Member of Parliament
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 addition to representing his constituents, he is a member of three standing committees: Industry, Science and Technology; Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities; and the Legislative Committee on Bill C-11. He has also been re-elected as Vice Chair of the Post-Secondary Education Caucus, and was recently elected as Vice-Chair of the Canada-US Inter-Parliamentary Association.
As MP, Phil’s track record has been impressive. In his first year, he has help to secure more than $103 million in Federal Economic Stimulus Funding for Brant, resulting in job creation and long-term economic growth. He has also worked with local Band Council’s and Chiefs and helped to enhance services for Six Nations by securing federal funding for a new Water Treatment Plant and Police Station. In addition to these accomplishments, his first Private Member’s Motion, to declare 2010 as the Year of the British Home Child, was unanimously passed by Parliament in December 2009.
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 four grandchildren.