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Ian Philp - MaRS Cleantech. Toronto, ON, CA

Ian Philp

Director, Clean Energy Institute | MaRS Cleantech

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Energy innovation leader; international lawyer & MBA



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Ian Philp is the Director of the Energy Institute, a new Canadian public-private partnership that aims connect high potential energy technologies with international market opportunities and to establish a flagship position in the global clean energy economy. Previously, Ian worked with a boutique investment bank focussed on energy efficiency investments, and as an international trade lawyer defending Canada’s renewable FIT program. Ian was also a UN legal and constitutional advisor to the Iraqi Government from 2005-2007. He is currently an Atlantic Council Emerging Leaders in Environment & Energy Policy (ELEEP) Fellow, and was a 2011- 2012 Action Canada Fellow. Ian holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations & economics, two law degrees (common and civil law), and a MBA focused on energy finance.

Industry Expertise (6)


Government Administration

Legal Services

International Trade and Development

Renewables and Environmental

Public Policy

Areas of Expertise (6)

Clean Energy

Technology Innovation

Energy Security

International Development

International Trade Litigation

Climate Change and the Economy

Education (4)

McMaster University: B. Arts. Sc., Arts & Science 2001

Recipient of the James Robertson Carruthers Memorial Prize in History and the Class of 1937 Scholarship. Graduated with distinction. Activities and Societies: Founding member of the McMaster Academic Challenge Team, winners of the Canadian Academic Challenge Championship (2000) and participants in international competitions at Harvard, Oxford and Stanford Universities.

McGill University: LL.B & B.C.L., Common Law & Civil Law 2007

E. Leo Kolber Admission Scholarship (2003); LSAT score of 167/180 (96th percentile rank) Activities and Societies: Member of the 2005 Jessup International Law Moot Team (Canadian finalists); coordinator of the McGill Human Rights Internship Program. Wrote senior legal thesis on best practices for advising developing states on new legislation.

Université de Montréal - HEC Montréal: MBA, Masters of Business Administration 2010

Admission Excellence Scholarship (2009); GMAT score of 710/800 (92nd percentile rank). Concentration in financial modelling, advanced financial analysis techniques, and modelling energy investments. Activities and Societies: Founder of the HEC Energy Club; VP Alumni Relations in the MBA Students’ Association; 1st place at the 2010 University of Toronto Rotman Corporate Social Responsibility Case Competition.

Ecole de Management de Lyon: MBA, Business Administration 2010

Exchange Student (May-July 2010)

Affiliations (7)

  • Cleantech Investor
  • Action Canada
  • Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)
  • HEC Montreal
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • McGill Alumni
  • McMaster University Alumni



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