Get to Know Deri

Rebel With a Cause!

By the time I was 27, I lost two important men in my life: my father at age 45, and my husband of 8 months at age 27. My father died from extreme workplace stress. My new husband died by suicide.

Work should not kill people. And, neither should mental distress. I have spent my career (my life, really) inspiring and energizing people to engage in positive mental health practices for greater happiness, more success, and a longer life.

When I experienced a triggered trauma in 2020, it sent me on a downward spiral, one filled with excruciating anxiety and an inability to function. It was so horrific and immobilizing, that – when I recovered – I decided to share my story. ‘Not Crazy, Just Human: Moving Through Trauma to Healing’ is a detailed account of what I experienced and what I learned. As with my other books ‘Wake Up to Your Habits’ and ‘What’s Your Story? You Decide’, it is filled with strategies to maintain a resilient and resourceful approach to life!

I have an amazing spouse, two joyful children (now young adults), tons of family, friends, and professional clients that I value highly. I want to turn the negativity associated with the term mental health into a positive, hopeful message that makes it attractive and achievable for everyone!

Deri’s Qualifications:
Continuously Learning and Growing

  • One of fewer than 15% of speakers globally who hold the designation of CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), the international measure of excellence for professional competence, proven experience, and optimal client satisfaction
  • A Business Degree in Human Resource Management with 25 years of experience engaging audiences across every business sector
  • Certified in Emotional Intelligence, Psychometric Assessment, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • A popular instructor in the University of Winnipeg’s Management Studies Program for over 15 years, designing full-credit courses and seminars in Resilience, Positive Psychology, Team Building, and Leadership Development
  • TEDx Speaker: “Choose Life”
  • Author of 3 books
  • Organizational Consultant: People & Culture

Rebel Values To Live By


Being real

Showing up whole and complete. What you see is what you get. Being an open book for others. Not holding anything back. Sharing things as they are. Being vulnerable and raw.


Exuding compassion

Being a human and extending kindness towards others. Accepting each other for who we are without judgment. Learning how to open a conversation with a caring approach.


Pleasantly surprising people

Standing out as different from ‘the norm.’ Offering something that’s original, unique, unexpected, unusual. As a result, it wakes up people’s brains and their attention are more engaged.


Feeling uplifted and ready to learn

Providing and inspiring energy that’s central to engagement, retention, attention, and what’s possible for people to learn. Creating a joy-filled experience with lots of fun and laughter.


Overcoming obstacles

Being self-reliant, knowing that you can navigate through any challenge. Learning daily practices that will change your approach to adversity while you continue to thrive and grow.

I’m on a mission to create
a happier and more
peaceful world.

Walking the Talk

What Clients Say...

“Deri, you are the best! Not a dull moment and the time went too fast!”
Linda Borbridge, Manager, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
“I’m often asked to recommend a professional speaker who will captivate and motivate, and without hesitation Deri Latimer comes to mind. Deri has a reputation for a no-nonsense, energetic, synergistic approach. Her cutting-edge sessions are the perfect combination of science and inspiration and will have you moving into a new groove.”
Dr. Lewena Bayer, CEO, Civility Experts Inc.
“Deri is the personification of quality, style, and enthusiasm in her message. She delivered a message with our group that heightened their awareness and ability to share success. My hope is that you too will seek her out as a keynote, connector, and catalyst for change.”
Joseph Bork, Program Director, St. Mary’s University
“I am usually the type to sit in the crowd, quietly take it all in, and take notes, notes that end up in a binder, often never to be seen once I return to work. Deri was engaging, fun and as real as they get. I was so moved by her session that I shocked myself by approaching her after the session to chat. During the session I didn’t need to take notes because her concepts hit home and stuck with me. I have already taken her advice and acted on her tips and tools to be more positive. Her positivity is contagious and her message is one that everyone should take time to listen to.”
Amy Normal, VP, Corporate Services, Said Business School, University of Oxford
“I had the privilege of hearing Deri keynote at our conference. She captivates, motivates, and positively engages an audience with her unique combination of wisdom about neuroscience and positive behaviors that can be life changing when put into action. I would recommend her without any reservation for those seeking a speaker who can move an audience – from associates on a manufacturing floor to members of an executive leadership team – into action. Her takeaways are designed for positive impact. Prepare to laugh, to be curious, to be hungry for more time to listen to Deri.”
Vickie Maris, Host, Agile Digital Business
“Deri, your seminar truly resonated with our team. You took the time to learn about our roles, our challenges and opportunities and created an inspiring and motivating seminar just for us and made an impact with every person there. Having your book to use as a tool in our day-to-day has also been very valuable and has enhanced the results we got out of the time with you. We all hope that we will see you again at the next conference!”
Chantelle Arsenault, GBA, Great West Life Assurance Company of Canada
“It was an absolute pleasure to have Deri speak at our AGM. Deri brought an amazing level of passion and energy as she engaged our members with her talk on growth mindset. If you are looking for a speaker to connect with your audience, I would highly recommend that you reach out to Deri. Thank you, Deri – we were lucky to have you!”
Rob Chester, Director Information Security, Wawanesa Insurance
“A wonderfully authentic speaker with an infectious positive energy, Deri takes the crowd back to the roots of inspiration by sparking something within the humanity of the people in the room. Her fantastic sense of humor and knowledgeable way of integrating experiential learning opportunities into an inspirational message makes her a speaker not to miss!”
Ashley Collette, Social Work Officer, Canadian Armed Forces
“I forgot to take notes because I was taking it all in and feeling change take hold…”
Derek Rumboldt-Delouche, Director, Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada
“That was fantastic! That was the most energized I have ever felt leaving a conference!!”
Barb Spurway, Principal Consultant, Protegra
“I cannot exaggerate how positively our Forum delegates reacted to your presentation. You set the perfect tone for the entire conference and left a lasting impression on our delegates and CPA staff alike.”
Sarah Marshall, President, Canadian Physiotherapy Association
“You changed people.”
Michelle Kletke, Human Resources Manager, TNG, Jim Pattison Group