Scott Griffin

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Scott Griffin is founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the world's most generous awards for poetry.

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,[1] 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.[2] Advance Precision Ltd. (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) designs and manufactures parts for the automotive industry.[3] 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.

Griffin is married to noted jewellery designer Krystyne Griffin and has four children and eight grandchildren. He was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada on December 30, 2012.[4]

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Preceded by
Alex K. Paterson
Chancellor of Bishop's University