Meet Rod Phillips

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 is committed to helping bring accountability, integrity and responsible government back to Ontario.


Born in Newmarket, Ontario to Cliff, a sales manager and Betty a homemaker. Rod has one older sister, named Patti


Graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario with a Honours BA in Political Science and English.


Graduated with an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier Univeristy in Waterloo, Ontario


Joined KPMG in an entry level job in Kitchener, eventually moving to Toronto


Took a job as Chief of Staff to the Provincial Minister of Labour


Returned to KPMG


Served as Chief of Staff to Mel Lastman, mayor of the newly amalgamated city of Toronto. Rod led Council and community negotiations on a range of significant issues including, taxi regulation reform and implementation of no-smoking by-laws. Phillips was instrumental in successful labour negotiations with the city’s unions.


Named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40


Rod married his wife Lydia


Rod went back to the private sector, as co-Managing Director of the venture division of Goodmans LLP, one of Canada’s leading law firms.


Rod was appointed President and CEO of Shepell.fgi, a $180 million revenue company delivering workplace health and productivity solutions to eight million employees and family members from over 7,000 organizations in Canada and 54 other countries. Under Rod’s leadership, Shepell (now Shepell-Morneau) grew in size and scale, helping its many clients with expanded services to include elder and child support, legal advice, financial guidance, and help with mental health and addiction issues.


Selected as one of the 'Best of the Best' by 40 Under 40


Awarded the Canadian Venture Capital Association Deal of the Year in the Private Equity category


Appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, 32 Combat Engineers Regiment, Downsview, Ontario


Rod was recruited by the Ontario government to be the new President and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and their 18,000 employees. With revenue of $7.45 billion, OLG is the Ontario government’s largest source of non-tax revenue. During his tenure at OLG, Rod brought about a major transformation at OLG. The net profit to the province increased by over $200 million under Phillips’ leadership.


Rod joined Afiniti, a global artifical intelligence company as Chair of Afiniti Canada. He also sits on the board of Afiniti Global Advisory Board along with : Nobuyuki Idei, former President and CEO of Sony Corporation, Admiral Michael Mullen, former chairman of the US Join Chiefs of Staff; Alexandre de Juniac, director general of the International Air Transport Associations (IATA); Lord John Browne, former CEO of British Petroleum and Richard Gepbardt, former Democratic house leader in the US House of Representatives.


Rod was Chair of the Board of Directors of Postmedia, Canada’s largest news media company. His leadership has helped put the company on a stronger financial footing. The company posted a profit of $40.3 million for the 3rd quarter of 2017.


Phillips 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. Rod was the founding chair of the Transforming Lives Gala for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.


Rod served as volunteer chair of CivicAction, which brings together business, labour and community leaders to address challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).


In November, Rod was nominated as the Ontario PC Candidate for the new riding of Ajax. His goal is to make life more affordable and help businesses grow, maintaining and creating good paying jobs in his community.