Derek Johnston


The world’s leading clubs make continuous operational improvement a key strategic priority.  Re-imagined business processes and a creative approach to operations are critical for successful and enduring enhancements to financial results.

BA, Economics, Commerce Focus, Queens University
BPHE, Kinesiology and Sports Management, Queens University
CIA, Active 2005-2007, Institute of Internal Auditors

Based in the firm’s Toronto office since joining GGA in 2008, Derek has had the privilege of helping hundreds of GGA clients across North America and around the world develop and implement a game plan for success with their golf and club related business assets. Derek is known for his ability to find innovative and strategic solutions to clients’ needs.

GGA clients benefit from Derek’s expertise in: strategic planning, corporate governance, project management, market analysis, pricing strategy, marketing tactics, financial analysis, complex modelling, feasibility studies and business valuations, operational and performance analysis, professional information systems, business process engineering, and organizational risk management.

Prior to joining GGA, Derek gained two years of valuable experience with a global technology firm managing their business solutions division. In this role, Derek was responsible for consulting with owners and operators of golf clubs to develop business requirements for golf operations and accounting software.

Derek began his career in 2001 with the Business Process Risk Consulting Practice at Arthur Anderson which became the Enterprise Risk Services Practice at Deloitte. Derek earned his Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation at Deloitte in 2005 while working as a Manager on major client accounts in the racing and gaming, consumer products, financial institutions and manufacturing industries.

Derek is an avid golfer, hockey player and skier and thoroughly enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures the world-over.



How to Embrace Emerging Club Technology

In a market brimming with new technology solutions that could revolutionize the way you run a club, GGA Partner, Derek Johnston, reveals how your club can embrace these opportunities, while mitigating any business risks they could create. Technology continues to change the world; new devices, platforms, and applications continue to enter the market at pace. […]

Celebrating Client Success in Transaction Advisory

Handling complex club transactions can be challenging and, in many ways, celebrating the success of your clients can feel equally challenging and at times unnatural. For all the right reasons, seldom do such celebrations recognize and truly appreciate each of the obstacles and challenges clients encounter along their path to success. Indeed, during last year’s […]

GGA and the CSCM Launch First of Two Research Initiatives

The Canadian Society of Club Managers (CSCM) and GGA have formed a strategic partnership to produce research and insight for the benefit of CSCM members and the club industry at large. The first joint research initiative launched December 6, 2018 with a comprehensive survey of CSCM members that focuses on attitudes, trends and best practices […]

Strategic Intelligence Overview: Part 3 of 3

Top performing clubs around the world are finding newer, faster and more efficient ways to leverage business intelligence and create competitive advantages for their clubs. The first two articles in this three-part series included what business intelligence is and why it is important (see “Strategic Intelligence Part One,” September 2018) and how to use and implement […]

GGA and the CSCM Partner to Enhance Research and Impact

Global Golf Advisors (GGA) and the Canadian Society of Club Managers Partner to Enhance Research and Impact GGA recognized as Platinum Corporate Partner of the CSCM TORONTO, Ontario – October 15, 2018 Global Golf Advisors (GGA) and the Canadian Society of Club Managers (CSCM) are pleased to announce the formation of a strategic partnership to produce […]

Harnessing the Power of Strategic Intelligence

When a club undergoes a strategic planning event, they do so by assessing a number of key data sets: member preferences, club operations, finances and market forces.  All of these come together to help inform strategy and the action plan moving forward. The fundamental challenge I see clubs struggle with all too often is keeping […]