Derek Senft is a Partner in Frontline Real Estate Services. He serves as Board Director with a special focus on long-term growth strategy, governance, and business development. Derek brings over 20 years of private equity and family office investing experience to Frontline, providing his expertise in managing middle-market operating companies with a growth orientation.
Derek has always been passionate about real estate. Since 2012, Derek has led more than 30 buyout investments and add-on acquisitions in mid-market operating businesses (control & minority), industrial real estate, and other alternative investments. Today, he manages a significant private portfolio of industrial real estate properties.
Alongside his role at Frontline, Derek is a Managing Director of Tricor Pacific Capital where he contributes to Tricor’s business development and capital deployment, with a specific focus on origination and oversight of investment partnerships. He has also served as Chairman of Overland Container Transportation Services since 2013. In 2014, Derek co-founded the Founders Group of Food Companies where he is an owner and Board Director of Founders’ portfolio companies including, Presteve Foods, Totally Chocolate, Sierra Meat & Seafood, MacDonald Meat Co, Seattle Fish Co, and Walt’s Meats (Co-Chairman). In addition to his many business endeavours, Derek is committed to his philanthropic work as a steering committee member of the Binners’ Project, advocate for Little Warriors, and the former Board Director of Prostate Cancer Canada.
Derek started his career at CIBC World Markets and then went on to lead investments for Pender West Capital Partners Inc. and Tricor Pacific Capital Inc. (Fund IV). He received his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) and his M.B.A. degree from London Business School (London, UK).