Derek Lai

Partner, Incorporated, Senior Vice President, Crowe MacKay & Company Ltd.

1100 - 1177 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, British Columbia  V6E 4T5


Derek is best described as experienced, effective, and knowledgeable. While these attributes have established Derek as a frontrunner in the industry, it is his demeanor and ability to make his clients feel comfortable that have earned him the title of trusted advisor. Well-informed not just of the insolvency process, Derek ensures a smooth process that gains the confidence of those he serves. 

Derek practices in the area of both consumer and corporate insolvency and restructuring, and strives to offer service that is responsive, honest, and creative. His commercial insolvency experience includes private and court appointed receiverships, bankruptcies, and CCAAs. In addition, he has assisted financial institutions and debtors in conducting corporate financial, operational, and viability assessments. Derek has been involved in a number of insolvency engagements in a variety of industries and has also been called upon to assist in a range of forensic accounting and litigation support matters relating to fraud, misappropriation of funds, and matrimonial disputes.

Derek's Expertise

Service Focus
Industry Focus
Service Focus
  • Forensics l Litigation
  • Insolvency
Industry Focus

Professional Affiliations

  • Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia 
  • Certified Management Accountants of British Columbia
  • Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals
  • British Columbia Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals
  • Young Insolvency Professionals Society of British Columbia and Alberta
  • Licensed Insolvency Trustee, Office of the Superintendents of Bankruptcy and Associations of Certified Fraud Examiners


  • Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional, Licensed Insolvency Trustee, and Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Financial Management diploma, specializing in Corporate Finance, British Columbia Institute of Technology