International trade litigator at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs
Ian Philp is a lawyer and MBA with a passionate interest in climate change, energy security and international development. He is currently an international trade litigator with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, where he works to defend Canada’s sovereign rights under the NAFTA. Formerly, Ian spent four years as a UN legal and political advisor in the Middle East. From 2005-2007 Ian was part of the UN’s humanitarian relief effort in Iraq, and advised the Iraqi and Kurdish governments on post-conflict reconstruction as part of a Baghdad-based legal team.
After witnessing the fierce sectarian struggles over oil in Iraq, Ian decided to refocus his career on the energy and climate challenges that will define Canada’s future prosperity. His drive to bring private sector investment to the space led to an energy-focused MBA and a stint with a UK-based clean energy fund making targeted energy efficiency investments across developing Asia.
Ian holds a B.Arts Sc. (Honours, International Relations) from McMaster University, a LL.B and B.C.L from McGill University, and a MBA from HEC Montréal. He is fluent in English and French, and has a working knowledge of Arabic and Spanish.
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