CANADIAN BUSINESSMAN & PHILANTHROPIST
I am a very proud Canadian (born and raised) and businessperson, a true entrepreneur and devoted philanthropist, following in the reputation and footsteps of the Griffiths Family legacy.
I am the former owner of the Vancouver Canucks and Vancouver Grizzlies. I also financed, built and owned General Motors Place (now Rogers Arena). During the Arena construction phase, we were awarded an NBA expansion franchise, Vancouver Grizzlies. In the late 1990’s, I chaired the Vancouver/ Whistler Bid Society to bring the 2010 Winter and Paralympic games to Vancouver/Whistler. I was taught by the great examples from my parent’s legendary business career that it’s very important to give back to your community. In 1995, as one of the founding members opened the first free-standing hospice for children and their families in North America, Canuck Place.
During my time with the Vancouver Canucks, I started from the bottom up where I learned the business from all every possible angle. From working at the souvenir shop & ticket sales, to later building the first privately financed arena in Canada since the Maple Leaf Gardens at a total cost of $163 million. We hired Pat Quinn to bring respectability and stability back to the team both on and off the ice. He then led the team to the 1994 Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final which is viewed by many fans as the best team in franchise history.
Since then, my business career has taken me across the globe. I formed Arthur Griffiths & Associates (AGAA) to facilitate new ventures and continue to work alongside some of the most talented people I have ever met.
Looking ahead, I am focused on positive future growth, expansion and further development of the brands and other business ventures.
I am so grateful for all my family has taught me and now spend my time enjoying life with my wife Jane, my 5 children, and many grandchildren.
This is my journey.