Philippe was born and raised in Izmir, Turkey. He left for Canada at age 17, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Ryerson University. After this, he worked in financial advisory, credit, and private banking at three of the five major banks in Canada: Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Nova Scotia, and National Bank of Canada.
His ability to build trusting relationships enabled him to excel in a short span of time, eventually earning him the Senior Financial Advisor role. However, aside from his interest in financial service, he has always held a passion for technology and business strategy. This motivated him to learn coding, and how to use agile principles to implement independent coding projects. He built his own fintech web app as a side project using Ruby on Rails, JS, and SQL. By the time he completed this project, he knew he wanted to switch to the technology industry.
He speaks three languages fluently: English, French, and Turkish. His hobbies include scuba diving, rock climbing, and fitness in general. He enjoys traveling, and he loves to read, specifically about self-development, history, and philosophy. His current career goals include becoming a Senior Project Manager, expanding his knowledge in coding to include Python and PHP, and perhaps, studying for the CFA as well.