Dr. Phipps received his Ph.D. in Immunology from Queen’s University and undertook post-doctoral studies in HIV research at the University Health Network in Toronto. After leaving the lab he built a career managing academic research holding successive senior positions at the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation (Manager of Biotechnology and Life Sciences), Canadian Arthritis Network (Director of Business Development) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Director of Partnerships). In 2001 Dr. Phipps completed his MBA from the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto). Dr. Phipps is the Director, Research Services & Knowledge Exchange at York University where he manages all research grants and contracts including and knowledge and technology transfer.
Dr. Phipps authored the first grant offered by the tri-council Intellectual Property Mobilization program funding knowledge mobilization (KMb) in partnership with the University of Victoria to build the infrastructure for a KMb network that has grown to include Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Guelph and University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Phipps is leading York’s KMb Unit that provides services to researchers, community organizations and government agencies who wish to use policy and practice related research to inform public policy and professional practice.