Derek spent two years on the NLCA board as a Director-at-Large, then sought nomination to the Executive. He has chaired the NLCA Strategic Plan as the 3rd Vice Chair and most recently chaired the annual NLCA conference as the 2nd Vice Chair, and is looking forward to his next challenge as the 1st Vice Chair.
Born and raised in Newfoundland, Derek is currently residing in Paradise with his partner Gail, and his three children, Davis, Mason, and Addison. Derek has extensive construction experience in the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors of our industry. He started his career with The Cahill Group of Companies back in 2008 as a Project Engineer working on various shutdowns at the North Atlantic Refinery Site. From there, he was promoted to Project Manager and began leading construction projects throughout the province. From 2011-2014 Derek was Chief Construction Engineer and Nightshift Operations Manager for the approximate $2 Billion Vale Long Harbour Processing Plant Project. From 2015-2017 Derek led a team of over 500 across multiple sites in the construction of the HVDC infrastructure as part of the Lower Churchill/Muskrat Falls Development (approx. $200M contract). Most recently, Derek was the Project Manager for the mechanical installation at the new MUN Core Science Facility (approx. $80M contract) in St. John’s, NL
Additionally, Derek has spent the last three years as a member of the Canadian Construction Association’s National Trade Contractors Advisory Council where he discusses and consults on pertinent construction related issues that are occurring across the country. Most recently, Derek was nominated to site on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Construction Association.
Education and continuous improvement are very important to Derek. He received his Engineering Degree from Memorial University, he has obtained his Professional Engineering license (P.Eng), his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, has completed a Masters Certificate in Project Management (MCPM) from the Gardiner Centre, and has completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Edinburgh Business School.
With a passion for the local construction industry, he understands the importance of mentoring and developing the next generation of leaders in this sector. Derek Through his role with Life Safety Systems/Atlantica Mechanical Contractors Inc., Derek is looking forward to continuing to serve the industry in his role as 1st Vice Chair of the NLCA.