Board of Directors

Dan Buchner

About Dan

Dan Buchner is an award-winning industrial designer, entrepreneur, consultant and author who has driven innovation in a wide range of organizations worldwide. For nearly 30 years, Dan has been developing innovative new products, creating compelling new services, and helping organizations establish design and innovation capabilities to drive their success. Dan is a sought-after international keynote speaker and workshop facilitator on innovation practices and organizational strategies. He has directed interdisciplinary innovation projects for leading organizations such as Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, USAID, Shanghai GM, and the Prime Ministers Office of Singapore. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University. Dan has taught courses and given lectures at leading design and business schools across the world including; Rhode Island School of Design, University of Toronto, Wellingkar Institute of Management, Savana College of Art and Design and Univesidad Anahuc. Dan believes in the power of innovation to positively impact society. His recent work has involved using innovative thinking as an economic, leadership and social development tool in South Africa, El Salvador, Jordan, and India.


  • 11 design awards, including BusinessWeek’s IDEA award, IDSA Gold and Bronze.
  • Awarded Innovator of the Year by Economic Development Institute.
  • Inventor on 25 patents


Dan has served on the Board of Directors for leading non-profits such as Design Boston, National Board of Certified Counselors, Center for Credentialing and Certification and is currently vice-chair of Pain BC.

Dan has held leaderships roles with Industrial Designers Society of America including Chairman of the Design Management section.

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