Co-Founder / Editor in Chief / Photographer

Oswald Phills is the Editor in Chief of Caribbean Commerce magazine. Born in Trinidad, he migrated with his family to Montreal, Quebec in 1970. He is a writer but also a photographer, musician and artist. Through all his creative work, Oswald's interest has always been in the human story. He has a special interest in processes through which people create new social conditions for their lives. Caribbean Commerce magazine continues this trajectory as it seeks to stand out by telling the story of human enterprise in the context of the digital world, the new global reality.

Some of Oswald’s most recent work can be seen at This web project began as a chronicle of Toronto's drumming community and gradually grew to include other communities. His involvement with Caribbean Commerce is a further expansion and deepening of the concept of community. Oswald has also written for Out Front, a long running program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Over the years he has covered life in his downtown Toronto neighborhood for the local paper. His articles reflected the changing nature of the ward touching on realities such as poverty, gentrification, and the issues brought about by demographic change.

As a photographer he specializes in portraiture. Some of his recent work can be seen at As a musician Oswald has played a part in bringing African styled drumming to Montreal then Toronto in the late 80's as part of an transformation of those city. In the process he produced CDs and created a drumming workshop for Business Seminars through Extraordinary Conversations, a management company. At the grass roots level, Oswald also animated community drumming events and performed throughout Toronto.