Derek O’Rourke

Derek O’Rourke

Director of Business Development

Derek O’Rourke is a certified Vapor Wake® K9 handler and has held various part-time and full-time security positions since his discharge from the Irish Defence Forces in 1993, most notably working alongside the US Secret Service in a third-party security managerial capacity on the visits of Presidents George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama to Ireland. Derek is also a former Paramedic Supervisor for the National Ambulance Service of Ireland where he served for 12 years (2000 – 2012) before committing to a full-time role as General Manager with Pulse Security In Dublin. In late 2014 he moved his family to Toronto to assume the role of Director of Operations for a global event security company becoming Vice-President Operations, Nth. America for said company, Derek joined Vapor Wake® K9 in October 2018.

In total, he has over 24 years of Security and Anti-terrorism strategy in project management positions, a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians & Investigators as well as a member of the Toronto chapter of ASIS, Derek has overseen third-party security operations in Dublin’s 60,000 capacity Aviva Stadium, the opening stage of the G’Iro d’Italia 2014 and has project managed 3rd party security operations for the first installment of the Star Wars sequel “The Force Awakens”. He has and also continues to project manage third-party security and develops K9 business opportunities for most of North Americas leading sports and entertainment events and organizations, such as:

  • Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation
  • 2016 NBA All-Stars
  • World Cup of Hockey
  • NHL Centennial Classic
  • MLS Cup Final
  • Grey Cup Final
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • 2015 PanAm Games

Amongst a myriad of national and international qualifications, he has also has completed courses in

  • Certified Vapor Wake® K9 Handler
  • Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Construction and Classification | DHS/FEMA
  • Introduction to the Terrorist Attack Cycle | DHS/FEMA
  • Response to Suspicious Behaviors and Items for Bombing Prevention |DHS/FEMA
  • Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Explosive Effect and Mitigation |DHS/FEMA
  • Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do? | DHS/FEMA
  • Security Awareness Training for Large Venues | Public Safety Canada & DHS/FEMA

Derek also sits on the advisory board of the Canadian tactical officers association and is also a member of the Transport Canada working group on explosive detection dog handler teams for aviation K9 screening.