Chief Experience Officer
Derek is an internationally-known speaker and authority on accessibility and inclusive design. He has been working on the web since 1999, starting as a web developer. He migrated to the field of accessibility and quickly discovered the need to move thinking about accessibility and inclusion into the design process.
Derek is a former high school teacher, which brings his passion for education to the web industry. He founded and led an international team of accessibility and usability experts at Simply Accessible, working with high-profile clients to ensure they were crafting and facilitating great user experiences for everyone, including people with disabilities.
When Level Access acquired Simply Accessible, Derek became our Chief Experience Officer – focused on ensuring that accessibility and inclusion are seen as an integral part of user experience and service design, rather than as a simple checklist afterthought.
Derek lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife and their four children. He’s also a fitness instructor and three-time IronMan triathlon finisher.