Phil was born in 1982 and grew up in a bilingual home. He is the second of three brothers and currently resides with his wife in Sherbrooke, 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 it 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 2005, he met a young lady named Maude in New York, and they became engaged after his graduation in the summer of 2007.
The following year, Phil moved to Toronto for 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, Phil was cured. And on September 12 of the same year, Phil and Maude tied the knot.
Phil began speaking about his fight with cancer in 2009. In 2012, he officially launched his second conference, written more specifically for teenagers, about Bullying.
Speaking has become one of Phil’s passions and second 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 conference 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!