Derek Johnston

Derek Johnston

The world’s leading clubs make continuous operational improvement a key strategic priority. Re-imagined business processes and a creative approach to operations are critical for successful and enduring enhancements to financial results.
BA, Economics, Commerce Focus, Queens University
BPHE, Kinesiology and Sports Management, Queens University
CIA, Active 2005-2007, Institute of Internal Auditors


Based in the firm’s Toronto office since joining GGA in 2008, Derek has had the privilege of helping hundreds of GGA clients across North America and around the world develop and implement a game plan for success with their golf and club related business assets. Derek is known for his ability to find innovative and strategic solutions to clients’ needs.

GGA clients benefit from Derek’s expertise in: strategic planning, corporate governance, project management, market analysis, pricing strategy, marketing tactics, financial analysis, complex modelling, feasibility studies and business valuations, operational and performance analysis, professional information systems, business process engineering, and organizational risk management.

Prior to joining GGA, Derek gained two years of valuable experience with a global technology firm managing their business solutions division. In this role, Derek was responsible for consulting with owners and operators of golf clubs to develop business requirements for golf operations and accounting software.

Derek began his career in 2001 with the Business Process Risk Consulting Practice at Arthur Anderson which became the Enterprise Risk Services Practice at Deloitte. Derek earned his Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation at Deloitte in 2005 while working as a Manager on major client accounts in the racing and gaming, consumer products, financial institutions and manufacturing industries.

Derek is an avid golfer, hockey player and skier and thoroughly enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures the world-over.