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Walter James Treliving
12 May 1941
Virden, Manitoba, Canada
|Occupation||Businessman, venture capitalist, police officer, television personality|
|Board member of||WPHL Holdings, Inc.|
Global Entertainment Corporation
Walter James Treliving OC (born 12 May 1941) is a Canadian businessman, venture capitalist, and television personality. He is the Chairman and Owner of Treliving Management and Boston Pizza International. Since 2006, Treliving has served as one of the investor "dragons" on the Canadian television show Dragons' Den. Treliving is the father of current Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving.
Treliving began his career as a constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In 1968, while still with the RCMP, Treliving noticed the growing popularity of Boston Pizza and purchased the rights to open a restaurant in Penticton, British Columbia. While in Penticton, he met George Melville, a chartered accountant. Melville acted as Treliving's business consultant for four years until 1973, at which time he became Treliving's partner in the business. In 1983, Treliving and Melville acquired the Boston Pizza chain from then-owner Ron Coyle. The two then divested 15 of their restaurants to other franchisees and converted one restaurant to a corporate training restaurant. By 1995, the chain had grown to 95 restaurants in Western Canada with sales in excess of $110 million (CA$). Currently Boston Pizza and Boston's the Gourmet Pizza (US and Mexico division) have over 435 restaurants throughout North America.
Treliving is the chairman and owner of casual-dining restaurant company Boston Pizza, a franchisor. Through Treliving Management Jim also owns the Stonebrook Benchlands development (overlooking Okanagan Lake), real estate company White Rock Commercial, Velofix Holdings Ltd, and custom food manufacturer Kitchen Partners Limited.
Treliving is also a dedicated philanthropist and serves on the board of the David Foster Foundation and acts as an advisor to the Center of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
In 2006, Treliving joined the cast of the CBC Television program, Dragons' Den. Treliving is one of the "dragons", or potential investors in the business propositions made by aspiring entrepreneurs. Treliving has been with the show for all thirteen of its seasons.
Treliving has won various awards:
- Pacific Canada Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Hospitality and Tourism
- British Columbia American Marketing Association's Marketer of the Year
- Irving, TX [Canadian~American Chamber of Commerce, DFW] Life Time Achievement Award
- Canadian Franchise Association's Lifetime Achievement Award
- A recipient of the Order of Canada
- Canada Walk of Fame: 2019
- Order of Canada
- Dale, Daniel (15 March 2010). "Jim Treliving the loving Dragon". Toronto: The Star. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
- "Jim Treliving". Canada's Walk of Fame.
- "Thirteen British Columbians, including owner of Boston Pizza, receive Order of Canada". vancouversun.com. 28 June 2019.
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