Derek Johnston – Vice-Chair

Joined the DSYTC Board in 2012; Chair of the Communications Committee; Member of the Executive Committee.

Derek Johnston is a trusted communications strategist with more than 30 years of national and international experience in strategy development and execution, workshop design and delivery, facilitation, crisis and issues management, and executive coaching.

As President of Face Value Communications Inc. since 2002, Derek has provided client-centred strategic support to some of Canada’s most respected and iconic public institutions including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ottawa Heart Institute, Queen’s University, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and CBC/Radio-Canada.

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For more than 10 years, Derek served as a regular instructor on executive development workshops at the Canadian Police College. He has been a guest lecturer on the University of Ottawa Executive MBA Program, a media relations instructor at the FBI Training Academy (Budapest, Hungary), a moderator and facilitator at Canada’s preeminent sport leadership conference, and a presenter at multiple U.S. conferences hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Along with the development and execution of scores of communications strategies for a wide range of organizations, primarily in the public and not-for-profit sectors, Derek provides session design and facilitation services for a growing number of clients, both large and small.

Certified through Integral Coaching Canada, Derek offers executive coaching services to senior leaders in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Before launching Face Value, Derek worked as a broadcast journalist, government strategist, and senior advisor to the Commissioner of the RCMP. He is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical University (Bachelor of Applied Arts in Radio and Television).