Phil Jewell

Phil Jewell

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Leadership Disrupter And Expert | Innovative Leadership Strategist

Phil Jewell is an acclaimed inspirational keynote speaker renowned for his powerful storytelling and practical wisdom. With a distinguished background in military leadership, Phil's expertise transcends borders and cultures, having served with the British, Canadian, and US Army, including combat leadership in Afghanistan and collaboration with a diverse international team in the Middle East. Phil's exceptional leadership journey extends beyond the armed forces, where Phil Jewell received a commendation for leading disaster response efforts and played a pivotal role in selecting and training future military leaders. His commitment to excellence also led him to oversee safety and security in the Arctic Waters, a role fraught with political and logistical complexities. In 2020, Phil Jewell ventured into entrepreneurship, co-founding and successfully operating two companies amid the challenges of a pandemic. Through his captivating main stage, opening, and closing keynotes, Phil Jewell leaves audiences spellbound with his unique and fresh message, underpinned by a lifetime of learning, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to showing up every day.
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Why technical expertise does not equal great leadership with Phil Jewell

PHIL JEWELL BIOGRAPHY

Phil Jewell’s story and the way he delivers his message are so powerful, raw and real that it is no surprise he has become the sought after, inspirational keynote speaker he is. He uses powerful storytelling combined with practical and simple lessons, learned across countries, continents, and cultures

A graduate of the British Army’s Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst, arguably the world’s best leadership school, Phil Jewell has served with the British, Canadian, and US Army. By his mid-twenties, he was leading soldiers in overseas combat, going on to serve as a senior leader working alongside nations and cultures from around the world. His subsequent journey led him to become an executive in both the provincial and federal governments, as well as an academic leadership instructor, before founding two successful companies, one of which is his own boutique leadership development business.

Phil Jewell is a lifelong learner trying to show up every day. A human, with many flaws and failures that have made him who he is today.

At 26 years old he led a highly diverse, 40-person combat team in Afghanistan, involving numerous high-risk operations. Team members included the world-famous Gurkha’s, as well as soldiers from many different countries and cultures, including Afghanistan and Europe. Recounting stories eternalized through his own journal, these experiences taught him enduring lessons that he has consistently applied in many other industries and aspects of his life.

As a senior leader, Phil Jewell was seconded to the US Army and worked in the Headquarters that was responsible for all operations in the Middle East, including Syria and Iraq. This unique team included soldiers from over 100 different nationalities and cultures, all coming together under a single vision and goal.

In 2014, Phil Jewellwas awarded the Commander of the Canadian Army commendation for leading the training and coordinating the deployment of a 350-person immediate response organization that provided military assistance to the Atlantic Provinces during natural disasters, such as hurricanes and flooding. The commendation stated that “Captain Jewell’s tireless efforts have directly contributed to the success of the unit high readiness preparations and have brought great credit to the Canadian Army”.

After his return from leading soldiers in combat in Afghanistan, Phil Jewell was hand selected to plan and lead an intensive assessment course to select the future leaders of the British Army, including the Gurkha’s, who would deploy on operations. His ability to deliver this unique and intense selection ensured only the most competent leaders would go on to lead in combat.

In 2010, after transferring to the Canadian Army, he was entrusted to lead the training of newly commissioned officers in the Canadian Armed Forces, ensuring they had the correct training and preparation to become leaders themselves,

After leaving the Armed Forces, Phil Jewell took on the responsibility of leading a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the safety and security of all marine transportation in the Arctic Waters, importantly including the Northwest Passage. This complex role involved a very pollical and highly sensitive area of our Canada.

Feeling he’d done all he could as an executive in the Public Service, in 2020, during the height of the pandemic, Phil Jewell co-founded and successfully launched two companies that he still operates with his business partner and wife.

All these experiences have shaped him into who he is today and have led to him being requested to deliver main stage, opening, and closing keynotes, leaving his audience in awe at his unique and fresh message.

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40. WHY TECHNICAL EXPERTISE DOES NOT EQUAL GREAT LEADERSHIP WITH PHIL JEWELL

Ambition Theory

Phil Jewell says you don’t have to master technical skills to be a great leader. Phil shares stories of how he was able to lead teams where he had zero knowledge of his team members’ technical work – he was even the leader of a bomb squad. We talk about servant leadership and how serving your team instead of teaching them what to do is the actual definition of leadership.
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Serve To Lead : A Fresh Perspective To Leadership

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  • Powerful storytelling combined with practical and simple lessons, learned across countries, continents, and cultures.

    We’re all leaders, no matter whether we hold an official leadership position or not, and no one ever passes the course that says that’s it, you’re now a leader. We’re all learning, all growing, all failing.

    In “Serve To Lead”, Phil shares his three most important leadership principles, two practical questions any leader should ask, and one thought to ponder.

    Phil Jewell will do this whilst recounting his times on patrol in the wadi’s and deserts of Afghanistan and the lessons he learned on the way; ones that had been introduced to him during his training and became embodied during some of the most intense challenges a leader can face.

    Subsequently becoming the cornerstone of his leadership, Phil Jewell will share how he has successfully transferred and applied them in his second leadership career outside the Army.

    Regardless of the industry or sector, Phil strongly believes his 3-2-1 principles can be, and should be, universally applied. This follows his motto: that leadership is leadership is leadership, and it starts with oneself, regardless of the industry or profession.

    Main takeaways:

    • Three principles we all need to live with, centred around character, trust and owning who we are.
    • Two questions we should all ask daily, focussed on developing those around us and maximising the talents we have.
    • Leave with the one enduring thought that we should all ponder.

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Testimonials

We invited Phil Jewell to speak at the end of a three-day strategic planning session with our management team, and he did not disappoint! His powerful storytelling captivated the room, but it was his ability to relate his stories and experiences to our world and daily realities that really resonated the most. It was impactful, emotional, and also extremely relevant and applicable to the challenges, issues, and opportunities we face. I would highly recommend Phil as a speaker to your organisation. His fresh perspective really does challenge our way of thinking and leading and left a lasting impact on all of us.

SALLY VAN DE WIEL

VP OPERATIONS
EAST CAST CREDIT UNION

We invited Phil Jewell to speak to our agents at our two annual business planning sessions totally around 300 people. We wanted to inspire and motivate them; give them the belief that they have what it takes to navigate the challenges ahead. Phil met this objective and more. His powerful storytelling captivated the audience and I have never seen every single person in the room be as silent and engaged as when Phil was speaking. His ability to relate the message to our world and unique challenges was extremely appreciated and impressive, and without a doubt he left us all inspired to face the uncertainties that lie ahead. I would highly recommend Phil as a speaker to your organisation and...

MARC DOUCET

AREA MANAGER
ROYAL LEPAGE ATLANTIC

I have been fortunate to hear Phil Jewell deliver his keynote speech on two separate occasions; once when I was a leader amongst other leaders, and then subsequently when I invited him to speak to my own team. Both times I left feeling inspired, motivated and engaged to tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Phil is an excellent storyteller, and does a great job at making an emotional connection with his audience. He’s principles and points are highly relevant to any leader and any team, irrelevant of the profession, and there is not doubt that anyone who hears Phil speak will leave inspired and motivated to be the best version of themselves.

LAURA GATIEN

OWNER
LAURA GATIEN & ASSOCIATES

We were delighted to have Phil Jewell as a keynote speaker at during inaugural Forestry Innovation Symposium. His storytelling was captivating, drawing out lessons that resonated with the audience. His universal message and principals apply to us all, without needing to be forestry or industry specific.

HEATHER BOYD

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
FORESTRY SECTOR COUNCIL

After having heard Phil Jewell speak myself, I was so impacted by his message that I invited him to speak to the whole leadership team here at Steel Auto Group. He did not disappoint. His messages and storytelling captivated the team; his points resonating clearly with everyone. We were fortunate enough to have some open discussion afterwards, where Phil shared some more of his lessons and beliefs; all of this led to some very thought provoking and honest reflections that will help us grow as a team and navigate the challenges ahead of us. I would highly recommend Phil as a speaker. He is honest, vulnerable, and ‘real/unique’ – he has lived the leadership experiences and not just read...

KIM DAY

PRESIDENT & COO
STEELE AUTO GROUP

I heard Phil Jewell speak to the peer group I am part of and was so impressed that I invited him to spend the afternoon with my own leadership team. He didn’t disappoint and did a great job at sharing his message in an interactive session that certainly left many wondering how they might adapt and evolve how they show up as a leader. His principles are universally relevant to the newest leader as they are to the most seasoned leader, and he will certainly challenge you to think and see leadership through a different lens. I would highly recommend Phil as an engaging and thought-provoking speaker to help inspire and give your team confidence to face the challenges that lie ahead.

MAURICE MAILLET

GENERAL MANAGER
O.C. MAILLET TRANSPORT

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Are you looking to hire Phil Jewell for your event? Phil Jewell Halifax, Nova Scotia is a dynamic and engaging speaker that offers audiences researched content paired with expertise and a dynamic speaking ability. Phil Jewell is also a Canadian corporate consultant and coach and facilitates workshops and training sessions for a corporate audience. Phil Jewell is an expert keynote presenter and speaks on wide variety of topics. Hiring a great speaker for your event is important and working with a thought leader like Phil Jewell from Speakers Canada's roster will engage audiences into the content of the presentation to bring awareness and a fresh perspective for their approach to their work and their lives. Book Phil Jewell to educate, motivate and activate the audience through an interactive and entertaining presentation at corporate meetings and gatherings.

Known as a popular key note speaker in Canada, Phil Jewell creates life changing experiences for the participants with practical insights and strategic advice they can implement right after the session. Working with a one our leading expert speaker like Phil Jewell from Halifax, Nova Scotia offers organizations a fresh perspective to assist the people of the organization. No matter if it is a government, association, or business crowd, Phil Jewell is a perfect speaker for your event. Through unique practical insights for trending topics and years experience speaking to different organizations, Phil Jewell focuses on changing individuals to make better decisions at work and their lives. No matter if you are holding an in person or virtual event, having an influential speaker such as Phil Jewell will engage, motivate, and activate the audience to make a change in their lives and inspire action for results to meet organizational goals. Your workforce will benefit from Phil Jewell's presentations and speeches, with measurable results set to shift the people of the organization and core direction of the company. Book Phil Jewell speaker for your annual general meeting, conference, summit, or convention in Canada.

How much does it cost to hire Phil Jewell for a keynote presentation or virtual event?

Phil Jewell is an expert professional key note speaker with a lot of experience speaking and delivering engaging talks to organizations and audiences in Canada. Each of Speaker Bureau Canada's talent have different ways to assess their fees, and Phil Jewell speaker fee ranges depending on the size of the audience, event format (in person or virtual), event location, and if the organization booking them is a non profit, association, government department/government agency or business/corporation. The speakers we work with are flexible with their fees, and it is important for us to learn more about your event before we approach them, as it is our role to work for you, and to help you find a speaker within budget. 

Please contact Speakers Bureau of Canada and provide us with your event details so that we can contact Phil Jewell to check availability or confirm the pricing and associated costs to hire a great speaker like Phil Jewell for your event. As Phil Jewell's agent and as a Canadian top speaker bureau and talent agency for speakers, we are able to propose each event opportunity from each host organization's behalf to try to help you get in touch with Phil Jewell and confirm them for your in person or online meeting/event. We can also provide and advise on the booking process and potentially negotiate their fee. Speakers Canada is a client focused speaker agency, and we work for you in finding good speakers for your team meetings and booking processes.

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Speakers Bureau Canada assists companies and event planning teams seeking to hire talent like Phil Jewell for speaking engagements, virtual meetings, conference appearances, training sessions and workshops facilitations. Our Canadian speakers bureau does not claim to exclusively represent Phil Jewell, however they are represented by Speakers Canada, and we work with them closely for their Canadian speaking opportunities and bookings. As Canada's top speaker bureau, we represent Canadian motivational keynote speakers and professional guest speakers that will be available on your upcoming events date and location that are withing the budget. Our talented bureau speaker booking agency can help find business speakers or celebrity speakers that aligns with each organization, audience, event theme and the topic themes you hope for the speaker to address in their presentation. 

When SBC receives a request to book Phil Jewell we provide you with their speaker fees, travel costs and check their schedules. We work closely with the host organization's event planning team and the speaker to handle the logistics and to relay or negotiate associated costs. Our talented team members then will work with our talent directly or their agent/manager/assistant to confirm the Canadian speaker fee and travel expenses, so that event planning teams can receive an official quote for the speaker appearing at the event. Speaker fees and travel costs vary per speaker and our role is to contact Phil Jewell about your event, after we have connected with the event organizers to learn all the event details and/or conference program. Each booking request is unique since session durations and audience sizes can vary which may affect the speaker's fees. If you are looking to hire Phil Jewell, we recommend filling out the booking request form so a booking agent from Speakers Bureau Canada can get in touch with our talent to help you coordinate with your team to engage the speaker for a successful event.

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