Derek honed his marketing and communications skills in the international advertising industry with Leo Burnett, Ted Bates and Grey, where he directed the advertising and marketing activities of leading multi-national corporations. He was appointed to the Executive Management Group of two companies.
He went on to build a marketing consultancy specializing in business development and corporate communications, where he worked with well-recognized companies in Canada and the US.
For many years, he chaired an annual fundraising event at Hart House, University of Toronto. He also mentors recent graduates on entering the workforce. In another life, he was a long-distance runner and ran so many marathons, half-marathons and 10K races that he has lost count. Now he's just a slow ponderous jogger!
Derek moved to Prince Edward County in November 2017 and lives in Picton, where he hopes to awaken the artist within!