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2013 Summit Biography
Alison Griffiths
Financial Journalist
MSN Money

Alison Griffiths is an award winning financial journalist, bestselling author and experienced broadcaster. She brings to her work a formidable array of skills including a background in economics, investigative research and financial writing.

She has hosted the acclaimed television show Maxed Out for W Network and Dollars and Sense for Viva which dealt with all aspects of money from its impact on relationships to issues of debt and investing. For the past 3 years she has consulted with BMO in Canada and Harris Bank in Chicago about financial literacy for parents and children. She is also a board member with Credit Canada Debt Solutions, a national charitable debt counseling and financial literacy organization.

Alison writes popular syndicated columns for MSN Money and Metro Newspapers. She also blogs regularly for getsmarteraboutmoney.ca and is in demand as a speaker on money management.

Alison is author of the new bestseller, Count On Yourself: Take Charge of Your Money and co-author of 10 other books with David Cruise, which include the Portfolio Doctor: Your Prescription for Investment Health.

Alison and Davidís groundbreaking expose Net Worth: Exploding the Myths of Pro Hockey earned international accolades for financial investigation and they co-wrote the CBC movie of the same name starring the late Al Waxman.

Alison and Davidís bestselling first work of fiction, Vancouver: A Novel (2003), earned them a coveted Star Review in the U.S. based Publishers Weekly.

Alison has received awards from Actra, The Canadian Centre for Investigative Journalism, the Business Writing Awards, the Geminis, the National Magazine Writing Awards, the Canadian Library Association and the Robert Wagner Screen Writing Awards. She was also co-recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy for 1999/2000.

A feature length documentary (2008) by Academy award winning film maker, John Zaritsky, entitled Wild Horse Redemption, is based on Alison and Davidís acclaimed, Wild Horse Annie & The Last of the Mustangs: the life of Velma Johnston (Simon & Schuster 2010). A feature film is currently underway.

Alison has hosted numerous programs including The Score, a CBC sports magazine show, Midday (CBC TV), the Canadian Investor (CTV), the Inside Track (CBC Radio) and Morningside (CBC Radio).

Alison has two daughters with David Cruise and 1 grandchild with another on the way. They live half the year on their farm in Ontario, Canada and the rest of the year on their farm in Florida with three horses and two dogs.

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