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Dan Buchner

I am the founder and CEO of ‘praktikel working at the intersection of innovation, leadership and learning. I am an award winning designer, entrepreneur, educator, and leadership facilitator. Using my practical experiences in business and life I shift thinking, transforms perspectives, and inspires action to advance organizations and communities.

Working at the intersection of 
Leadership and 




How I make a difference


Working with leaders to cultivate design and innovation capabilities within their organizations and communities. Establishing innovation labs, deploying innovation processes and conducting innovation projects to create novel new products, services and systems. 



Working with leaders and their teams to foster cultures to support innovation.  Using Design Thinking to accelerate change within organizations and communities.



Designing and delivering learning experiences that are highly experiential, in context and based in the real challenges leaders face. Helping leaders learn new mindsets and approaches that result in innovative solutions.

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Saying what needs to be said, shifting thinking and inspiring action. My passion is using human-centered innovation to address our world's wicked problems. 

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Work Experience

CEO and Founder 2016 - present

Working at the intersection of innovation, leadership and learning helping leaders and teams innovate to advance their organization and communities. 

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity


VP Leadership Development 2014 - 2016
Oversaw the launch of The Peter Lougheed Leadership Program, one of Canada’s most innovative centres for leadership development. At the Centre, more effective leaders are cultivated by developing new approaches to complex challenges such as income inequality, hopelessness within distressed communities, and nation building for indigenous communities. 

The Centre for Creative Leadership


Director of Innovation2011 - 2014
Led the effort to innovate the delivery of CCL’s world renowned leadership development programs. I co-founded the iLab to experiment with the innovative application of technology to accelerate learning and reduce the cost of providing transformative leadership experiences. I co-developed and delivered CCL’s Innovation Leadership Workshop

Design Continuum Inc.


VP Organizational Innovation2000 - 2011

As a member of the executive team at Continuum, a preeminent international design and innovation consultancy, I shared responsibility for achieving sustained double digit revenue and profit growth for the firm. As organizational innovation practice lead, I sold and led consulting engagements with leading organizations worldwide. 

Moen Inc.


VP Innovation and Design1988 - 2000

Led the product strategy team that managed Moen’s product development portfolio. Co-authored and led the implementation of a corporate-wide new product development process, established the Real World Lab and developed leading edge techniques for uncovering unarticulated consumer needs.


Winner of 11 design awards
Innovator of the Year
Inventor on 25 patents
Over 200 keynote presentations and workshops​
Co-led a firm that received 
The Most Freedom Centered Workplace Award
for 3 consecutive years
Worked in 35 countries


I only work with the BEST!
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