Phil was elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and re-elected on May 2, 2011, as the Member of Parliament for Brant.
In Parliament, Phil is a member of the Standing Committee on Human Resources and Skills Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities and the Standing Committee on Industry. He is also the Vice Chair of the Conservative Post-Secondary Education Caucus and the Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group.
As Brant’s federal representative, Phil is recognized as a hard-working constituency MP and a strong voice for his constituents in Ottawa.
He has been a tireless advocate for the growth of post-secondary institutions in Brantford and has helped deliver federal support for major projects like the new Laurier Brantford Research and Academic Centre and the Laurier Brantford - YMCA Athletics and Recreation Complex. He has worked hard to achieve funding for other important projects across Brantford and the County of Brant, including a new state-of-the-art water treatment plant and a new police station for Six Nations.
Phil is also well known for his popular community initiatives like his Passport Clinics, Community Shred Days, and the widely successful Hockey Night in Brantford which raised over $70,000 for the Brant United Way in its inaugural year.
Prior to entering politics, Phil owned and operated property development and construction companies that specialized in residential and commercial renovation work. In this capacity, he received numerous industry awards and served as President for both the Brantford and Ontario Home Builder’s Association.
A lifelong resident of Brant, Phil has demonstrated strong leadership and commitment to family, community and public service. He has served as Vice-Chair of the Brantford Police Services Board, Director of the Brantford Brant Regional Chamber of Commerce, Governor of Wilfrid Laurier University and Director and President of Lansdowne Children’s Centre.
Phil attended Brantford Collegiate Institute, received his undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1976 and completed graduate studies at Kent State University in Ohio on a hockey scholarship.
Married to his wife, Nancy, for 37 years, Phil is the proud father of four children and has four grandchildren.