As Artistic Director of the annual world music conference Mundial Montreal, Derek developed touring opportunities throughout North America and Europe, including Canada's World Routes Network (2010-21). He received the National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring in 2018. Toronto based, Derek served as Music Curator of Luminato Festival (2010-16) and Music Programmer at Harbourfront Centre (1985-2003). Other projects include guest curator for the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene (2017). Derek is a passion advocate for creative approaches in music as a tool for breaking down cultural barriers.