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Dan Pontefract is a 25-year former executive in the high-tech and telecom spaces where he led large scale culture change, leadership modelling, and remote work implementations. He is the author of three best-selling books, writes for Forbes and Harvard Business Review and has delivered four TED Talks.
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. His next book, LEAD. CARE. WIN. How to Become a Leader Who Matters publishes September 29. A renowned speaker, 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 Learning Officer and Chief Envisioner at TELUS—a Canadian telecommunications company with $14 billion in revenues and 50,000 global employees—he launched the Transformation Office, TELUS MBA, and TELUS Leadership Philosophy, all award-winning initiatives that dramatically helped to increase the company’s employee engagement to record levels of nearly 90%. He previously held senior roles at SAP, Business Objects and BCIT. Dan and his wife, Denise, have three children and live in Victoria, Canada.