Doug Griffiths

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Doug Griffiths
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
In office
Preceded byNew riding
Succeeded byWes Taylor
ConstituencyBattle River-Wainwright
In office
Preceded byRobert Fischer
Succeeded byRiding abolished
Personal details
Born (1972-10-26) October 26, 1972 (age 47)
Coronation, Alberta
Political partyAlberta Party
Other political
Progressive Conservative (former)
ChildrenAustin and Brady
ResidenceArdrossan, Alberta
Alma materUniversity of Alberta
OccupationTeacher, speaker, author

Douglas "Doug" Griffiths (born October 26, 1972)[1] is the president and chief executive officer of 13 Ways, Inc., a company he founded to provide consultation to struggling North American communities.[2] He is a public speaker and co-author of the book 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, now in its second edition,[3] and is an instructor with the Executive Education program at the University of Alberta School of Business.[4]

Griffiths is a former Canadian politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Battle River-Wainwright as a Progressive Conservative (PC). He was a candidate for the leadership of the PC Party in the 2011 leadership election. He has since taken a step back from provincial politics, in favour of his role with 13 Ways and his teaching duties.[5]

13 Ways, Inc.[edit]

13 Ways began as a book,[6] and has since developed into a consulting company and a speaking tour series delivered across North America.[7][8] The book is written in a satirical style, with a "straight-shooting, no-punches-pulled approach"[7] detailing the various ways in which one might kill a community; i.e. through failure to provide clean water, reliable Internet services, and a place where youth will return to raise families and retire. The concept has since branched out and now incorporates a speaking series, syndicated columns, blog, and newsletter, in addition to offering consultation to struggling communities.[9]


Griffiths attended the University of Alberta, where he earned an honours degree in philosophy and an education degree. After university, he taught for three years at Byemoor School], in the County of Stettler No. 6. He was nominated for a teaching award each year, including two nominations for the PanCanadian Students' Choice Award.

Political career[edit]

Griffiths received 79 per cent of the vote in Battle River-Wainwright during the 2008 provincial election, sending him to the Legislature for his third term.[10] In addition to his duties as an MLA, he has served as Parliamentary Assistant for the Department of Finance and Enterprise and is currently a member of the Public Accounts Committee and Health Committee.

Griffiths was first elected in a by-election for the Wainwright constituency on April 8, 2002, after former incumbent Robert Fischer resigned amidst a conflict-of-interest investigation by the Ethics Commissioner.[11] Then 29, Griffiths was the youngest MLA in office at the time.

The Wainwright boundaries changed for the 2004 provincial election, creating the current Battle River-Wainwright constituency, which Griffiths won with support from 65 per cent of the voters.[12]

During his tenure as MLA, Griffiths was the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and has been involved in numerous committees and has chaired the Standing Committee on Energy and Sustainable Development, Rural Development Strategies Task Force, MLA Steering Committee for Rural Development, and was vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts.

On October 12, 2011 Griffiths was appointed Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs by Premier Alison Redford.

Griffiths was reelected in the April 23, 2012 provincial election as an incumbent PC candidate.

On December 13, 2013, Griffiths was sworn in as Minister of Service Alberta.

On January 26, 2015, he resigned from his position as a MLA.[5]

Election results[edit]

Alberta provincial by-election, 2002: Wainwright
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Doug Griffiths 2,924 44.6
Alberta First Jerry D. Barber 1,695 25.9
Liberal Horst Schreiber 1,114 17.0
Social Credit Robin Skitteral 519 7.9
New Democratic Lilas Lysne 227 3.5
Green Colleen Biggs 73 1.1
Turnout 6,552 33.6
2004 Alberta general election: Battle River-Wainwright
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Doug Griffiths 6,406 65.02%
Alberta Alliance Orest Werezak 1,442 14.64%
Liberal Gordon Rogers 1,069 10.85%
New Democratic Len Legault 616 6.25%
Social Credit Robin Skitteral 320 3.24%
Total 9,853
Rejected, spoiled and declined 45
Eligible electors / Turnout 20,368 48.60%
Source: "Battle River-Wainwright Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
2008 Alberta general election: Battle River-Wainwright
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Doug Griffiths 7,968 78.56% 13.54%
Liberal Horst Schreiber 1,260 12.43% 1.58%
Green Will Munsey 483 4.76%
New Democratic Doris Bannister 431 4.25% -2.00%
Total 10,142
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined 148
Eligible Electors / Turnout 22,343 46.06%
Progressive Conservative hold Swing 7.55%
Source: The Report on the March 3, 2008 Provincial General Election of the Twenty-Seventh Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Elections Alberta. pp. 368–371.
2012 Alberta general election: Battle River-Wainwright
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Doug Griffiths 7,205 46.71%
Wildrose Dave Nelson 6,710 43.50%
New Democratic Terry Zawalski 775 5.02%
Liberal Amber Greenleese 469 3.04%
Alberta Party Midge Lambert 265 1.72%


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Doug Griffiths - 13 Ways". 13 Ways. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  3. ^ Griffiths, Doug; Clemmer, Kelly (2010). 13 Ways to Kill Your Community. Frontenac House. ISBN 9781897181423.
  4. ^ Retrieved 11/7/2017.
  5. ^ a b "Griffiths resigns". Star News. Archived from the original on 2015-01-26. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
  6. ^ Griffiths, Doug; Clemmer, Kelly (2016-12-19). 13 Ways to Kill Your Community 2nd Edition. FriesenPress. ISBN 9781460297599.
  7. ^ a b "Book Doug Griffiths - 13 Ways". 13 Ways. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  8. ^ "Events - 13 Ways". 13 Ways. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  9. ^ "About Us - 13 Ways". 13 Ways. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  10. ^ "Battle River-Wainwright Unofficial Results". Elections Alberta. March 3, 2008. Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved 2008-03-15.
  11. ^ "Wainwright By-election April 2002". Elections Alberta. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2008-03-15.
  12. ^ "Battle River-Wainwright General Election Statement of Official Results" (PDF). Elections Alberta. November 22, 2004. Retrieved 2008-03-15.