Phillips, Roger (1939–)

Born in Ottawa on December 17, 1939, and trained as a physicist, Roger Phillips’ foresight and creativity transformed Saskatchewan-based IPSCO into an international leader in steel production. As chief executive officer beginning in 1982, Phillips initiated an ambitious modernization project of IPSCO’s Regina facilities and subsequently opened two large steelworks in the United States. During his tenure as CEO, Phillips built IPSCO into one of North America’s most efficient, safe, and environmentally conscious steel producers. Beside his business interests, Mr. Phillips was active in organizations like the Council of Canadian Unity, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, and Economic Council of Canada. He was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999 and received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2002.

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