Mr. Griffiths was born in Rangoon, Burma. He was educated at McDonogh School, Maryland, McGill University in Canada (BAI954) and at The Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (MBAI956).
In 1956, he began his career with Canadian Resins and Chemicals in market research and product development. In 1959 and 1960 he was a management consultant and joined a client, Consumers Packaging Limited in Toronto, a multi-plant packaging company, as Manager of Marketing. In 1966, he became Executive Vice President, (Chief Operating Officer) until 1971.
In 1971, he joined Jonlab Investments Limited in Toronto as President and CEO. Jonlab was a diversified financial holding company, with interests in a variety of manufacturing and service companies. From 1973 to 1979 he was Chairman and CEO of Canadian Cablesystems Limited of Toronto, the largest cable television operation in Canada, at the time.
From 1980 to 1989 he was associated with Connor, Clark & Company Ltd. of Toronto, an investment management group. During the period from 1979 to 1985, he also held the positions of Vice Chairman, Chairman of the Executive Committee, and President and CEO at Harding Carpets Limited, Toronto, and Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Cable America Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia.
From 1985 to 1987, he was President and CEO ofMitel Corporation. In July 1987 he became Chairman of the Board of MiteI Corporation. In January 1991 he again assumed the position of President and CEO of Mitel in addition to his role as Chairman of the Board, and elinquished the CEO role in January 1993. He left the Board of MiteI in July 1993. From February 1995 to June 1995 Mr. Griffiths was President and CEO of The Ondaatje Corporation. From 1993 to the present, Mr. Griffiths has been associated with various companies acting as an independent consultant.
At present, Mr. Griffiths is the Chairman of Russel Metals Inc. and Novadaq Technologies Inc., a Director ofVitran Corporation, Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, Gedex Inc., Jaguar Mining Inc., Northbridge Financial Corporation, Odyssey Re Holdings Corp., Zenith National Insurance Corp. and a Director and Trustee of The Brick Group Income Fund. Previous directorships include Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc., Hub International Limited, Leitch Technology Corp. and ShawCor Ltd.