Derek van der Plaat has over 20 years of corporate finance and M&A experience, both as an advisor and as an owner-entrepreneur.
Derek started his career in investment banking with CIBC Wood Gundy in Toronto, where clients included Canadian Pacific, Allied Signal, Praxair, GoodYear Tires, and Planters Peanuts as well as many owner-operated private companies.
Operational leadership experience includes co-founding a digital media company called Moontaxi Media, which focused on digital media streaming and music downloads. In 2002, as a result of a partnership with Microsoft’s Windows Media division, Moontaxi.com became a top ten internet radio destination (as measured by Arbitron). In 2003 Moontaxi launched the Puretracks music download service, the first in Canada to legally sell music online in association with the recording industry and leading distribution partners such as TELUS, MSN and AOL. Moontaxi secured financing from strategic investors such as Universal Music, Entertainment One and Standard Broadcasting.
Derek sold his interest in Moontaxi to a strategic acquirer in 2006 and subsequently formed DVP Capital Management where he completed numerous financings and acquisitions in the mobile content, marketing and online game sectors as an operator, shareholder and board member. Derek is currently with Ernst and Young in Toronto where he leads the Technology, Media and Telecom M&A practice.