Live and help live would be a fitting motto for Troy Griffiths, whose company, Vigil Health Solutions Inc., provides emergency and nurse call solutions for seniors.

A self-described James Bond fan, Griffiths has an old Sunbeam Alpine roadster that’s similar to a car that appeared in Dr. No, but for him race cars pale in comparison to the importance of health care.

“It really is a compelling area to be in, and obviously [we] see some need coming in the near future,” said Griffiths.

The company’s proprietary technology, the Vigil Integrated Care Management System, is a non-invasive monitoring system that helps seniors suffering from dementia and other ailments.

Vigil’s co-founder kick-started his business career in 2001 after he graduated from the University of Victoria with a bachelor of commerce degree.

He never thought he’d end up in health care, but after someone came to him looking for advice, he recognized the need for better health solutions for Canada’s aging population.

In 2005, he said Vigil’s board of directors took a “leap of faith” when they made him president and CEO, but he believes his success is thanks to others.

“The company has a bunch of great people, and being able to bring in great people and have talented individuals who can make you look good is critical,” he said.

In 2008, Vigil doubled its annual revenue to $3 million compared with $1.5 the year before, and the company employs 29 staff.

But it’s not all work for Griffiths, who also has a family and three children aged one, four and seven. He said he tries his best to set aside a few hours every night to spend with his children and he’s “unapologetic” about not attending every corporate function.

“I think it would have a positive impact if I could go, but I think in life there’s just so many things you could do, and so you have to pick the top priority.” •


Birthplace: Victoria

Where do you live now: Victoria

Highest level of education: CMA designation

Car or chosen mode of transport: Lexus RX400h (hybrid)

Currently reading: House Inside the Waves: Domesticity, Art and the Surfing Life by Richard Taylor and Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni

Last CD bought or music downloaded: Sleep Through the Static by Jack Johnson

Favourite movie: Star Wars

Favourite local restaurant: Shelter restaurant in Tofino

Profession you would most like to try: Professional surfer

Mentor: Greg Peet

Toughest business or professional decision: Layoffs during a major change in business strategy

What’s left to do: Continue to grow business, be the dominant player in our space, enter new markets, take my kids surfing around the world