Derek Jouppi, to quote his yearbook entry, came to SJK in Grade 8 and he made an impact in every aspect of school life. Derek was involved in Trek Nepal 09 and, as chair of the Human Rights and Environment Committee, he lead projects such as Operation Christmas Child, Haiti Relief Fund and the 30-hour Fast.
Derek competed in a variety of sports culminating in an OFSAA championship appearance in Wrestling. Academically, Derek was a major prize-winner during his Shad Valley summer at Memorial University in Newfoundland. Upon graduating from SJK, his teachers were "confident Derek [would] succeed in all that he attempts."
After leaving SJK, Derek went into the Nanotechnology Engineering program at the University of Waterloo. On his first co-op term, he was placed at AMD/ATI, a market leader in graphics card and processor technologies. He continued in the computing hardware field, working at Harris Inc. and Broadcom, before joining Facebook's Power Engineering team in the Winter of 2014.
Now, Derek is one of the co-founders and Head of Manufacturing for Suncayr, a nanotechnology startup he created with four others this year. Since May 2014, Suncayr's colour changing pen has been named the best new invention in North America, and second best in the World by the James Dyson Foundation, and they've won countless business competitions in the Waterloo Region.
Locally, Derek and his team have been featured by CTV, The Record, and CBC, and internationally in over 50 broadcasts and hundreds of newspapers including the BBC and the Telegraph.
Derek spoke to the Upper School on Thursday, inspiring students to have dreams, and to work hard to achieve their dreams.