Garth Frizzell was first elected to Prince George City Council in 2008.
Born in Surrey, he grew up in Sechelt. He received his double major in Computer Science and Asian Studies from the Faculty of Engineering at UVic. 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. During this time, he was part of the award-winning Living and Working Prince George team, focused on improving recruitment and retention of workers to Prince George. Frizzell’s work at the Chamber 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 entrepreneurship, technology, business law and economics courses at the College of New Caledonia. He also teaches indigenous entrepreneurship and computer science courses for UNBC.
As a city councillor Garth volunteered 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.
While Garth was president, FCM’s advocacy achieved unprecedented successes:
- “Safe Restart” operating funds -$8.6 Bn
- doubling of Canada Community Building Fund (Gas Tax) -$2.1 Bn
- public transit projects -$14.9 Bn
- permanent transit fund -$3 Bn/year
- the Rapid Housing Initiative -$2.5 Bn; and
- the expansion of the Universal Broadband Fund -$2.75 Bn
Garth has been Chair of the city’s Standing Committee on Finance and Audit since 2014. All council members sit on every committee ex-officio. Garth has done work on housing, intergovernmental relations, resolutions, quasi-judicial panel reviews, and given testimony to the provincial and federal governments on a wide range of municipal issues.
Frizzell has co-presented with the Federal Minister of Infrastructure to the Canadian Bar Association, represented Canada to the Canada-UK colloquium, the UN Development Program, Africities, and the United Cities and Local Governments on numerous occasions. He has been cited in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Hill Times, CTV News, the Lancet. He has written a front-page article in Municipal World, and has, throughout sought to raise the profile of Prince George locally, nationally and internationally.