About Derek

Locally Raised to represent Guelph

My name is Derek Matisz, and I am proud to announce that I am running for Conservative Candidate in my hometown riding of Guelph. As someone who was raised in Guelph, attended the University of Guelph and worked in the city I have a range of experiences and a unique perspective to win the election for the Guelph Conservatives.

The success that I have achieved in business as a senior executive in a Market Research and Consulting firm blends well with my passion for the community and my love of politics.

  • In my role as Senior Vice President of Operations, I am well known as a transformer and a consensus builder able to listen to all stakeholders throughout the company and make a well-balanced decision. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be a key executive for a new venture allowing me to build a new company and watch it grow from the ground up into one of the largest market research firms in Canada. My responsibilities are wide-ranging allowing me to understand the impact on finances and the value of talent in an organization
  • As a community member, I am involved in a number of organized groups investing personal time for the betterment of the people of Guelph including mentoring students and working on various boards. I have a strong passion for sweat equity programs where I am able to roll up my sleeves and make a difference in person. I am an active member on the Guelph Conservative Executive
  • I have a Master’s degree in Public Policy & Administration, from a Joint program between McMaster University and the University of Guelph. With a focus on Public Policy and Administration, I am well versed with the different policy levers and the importance of sound Public Policy internationally and domestically

These three different facets of my life have given me the necessary skills to understand the voices, the issues as well as the necessary skills to address the citizens of Guelph.

I believe that our current Liberal Government is impeding economic development and job creation by imposing high taxes and ever-increasing regulations on small businesses and major industries. As someone who is well educated in the environment, economic development, and corporate governance, I oppose the Liberal Government’s plan to implement a carbon tax that would have a disproportionately negative financial impact on lower-income Canadians and senior citizens.