Philan grew up in Gold Coast, Australia and graduated from the University of Queensland on the Dean's Honour Roll, with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Accounting.
Upon moving to Vancouver in 2011 he articled with BCPIP to attain his CPA, CA designation - which he did, in 2015. He then continued his professional development and earned the CFA designation in 2017.
Philan's current role at BCPIP has him involved in financial planning, accounting, tax planning and preparation, as well as special projects.
Philan is active in his church band, where he plays the keyboard, acoustic guitar and sings. He also skies and has a hobby in film photography.