Treliving and Melville named business laureates

Penticton was ground zero for the two men who turned the small chain into an international operation.

Treliving and Melville named business laureates

Penticton may not have been the site of the first Boston Pizza, but it was ground zero for the two men who turned the small chain into an international operation.

Now Jim Treliving and George Melville, chairmen and owners of Boston Pizza International, are being honoured by Junior Achievement of B.C.  for their outstanding business achievements, enduring contributions to the province and country, as well as deep commitments to community.

“George and I are very honoured to be nominated for the Business Laureates B.C. Business Hall of Fame” said Treliving. “

It is a remarkable list of business people who have previously been inducted as Laureates and we are proud to be recognized among such an accomplished group.”

It was 1964 when Gus Agioritis opened his Boston Pizza and Spaghetti House in Edmonton.

By 1968, the growing popularity of the small chain attracted the attention of RCMP officer Treliving, who chose Penticton as the site for his first franchise.

Penticton is also where Treliving met George Melville, a chartered accountant who managed the local Peat Marwick office.

“‎Penticton played a big role in our early business ventures. It is where I obtained my designation as a Chartered Accountant in 1968 while Jim was opening the‎‎ very first Boston Pizza franchise,” said Melville

“It is also where we became partners in 1973 and started our restaurant expansion across BC. The lessons that we learned in those early days helped shape the Boston Pizza brand and ultimately led to the success that we enjoy today.”

Starting from that single restaurant franchise, the pair’s business grew into the massive T&M Group, with operations throughout North America in the retail, manufacturing, real estate and service sectors and annual sales exceeding $1 billion.

That includes the Boston Pizza chain, which Melville and Treliving purchased in 1983.

At that time, the partners owned 17 of the company’s 44 restaurants.

Three decades later, the chain has grown to almost 400 restaurants across North America.

Their drive to succeed has benefited communities across the province as well.

Since its inception in 1990 the Boston Pizza Foundation has raised and donated over $14 million to Canadian charities. Melville has served on boards including Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Okanagan Innovation Fund and the Premier’s Economic Counsel, while Treliving also served on a number of volunteer boards including the Hockey Canada Foundation, the David Foster Foundation and the Richmond Hospital Foundation.

Treliving is also one of the stars on CBC’s reality TV show, Dragons’ Den, where aspiring entrepreneurs try to secure a financial investment from the Dragons to start their own business.

Just Posted

There was high voter turnout for the first of three advance voting days for the Penticton city by-election.
Penticton city by-election general voting day is today, June 19

737 voters on June 9 in comparison to 2018 general election, which had 1,001 on first day

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 Penticton-area men charged with Kamloops brothers’ double homicide

Brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May in Naramata

(File photo)
Penticton not holding Canada Day activities out of respect for Indigenous people

Cities across B.C. are cancelling the holiday after an increased spotlight on Canada’s dark history

Fruit farmers in the Okanagan and Creston valleys are in desperate need of cherry harvesters amid COVID-19 work shortages. (Photo: Unsplash/Abigail Miller)
‘Desperate’ need for workers at Okanagan cherry farms

Fruit farmers are worried they’ll have to abandon crops due to COVID-19 work shortages

JAK's Liquor Store in Penticton will be donating 10 per cent of its sales on Saturday, June 19, to the Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank. (Photo from JAKS.com)
Stock up your liquor cabinet and support the Penticton food bank

Jak’s beer and wine store is donating a portion of sales to local food banks Saturday

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Patrick O’Brien, a 75-year-old fisherman, went missing near Port Angeles Thursday evening. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)
Search for lost fisherman near Victoria suspended, U.S. Coast Guard says

The 75-year-old man was reported missing Thursday evening

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

New research suggests wolves can be steered away from the endangered caribou herds they prey on by making the man-made trails they use to hunt harder to move along. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Culling cutlines, not B.C. wolves, key to preserving caribou herds: researcher

The government has turned to killing hundreds of wolves in an effort to keep caribou around

Gary Abbott (left) and Louis De Jaeger were two of the organizers for the 2014 Spirit of the People Powwow in Chilliwack. Monday, June 21, 2021 is Indigenous Peoples Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 20 to 26

Indigenous Peoples Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, Onion Rings Day all coming up this week

Gwen Spencer Hethey with her uncle and mentor Major Frederick Richardson. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame)
‘She was a killer’: The B.C. woman who pioneered female sharpshooting

Gwen Spencer Hethey made military men ‘look like turkeys’ says her son

Rita Coolidge played the main stage at Vancouver Island Musicfest in 2017. (Black Press file photo)
This year’s Vancouver Island MusicFest to virtually showcase beauty of Comox Valley

Returning July 9 through 11 with more than 25 hours of music performances

British Columbia’s premier says he’s received a second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. (Twitter/John Horgan)
B.C. premier gets 2nd dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

John Horgan shared a photo of himself on social media Friday afternoon holding a completed vaccination card

A lotto Max ticket is shown in Toronto on Monday Feb. 26, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS
No winning ticket sold for Friday’s $70 million Lotto Max jackpot

The huge jackpot has remained unclaimed for several weeks now

Most Read