Douglas Phillips

Douglas Phillips, businessman, politician, commissioner of Yukon (born at Toronto 4 Dec 1946). Douglas Phillips was born in Toronto but moved to Whitehorse, YT, two years later.

Douglas Phillips

Douglas Phillips, businessman, politician, commissioner of Yukon (born at Toronto 4 Dec 1946). Douglas Phillips was born in Toronto but moved to Whitehorse, YT, two years later.

Phillips spent most of his career as a small business owner but is best known for his time as a politician serving Yukon. He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1985. He served in elected politics for 15 years, including several roles in the Cabinet of John Ostashek's Yukon Party government. His Cabinet posts included Minister of Tourism, Minister of Education and Minister responsible for the Women's Directorate, Minister of Justice, and Minister responsible for the Public Service Commission.

From 2004 to 2010 he was a member of the Yukon Land Use Planning Council and chaired it from 2007 to 2010. Wildlife conservation is important to Phillips, and he has served his community in a variety of related capacities, including as part of the Task Force on Northern Conservation and the Yukon River Salmon Negotiating Team. In 2009, Phillips was adopted into the Carcross/Tagish First Nation Deisheetaan clan.

In Dec 2010, Prime Minister Stephen HARPER announced the appointment of Phillips as Yukon commissioner, a post similar to lieutenant governor in Canadian provinces. He succeeded Geraldine VAN BIBBER.