Derek is a Petawawa native, and attended Bishop Smith Catholic High School before moving to Nipissing University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car before moving into the insurance industry. Derek moved to southern Ontario and worked for both Intact Insurance and Gore Mutual as a claims supervisor. He moved back to the Ottawa Valley in 2015 with his wife and their two boys and joined the team at Johnston & Mackie as a broker.
In his spare time Derek volunteers coaching his boys in various sports and is a referee with Hockey Eastern Ontario.