Jim Phillips was appointed to the OMERS AC Board in 2009 on the nomination of the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies. He has served as Chair of the Audit Committee, is Chair of the Governance Committee and also serves on the Appeals Committee and OAC/SC Joint Council Sub-Committee.
During his career Mr. Phillips has had the opportunity to work in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He began his career in the banking and trust industry, including the positions of Director of Savings Services and Chief Accountant of Victoria and Grey Trust Company. Subsequently Mr. Phillips was employed by the Province of Ontario in financial and human resource management roles.
For 26 years, prior to semi-retirement in 2011, Mr. Phillips served as Director of Corporate Resources with Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region and for 20 years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Family and Children’s Services Foundation. He served on a number of secondments to the Province of Ontario, working on policy development and implementation projects. In 2007 he was a member of a team that received the Amethyst award from the Province of Ontario for outstanding public service.
Mr. Phillips and his wife reside in Kitchener, Ontario and he has a practice as a consultant for board governance, capital fundraising campaigns, and annual giving programs. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Kitchener Power Corporation, Chair of the Board of Directors of Grand River Energy Solutions Inc. and is Chair of the Board of Governors of Martin Luther University College.
Mr. Phillips received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph in 1976, Certified General Accountant designation in 1981, Chartered Director designation from McMaster University in 2012 and his Professional Chartered Accountant designation in 2014.