Derek worked with the Quello Center on its study of Wireless Innovation for Last Mile Access (WILMA). He has had over 25 years of experience in strategic planning and policy development, working with community organizations and all levels of government. Derek began his career in 1977 working on international development initiatives, including two years in Botswana. Returning to Canada (Vancouver) in 1982, Derek shifted his focus to community planning and community services, specializing in affordable housing, social planning and economic development. In 1993, Derek moved to southeastern British Columbia, while maintaining his areas of expertise.
Derek has lived and worked in rural British Columbia for the last 21 years, with the last 16 years focused on initiatives promoting economic diversification and innovation, especially through development of telecommunications solutions. Prior to becoming a consultant, Derek was a senior manager in the non-profit sector, developing and delivering a range of social, economic and health programs.
Derek has postgraduate training in economic development and community planning, with a Masters from Carleton University and a BA from McGill University.
- Tel: 250-226-7192
- Location: British Columbia, Canada