Rod Phillips is a successful business leader, community activist, committed conservative and a life long advocate for government integrity and accountability. He is the candidate for the Ontario PC Party in the new riding of Ajax in the 2018 spring election.
Rod most recently was the Chair of both Afiniti Canada, a global artificial intelligence company and Postmedia, Canada’s largest news media company. He is the former President and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and Shepell.fgi, a Canadian based international employee health company.
Rod has a lifetime commitment to community service, most recently as Chair of the Boards of CivicAction and the TELUS GTA Community Board leading work to reduce gridlock, youth unemployment and improve access to mental health services across the GTA. He has served in senior capacities with several other prominent community organizations and was an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Army Reserves.
His political experience includes being a senior campaign advisor to the Leader of the PC Party in four campaigns and Chief of Staff to an Ontario cabinet minister and the Mayor of Toronto. He is a former President of the Western University PC Association and led international observer teams monitoring elections in post-war El Salvador and in Romania after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Rod holds a BA with honours from Western University, MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management. His work has been recognized locally and nationally including as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40. Rod is married to Lydia Phillips.
Rod is committed to helping bring accountability, integrity and responsible government back to Ontario.