Scott Griffin, OC (born 1938) is a Canadian businessman and philanthropist best known for founding the Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the world's most generous poetry awards in 2000, and Poetry In Voice, a recitation competition for Canadian high schools. Celebrating its tenth year in 2010, the Griffin Poetry Prize has become known as the most adventurous and generous international literary award. Griffin has been interviewed on CBC Radio, discussing the genesis of his love for poetry and reading from his favourite works.
Griffin is the chairman, director and majority shareholder of two Canadian manufacturing companies. General Kinetics Engineering Corporation (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) designs and manufactures components for military and other tracked vehicles and high speed rail. Advance Precision Ltd. (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) designs and manufactures parts for the automotive industry. Both companies have design and manufacturing facilities in the Greater Toronto Area.
Griffin is also chairman, director and majority shareholder since 2002 of publisher House of Anansi Press/Groundwood Books. He is also Chancellor of Bishop's University, chairman of the Governors of Sedbergh School in Canada and a director of DGC Entertainment Ventures Corp.
Griffin is on several NGO boards, as a director of Canadian Executive Services Overseas (CESO), a volunteer advisor to CESO and a director of African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) Canada. In 2006, Griffin published a memoir entitled My Heart Is Africa that recounted his two-year aviation adventure starting in 1996, working for the Flying Doctors Service in Africa. All royalties from the sale of the book are donated to the AMREF Flying Doctors Service. The book was named to the Globe and Mail top 100 for 2006.
- Per General Kinetics web site http://www.kinetics.ca/products/index.htm
- Per Advance Precision web site http://www.adv-precision.com/about/index.html
- "Appointments to the Order of Canada". Governor General of Canada. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
- Griffin Poetry Prize Web site
- Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie Web site
- Thomas Allen Publishers page on My Heart is Africa
- House of Anansi Press page on My Heart is Africa
- BookShort videos on My Heart is Africa
- Poetry in Motion - A lucrative prize may train the public eye on the most ignored of arts, by John Bemrose (Macleans magazine, June, 2001)
- Scott Griffin discusses poetry, online from CBC Words at Large blog
- 'The big guys keep being surprised by us' (article about House of Anansi Press in The Globe and Mail, October, 2007)
- Al Purdy - A Permanent Tribute - Statue of Canada’s Favourite Poet Unveiled in Queen’s Park
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