Phil was born in the UK and developed his love for the outdoors after attending an Outward Bound course in his early twenties. He has lived in Ottawa since the early eighties and continues to enjoy hiking, running, xc-skiing, cycling and paddling. Long distance walking holidays are a favourite pastime of Phil's and he recently completed the Tour de Mont Blanc. Phil is a retired engineer and has been a member of the Ottawa Rambling Club since 2002.