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Former Finance Minister of Ontario
Born: March 2, 1965 (age 55 years), Newmarket, Canada
Party: Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
Previous office: Finance Minister of Ontario (2019–2020)
Education: Wilfrid Laurier University (1988–1992), Western University (1984–1988), Newmarket High School
Phillips was born in Newmarket, Ontario on March 2, 1965. He is the son of Cliffe, a sales manager, and Betty, a bookkeeper.
He has one older sister.
Rod attended Stuart Scott Public School in Newmarket, Ontario.
He later attended Newmarket High School where he was active in extracurricular activities.
In 1984, he enrolled at Western University in London, Ontario.
He graduated in 1988 with an honours Bachelor of Arts in political science and English.
He completed a master of business administration degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, graduating in 1992.
He is married to his wife Lydia.
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Rod Phillips served as volunteer chair (2014-2017) of CivicAction which brings together business and community leaders to address challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
CivicAction was founded by David Pecaut in 2002 and has had other prominent chairs including current Toronto Mayor John Tory.
MPP Mitzie Hunter served as the organization’s CEO.
Phillips championed the CivicAction DiverseCity Fellows program, which seeks to have Toronto’s leadership more fully reflect the city’s cultural diversity.
He has also served on the Telus Toronto Community Board.
Since 2005, this organization has donated $8 million to 479 charities and grassroots projects in the Toronto area.
Phillips was the founding chair of the Transforming Lives Gala for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Phillips has also served on the Boards of the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, the Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Mental Health and Addiction, the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons, Bridgepoint Hospital, the Toronto Community Foundation, and is a past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto.
In December 2020, Phillips was widely criticized for leaving Canada for a personal Caribbean vacation in St. Barts when the country has restricted all non-essential travel across their border.
In addition to leaving the country, Phillips took steps to leave the impression that he was in his riding during his absence from the country.
Premier Doug Ford told him that “it will not be tolerated again”, and told him to return home.
Ford had previously said he was unaware that his finance minister had left the country but backtracked 24 hours later admitting he did know Phillips was not in the country, knew his destination and failed to issue a call for his return.
His office confirmed that Phillips had also secretly vacationed in Switzerland in August, 2020 and stated that he has quarantined for 14 days upon his return.
On December 31, 2020, Phillips resigned as Minister of Finance due to the controversy surrounding his trip to St. Barts.