Dan Pontefract

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Dan Pontefract is a renowned, award-winning leadership strategist with four books, four TED Talks, and four hundred thousand touchpoints over his career. If you’re thinking about leadership and organizational culture and how they can become a competitive advantage, Dan can help.

Between 1998 and 2018, Dan held senior executive roles at firms like SAP, TELUS, and Business Objects leading corporate culture change, leadership development, employee experience and overall performance improvement. Ever since, he has worked with organizations around the world, including the likes of Salesforce, Amgen, State of Tennessee, Canada Post, Autodesk, Government of Indonesia, Manulife, Nutrien, City of Toronto, among many others. He has on-the-ground experience of what it takes to turn leaders—and by extension your entire corporate culture—into a competitive advantage.

His five award-winning and best-selling leadership and management books include: LEAD. CARE. WIN., OPEN TO THINK, THE PURPOSE EFFECT, FLAT ARMY, and WORK-LIFE BLOOM.

Dan is honored to be on the Thinkers50 Radar list. HR Weekly listed him as one of its 100 Most Influential People in HR. PeopleHum listed Dan on the Top 200 Thought Leaders to Follow, and Inc. Magazine listed him as one of the top 100 leadership speakers. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business and has garnered more than 25 industry, individual and book awards over his career.

Dan is guided by his declaration of purpose: “We’re not here to see through each other; we’re here to see each other through.” He lives in glorious Victoria, Canada, with his wife Denise, three children, two dogs and two cats.

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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!

Director, Events, Insurance Firm

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, Legal Firm

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

CEO, High-Tech Firm

Absolutely amazing keynote. What a powerful, motivational speaker! Perfect way to end a conference. I especially enjoyed the stories, humor and range of emotions he brought out of everyone. Bring him back!

Attendee, National Conference