TEDx Toronto Talk Announced

Phil was just announced as a speaker at TEDxToronto on Feburary 4th.

The other speakers for TEDxToronto’s Winter digital event series are as follows:

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Actor & Comedian (February 4th)

  •  Paul Sun-Hyung Lee is a two-time Canadian Screen Award winner for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as family patriarch Appa in Kim’s Convenience. A self-professed nerd, he is a collector of movies, all things Star Wars, and an avid replica prop builder and cosplayer. Most recently, Paul has appeared in The Mandalorian and as a voice actor for Abby Hatcher, Fuzzly Catcher.

Lydia-Joi Marshall, Researcher & Health Equity Champion (February 4th) 

  • Lydia-Joi Marshall is a passionate health care professional and researcher endeavouring to foster healthy business relationships and continuously serve as a bridge between the scientific community and the general public. Lydia-Joi is the Vice President of the Black Health Alliance and a Research Associate for #TheActionProject at University Health Network.

Chenny Xia, Entrepreneur & Experience Designer (February 4th)

  • Chenny Xia is an experience designer, technologist, and serial entrepreneur focused on creating a more equitable healthcare system through decolonization. As the co-founder of Gotcare, she’s transforming how home health is delivered across Canada by leveraging emerging technologies and design thinking methods to reduce the cost of care delivery.

Woven together by speakers across all four digital experiences, the timely theme of Uncharted explores how we can navigate unfamiliar territory, find sources of hope, and chart a better path for our community, together.

Ticket sales are now open to the public and available at this link. Season passes, which include access to the two digital events, are available for $25, while individual event tickets are priced at $15. A limited number of student and subsidized tickets are available for those who qualify, supported by a Pay TEDx Forward program that the organization launched in 2020. Proceeds from ticket sales go towards helping fund TEDxToronto’s 100% volunteer-run work in the GTHA community.

Forbes x Polestar Feature, “How Phil De Luna Is Shaping the Future of Clean Energy”

Phil was recently featured by Forbes and Polestar on a new video series to showcase the new electric vehicle. Phil was a member of the Polestar Forbes Under 30 Advisory Board where worked alongside other changemakers and titans of the automotive industry to answer the question – how do we promote inclusive electric vehicle adoption to decarbonize our transportation sector?

You can watch the video here

Polestar is a Swedish automotive brand owned by Volvo Cars. The company develops electric performance cars and offers performance hardware upgrades and engine software optimisations for Volvo models through their Polestar Engineered division.

OECD Report, “Collaborative Platforms for Innovation in Advanced Materials”

A new OECD Report, “Collaborative Platforms for Innovation in Advanced Materials” that Phil collaborated to was just released. This report is a culmination of 1.5 years of work including international workshops and drafting. Phil contributed a case study on his program, the Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program to the work.

You can find the report here.


Advanced materials hold significant potential to create better products and production processes. Yet realising their promise remains challenging: historically it has taken 15 to 20 years from discovery to deployment of new materials in products. Consequently, governments have been creating shared digital and physical infrastructures – “collaborative platforms” – to pool and manage global data, drive the development of nascent industries, and create hubs of interdisciplinary research, development and training. Based on evidence from 12 case studies, this report characterises governance mechanisms of collaborative platforms for advanced materials such as terms of funding, access, and IP policy and explores how they can create different kinds of value. Technology convergence, the engagement of society and digitalisation are identified as key trends. The study describes conditions under which collaborative platforms can align and power value chains, foster standards, catalyse innovation ecosystems and build education, skills and social capital.

Forbes Ignite Inner Wealth Podcast

Forbes Ignite’s CEO, Nicole Cacal, chats with Phil De Luna – Director of the Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program at National Research Council Canada. Nicole and Phil discuss their shared experience as Filipino entrepreneurs in North America, the importance of purpose over profit, and how an empathetic approach might be the key to combatting climate change.Our host, Nicole Cacal, chats with Phil De Luna – Director of the Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program at National Research Council Canada. Nicole and Phil discuss their shared experience as Filipino entrepreneurs in North America, the importance of purpose over profit, and how an empathetic approach might be the key to combatting climate change.

You can listen to the podcast below:

Abhinav Singhal Inner Wealth

Our host, Nicole Cacal, chats with Abhinav Singhal — Chief Strategy Officer, APAC of Thyssenkrupp. They discuss Abhinav’s commitment to lifelong learning, the value of self-reflection, and how his passion for helping others navigate the future of work has led him to exciting new opportunities on his own career path.—Abhinav Singhal on LinkedInNicole Cacal on LinkedInForbes Ignite on LinkedInForbes Ignite WebsiteForbes Ignite on Instagram
  1. Abhinav Singhal
  2. Justin Nanfelt
  3. Dr. Linda Charmaraman
  4. Jamie Mustard
  5. Phil De Luna

Panel on careers in sustainability with Connecting Environmental Professionals – Ottawa

Phil recently participated on a panel on careers in sustainability where he shared his experience and career journey .

Connecting Environmental Professionals (CEP) Ottawa is a non-profit, volunteer led organization dedicated to creating opportunities for emerging and established environmental and sustainability professionals.

Panel on Filipino-Canadian Youth Resiliency at the Philippine Centre Canada

Phil recently participated on a panel on Filipino-Canadian Youth Resiliency for the Philippine Centre Canada. He spoke on his own personal experiences as a young Filipino Canadian leader in the cleantech space.

The Philippine Centre Canada is a non-profit organization to support Filipino-Canadians in becoming an integral part of Canadian society by providing programs and services that fulfill their needs,  advance their aspirations and promote pride in Filipino heritage.

Panel on the Future of Work hosted by the Brookfield Institute and the Toronto Public Library

Phil recently participated on a panel hosted by the Brookfield Institute and the Toronto Public Library to talk about how technology is changing the future of work.

Phil was joined by Tom Emrich (thought leader in augmented and virtual reality) and Annalise Huynh (policy analyst and designer at the Brookfield Institute).

You can learn more about the future of work project by the Brookfield Institute here.

Editorial in Canadian Science Policy Magazine

Phil recently wrote an editorial in the Canadian Science Policy Magazine on the topic “How Canada Can Meet the Climate Challengeof Net-Zero”.

The Canadian Science Policy Centre is a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-advocate organization established in 2009. Over the past decade, the centre has built Canada’s largest and most diverse science and innovation policy community. The magazine features insight and reflections from the frontier of science and policy innovation.

You can read the magazine online here.

Phil recognized as Canada’s top young researcher by Corporate Knights

Phil was recently featured in Corporate Knights Magazine as one of Canada’s top young researchers.

Corporate Knights is a media, research and financial information products company based in Toronto, Canada, focused on promoting an economic system where prices fully incorporate social, economic and ecological costs and benefits, and market participants are clearly aware of the consequences of their actions.

You can read the profile here: https://www.corporateknights.com/channels/education/meet-three-of-canadas-top-young-researchers-16049880/

TEDx Talk – Why the future of discovery will be self-driven

Phil’s TEDxUofT talk “Why the future of discovery will be self-driven” is online now.

This is Phil’s first TEDx Talk and was shot physically distanced during the COVID19 pandemic. Phil talks about how artificial intelligence and robotics could be the best weapon we have in the fight against climate change.

You can watch the video here: