Derek is the President and CEO of the Forest Products Association. Derek previously served as Senior Vice-president with Food & Consumer Products of Canada, overseeing the organization’s strategic development in government relations and regulatory affairs. Before this he was Senior Vice President of Public Affairs with the Retail Council of Canada. Derek has also held senior political positions with the Government of Ontario, including two years as chief of staff to the province’s Consumer and Business Services Minister.
Derek is a member of the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada and the Churchill Society for Parliamentary Democracy. He has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an Option in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.