Derek Dedman is one of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce’s and the Ottawa Business Journal’s 2018 Forty Under 40 recipients.
The business graduate, Class of ‘09, was selected among 290 people nominated for the capital region’s most prestigious business award, which recognizes accomplished and rising business leaders under the age of 40.
“It's big honour. I was nominated by a colleague and it's a pretty big award in Ottawa. There are and have been some very influential people on the list, so I can’t describe how much of an honour it is,” Dedman says. He works for Watson Di Primio Steel (WDS) Investment Management as an investment analyst and portfolio manager.
During the selection process, the applicants were scored on three categories; business achievement; expertise; and community involvement. He believes he was successfully chosen because of his “good work-life balance”. Over his working career, he’s achieved a good level of recognizable business success, and in life, he’s active in his community with various charities and organizations.
In 2009, Dedman scored among the top 10 financial planners from across Canada on the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam. Years later, he worked for Canada’s Financial Planning Standards Council and helped develop the CFP exam.
“I really enjoyed working on my own and the technical challenge,” Dedman says about working for the council. “But I missed working with clients so I left there to work for WDS in their Ottawa location.”
In his spare time, Dedman is a member of CFA Society Ottawa
, an association of investment professionals, and a board member of the national Financial Planning Foundation
. He also sits on one of Ottawa’s oldest charities, The Caring and Sharing Exchange, which has supported Ottawa families in need for over 103 years.
Dedman has exemplified excellence in his career and in life since obtaining a bachelor of applied financial services degree in at Lakeland. He also obtained a master’s degree in personal finance from Kansas State University, and his CFA charter and CFP designation.
His academic achievements included a perfect 4.0 grade point average that earned him a spot on the Dean’s List, and an academic award from the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference while he played for the Rustlers
Men’s Volleyball team. He was also named Lakeland’s Distinguished Alumni
for the Lloydminster campus in 2010.
“I credit Lakeland for my success. It's hard to talk about a program that isn't there anymore, but Lakeland is where I found my passion for financial planning and for learning. Being a part of varsity athletics also helped me find a balance between school and practice. It was a combination of all those things that I ended up with a great education and experience, and success,” Dedman says.
Submitted photo: Derek Dedman is a recipient of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce’s and the Ottawa Business Journal’s 2018 Forty Under 40 award.