Podcast interview on Foreward – “How scientists can use story to maximize impact”

Phil was recently interviewed by award-winning storyteller and strategist Denise Withers on her podcast Foreward – How Stories Drive Change.

Scientists need to be able to tell the story of their work if they want to get grants, engage collaborators, shift policy or generate new knowledge. Unfortunately, that’s not something they learn to do in school. And that’s a problem for all of us, because the world needs to know about the incredible research being done, if we want to solve some of our most complex issues. 

For tips on how I’ve been able to use stories to advance my career and why it’s so important for scientists to do so check out the podcast here:

Panel at GLOBE 2020 on Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage – Feb 12, 2020

Phil hosted a panel discussion at GLOBE 2020 – A Tale of Time Frames: Opportunities and Challenges in the CCUS Ecosystem. GLOBE is a leading conference on climate change and sustainability.

Major international bodies, including the IEA and IPCC, acknowledge much of the world will not be able to meet their emissions reduction targets without carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). These technologies are often seen as a stepping-stone in the path to decarbonization. Extrapolating the role of CCUS over the upcoming ­­­­­several decades, this dialogue will answer challenging questions in this dynamic space:

  • What’s in the CCUS pipeline in Canada and abroad in between now and 2030? 
  • Who should be doing what to facilitate advancement and uptake of the technologies once they are viable at large scale? 
  • Looking beyond, what are the long-term challenges (technical, market, financing) for CCUS technologies in an increasingly decarbonized world?


  • Kate Chisholm, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer, Capital Power
  • Eric Redman, Chief Executive Officer, Thunderbolt Clean Energy
  • Beth Hardy, Vice-President, Strategy & Stakeholder Relations, International CCS Knowledge Centre
  • Chris Severson-Baker, Alberta Regional Director, Pembina Institute

Phil featured in the Globe and Mail – “Science & Innovation Advancing the Clean Economy”

Phil was recently featured in the Globe and Mail as part of a series of stories to promote the GLOBE Series, North America’s largest and longest running sustainable business summit. This year at GLOBE 2020 I will be chairing a discussion on Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS).

You can read more about this and my work at the National Research Council at the Globe and Mail article here.

Panel at the Royal Society of Canada Symposium – Nov 21

The Royal Society of Canada , also known as the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada is the senior national, bilingual council of distinguished Canadian scholars, humanists, scientists and artists. The primary objective of the RSC is to promote learning and research in the arts, the humanities and the sciences.

Every year the RSC hosts a symposium at its annual general meeting. This year Phil was a panelist on a panel discussing Sustainability. The theme for the day was Science, Trust, and Society – in a world that feels increasingly polarized, how can we ensure that real science is trusted?

Germany Collaboration & Partnership Mission – Nov 5 to Nov 15

Phil recently visited Germany on a collaboration and partnership mission around CO2 conversion technologies. He visited Germany’s national labs – Max Planck Institutes, Helmholtz Institutes, and Fraunhofer Institutes as well as Siemen’s labs across the country to discuss collaboration and partnership opportunities.

Executive Summary

Germany has a number of state-funded projects on CO2 conversion ranging from 1M Euros to >60M Euros spanning industry led, industry-academia/SME, and federal-lab based projects. This research is driven by Germany’s increase of intermittent renewable solar and wind – it has achieved 100% renewable for brief moments in 2018. Connections to the three major nationally funded labs (Max Planck, Fraunhofer, Helmholtz) as well as to Siemens was established. The meetings were overwhelmingly positive with next steps identified for the majority of interactions.

The size and scale of the activities in Germany with respect to CO2 conversion and electrolysis systems was impressive – hundreds of millions have been invested including a 50MW plant under construction in Leuna, Germany’s largest petrochemical park. It was extremely humbling to see the pace of scale up and the intensity of work being done.

OECD Workshop on Advanced Materials in Braga, Portugal

Phil recently met with the OECD Advanced Materials working group in Braga.

The topic of the workshop was to share case studies on collaborative research platforms as well as discuss opportunities and challenges with collaborative platforms and their impact.

The outcome of this will be a report on collaborative platforms to inform governmental policies.

Forbes Under 30 Summit in Detroit

Phil recently attended the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Detroit, Michigan on October 26th to October 29th.

Phil was named to the 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 -Energy list and nominated to the 2020 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 – Science list.

The 2019 Forbes Under 30 Summit is more an immersive experience than a static conference: a private music festival, A-list speakers, investor speed-pitching, industry-focused field trips, a legendary pub crawl, a world-famous food festival and a powerful day of community service.

Energy Materials Workshop at the Canadian Light Source

Phil recently gave a talk at the Canadian Light Source on Oct 25th in Saskatoon on Energy Materials and opportunities for collaboration with the National Research Council.

The Canadian Light Source is Canada’s national synchrotron light source facility. The CLS has a third-generation 2.9 GeV storage ring, and the building occupies a footprint the size of a football field and is used for advanced x-ray spectroscopy studies.

Verge 19 Conference in Oakland

Phil recently attended the Verge 19 conference in Oakland on October 22nd – October 24th to scout the latest in carbontech and hydrogen.

The VERGE 19 conference and expo is the platform for companies, cities and communities accelerating the clean economy. 

More than 3,000 leaders convened to explore scalable, cross-cutting solutions and to advance the most dynamic and influential markets driving a sustainable future.