President & CEO
Derrick is the President and CEO of Bluesky Equities Ltd., an investment management company with interests in real estate, energy, distilling, technology and alternative strategies. Previously, he co-founded Wild Rose Properties Inc. – a real estate investment company with assets in ten states.
Bluesky is one of the most active angel investors in Southern Alberta having invested in over eighty-three start-up businesses since 2012. In 2019, Derrick was named Canadian Angel Investor of the Year for 2019 by the National Angel Capital Organization as well as Technology Investor of the year by Start Alberta.
Derrick is a Fellow of Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies. He is Chairman of the Council for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership” at the University of Calgary and sits on the External Advisory Committee of the “Hunter Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation” at the Haskayne School of Business. He is an Advisor to the UCEED venture capital fund, NACO West and Platform Calgary. He was a member of the Innovation Capital Working Group which reported to the Government of Alberta in April 2020 and serves on the board of Alberta Enterprise Corporation.
In the not-for-profit sector, he serves on the boards of Futurpreneur Canada and the Beakerhead Creative Society. He was a co-founder of EvolveU, which supports unemployed workers in their efforts to develop new career opportunities in technology.
Derrick is a graduate of Queen’s University and the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). He was the 2018 recipient of the Management Alumni Excellence (MAX) award from the Haskayne School of Business.