Leadership Keynote Speaker

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Information Reel – About Dan Pontefract


Some of Dan’s Trusted Clients


“Dan challenged us to have clarity of purpose, both as individuals and as an organization. He related inspiring stories drawing on his experience in business, technology and academia. As he said, ‘There is no ownership without belonging.’”

Christian Pantel, Vice-President, D2L

Keynote Topics & Content Areas

“I take pride in tailoring and customizing all of my keynote talks. I don’t believe in ‘canned talks’ nor am I a motivational speaker. I am an expert in leadership, corporate culture, and organizational performance who is hired to help you change the behaviour of your attendees. I want them to think, feel, and act differently at the end of my talk.”

~Dan Pontefract


  • Work-Life Bloom
  • Open Leadership
  • Purpose & Meaning
  • Collaborative Cultures
  • Employee Experience
  • Remote & Hybrid Work
  • Creative & Critical Thinking
  • Organizational Learning
  • Employee Engagement

Audiences & Types

  • Leadership Conferences
  • Association Conferences
  • HR / People & Culture / CHRO
  • IT / Technology / CIO
  • C-Suite / Boards
  • Learning / Education / Training
  • High Potential / High Performer
  • Offsites & Team Building
  • Virtual / Online Events

Previously Tailored Keynotes

  • There’s No Such Thing as Work-Life Balance
  • The Leadership Elephants in the Room
  • You’re Crazy Busy: Now What?
  • The Good DEEDS of the Organization
  • The Purpose of Purpose
  • It’s Time to Declare Your Purpose
  • Do You Care? The Importance of Empathy as a Leader

Download Dan’s Speaker Sheet

Looking to download a detailed document that outlines outcomes, Dan’s credibility, content areas, what to expect, and why you would use him at your event – face-to-face or virtual?

Download Dan’s Speaker Overview document in PDF format



The Keys to Flourishing in Work and Life: It’s Not Work-Life Balance

The Keys to Being a Truly Caring Leader: Lead. Care. Win.

Purpose Fuels People: Why a Meaningful Role & Purpose-Driven Organization Matters

Collaborative Cultures: It’s the Secret to Organizational Excellence

We are Losing the Ability to Think and What to Do About It


Dan is deeply honoured to have been asked to deliver four different TEDx Talks. Each of them has targeted a specific audience, yet in totality, they tell a story about Dan’s passion: helping people reach their full potential. You can watch each of them below.



Inc. named him one of the top 100 leadership speakers.

Download Dan’s Speaker Overview document in PDF format that outlines what to expect, and why you would use him at your event.

If you’re an event planner / organizer, follow this link to download everything you need to get ready for Dan to deliver his talk to your audience (bio, headshots, intros, music, riders, and so on)


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What others are saying

Dan is a conference organizer’s ideal speaker. Not only did he inspire and energize our group, but he also masterfully adapted his content so it resonated with the audience and our conference theme. As a bonus, Dan is able to nimbly navigate to adjust to a reduced time slot when other speakers went over time without sacrificing the impact of his session.



Director and General Counsel

Thank you for your keynote talk this morning. It was funny and filled with good advice and ideas, and unsurprisingly, the feedback I received was overwhelmingly positive.



Executive Director

One of the best motivational speakers we have had over the past 21 years.




Loved Dan! I think he is the best speaker that I have heard from at the breakfast series. Engaging, relevant, powerful speaker.



Event Attendee

Dan, thank you for sharing your wisdom with the professionals within the State of Tennessee – we are better leaders because we learned how to be Open To Think!



Chief Learning Officer

Dan was excellent. He really took into account our briefing and developed a presentation that was spot on. Everyone enjoyed it. I have read his book now too, quite good.



SVP Communications

WOW what a talk! I have been inundated with positive feedback from your keynote all weekend. You hit the nail on the head in terms of what’s happening in our organization and your examples really resonated with our group. One of our Execs was really thankful for how you directly tackled the “elephants in our room”. Our SVP couldn’t stop praising you during the reception. Thank you!



Vice President