Derrick graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in 1987 and then went on to earn his Masters in Business Administration majoring in Finance from McGill in 1990. After completing his M.B.A., Derrick joined a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company and worked for over 5 years in Sales, Marketing and Corporate Affairs. In 1996, Derrick began his career in the investment industry by joining RBC Dominion Securities Inc. as an Investment Advisor. Derrick moved to the Oakville branch in June of 2003 after spending the first 7 years on the 39th floor of Royal Bank Plaza in downtown Toronto. In 2009, he received the firm’s prestigious designation of Vice-President, recognizing his long standing success and commitment to his clients. Derrick is also a member of the RBC Dominion Securities Executive Council for the last 10 years, which recognizes the top Investment Advisors in the firm.
Derrick believes in continuous professional development. Since beginning his career at RBC Dominion Securities, he has earned his Professional Financial Planning (PFP), Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) designations.
Since 2012, Derrick has been an accredited Portfolio Manager, offering discretionary management services (Private Investment Management, PIM), which allows clients to entrust their portfolio investment decisions to Derrick. Only a select group of highly qualified advisors are able to offer discretionary management services that conform to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.
Derrick has appeared live on national television with CTV NewsNet as a guest market commentator on several occasions. Derrick is also a past board member of The Willow Foundation, a charity devoted to the life enrichment of retirement home residents in the Halton region.
Derrick lives in the Joshua Creek area of Oakville with his wife Anne, an elementary school teacher, and their 2 teenage sons.