George Melville and Jim Treliving are both Chairmen and owners of Boston Pizza International Inc. (BPI) which was established in 1964.They set the corporate strategy for Boston Pizza and several other businesses which they have invested in, collectively known as the T&M Group of Companies. Starting from a single restaurant franchise in 1968, today the T&M Group has operations throughout North America in the retail, manufacturing, real estate and service sectors with annual system-wide sales exceeding $1 billion.
Their partnership has been recognized over the years with several prestigious awards including Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Platinum Club, Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, the Canadian Franchise Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and, most recently, the Fraser Institute’s T. Patrick Boyle Founder’s Award.
George Melville earned his CA designation in 1968 and received the distinguished Fellowship of Chartered Accountants (FCA) designation in 2005. He began his professional career working for the accounting firm of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. in Penticton, British Columbia and became involved with Boston Pizza in 1973. In June 2013, George received an honorary doctorate designation from Kwantlen Polytechnic University for his outstanding professional achievements.
George is a dedicated philanthropist and has been a director of the Boston Pizza Foundation since its inception in 1990, helping raise and donate over $16 million to Canadian charities over that time. George has also served on a number of volunteer boards including Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Okanagan Innovation Fund, the Premier’s Economic Counsel and is a director of the Fraser Institute. In April 2012, the Melville family announced a donation to help renovate of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, B.C. and the formation of the Melville Centre for Dialogue.