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WHO IS MONIKER

About Us

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Meet Moniker.

We are an Award-Winning "Corporate Culture" Agency, focused on helping companies connect with their teams through imaginative Corporate Retreats, Incentive Trips, and engaging Virtual Experiences around the globe.

Our Mission is Simple:Help our clients create and operate memorable experiences that allow them to brainstorm, celebrate achievements, or kick back and bond while making the process as easy-peasy as possible in a fun, transparent, and collaborative way. And we’re bloody good at it too.

Over 10 years in, we've helped more than a thousand companies do just that.

So far, so good.

How it all began

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May 2006
Moniker's Managing Director, Sean graduates business school and promises his parents that he'll find a 'real' job..

And then proceeds to move abroad to become a bike tour guide in Barcelona.
April 2013
Sean eventually makes it back to the corporate world and works as an investment manager for a large Canadian bank for 5 years.

But his passions for travel and creating unique experiences always lingers. Eventually lead him to quitting his position at the bank (much to his parents dismay), sparking the beginning of the Moniker adventure.
May 2014
Moniker moves up in the corporate world into our first office space

It was a big step for us as company...”

Sean, Managing Director of Moniker

April 2016
As the new entrant in town of companies that had been in the business for decades, Moniker started to be put on the map when we won back-to-back awards for our programs in Colorado and Honduras.
March 2020
In 2020, the world shut down (including all of our clients),  and it could have meant troubled waters for most travel agencies

“The pandamic provided us with a unique opportunity...”

Sean, Managing Director of Moniker

September 2020
But Sean recognized that we weren't 'just' a travel company. It was more about connecting people and creating shared experiences.

With that in mind, and a bit of luck, our virtual experiences program was born. And we saw a very successful two years of online murder mysteries and escape rooms to entertain the world during uncertain times.
2020 - 2023
Fast forward a couple of years and post-pandemic, travel has come back faster and hotter than ever. As the team has expanded, we still go on our bi-annual Monikons to say hi to our new teammates.

Past locations have included Morocco, Mexico, Colombia, and more!
August 2023
And we're lucky to still be thriving, constantly innovating and growing. To celebrate how far we've come, we recently hosted our 10th year anniversary with the entire team in our of our favourite locations in the world, Tuscany, Italy.
2024 and beyond
🚀 MONIKER 2025
For the past 11 years, we've worked tirelessly to bring the vision of Moniker to life, providing bucket-list-worthy experiences to guests around the globe. But we're just getting started, so here's to many more years of passport stamps and stories to tell.
Our values

What We're All About

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Be a Good Human

We value kindness, mutual respect, and treating others the way we would want to be treated. We pride ourselves on having assembled a group of genuinely amazing people distributed around the world, but united by our shared appreciation of what it means to be a good human.

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Do Your Best

Give it your best effort, and we’ll collectively push the bar higher every time. We value people who take initiative, aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and dig in, and consistently strive to do their best work to deliver the ‘above and beyond’ results our clients have come to expect.

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Care Deeply

Caring about our work, our clients, and each other is a big part of our culture. As a company, we do our best to support our team in any ways we can, and understand that relationships are a two-way street. If you genuinely care about your work, it shows up in everything you do.

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Transparency

Just like we're 100% transparent with our clients - we're also open internally, sharing the numbers and everything else. This includes constant feedback, and a willingness to be open and honest with each other. It’s led to an immense trust in one another, and shared respect and buy-in for what we're building.

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Be a Team Player

We value helpfulness and collaboration, and are on the hunt for people who will go the extra mile for each other. Everyone at Moniker has an eagerness to support each other while still holding each other accountable, which is a big part of why our small team swings well above its weight.

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Have Fun!

Most importantly, we have fun doing it. Life's too short to take work too seriously. We have (arguably) the best job in the world, creating timeless memories for others. What’s the point if we’re not having fun along the way? We invest a ton of time (and money) to ensure our day-job is a source of joy.

THE TEAM BEHIND THE SCENES

Meet the Crew

Our team is located across Canada, and work together to craft amazing team experiences, in the some of the most unique destinations in the world.

Meet the Rest of the Team
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THE partners

Meet the Leadership Team

Sean Hoff
FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER
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Toronto, ON

Legend has it Sean started out his career in Finance, but cast off to start Moniker after attending on a number of "President Club' trips and believing he could do it better. Fast forward over a decade, with some amazing adventures around the globe with his trusty sidekick Winston, and here we are. 

Sean plays the role of creative devil's advocate, always asking "what more" 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, PARTNER
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Simcoe, ON

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.

Steph Harper
HEAD OF MARKETING & PEOPLE, PARTNER
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Medellin, Colombia

As Head of Marketing and People, Steph wears many hats at Moniker. She's a straight West Coast'er, and her laid back demeanour makes the whole team feel at ease. A nomad at heart, she’s working her way through Central and South America while working hard to ensure that our company culture continues to thrive.

Steph 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'!

Tracey Pictor
HEAD OF RESEARCH & PROPOSALS, PARTNER
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Toronto, ON

From Johannesburg, South Africa, Tracey joins the Moniker crew by heading up the Research & Proposals Team. She helps us keep on top of our destination research and pulls together all of our travel 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.

Sean Hoff
FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER
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Toronto, ON

Legend has it Sean started out his career in Finance, but cast off to start Moniker after attending on a number of "President Club' trips and believing he could do it better. Fast forward over a decade, with some amazing adventures around the globe with his trusty sidekick Winston, and here we are. 

Sean plays the role of creative devil's advocate, always asking "what more" and figuring out ways to squeeze in that little extra personality to create truly bucket-list worthy programs for our clients.

Alex Handa
ADVISOR & PARTNER
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TORONTO, ONTARIO

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. 15+ 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 advises on the strategy and growth of Moniker, 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.

Sydney Penman
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, PARTNER
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Simcoe, ON

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.

Steph Harper
HEAD OF MARKETING & PEOPLE, PARTNER
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Medellin, Colombia

As Head of Marketing and People, Steph wears many hats at Moniker. She's a straight West Coast'er, and her laid back demeanour makes the whole team feel at ease. A nomad at heart, she’s working her way through Central and South America while working hard to ensure that our company culture continues to thrive.

Steph 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'!

Tracey Pictor
HEAD OF RESEARCH & PROPOSALS, PARTNER
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Toronto, ON

From Johannesburg, South Africa, Tracey joins the Moniker crew by heading up the Research & Proposals Team. She helps us keep on top of our destination research and pulls together all of our travel 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.

Careers

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If you're ready to tackle big opportunities in a supportive and exciting environment, we want to hear from you.

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