As President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for 2020-21 Garth’s advocacy brought unprecedented results to Northern Communities. His successes included:
- Doubling of Canada Community Building Fund (Gas Tax) – $2.1 Bn
- The expansion of the Universal Broadband Fund – $2.75 Bn
- “Safe Restart” operating funds -$8.6 Bn
- The Rapid Housing Initiative – $2.5 Bn
- Permanent transit fund – $3 Bn/year; and
- Public transit projects – $14.9 Bn
Garth has been Chair of the Prince George’s Standing Committee on Finance and Audit since 2014.
Garth Frizzell - Father, Teacher, Entrepreneur and now YOUR next Member of Parliament!
Garth Frizzell was born in Surrey and he grew up in Sechelt. He received his double major in Computer Science and Asian Studies from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Victoria. In 1995, his student United Nations work led to his appointment as the first Canadian Secretary-General at the model UN in New York, where he met Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali, onstage at the General Assembly.
Garth spent two years in Ottawa working at Statistics Canada where he and his team were awarded Gold Medals for employee recognition for fostering a novel employee recruitment/retention initiative.
Garth came to Prince George in 1996 for his Masters’ degree at UNBC in International Studies. He met his wife Sue, and they have three children. Garth and Sue successfully invested in Prince George, spending 10 years building an award-winning software company with a dozen highly skilled staff.
Garth served 4 years on the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, including as President. This led to his appointment for six years on the Province of BC Small Business Roundtable.
With a 15-year business background in technology entrepreneurship, Garth currently teaches technology, business and economics courses at the College of New Caledonia.
As a city councillor, Garth volunteered for 11 years with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). His economic development work with FCM International in Asia and South America earned him the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. In 2020, Garth became President of FCM, the first in Prince George’s history, a term that coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Finance and Audit Committee Chair (2014 – present)
- Regional District of Fraser-Fort George Alternate Director
- Member, Nechako Rotary Club
- Past President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (2020-2021)
- Founding Member, International Students’ Welcoming Committee
- Past Executive Board Member, Decentralized Energy Association of Canada
- Past Board Member, Northern Interior Mining Group
- 2015 Canada Winter Games volunteer: Information Technology and Official Languages
- Past Board Member, Province of BC Small Business Roundtable (6 years)
- Past President, Prince George Chamber of Commerce (2007-2008)
- Past Chair, Prince George Society for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities (Employment Action)
- Past Board Member, Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society
- Past Board Member, Innovation Resource Centre