ABOUT DAN

Dan Pontefract: keynote speaker, leadership strategist, best-selling author founded The Pontefract Group, a firm that improves the state of leadership and organizational culture.

The three books he authored, OPEN TO THINK, THE PURPOSE EFFECT and FLAT ARMY, are all critically acclaimed and best-sellers.

In 2019, OPEN TO THINK won the 2019 Axiom Business Book Award Silver Medal in the Leadership Category and it has also been shortlisted for the 2019 getAbstract International Book of the Year Award.

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. In 2019 he was shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Talent Award.

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. Dan Pontefract: keynote speaker, leadership strategist, best-selling author enjoys sharing these aspects with ViRTUS clients.

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