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Derek Forgie

Equality Advocate

Actor, comedian and activist Derek Forgie is a remarkable plate-spinner. (metaphorically, of course) When he’s not entertaining the daily in-studio audiences at MTV Canada he somehow manages to balance a hearty diet of stand-up comedy, activism and popping up in the occasional television commercial. If you were to add up every time he’s been a: keynote speaker, warm-up act, DJ, comic, emcee, host, and actor, in front of a crowd, it adds up to a staggering 1800+ different audiences before the age of 30

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Equality Check
In this time of spirited discussion and emotional demonstrations, Derek delicately mediates a back-and-forth discussion between all groups and helps chip away at common misconceptions about diversity. His“Equality Check” presentation promotes acceptance before intolerance, a refreshing standpoint rather than an accusatory diatribe. Audiences across the country find Derek’s entertaining and poignant presentation to be accessible,uplifting and relevant to their commitment to safety, inclusion and character development.  It’s an especially effective presentation campuses, schools, communities and teachers. Derek’s tireless and effective work awarded him and the HSSE a 2012 “Inspire Award” for Community Organization of the year.

 

Platform Plus

Entertainer | Comedy

Since the age of 14 Derek has kept stand-up a mainstay in his comedy diet. He’s been featured on CBC’s Madly Off In All Directions as well as NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

  • I find Derek to be one of the most genuinely funny people I’ve ever met and he is possessed of a lightning quick wit on his feet.

    - Nipissing Stage Company
  • Derek is a thorough professional, a joy to observe, and an absolute delight to work with.

    - Patty Fedeli, Playwright

Summary Profile

Actor, comedian and activist Derek Forgie is a remarkable plate-spinner. (metaphorically, of course) When he’s not entertaining the daily in-studio audiences at MTV Canada he somehow manages to balance a hardy diet of stand-up comedy, activism and popping up in the occasional television commercial. If you were to add up every time he’s been a: keynote speaker, warm-up act, DJ, comic, emcee, host, and actor, in front of a crowd, it adds up to a staggering 1800+ different audiences before the age of 30. Derek has devoted much his adult life to the pursuit of equality for all. 

As the Founder and Chair of the HSSE (The Heterosexuals for Same-Sex Equality) He has also brought his passion for equality to such notable events as: “What Makes a Man” conference (Hosted by The White Ribbon Campaign) and “An Evening of Hope” (Hosted by The Durham Distress Centre).  Derek has also put his many comedian friends to work by producing/hosting fundraisers for the likes of: The Ontario Breast Cancer Foundation, Camp Ten Oaks and The Stephen Lewis Foundation (to name a few).

As a notable piece of trivia, Derek isn’t just an ally to people being marginalized because of gender, race, or sexual orientation, he also took a stand for his redheaded comrades.   Derek is also the proud founder of “Kiss a Ginger Day.”  The annual viral event that counters the notorious “Kick a Ginger Day.”  

Derek’s tireless and effective work awarded him and the HSSE a 2012 “Inspire Award” for Community Organization of the year. His passion for shining light on environmental issues is also a life-long one.  His years with The Polaris Institute have made him the face of their “Inside the Bottle” presentations that lambaste the bottled water industry. 

He regularly works with eco-activist/author Emily Hunter engaging people with their “Instant Activists” presentation.  You can also find him hard at work at MTV Canada co-producing television segments that reach a national audience.  Undeniably, Derek is an important and effective Eco-Ally.