CEO & Founder, tentree
From a young age, Derrick Emsley has been actively involved with environmental stewardship. At 16, he and his brother founded a tree planting company that sold carbon credits to businesses, a venture that saw over $1 million dollars in contracts, and planted 150,000 trees. This venture helped pave the way to the founding of tentree in 2012, where Derrick operates as the CEO, guiding the Company’s vision and strategy. tentree is a lifestyle brand that plants ten trees for every product sold. In just under a decade, tentree has set new standards in the sustainable apparel world while also leading to the planting of almost 100 million trees. In 2021, after identifying a need for more transparency in the global reforestation space, with his team, Derrick launched a technology company – veritree – focused on building and providing the tools to monitor, verify, and audit global reforestation work. Derrick was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.