Dan Pontefract


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. A renowned speaker, 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. He has garnered more than 20 industry awards over his career.

As Chief Envisioner and Chief Learning Officer at TELUS, he launched the Transformation Office, the TELUS MBA, and the TELUS Leadership Philosophy. These were all award-winning initiatives that dramatically helped to increase the company’s employee engagement to record levels of nearly 90%. Before TELUS he held senior roles at SAP, Business Objects, and BCIT.

Dan and his wife, Denise, have three children (aka goats) and live in Victoria, Canada.