Captain Phil Harris

Captain Harris joined the Canadian Armed Forces and completed Basic Training at Cornwallis, Nova Scotia in October, 1972. He later served as a Non-Commissioned Member of the Grey and Simcoe Foresters and Lorne Scots, Halton, Peel and Dufferin infantry reserve regiments as a anti-tank gunner, mortarman, small arms coach and section commander. He was commissioned from the ranks as a Second Lieutenant. During his tenure with the Lorne Scots he served as a H.Q. Intelligence Officer and "C" Company Platoon Commander prior to his transfer to the Supplementary Ready Reserve.

In 1995 Captain Harris resumed his commission as a member of the Cadet Instructor Cadre with the 2379 (RCACC) Royal Hamilton Light Infantry Cadet Corps. He served as the Training Officer and DCO and established a competitive shooting program, trained highly skilled Cadet Challenge competitors and introduced the Duke of Edinburgh program to the corps. Captain Harris previously served as Commanding Officer of the Corps from 2003 to 2006.

In his civilian occupation Captain Harris is the Chief of Operations at the John C. Munroe, Hamilton International Airport. He has 35 years of service in the CBSA, formerly Canada Customs, and is the recipient of the Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal with Maple Leaf and Bar. Captain Harris became a recipient of the Queens Jubilee Medal this year. He has been married for 31 years to his wife April and has two sons, Ron and Matt, both of whom were previous RSMs and in the case of Captain Ronald Harris, a previous Commanding Officer of the corps.