Jim Treliving on The Big Decision

Franchise giant Jim Treliving is one of Canada's most respected businessmen. Best-known as the chairman and owner of Boston Pizza, Jim's billion dollar empire also includes investments in real estate, sports and Canadian oil change retailer Mr. Lube.

Jim hails from the small town of Virden, Manitoba. He joined the RCMP at the age of 19. But nine years later, after an inspirational visit to Boston Pizza and Spaghetti House in Edmonton, Jim's entrepreneurial spirit took over. He made the tough decision to leave the RCMP and in 1968 he opened his first restaurant in Penticton, BC. More than 350 restaurants later, Jim is now the proud owner of Boston Pizza International Inc.

A true visionary, Jim's diverse portfolio doesn't stop there. Jim and his partner, George Melville, have created T&M Management Services Ltd., a multi-faceted organization with a diversified group of businesses including: Boston Pizza International, Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund, Boston's The Gourmet Pizza, Kitchen Partners Ltd., Mr. Lube, Global Entertainment Corp., S&T Holdings Inc., White Rock Commercial, The Naramata Benchlands, and brand.LIVE.

Jim is also active in giving back to the communities where he lives and works. He's a founding director of the Boston Pizza Foundation, which has raised more than $12.1 million for various Canadian charities. In addition, he is a director and vice chairman of the Hockey Canada Foundation.