Jim Pattison Group

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Jim Pattison Group
IndustryMedia, automotive, packaging, food sales and distribution, magazine distribution, entertainment, export and financial industries
FoundedVancouver, British Columbia (1961)
HeadquartersVancouver, British Columbia,
Key people
Jim Pattison, Chairman and CEO
Glen Clark, President
ProductsMedia, Broadcasting, Grocery, Billboards
RevenueGreen Arrow Up.svg $10.1 Billion (2018)
OwnerJim Pattison
Number of employees
45,000 (2017)

The Jim Pattison Group is a Vancouver-based conglomerate with interests in media, automotive dealerships, grocery store chains, magazine distribution, food service specialty packaging, advertising, real estate development, fishing, forest products, financial services, and entertainment. It is Canada’s largest privately held company[1] and, in a recent survey by the Financial Post, the firm was ranked as Canada’s 62nd largest company. Jim Pattison, a Vancouver-based entrepreneur, is the Chairman, CEO, and sole owner of the company. The Jim Pattison Group has more than 45,000 employees, and annual sales of $10.1 billion based on investments in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia.


The Jim Pattison Group began on May 8, 1961, when Pattison purchased a General Motors automobile dealership by borrowing $40,000 from the Royal Bank of Canada, and placing his home and life insurance policy with the bank as collateral. Acquisitions in subsequent years included the following:

  • 1965 - Awarded license to operate Vancouver AM radio station CJOR
  • 1967 - Acquired Neon Products (Vancouver) & Seaboard Outdoor Advertising
  • 1968 - Acquired Overwaitea Foods (Vancouver)
  • 1969 - Acquired Provincial News (Edmonton)
    • Employees: 2,500 Sales: $100 million
  • 1980 - Started Jim Pattison Real Estate Group
    • Employees: 6,000 Sales: $500 million
  • Purchased Beautiful British Columbia Magazine
  • 1984 - Acquired Canadian Fishing Company
  • 1985 - Acquired Ripley's Believe It or Not!
    • Employees: 6,000 Sales: $1 billion
  • 1990 - Acquired the Foodservice Packaging Group
    • Acquired the Flexible Packaging Group
    • Acquired Coroplast and Montebello Packaging
    • Employees: 10,000 Sales: $2 billion
  • 1991 - Started Jim Pattison Trade Group
    • Started Financial Services division
  • 1994 - Acquired Westshore Terminals, a BC-based coal-export terminal facility
  • 1995 - Acquired Buy-Low Foods
  • 1997 - Started Select Media Services
    • Opened Ripley's Aquarium, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • 1999 - Acquired Cooper's Foods
    • Employees: 20,000 Sales: $4.4 billion
  • 2000 - Opened Ripley's Aquarium of The Smokies, Gatlinburg, TN
    • Employees: 22,000 Sales: $4.6 billion
  • 2001 - Acquired Monarch Broadcasting
    • Acquired Van-Whole Produce
    • Employees: 24,000 Sales: $5 billion
  • 2002 - Started ProLogix Distribution Services and AccuLogix Distribution Services
    • Acquired Ever Corp.
    • Employees: 25,000 Sales: $5.2 billion
  • 2003 - Acquired LIN PAC Inc.
    • Employees: 26,000 Sales: $5.5 billion
  • 2004 - Acquired Classic Attractions (Texas)
    • Acquired St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains (Florida)
    • Acquired Maltese Signs (Norcross, GA)
    • Acquired auto lease business of Cross-Canada Car Leasing Limited (Toronto, ON)
    • Acquired periodical distribution companies in San Jose and Chico, CA
    • Employees: 27,000 Sales: $5.7 billion
  • 2005 - Acquired control of Icicle Seafoods (BC.) Inc.
    • Acquired Freeway Dodge Chrysler
    • Acquired Spartech Corporation’s corrugated plastic sheet business
    • Started the Vancouver edition of 24 Hours (in partnership with Quebecor Media)
    • Formed or purchased interests in several US and Canadian joint ventures in the periodical industry
    • Employees: 28,000 Sales: $6.1 billion
  • 2006 - Acquired Carthage Cup, Carthage, TX
  • 2007 - Disposed of interest in the Vancouver 24 Hours
  • 2008 - Acquired Guinness World Records from HIT Entertainment
  • 2010 - Acquired Amc Billboard Co
  • 2011 - Acquired Ocean Brands

October 29, 2013, Pattison became an insider of the Just Energy Group Inc. (http://www.justenergy.com/about-us/just-energy-group™/), a publicly traded corporation on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the American Stock Exchange, by taking possession of more than 14 million shares (over 10% of the company's shares outstanding).[2]

  • 2013 - Acquired Sun-Rype Products Ltd.
  • 2014* Purchased 5 John Deere Dealerships in Saskatchewan.
  • 2015 - Employees: 39,000 Sales: $8.2 billion
  • 2015 - Purchased Peterbilt Pacific Dealerships
  • 2017 - Amalgamated JayDee AGTECH and Maple Farm Equipment John Deere Dealerships as one company, Pattison Agriculture with 17 locations across Saskatchewan and Manitoba
  • 2017 - Took controlling interest (March 23, 2017) of Quality Foods with 13 locations across Vancouver Island, British Columbia
  • 2017 - Acquired Choices Markets from the Lockhart family to be operated as a division of Buy-Low Foods LP


Some of the more significant divisions of the Jim Pattison Group include:

Illuminated Signs[edit]

  • Pattison Sign Group

The Jim Pattison Food Group[edit]

The Jim Pattison Media Group[edit]

  • The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

Television Stations[edit]

Radio Stations[edit]

Other media properties[edit]

Periodical Distribution[edit]

  • The News Group, North America's second largest newspaper and magazine distributor.
  • Select Media Services


Automotive Group[edit]

The Jim Pattison Auto Group[edit]

  • Audi Edmonton North
  • Jim Pattison Chrysler Jeep Dodge Surrey
  • Jim Pattison Hyundai Coquitlam
  • Jim Pattison Hyundai Nanaimo
  • Jim Pattison Hyundai Northshore
  • Jim Pattison Hyundai Surrey
  • Jim Pattison Lexus Northshore
  • Jim Pattison Lexus Victoria
  • Jim Pattison Subaru Coquitlam
  • Jim Pattison Subaru Northshore
  • Jim Pattison Subaru Winnipeg
  • Jim Pattison Subaru Victoria
  • Jim Pattison Toyota Downtown
  • Jim Pattison Toyota Northshore
  • Jim Pattison Toyota Surrey
  • Jim Pattison Toyota Victoria
  • Jim Pattison Toyota Duncan
  • Jim Pattison Volkswagen Surrey
  • Jim Pattison Volvo of North Vancouver
  • Jim Pattison Volvo of Surrey
  • Jim Pattison Volvo of Victoria
  • Frontier Subaru Winnipeg
  • Frontier Toyota Winnipeg
  • Jim Pattison Auto Body & Glass Surrey
  • Jim Pattison Toyota-Surrey Auto Body & Glass
  • Frontier Autobody

Jim Pattison Lease[edit]

  • Canada's largest privately owned fleet management and leasing company.

The Jim Pattison Packaging Group[edit]

  • Genpak - independent supplier of disposable food service packaging in the US and Canada.
  • Coroplast - manufacturer and marketer of corrugated plastic sheet for the graphics and re-usable packaging industries
  • Montebello Packaging - manufacturer of collapsible aluminum and laminate tubes, marker tubes, and rigid aluminum aerosol cans

Export and Financial Services[edit]

  • Westshore Terminals - Canadian coal export facility and the largest dry bulk terminal on the West Coast of the Americas


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