A graduate of Upper Canada College, Phil Boyd was a member of the Toronto Argonaut Rowing Club when he was selected to represent Canada at the 1904 Summer Olympics. There, alongside Alan Bailey, Thomas Loudon, Donald MacKenzie, Pat Reiffenstein, Colonel Rice, George Strange, William Wadsworth, and Joe Wright, Sr., he lost to the Vesper Boat Club of the United States in the final of the coxed eights. As there were only two teams in the event, however, Canada earned a silver medal. The following year he was a member of the crew that won the coxed eights event at Canada’s Henley Royal Regatta (with, among others, Loudon, MacKenzie, Rice, Reiffenstein, Wadsworth, and Wright). In 1908 he captured the senior coxless fours title at Canada’s Henley, alongside Frederick Toms and the non-Olympians L. M. Dixon and J. A. Thompson, but declined to participate in that year’s Summer Olympics for personal reasons. He became captain of the Argonauts in 1909 and returned to the Olympics in 1912, but was eliminated in the opening round of the coxed eights by the eventual gold medal-winning Leander Crew. He was also a member of the Argonauts’ Rugby squad that won the season championship of the Ontario Rugby Football Union in 1901, and later served that sport as an umpire. By career he was an accountant, living his entire life in Toronto.