University of British Columbia, LLB, 1994
Chartered Accountant, 1988
University of Saskatchewan, B.Comm, 1986
After almost thirty years of working in accounting and finance, Derek joined Murphy Battista in 2015 where he completed his articles and was called to the Bar in 2016.
Derek was born and raised in Saskatchewan. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1986 and then pursued a career in accountancy completing his articling with Price Waterhouse Calgary in 1988.
Derek transferred to Price Waterhouse Hong Kong in 1988 and then to Price Waterhouse Beijing in 1995. Derek left Price Waterhouse Beijing to pursue a career in industry where he worked as a Chief Financial Officer in China for three Chinese-based technology companies that were listed on either the Nasdaq or New York Stock exchanges.
During his more than fifteen years working in the People’s Republic of China, Derek was responsible for over US$1 billion in initial public offerings, equity issues, financings, mergers and acquisitions. Derek has also served as Audit Committee Chairman for a Hong Kong listed company.
Derek’s legal work is focused on economic torts, negligence and commercial disputes. Derek also acts as pro bono counsel for people who cannot afford a lawyer.