Jim Treliving has been a successful Canadian entrepreneur and investor for over 40 years.
Hailing from the small town of Virden, Manitoba, Jim was a young RCMP officer in 1966 when he walked into "Boston Pizza and Spaghetti House" in Edmonton and saw big dough in his future. Over 350 restaurant openings later, Jim is now the chairman and owner of Boston Pizza International Inc., Canada’s number one casual dining brand with operations in three countries and almost $1 billion in annual system-wide sales. With Jim and his partner George Melville at the helm, Boston Pizza has been consistently recognized as one of Canada’s "50 Best Managed Private Companies" and more recently as one of Canada’s “Top Ten Most Admired Corporate Cultures”.
Beyond the restaurant business, Jim has made investments in many other successful business ventures including real estate development, sports entertainment and the Canadian oil change retailer, Mr. Lube. Jim always invests in people first and strongly believes that "behind every great business is a great team". He is well known for his dynamic business vision, can-do attitude and drive for success.
Jim serves as chairman of both Global Entertainment Corporation and the Boston Pizza Foundation, which has raised $10 million for various Canadian charities since 1990. He is also a director of the Hockey Canada Foundation, dedicated to increasing funding for minor league hockey in Canada.
In spite of his often hectic schedule of business, social and philanthropic commitments, Jim shows no interest in slowing down and is always on the lookout for that next great opportunity. When he does have some time to relax he enjoys a good round of golf and spending time with friends and family at one of his three residences in Dallas, Palm Springs or Vancouver, where his penthouse overlooks the city and North Shore mountains.