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Simon Mhanna

Head of People & Culture

Simon has more than a decade of experience working in human-centered design, innovation, business strategy, leadership, and change management functions. His background is in Design, Business, Communications, and Coaching.

Throughout his career, Simon collaborated with leadership teams across industries, companies (start-up, multinational, not-for-profit, and the public sector), and geographies (North America, WANA, Europe, Africa).

His unique blend of experience has enabled him to bring diverse people together to solve complex problems in complex systems.

Prior to joining Manifest Climate, he was a Principal at The Moment, a Toronto-based Innovation Design Studio. At The Moment, Simon led key accounts and worked with prominent Canadian Financial Institutions, Telcos, and Industry partners to build innovation strategies and capabilities while optimizing how teams worked and organized. He also played a critical role in transitioning The Moment to Teal and Holacracy to become the first self-managing and employee-owned Innovation Design studio in Canada.

Simon is a published author and often speaks at international conferences. He has been leading conversations on the Future of Work in Canada, believing the future can and should be human first. He is a founding member of Brave Works: a community of leaders pursuing purpose, self-management, and wholeness in Canada.

Simon is the Strategic Advisor for DesignTO, a non-profit arts organization best known for the DesignTO Festival, Canada’s leading and largest annual design festival.

He holds a BA in Design, an MA in Media and Communication, and an MSc in International Project Management and is currently pursuing his Coaching Certification.