Rod Phillips is the minister of finance for the Progressive Conservative party of Ontario. This is an impressive and difficult portfolio. We are standing guard with and over Mr Phillips today. We are with him. We are for him. We are supporting him and praying rich blessings over him. Grant Mr Phillips today a day of empowerment. Grant, O Lord, as he serves the province of Ontario that he does so with integrity, wisdom, and sensitivity—from you! This is a great load that is placed on his shoulders and we stand together to help him with this load. Your grace is sufficient for Mr Phillips. Pour grace upon him today. Cover him with the wings of your holy presence. Encompass him about with your sweet love. Protect him from attacks and grant him patience and mercy to do his work. We are for him. Jesus, you are for him. We are standing with him—bringing him and his work to you, Lord, asking for help, direction, and wisdom in all that he does. Touch his soul, and use him for your honour and glory. Amen.
Rod Phillips was sworn in as Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks on June 29, 2018. Minister Phillips, MPP for Ajax, assumes his current role following a successful business career. Most recently, he was Chair of Afiniti Canada, a global artificial intelligence company, and Postmedia, Canada’s largest news media company. He is a former President and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, and of Shepell.fgi, a Canadian-based international employee health company. As well, he was volunteer chair of CivicAction, which brings together business, labour, and community leaders to address challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Born in Newmarket, he has an Honours BA in Political Science and English from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.