Derek Chan is the Director and Practice Manager of Canaan Real Estate, and was instrumental in the founding of the company and setting its strategic direction. He has had a successful career as a business person primarily in the field of residential and commercial real estate sales, property management and land development. He has started and run his own businesses; has consulted and has acted in many board positions.
Derek’s position prior to becoming a Director of Canaan Real Estate was managing director in a property development business involved in large development projects including land subdivision, residential and industrial properties. Derek retains his passion for property and is still engaged in commercial property management and involved in property development projects as the director of Canaan Real Estate.
As a highly experienced business person and manager, Derek provides the commercial grounding and strategic perspective to Canaan Lawyers provision of professional legal services. He has a keen understanding of the needs and perspectives of business people and the realities of market competition and his knowledge and wise counsel lends commercial depth to the firm.
Derek is also actively involved in the community. He was the founding President of the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse Inc. and has in recent years been a key figure in the organisation and running of Chinese New Year Festival celebrations. He is the charter chairman of the Lions Club of Melbourne Sino Innovation Inc; the founding member of the Australian Chinese Jockey Club; and is the office bearer in numerous other professional bodies and community groups. He has also acted in a voluntary capacity as a board member of directors for Hays International College; a registered training organisation (RTO) for overseas students. In this position, he assisted with the establishment and the business development of the RTO, including its governance framework and advised the board on student welfare and pastoral care.