Derek Morley is an entrepreneur and small business owner in Eastern Ontario with deep roots throughout Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. With a family home in Kemptville he has projects in Pembroke, Gananoque and Brockville which provide employment and cultural education throughout the region.
He attended high school at St. Mary and B.C.I. in Brockville. After sampling university at Concordia in 2004-2005 he spent several years traveling and writing. He returned to Leeds-Grenville District in 2009 to start a labour provision company in service of the Ferguson Forest Center in Kemptville, who grow and harvest one million seedlings each year. In 2015 Derek closed this business to devote more time to a newly established multi-cultural retail business in the 1000 islands Mall in Brockville. He views small business as the engine of innovation and sustainable community growth and has a deeply pro-business attitude.
Derek is a community activist. Beginning with The March Against Male Violence with St. Mary High School back in 1996 and later at Concordia University in 2004 he was part of Conscious Concordia, a group dedicated to ecological awareness by installing a rooftop greenhouse at the university in downtown Montreal. He has sat on the board of Merrickville Goes Green and provided infrastructure assistance for the Merrickville EcoFair.
His current project; The Global Culture Trading Post, continues this activist mentality in his business practices by travelling directly to the countries where international products are sourced and creating ethical relationships with the artisans who manufacture the goods.
Derek views voter reform as fundamental, and will work tirelessly to broaden the engagement throughout our district. He foresees increasing job scarcity as a real concern to Leeds-Grenville. The challenges posed by expanding technological changes and automation replacing human labour must be met with real solutions. Basic minimum income and building on our strengths and expanding tourism based on the successful models of Gananoque and Merrickville represent some of our best paths forward.