Paul Simard

Client Partnerships & Fundraising, he/him

Paul knows how to ignite positive change. 

Not only is he an expert communicator with 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, but he has a lifelong commitment to building powerful partnerships, working together to create pragmatic and meaningful outcomes.

Having spent an entire career thus far in client services, Paul understands the language of teamwork. He has worked in a variety of settings—directing in academia at McGill and Concordia University, in not-for-profits like the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Moisson Montreal, and in free personal coaching for men of all ages to support well-being. The most fulfilling project of all has been raising his three daughters to be in a world where home is seen as a fundamental right—he is passionate about refugee causes and the unchosen migration of populations.

Paul centers community service in all he does. He has served on not-for-profit boards, like Pour 3 Points, lending his support and flourishing in collaboration. Paul is also a death doula: and hosts a monthly “death over coffee” event that is a hugely nourishing experience. This interest in death, its connectedness to all living things, sprouted from his deep experience with mental health work. Paul fervently believes that if sustainable social change doesn’t start with mental health, it shouldn’t start at all.

When he can put his radical leadership and systems-oriented brain on pause, he loves to spend time in nature, near water or in deep woods. And when his daughters come along, that’s a win.

A peek into Paul’s life

Paul finds Rumi’s words explore the power of curiosity most beautifully, “The morning breeze has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.”