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Fax: 867.393.6201

412 Main Street
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2B7


Former Commissioner

Doug Phillips's term as Commissioner endeed January 31, 2018. We look forward to the appointment of a new Commissioner by the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau.

Former Commissioner Douglas Phillips


Mr. Phillips was born on December 4, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario. His parents Norm and Grace Phillips moved Doug and his siblings Norma Lee (James) Craig and Greg Phillips to Whitehorse, Yukon in 1948. He was adopted into the Carcross/Tagish First Nation Deisheetaan clan by respected elder and long-time family friend, Ida Calmegane in September 2009.

Mr. Phillips is married to Ms. Dale Stokes. They are passionate about the Yukon, travelling, gardening, fishing, hunting and trapping. They enjoy sharing their passion with their 5 children and their spouses as well as their 7 beautiful grandchildren.


Mr. Phillips spent most of his career working in Yukon as a small business owner. He was appointed as the Yukon Administrator in April 2007 and he held this position until his appointment as Commissioner of Yukon in December 2010.

Mr. Phillips' political career lasted over 15 years. He was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly on May 13, 1985 as the representing for Riverdale North. He also has held the following positions:

  • Minister of Tourism
  • Minister of Education
  • Minister responsible for the Women's Directorate
  • Minister of Justice
  • Minister responsible for the Public Service Commission



Community Service and Volunteering

Mr. Phillips' passion for his community and Yukon has led to a long career of active community service.

  • Director on the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous committee for several years
  • Member and President of the Yukon Fish and Game Association. He was instrumental in the association joining the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
  • Mount White Goat Transplant
  • Improvements to the Whitehorse Fish Ladder Project and the annual children’s live release of Chinook Salmon at Wolf Creek.

He has volunteered for and been appointed to many community and national organizations over his lifetime. These include:

  • The Task Force on Northern Conservation
  • Yukon Judicial Council
  • Yukon Committee of Ducks Unlimited
  • Yukon River Salmon Negotiating Team
  • The South McClintock Bay Association
  • Yukon Assessment Review Board
  • Taxation Assessment Appeal Board
  • Member and Chair of the Yukon Land Use Planning Council (2004 to 2010)
  • Chair of the Whitehorse Hospital's Close to Your Heart fundraising campaign
  • Former founding Director of the Yukon Hospital Foundation