrate achievements, or spend some time kicking back and bonding in incredible settings and locations.

So far, so good.

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We take care of all the research and planning, leveraging an amazing team of curious and creative travel professionals dedicated to each program. No stone is left unturned in the dogged pursuit of finding the right destination and home for your group and ensuring each day (and night) is chock-full of incredible moments worth tweeting home about.

With a fully cloud-based platform and 100% transparent philosophy, our systems ensure you are kept up to date and deeply involved throughout the process. You'll have 24/7 access to the latest versions of the budget and documents no matter where you are or what time zone you're in.

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How It Works

Process

Step 1. Intro Call

Every program begins with a phone call. We'll discuss your objectives, ask a few questions, and maybe even throw around a few ideas to begin. We'll explain what we actually do, how it all works, and how we might be able to help. From there, we'll send you a summary by e-mail and if all looks good - get started on a proposal.

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Step 2. Research & Proposal
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We're firm believers in knowing who you're dealing with before a single dime gets spent. Based on our initial conversations, we'll start digging through our mountains of resources to prepare a complimentary proposal for you, outlining at least 3 destinations with hotels, activities, and other elements we think would add some color to each option.

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Step 3. Letter of Engagement

After seeing our proposal, you'll decide whether you want to engage us to plan your program. If you do, we'll ask you to narrow down your top choice(s), sign a simple agreement and make a small deposit.

From there, we'll get cracking on diving deeper into the finer details, ultimately putting together a very detailed budget and itinerary for your final approval.

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Step 4. Contract & Planning

By this stage, we've more or less figured out (A) the destination, (B) where (and when) you're going, and (C) the general outline of the day-to-day agenda.

Only after you're happy with the budget and itinerary from Step 3, will we finalize the process by signing a contract. After that, the real fun begins as we roll our sleeves up and get elbow deep in to the heaps of planning that lies ahead. (But don't worry, we'll be doing most of it!)

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Step 5. On-Site Execution

Our staff will be in the forefront (while simultaneously in the background, clipboards and all), ensuring everything runs seamlessly and your guests' every need and whim is attended to.

Think of us as your butler, concierge, and Bat Phone all rolled into one – except instead of Alfred, call us Moniker.

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Some of Our Clients

What Clients Say About Us

Testimonials

Absolutely flawless

Everything was flawlessly planned from beginning to end. Can’t thank you guys enough for the help and creativity you brought to the Uber Canada Winter Retreat!

PUNEET B.
OFFICE MANAGER, UBER
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Critical to our culture

The trip literally brings the group together. Most importantly people are connected, which helps make it clear what we want to accomplish as a company.

KEITH V.
CEO, PLEX
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Incredibly organized

It was an incredibly well organized trip – from memorable adventures to great restaurants and lively bars – my god was it fun. Thanks for all your hard work and helping us spoil our clients, ultimately continuing to be a best-in-class company

ALLISON M.
DIRECTOR OF LEASING,
DREAM REALTY
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An Absolute Dream to Work With

Moniker is an absolute dream to work with - from their proposal creation, to swag and execution of our Spring Retreat. They exemplify a true all-hands-on-deck attitude, and were willing to do anything and everything to ensure we had the time of our lives. I can't wait to work with them on our next retreat!

Caroline Y.
PEOPLE & CULTURE, BOMBAS
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WOW factor!

The value of a company retreat is imperative to company culture. If you want a retreat to have a lasting impact in the minds of all attendees, truly custom experiences are critical. Moniker will always be my pick for all the details they bring, big to small, and the overall WOW

Alison D.
VP OF OPERATIONS, THEOREM
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Meet the Crew

Behind the Scenes
Sean Hoff
Founder
MANAGING PARTNER

Legend has it, Sean started out his career as a Banker but cast off to start Moniker after being an attendee on a number of "President Club' trips and believing he could do it better. Fast forward several years, some amazing adventures around the globe, and a talent for creating magic from a blank canvas.

Sean plays the role of creative devil's advocate, always asking "why not" and figuring out ways to squeeze in that little extra personality to create truly bucket-list worthy programs for our clients.

SYDNEY PENMAN
DIRECTOR OF 
OPERATIONS

A native of Simcoe, Ontario, Sydney brings some serious operational chops to the Moniker team from almost a decade managing hundreds of high-school & university programs across North America with our sister companies, I Love Travel & Breakaway Tours.

Her eye for detail and logistics make her a perfect fit for coordinating all the behind-the-scenes planning that go into our programs, ensuring no detail is overlooked and on-site execution is flawless. Known for her dry-wit and love of Bud Light, in her free time Sydney enjoys Karaoke and impressing the world with her Celine Dion impersonation.

Cheryl Myerscough
Virtual Operations MANAGER

Cheryl joins the Moniker team by way of a few stops within the youth travel and retail industries, where she earned her stripes on delivering exceptional customer service.  

Cheryl oversees the planning and onboarding process for our Virtual Experiences, where she works with clients directly to ensure a flawless execution of their events. When she's not behind the screen, she's still getting her toes wet in staffing some of our travel programs abroad where she lends an experienced hand to the operational logistics.

A talented songstress and chanteuse, Cheryl holds her own as a gifted musician and can regularly be seen frequenting the Karaoke Bars in Koreatown or wailing her heart out in the front row at a live concert. She lives in Toronto, and spends her free time exploring the many coffee houses in search of the perfect cuppa.

TEAGAN Burke
Virtual Operations MANAGER

Joining the team after a 10+ year career managing mega-sized youth travel programs, Teagan knows what it takes to deliver amazing customer service with a can-do attitude towards solving problems!

Teagan works closely with Cheryl, overseeing the planning and execution of our Virtual Experiences division and applying her guest-facing experience to our clients during events.

When she's not behind the screen, she's usually found out on the volleyball court, out for a hike with her dog Fozzie, or hustling her way around a pool hall.

WINSTON THE PUG
CHIEF OF RESEARCH

The origins of Winston’s arrival at Moniker are surrounded by intrigue and mystery. Some say he was raised in the African Savanna by a pack of well-traveled spotted hyenas, others tell tales of being rescued by Sean as a pup in the back alleys of Paris's 14th arrondissement.

Either way, Winston proudly wears the mantle of our Chief of Research, globetrotting the world and scouting out new locations and hidden gems of hotels for our clients. You can usually keep track of his whereabouts by following his adventures on our instagram page, or likely poking in to the nearest fromagerie of your local neighbourhood.

ALEX HANDA
president of ilovetravel.com
PArtner

Alex and Sean met many moons ago, when Sean joined him as employee #8 in helping build out a new division for his Youth Travel company. 10 years later, with over 200 employees and steering the helm of one of Canada's fastest growing companies, it's safe to say that Alex knows the travel industry inside out.

Alex champions the strategy and growth of Moniker while maintaining his role at ilovetravel.com, ensuring the lessons and experience he's learned in his journey are instilled in Moniker's core - a commitment to focusing on the guest experience, and always striving to surprise and delight.

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HEAD OF R&D

From Johannesburg, South Africa, Tracey joins the Moniker crew supporting our Trip Planning team, helping us keep on top of our destination research and pulling together our proposals.

Her experience in corporate events and wedding planning makes her a great fit to plan adventures for our clients, while her first-hand experience traveling extensively through Asia and Africa brings another dimension to the research team.

A self-professed "crazy cat lady" and hopeless chocoholic, Tracey enjoys the more peaceful side of things in her spare time, reading, whittling away on arts and crafts, painting, or finding new ways to avoid vegetables in her vegetarian diet.

NINAH DEL ROSARIO
ACCOUNT MANAGER

Cruising into our office after almost 4 years at sea with Royal Caribbean, Ninah joins the Trip Planning team, helping put together and flawlessly execute our clients retreats and incentives.

Her background as the Entertainment Coordinator aboard cruises made for a swift transition to terra firma, where she now oversees the logistics and minutia of tasks that go into each and every one of our programs.  

In her spare time, Ninah readily admits to enjoying Hallmark Movies and teaching her dog Jameson, a shih-poo (we don't know either), how to speak her native tongue Tagalog from her time growing up in the Philippines.

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Research & Proposals,
Account Manager

Amanda joins us from Vancouver (after a brief stint in Paris), lending her talents to the Research & Proposals team while also chipping in as an Account Manager with our sales team when needed.

Her endless curiosity and tenacity for digging through heaps of destination and hotel research means no stone is left unturned in the pursuit of planning the perfect retreats for our clients.

In her spare time, Amanda creates charcuterie boards that are the envy of Instagram, snowboarding the slopes of Whistler, and cozying up with her sweet pup Aspen and a good book

STEPHANIE HARPER
DIRECTOR OF GROWTH
PARTNER

A straight West Coast'er, Steph's laid back demeanour makes for a sneakily good sales lady who truly appreciates nature, both above and below sea-level.

As head of Growth, Stephanie oversees our efforts to share the joy (and wisdom) with companies around the world, as well as see through the design and execution of all the hare-brained ideas the rest of the group comes up with. Custom-themed agendas? No problem. Travel-Themed Adult Colouring books for our clients? Now we're talkin'!

Amanda LeGresley
OpERATIONS MANAGER

Amanda brings her keen eye for travel and event planning to our Operations Team, bolstered by over a decade of experience managing events for the Toronto Film Festival and other swanky clientele across Canada (she's fancy like that).

Her passion for creating memorable experiences (particularly around a great meal) makes her the perfect fit to lead our Trip Planning division, as well as oversee the execution of our Virtual Experiences and the facilitator team.

In her spare time, Amanda loves exploring the great outdoors either on the road with the sunroof down, or on the ATV trails near her hometown of Keswick, Ontario. Indoors, she's known for being a bit of a 'sushi savant', and kicking back on the couch with the latest Reality TV with her dog, Rebel.

CASEY COGAN
Creative Development & Trip planner

Hailing from the nation's capital, Casey joins us as a Trip Planning Coordinator, supporting our Operations Managers to ensure every Moniker program is perfectly planned.

With a keen eye for the details, and a self-proclaimed overachieving perfectionist, we're lucky to have her on our team. Casey's got a sweet tooth and a soft spot for unique handbags, and is always on the hunt to add to her collection during her travels around the globe.

Her kind nature and always-smiling demeanour keeps the office in good spirits, and her on the front lines on answering the office telephone!

Joe Palubiski
CONTRACT Videographer

Joining the Moniker team by way of Birmingham, England - Joe has taken a winding path that saw him spend time living in Dubai, Edinburgh, and Japan before settling in Canada. Good thing for us, as Joe brings some serious artistic and creative chops to the crew, overseeing all of our video production.

A classic shutterbug at heart, Joe probably owns more camera equipment than you own socks (though his are pretty on-point too!), and in his free time enjoys exploring the outdoors, taking photos, and finding out about new music.

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