Derek Pluim is a MacEwan University student, and a rising young professional in the communications field. His background is rich with experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Previous to attending MacEwan University, he held a career in municipal government, and has held the Vice-President position of a local non-profit. He is currently a Managing Editor for Earth Common Journal, a student-led, academic publication hosted by MacEwan University. He has also had a political column in the MacEwan student newspaper The Griff, and has two published scholarly articles, one of which won an award, another that was presented at the UN PRME conference. While attending MacEwan University he is working as a freelance copywriter with multiple contracts and clients. You can find Derek's works in RO@M here.