President & CEO, Vitalus Nutrition Inc.
Phil is a seasoned thought leader who is widely recognized throughout Canada’s business and dairy industries as an entrepreneur driving innovation in his field. With over 20 years of experience, Phil leans into his unique ability to both modernize and create positive change in business and lead with deep integrity and care for people. These attributes have supported Phil in positioning Vitalus Nutrition Inc. as an industry leader in specialized dairy ingredients.
As a renowned entrepreneur and pioneer in the dairy industry, Phil holds roles in the community such as the Chair of the Board for the Dairy Processors Association of Canada, providing a Canadian perspective to the International Dairy Foods Association Executive Council, and as a member of the Ingredients Board, Faculty Advisory Board, Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. Phil is widely known as a visionary voice on innovation in Canada’s dairy industry.
His vision and business acumen has been recognized with many accolades over the years, recently including being named as a BC Entrepreneur of the Year by BC Business, receiving the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal for service to community and country, and Vitalus Nutrition Inc., under his leadership, winning the People First, Health, Safety and Cultural Excellence Award at the 2020 BC Food and Beverage Awards.
Phil’s dedication to Vitalus Nutrition Inc. and the Canadian dairy industry is rooted in family history that stems back 65 years to when his father immigrated to Canada, and the humble upbringing that Phil experienced. From milking cows as a child, working as a packer or machine operator and then managing staff in the family business, to leading, transitioning, and growing Vitalus Nutrition Inc. exponentially into an industry leader. This has been Phil’s journey, that has instilled his core values and which he emulates in everything that he does - that only with integrity, care for good people, and commitment to continuous learning can you turn great ideas into reality.