Derek M. Nordin


Derek M. Nordin
Senior Vocational Consultant

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Derek Nordin has been serving as Senior Vocational Consultant of the Vocational Consulting Group since 1983, and as President since 1991. Mr. Nordin has earned a reputation as one of the leading experts in his field.  He also co-developed the Computer Assisted Vocational Exploration System (CAVES™).  This program, uniquely developed for VCG, can determine the occupations potentially available to a client before and after their injury. Mr. Nordin received his Master of Education Degree in Counselling Psychology; Professional Teaching Certificate; and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.


  • Certified Vocational Evaluator
  • Chartered Psychologist, Psychologists Association of Alberta

Expert Witness Mr. Nordin has been qualified as an Expert Witness in Vocational Rehabilitation in the Supreme Courts of British Columbia and the Yukon, as well as the Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick. He has also accepted as an expert in the Superior Court (Trial division) of Washington State, USA.

Professional Affiliations

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada
  • Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Society
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
  • American Board of Vocational Experts
  • International Associates of Rehabilitation Professionals

Recent Professional Activities

  • The American Board of Vocational Experts Conference, San Diego, California (2010)
  • Admissible Testimony and Clinical Judgement
  • Predicting Occupational Disability from Psychological and Neuropsychological Data
  • Vocational Testing for Forensic Cases
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada, Annual National Conference, St. Johns, Newfoundland (2009)

Publications Wallace, G.C.M. and Nordin, D.M. “Assessment of Residual Employability Potential”, in E.L. Gross (ed) Clinical Impairment and Disability: Medical-Legal Principles and Practices. Butterworths: Toronto, Ontario, 1991 Wallace, G.C.M., Carlin, R.M. and Nordin, D.M. “The Vocational Ability Quotient System: A New Approach in Predicting Vocational Rehabilitation Potential,” Canadian Journal of Rehabilitation, Volume 4, Number 4, 1991 pp 239-245 Wallace, G.C.M. and Nordin, D.M. “Determining the Injured Infants Employability Potential and Earning Capacity, The Advocate, (Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association), 1988 3 (1), pp.12-13