Dan Pontefract

Public Speaker, Thinker, and writer in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Dan Pontefract

Public Speaker, Thinker, and writer in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Dan is the author of “FLAT ARMY: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization” (May, 2013) and "THE PURPOSE EFFECT: Building Meaning in Yourself, Your Role and Your Organization" (May, 2016). His next book, OPEN to THINK, is set to publish September 8, 2018.

He is Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office; a future-of-work consulting group that helps organizations enhance corporate culture, leadership, learning, work styles & collaboration practices.

Previously, as Head of Learning & Collaboration at TELUS, Dan was responsible for the overarching learning, collaboration & leadership development strategy for the company. Dan championed the introduction of the TELUS Leadership Philosophy (TLP), an open and collaborative-based leadership framework for all 43,000+ TELUS team members. In parallel to these actions he drove a philosophical and cultural shift in the way TELUS views and experiences learning called “Learning 2.0”; the shift to a social, informal and formal learning and collaboration model bringing TELUS to the forefront of connected learning and leading. He further championed the use and deployment of collaborative technologies to complement both the learning and leadership frameworks. Between 2008 and 2016, employee engagement at TELUS soared from 53% to 87%.

Dan is a passionate leader in the leadership & social collaboration technology spaces and is uniquely skilled to ensure an organization can move from traditional cultures to healthier ways of working.

His career is interwoven with both corporate and academic experience, coupled with an MBA, B.Ed and multiple industry certifications and accreditations. Dan is also a renowned speaker and has been invited to deliver over 150 external keynotes and presentations since 2009, including three different TEDx Talks.

In 2010, Dan was acknowledged by CLO as a ‘Vanguard Award’ winner and is a 2-time winner by the Corporate University Best in Class Awards of the ‘Leader of the Year’ in both 2010 and 2011. In 2012, SkillSoft awarded Dan the ‘Learning Leader of the Year’ for his work at TELUS and CLO Magazine bestowed the ‘Learning in Practice Innovation Award’ as well. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Brandon-Hall ‘Gold Award in Strategy & Governance’. In 2015, TELUS became a 10-time winner of the ATD BEST Award, garnering the first ever Hall of Fame distinction.

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