Philip Stiff was born on 1978 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is a graduate of Technical Vocational High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts with a major in Politics from the University of Winnipeg. He currently works in CBC. Philip currently has a YouTube channel called Trans Canada Phil, which is a Youtube channel featuring stylized timelapse videos throughout Canada. The channel focuses mostly on western Canada although videos of Quebec are featured as well. Other places of interest covered include Jasper National Park, The Hoodoos, The Trans Canada Highway, and Vancouver.
Philip created his YouTube account on December 30th, 2006. Yet, It wasn't until six years later when he began his career as a YouTuber. On July 2, 2012 Philip uploaded his first video, "yoho june2012", under the pseudonym "mcpish". Ironically, the name "mcpish" has no meaning or backstory whatsoever. On May 30, 2014, Philip uploaded his very first road video, "Centerpoint Canada Way". From this point on, "mcpish" (now known as Trans-Canada Phil) has only uploaded videos showcasing Canadian roads, cities, and towns. On August 16, 2014, Trans-Canada Phil had its first sucess with the video titled "Video #1 Calgary to Banff (Trans-Canada Highway)". This video is Trans-Canada Phil's most viewed video with 17,961 views as of December 9, 2016. Over time, Trans-Canada Phil gained more views and subscribers. Since 2014, the quality of his videos has improved significantly, from blurry, low-resolution road timelapses in 2014, to footage with up to 1080p HD resolution and a framerate of 60fps in 2016. Now, Trans-Canada Phil is nearing the 1000-subscriber mark, and Philip is currently working on a 1000-subsciber special to commemorate the milestone.