Dave Phillips was born and raised in Vancouver as one of three boys in his family. He was involved in athletics for his entire life including professional skiing then on to a career in business.Dave competed in various sports at a national level and at an international level in Skiing as a member of Canada's National Freestyle Snow Ski Team, where he enjoyed several top ten performances in World Cup Competition. After retiring from active competition, Dave coached at various levels including the National Team during their Olympic debut in Calgary. He is currently an internationally ranked slalom water skier and has represented Canada in competitions in the United States, Europe, and South America.
Other events of note include a Guinness World Duration Record in 1986, where Dave and partner Gerry O'Neill snow skied for 83 hours and 17 minutes to break the World record. In 1994, he and partner Ralph Hildebrand, broke another Guinness World Record for Water-Ski Duration both skiing 1337.46 miles in 57 hours. Dave is the recipient of the Bronze medal for Bravery from the Royal Canadian Humane Association for involvement in a life saving effort.
He has been a professional ski show performer and stunt man for movies, commercials, and TV programs. Dave and his wife, Kathy (Kreiner) - 1976 Olympic Gold Medallist, operate programs for athletes and business people that focus on overcoming psychological barriers to achieve peak performance.
Dave has been a motivational speaker and Master of Ceremonies in many different types of shows and events in Canada, Europe and Japan. For many years he has been involved in staff training, public speaking and event announcing at several levels including World Cup Alpine and Freestyle events and Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988.
Dave was a founding director of one of North America’s largest insulation companies, Insulpro Industries. Insulpro was recognised five times to the Profit 100, as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Canada with annualised revenues of approximately $100M and 1100 employees after only seven years. Dave was involved in the acquisition of over 30 businesses throughout North America. Insulpro was listed on the TSE in 1995 and is the only construction related sub trade to ever be listed on a stock exchange in North America. The president Richard A. Carrick was twice a finalist as a Pacific Canada Entrepreneur of The Year and won this prestigious award in 1997.
Most recently Dave was Chairman of the Board of a custom electronics manufacturer. This was a privately held company with 400 employees that tripled revenues during Dave’s time with them. He has served on the boards of several private and public companies.
Dave has become a trusted mentor and resource globally for leaders seeking an authentic Life Purpose, engaged practically and profitably in their homes and business. He has written a book "Three Big Questions" revealing the Purpose Process that he's worked through with hundreds of leaders. Since 1995 he has spoken to thousands of CEO's with organizations like YPO/WPO, TEC, MacKay CEO Forums and YEO. His work covers topics ranging from the boardroom to the bedroom in some of the most challenging and even troubling areas of the leaders life. (www.dphillips.com)
Dave is also specializes in team mentoring often using a proprietary behavioral team analytic'sprocess to know the unchanging preferences and aspects of executive team performance. He is the creator of "Stop Guessing: For Teams" (www.stopguessing.ca) which is a world-class team building tool guaranteed to transform team cultures. Dave has written “Three Big Questions” that everyone asks sooner or later about uncovering a life Purpose, Mission and Vision. His on-line courses about the book and integration process can be found at www.dphillips.com/lifewaze.