The outstanding team behind Symplicity Designs.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Symplicity brings more than 30 years of experience in business strategy and process improvement. Our talented team has worked with business owners and leaders across industries in organizations that range from micro in size to those with several hundred employees.
CEO, Founding Partner
Matt Symes is a serial entrepreneur, a recovering academic, and a marathoner. As a founding partner of Symplicity Designs, Matt has been the organization's CEO for ten years. Matt has helped over 500 organizations and institutions both scale and recover from some of their darkest moments. He brings a reality check to leadership teams, works with them to confront the brutal facts, and specializes in developing sound strategies to navigate through uncertain times.
In addition to Symplicity Designs, Matt also manages a portfolio of companies of which he holds a majority or minority stake, including bio-tec, signage and vehicle wrapping, meal prep and delivery, geospatial building modeling, bookkeeping, online learning, and an experiential retail coffee shop. Matt has a unique ability to bring clarity to chaos, which has earned him the honour of being named Business Leader of the Year (2020) from the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs (2022, 2023) with Atlantic Business Magazine. He sits on the Board at Groupe Savoie and is a Strategic advisor for an 80M IT firm. Matt also goes out of his way to embrace leading-edge environmentally sustainable practices at his companies, no matter how much effort and resources are required. Matt believes in stoicism – that we all have 100 percent control over our mindset. With that frame of mind, it’s possible to do almost anything, and he enjoys solving complex problems.
As one of the three founding partners of Symplicity Designs, Mark has been leading training and large-scale transformations with Symplicity for 10 years. Mark specializes in business transformation and strategy in all sectors and with businesses of all sizes. Through leveraging the Symplicity methodology, he has helped over 500 Atlantic Canadian organizations across the regions to prosper.
Mark holds a Lean Six Sigma Yellow, Green, Black, and Master Black belts and holds a Business Analytics Certificate. He has 15 years of experience in Performance Excellence and has a passion for daily management and driving process improvement through engaged teams. An avid outdoorsman, Mark works on the 6th generation family farm and enjoys adventure, travel and family time. Mark currently resides with his wife, Marie, in Shediac, NB.