Phil Cunningham graduated from Manchester University in England with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce. This was followed with a postgraduate diploma in information systems from Salford University.
Having worked for a financial underwriting company upon arrival in Vancouver, Phil then took a position in the underwriting department at ING Western Union. Between 1995 and 2001, Phil performed various roles, culminating in his position as underwriting manager from 1998 to 2001. Phil was heavily involved in directing ING Western Union strategy for affinity groups. He then moved on in 2001 to become vice-president of Mardon Group Insurance, which has recently rebranded to Westland Affinity Group Insurance Services.
Phil is a chartered insurance professional and received the Leonard J. DeVito Award from the Insurance Institute for the highest marks in the graduating class of 2000. He is also past president of the Insurance Institute of British Columbia and past governor of the Insurance Institute of Canada.