Robert Philp is the Chief of the Commission and Tribunals of the Alberta Human Rights Commission. He has an extensive legal background and judicial experience, which include 29 years in the practice of law, with a focus on trade unions, employee representation, professional discipline matters, and select criminal law; nine years as an Alberta Provincial Court Judge; and seven years as a Deputy Judge of the Northwest Territories, Territorial Court. He has been the general counsel for the Alberta Labour Relations Board, the Alberta Human Rights Commission and the Alberta Board of Industrial Relations, representing them at all levels of the court.
Robert has held notable professional appointments and memberships in various organizations. He served as the Chair of the Administrative Law Subsection, Canadian Bar Association (1984-1986) and as the founding Vice-President of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association (1986-1988); he was also the founding member and has been the Director of the Lawyers Assistance Program since 1995. In addition, Robert has extensive experience as a lecturer at the University of Alberta. He has lectured on topics such as labour relations, labour arbitration and administrative law since 1980.
Robert holds bachelor and law degrees from the University of Alberta. He was called to the bar in Alberta in 1976.