About Dan

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 & facilitator information package), Dan has presented at four different TED events and also writes for Forbes and Harvard Business Review. 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.

Dan has also partnered with ViRTUS on large-scale leadership development programs. With over 18 years of experience transforming leaders and companies with their custom programs, Dan feels as though ViRTUS has the expertise to bring his material to life in a way that has a lasting impact for organizations.