Michael Overs

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Michael Overs
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Michael Arthur Overs

(1939-06-24)June 24, 1939
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedMarch 31, 2010(2010-03-31) (aged 70)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationFounder and CEO of Pizza Pizza
Known forFounding Pizza Pizza
Spouse(s)Lilian Overs (his death)

Michael Arthur Overs (June 24, 1939 – March 31, 2010) was a Canadian businessman who was the founder and CEO of Pizza Pizza, a successful franchise of pizza restaurants.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Overs was born in Toronto in 1939 to Arthur and Edna Overs and grew up in The Beach area and began his business career after dropping out of school at age 17.[7]

Overs began Pizza Pizza from a single store at Parliament and Wellesley on December 31, 1967 and with the unique phone number created a pizza empire.

Pizza Pizza expanded in Toronto from the 1970s to 1980s to other parts on Ontario and then Quebec, he acquired Alberta based Pizza 73 in 2006. He remained CEO until his death at age 70 in Toronto and was succeeded by son-in-law Paul Goddard.[8]


  1. ^ "Obit: Michael Arthur Overs". iNews 880. April 6, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
  2. ^ GALLAGHER, DANNY (2010-04-08). "Michael Overs' legacy started to take shape on New Year's Eve in 1967, when he opened a 300-square-foot pizza joint at Parliament and Wellesley streets. He called it Pizza Pizza". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  3. ^ Donovan, Kevin (2008-09-26). "A Toronto businessman who cut a swath through the Canadian fast food world is guilty of cheating the public of tax revenues and must pay a hefty fine, a judge has ruled". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  4. ^ Friend, David (2007-06-14). "Pizza Pizza, the behemoth central Canadian pizza maker, has launched a cross-country food fight aiming to take a bite out of the West's burgeoning fast-food market through the acquisition of Edmonton-based Flying Pizza 73 Inc". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  5. ^ "Undercover Analysis | Episode #2: Pizza Pizza CEO Paul Goddard". Financial Post. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  6. ^ Journal, The Edmonton. "Pizza 73 gets pile of dough for the business". Canada.com. Archived from the original on 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  7. ^ http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=michael-arthur-overs&pid=141538107&referrer=0&preview=false
  8. ^ https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/alt.obituaries/pZjfxVefFJs