Derek Cook

Thought Leader
Poverty Diversity Inclusion

Director,  Canadian Poverty Institute

Calgary, AB, Canada

About Me:

Derek Cook is a social justice advocate whose work has included literacy work in labour camps, farm union organizer, community development worker and organizer of support groups for unemployed workers, and work as an immigrant settlement worker. Prior to joining the Canadian Poverty Institute, Derek worked as the Executive Director of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative and as a Social Planner with The City of Calgary conducting socio-economic research and policy development with specific expertise in poverty, diversity and the labour force. Derek holds a B.A. in Political Studies from McGill University, an M.Sc. in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph, and is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in the province of Alberta.

About My Organization: Canadian Poverty Institute

The Canadian Poverty Institute is an interdisciplinary institute housed within Ambrose University in Calgary. The Canadian Poverty Institute works to heal poverty through research, teaching and public dialogue. We are grounded in the Christian tradition of extending compassion while seeking justice and reconciliation for the marginalized and oppressed.