Nov 16, 2017
Scott Griffin, (born 1938) is a Canadian businessman and philanthropist best known for founding the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2000, one of the world's most generous poetry awards, and 'Poetry In Voice', a bilingual recitation competition for Canadian high schools.
Griffin is chairman, director and majority shareholder since 2002 of House of Anansi Press/Groundwood Books, and Chancellor of Bishop's University.
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. We talk about his childhood and time in boarding school, clouds, flying, comparing horses to planes, overcoming fears and breaking away to do something different with your life for a time, calculated risk, the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), the humanity of Africa, the venture capital business, magnesium die-casting, sharing experiences and providing space.