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Dan Pontefract

Best-selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Thinker and Leadership Strategist

Founder and CEO of The Pontefract Group

With twenty-five plus years of experience helping leaders and organizations shift to higher levels of employee engagement, productivity, and bottom-line results, Dan Pontefract knows what it takes to make change happen. (Read his full bio.)


Coming April 20

30-ish keynote speakers over 5 days – 100% free – over the web

Click to find out details and pre-register. You won’t want to miss it.




During the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 (and the disease known as COVID-19) I’ve decided to share as much as I can about remote leadership, remote teams, and being a remote employee.

After all, I’ve been working from home and leading teams remotely since 2002.

There are two toolkits, targeted at two audiences.



LEADERS: Targeted at those who are leading teams, this series of offerings contains 10 leading remotely videos, 5 job-aids, 5 articles, 1 free book (FLAT ARMY in ePub format) + 5 additional leadership videos.


ALL EMPLOYEES: Targeted at everyone, this package contains 6 videos and 6 corresponding job-aids ranging from setting up your workspace, how to stay productive as well as successfully participating in virtual meetings.

If you feel compelled to chip into the work that has been produced, feel free to visit my SQUARE account.


Areas of Expertise

  • Assessing organizational culture
  • Leadership development facilitation
  • Developing leadership models
  • Executive coaching
  • Increasing employee engagement
  • Analyzing productivity gaps
  • Fostering pervasive learning
  • Improving collaboration practices
  • Shifting to flexible work
  • Defining & enacting purpose
  • Tactics for better thinking
  • Sharing a beer or scotch


Publishing September 29 – Click for details


OPEN TO THINK won the 2019 getAbstract International Book of the Year Award. Dan is the first Canadian author ever to win the award in its two-decade history.


Dan has been named to Engagedly’s Top 100 Human Resources Influencers of 2019


Dan’s third book, OPEN TO THINK, is the Winner of the 2019 Axiom Business Book Award Silver Medal in the Leadership Category

Dan Pontefract - Axiom Business Book Award


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How Dan Can Help

Keynote Speaker

Dan delivers fun, informative, interactive and educational keynote talks to audiences across the globe. He has delivered 4 TED Talks and is invited to speak about 50 times per year. (Download his overview.)

Best-selling Author

Dan is the best-selling author of three books focusing on corporate culture, the importance of purpose, and thinking. He is at work on his 4th book focused on leadership. (Buy his books.)


The Pontefract Group provides services that help leaders and organizations become more engaged and collaborative through assessments, leadership modelling & webinars. Find out about all services.

Workshop Facilitator

Dan leads half and full-day facilitated workshops to help teams become more collaborative, engaged, purpose-driven and thoughtful in their approach to work and life.

Dan’s DNA

  • dual citizen: canadian / british
  • big music fan – Dan curates a monthly music playlist
  • family man – brilliant wife of 24 years (we got married at 24)
  • 3 goats (aka children, kids, c’mon)
  • avid cyclist
  • Manchester United supporter (no haters please)
  • follicly challenged (or perhaps follicly hip)
  • I try not to take myself too seriously – life is precious but short.

Dan’s Purpose:

We’re not here to see through each other;
we’re here to see each other through.