Phil is the Associate Director at the UBC Sauder School of Business. When asked what he enjoys most about his job, he said, “Being able to help create rewarding student experiences through Co-op. As a UBC Sauder Co-op alumnus, I know that the program helped kick-start my career, and I hope to be able to design a program that does the same for generations of students to come.”
Before coming to Sauder, Phil’s previous experiences included working as a People Manager and Change Partner at Vancity (8 years) and Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting (6 years). 3 words Phil’s coworkers would use to describe him are “planner, caring and fun-loving.”
In addition to his Business Degree in Operations and Logistics, he also completed his MBA in Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley. The best piece of career advice he was given was by his Deloitte partner, who told him to trust his gut when he was trying to decide which MBA program to attend. In the end, he chose a school that he really loved, had some amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences like volunteering in Kenya and Fiji, and made life-long friends.
As an Associate Director, we asked Phil what leadership means to him; “Leadership to me, means taking action for the greater good. Doing something that doesn’t benefit oneself, but benefits the community. It’s really about stepping into your stakeholders’ shoes and seeing what would make this the best experience for them.”
Phil loves to spend his leisure time dancing with his 3-year-old daughter, following the Canucks, listening to self-improvement audiobooks and travelling (he has been to over 40 countries). Something surprising about Phil is he was selected for The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition. He and his sister were voted fan favourites. On the show he participated in a wide range of activities including bungee jumping to save a beaver in Squamish, performing a traditional choreographed dance to stave off elimination in Indonesia, and acting in a hilarious telenovela in Mexico. The best part of the race though was it brought him and his sister closer together.