Phil was born in 1982 and grew up in a bilingual home. He is the second of three brothers and currently resides in the Greater Montreal Area, in the Province of Quebec.
Phil had a happy childhood in Montreal. His hard working parents gave him and his brothers everything they could and taught them the importance of perseverance.
Unfortunately, challenges came early on as Phil was bullied in high school. But he never gave up, believing the ordeal would one day be over and that a silver lining would eventually manifest itself. It did, and through this beacon of light he learned how one person can have a life-changing effect on someone else’s life.
Phil studied International Relations, Communications and Translation at Université de Sherbrooke. In 2008, Phil moved to Toronto to pursue a job in the Fashion Industry. Six months later, on the day following his 26th birthday, he was rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer. A few weeks later, he began receiving aggressive chemo therapy treatments. On Friday, March 13, 2009, doctors gave him the great news: you’re cured.
Phil began speaking about his fight with cancer in 2009. In 2012, he officially launched his second talk, written more specifically for teenagers, about Bullying.
In 2015, Phil’s scope grew larger when Euronews, a worldwide news organization, produced a report on his work, seen by over 400 million people. In 2016, he made an even greater name for himself by giving a Ted Talk on the value of failure and motivation, the latter becoming the theme for his third talk for high school students.
2017 was a game changer for the young man’s career. In November, he was invited to schools in the Middle East to talk to students about bullying, and at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) to address the importance of addressing this problem with the top members of the International Education Community. It was a first in Quebec History.
Speaking has become Phil’s passions and career. He’s even been caught a few times at comedy clubs explaining what it means to have one testicle, a situation he still refers to as “being a Uniballer”! “It’s all about hope and laughter, he explains when asked about why he does it, because it’s simply the best medicine”.
Phil’s philosophy is simple: to face adversity with a positive attitude (which he promotes in his talk on cancer), and to trust in a better tomorrow (which he speaks of when opening about bullying). Inspired by Lance Armstrong to give back, Phil strives to bring people hope, whether sick, bullied, or simply in need of a good laugh. Phil has never stopped laughing, even when he was at his sickest and baldest, and he is devoted to communicating his simple, optimistic way of looking at life to whoever is willing to listen. He is an optimist on a mission!