Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker,
Thinker and Leadership Strategist
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.
Areas where I can help you and/or your organization:
Being a love-based leader is the first step.
Purpose is what you & your org stands for.
Be an Open Thinker: Dream. Decide. Do. Repeat.
The result? A rich life & an engaged place of work.
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.
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.
Dan provides consultative services that help leaders become better at their jobs of leading people, themselves, and the organization itself through assessments and executive coaching.
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 is the founder and CEO of The Pontefract Group, a firm that improves the state of leadership and organizational culture.
He is the best-selling author of three books: OPEN TO THINK, THE PURPOSE EFFECT and FLAT ARMY. In 2019, OPEN TO THINK won the 2019 Axiom Business Book Award Silver Medal in the Leadership Category.
A renowned speaker (download his speaker information package), Dan has presented at four different TED events and also writes for Forbes, Harvard Business Review and The Huffington Post. Dan is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business and has garnered more than 20 industry awards over his career.
Previously as Chief Envisioner and Chief Learning Officer at TELUS—a Canadian telecommunications company with revenues of $14 billion and 50,000 global employees—he launched the Transformation Office, the TELUS MBA, and the TELUS Leadership Philosophy, all award-winning initiatives that dramatically helped to increase the company’s employee engagement to record levels of nearly 90%. Prior to TELUS, he held senior roles at SAP, Business Objects and BCIT. He is honoured to be on the Thinkers50 radar list.