|16th Commissioner of Yukon|
|Governor General||David Johnston|
|Preceded by||Geraldine Van Bibber|
|MLA for Riverdale North|
|Preceded by||Chris Pearson|
|Succeeded by||Dale Eftoda|
December 4, 1946 |
|Political party||Yukon Progressive Conservative Party (1985-1992)
Yukon Party (1992-2000)
Born in Toronto in 1946, Phillips moved to Whitehorse with his family as a child. He was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly in 1985, serving fifteen years as the Yukon Party MLA for the territorial riding of Riverdale North. He served in the cabinet of Premier John Ostashek, holding the positions of Minister of Tourism, Minister of Education, Minister Responsible for the Women's Directorate, Minister of Justice, and Minister Responsible for the Public Service Commission. He retired from the Legislature in 2000, and was appointed to numerous boards and commissions in the years afterwards. In 2004 he joined the Yukon Land Use Planning Council, and was serving as its chair when he was appointed Commissioner of Yukon by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He was also the Yukon Administrator (also referred to as the "assistant commissioner") at the time of his appointment.
Phillips's appointment gained wide approval in the territory.
Phillips and his wife, Dale Stokes, have five children and five grandchildren. Phillips is also an adopted member of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation's Deisheetaan clan.