Covering short track, long track, and inline skating, Evo Skates has extensive experience in product design, manufacturing, and practical hands-on skating involvement.
Evo Skates is committed to developing the best products through constant testing and innovation. Only premium materials, the highest quality manufacturing processes and advanced designs are implemented. Evo Skates strives to provide the best products through collaboration with athletes and coaches.
With over 25 years experience in the sport of speed skating, Derrick has been to 6 Olympic Games with 3 as an athlete, and 3 as staff. He has been involved with the National Team Program for over 20 years, 11 as an athlete and 9 as a coach.
At the 1997 World Championships he won gold in the 500m event and was third in the overall classification. The following year he won a gold medal in the 5,000m relay event at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. Over the course of his career Derrick won 15 World Short Track Championship medals. He also served as the skaters' representative to the International Skating Union from that 1998 to 2000.
After his retirement in 2000 Derrick graduated from the National Coaching Institute and began coaching at the Olympic Oval with involvement in the National Junior Program and Development Teams Programs. In 2004 Derrick joined US Speed Skating as the Short Track Program Director where he served until 2006. After his post with USS, Derrick returned to the Canadian Program and is currently the Men's National and Olympic Team Short Track Coach. Since leading the Canadian Men's Program Derrick has been instrumental in coaching his athletes to 3 Olympic medals, 9 World Championship medals, and 104 World Cup medals.
Professional awards include 2007 Canadian Coach of the Year Finalist, 2007 Quebec Coach of the Year, and has received the Petro-Canada Coaching Excellence Award in 2007, 2008, 2009.
In his capacity as athlete and coach, Derrick has become a Short Track Speedskating equipment specialist. World class short-trackers have come to rely on his expertise to manufacture, test and bend blades.
Johan's involvement in sport started as an athlete where he was Provincial Champion in both long track speed skating and cycling.
After his sporting career Johan held positions as the National Inline Team Coach, and as a professional marathon team coach for 3 and 5 years respectively.
During his professional coaching career he helped to produce 2 long track Olympians at the Calgary and Albertville Winter Games.
With a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and as a specialist in metal technology Johan combined his education with his passion for skating and founded Maple. As the architect behind the design and manufacturing of Maples blades for over a decade, Johan now brings over 45 years of skating and engineering experience to the Evo group and its products.