Queen's University IRC

Derik McArthur

Derik McArthur began his career with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) after graduation from Confederation College with dual diplomas in Human Resources and Human Resources Management. Prior to attending college, he was an active member of the Army Reserve.

His professional career began as an organizer with the union that included work throughout Canada and the United States. He progressed through the organization and was reassigned to member service where his responsibilities focused on grievance settlements and collective bargaining. In 2005, he was elected as president, RWDSU Canada, and as RWDSU International Vice-President/Canadian director. The following year, he was elected to international Vice-President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) – a union that represents 1.4 million members in North America.

In 2012, Derik lead RWDSU Canada, the Northern Joint Council and the 11 RWDSU locals in a merger with UFCW local 175 & 633, creating UFCW’s largest local union in North America boasting a membership of over 74,000 members. Derik is now a director with UFCW local 175 & 633 based in Ontario. 

Derik believes is committed to community involvement. He sat on the  Employment Insurance Board of Referees for 3 years until it was replaced with the Social Service Tribunal.  He is a founder of the Home for a Hero Project – an initiative that raised over $300,000 for a triple-amputee Sudbury soldier coming out of Afghanistan.  He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Sudbury and District Food Bank, is a board member on the Sudbury Hospice Capital Campaign committee, and is a board member on the Sudbury Manitoulin Workforce Planning committee. He is also a  past board member with the Stevenson Memorial Hospital. Derik was also a participant on the 2017 Governor Generals Canadian Leadership Conference (PEI cohort). 

Derik enjoys spending time with his family and continues to enjoy working as an army reservist and infantry soldier with the 2nd Battalion Irish Regiment of Canada.

Derik has completed his Organization Development, Labour Relations, and Organizational Capacity Certificates from Queen's IRC and currently sits on the Queen’s IRC Advisory Board. He also completed a BA in Justice Studies at Royal Roads University and has an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies. Derik has been awarded the Canadian Decoration (CD) for service in the Canadian Forces, as well as the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal. 

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