Derek is currently Vice President, Development with First Gulf Corporation (www.firstgulf.com), a commercial real estate developer based in Toronto which is part of the Great Gulf Group (www.greatgulf.com). First Gulf provides finance, development, construction, leasing and project management expertise on mixed use, office, retail and industrial development projects and has delivered over $2.5 billion of developed assets. Derek is responsible for leading the development of East Harbour, a 60-acre site in downtown Toronto which is planned to include approximately 12 million sq.ft. of office, retail, entertainment, institutional and cultural uses upon full build-out. Master planning of this project is underway, and includes the planning and delivery of major new infrastructure including public transit, roads and open spaces working closely with government and funding partners.
Prior to joining First Gulf, Derek spent almost 10 years working in public sector real estate development, most recently as Senior Vice President, Land Development at Infrastructure Ontario where he was responsible for leading a team of development professionals seeking to add value through the redevelopment and disposition of provincially owned real estate. Public sector experience includes increasingly senior development roles at Waterfront Toronto, a government owned development agency with a mandate to redevelop 2,000 acres of formerly industrial brownfield lands on Toronto’s waterfront into vibrant mixed use communities.
Derek has been an active member of the Urban Land Institute for more than 10 years, taking on a variety of volunteer roles. He currently serves as Chair of the Toronto District Council, and sits on the Public Development and Infrastructure Council. Derek holds a Bachelor of Engineering & Management from McMaster University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto.