Wednesday, October 1, 2014 George assumes his role as the Chancellor of KPU.
- Doors Open at 1:00 p.m.
- Ceremony: 2:00 p.m.
- Gym, Cedar Building
- KPU Surrey: 12666 72 Avenue, Surrey, BC
- Reception: 3:00 p.m.
- Surrey Main Atrium
- KPU Surrey, 12666 72 Avenue, Surrey, BC
George Melville is one of Canada’s most distinguished entrepreneurs, a highly accomplished restaurateur, a philanthropist, a communitarian, a KPU honorary degree-holder and a man who calls B.C. home.
Over the course of 40 years, he and his business partner Jim Treliving have together grown the well-loved, number one casual dining brand Boston Pizza into the international success that it is today.
Starting this fall, George will assume his role as the Chancellor of KPU.
THE KPU CONNECTION
KPU Board of Governors
George was a valuable and dedicated member of the university’s Board of Governors for six years, from 2003 and 2009. As chairperson of the audit committee, he helped guide the process for KPU to transition from a community college to a university, a celebrated designation that gave KPU students access to a broad range of programs and university degrees, increased access to research opportunities and increased access over time to graduate programs.
During his three terms on the board, George also served on the Board Values Task Force, as well as the Strategic Leadership Development, Compensational and Audit committees. He chaired the board until his retirement in 2009.
George earned his CA designation in 1968 and received the distinguished Fellowship of Chartered Accountants (FCA) designation in 20005.
In 2013, George received an Honorary Doctor of Laws at KPU’s spring convocation. The degree is awarded to individuals honoris cause – for the sake of honour – for significant contributions and accomplishments.
The honorary degree is George’s first degree, making KPU his post-secondary institution. Both of his now-grown children also attended KPU.
Currently a long-time resident of Surrey, George has lived and worked in KPU’s communities for over three decades. In addition to his restaurants being a staple in every local city, Boston Pizza’s head office has been located in Richmond for over 25 years, and George’s charitable efforts have impacted organizations close to his and KPU’s home, including chapters of the Boys & Girls Club of Canada, the BC Cancer Foundation and the Rick Hansen Foundation.
Melville Centre for Dialogue
George and his wife Sylvia donated $500,000 in 2012 to create the Melville Centre for Dialogue at KPU Richmond. The couple’s substantial gift was the single largest donation to the Richmond campus at the time.
Since its inception, the centre has greatly enhanced the meeting and learning space available for students, faculty and the community of Richmond, and is put to good use by more than 30,000 guests annually.
The Melville Centre of Dialogue brings together leaders, learners, communitarians and academics for discussion, debate, education and collaboration, regularly hosting conferences, workshops, seminars, professional development, community education and university events.
This year alone, the space has hosted, among others: A screening of an award-winning documentary film, a multimedia public education symposium about Canada’s residential school system, internationally distinguished scholars, PechaKucha Richmond and the inaugural instalment of KPU President’s Dialogue Series, featuring federal Opposition Leader, Thomas Mulcair.
George and his business partner Jim also manage a family of recognizable brands – including Mr. Lube. The T&M Group of Companies achieves annual sales in excess of $1 billion.
He credits much of his success to surrounding himself with the right team, and that has always started with longtime business partner and friend Jim Treliving who he is partnered with in all of his major ventures.
George makes an effort to extend his financial expertise to community organizations. He sits on the board of the Fraser Institute, which measures, studies and communicates the impact of competitive markets, and the Southern Interior Innovation Fund, which fosters growth and new business opportunities in the Okanagan. In 2008, he was selected for then-premier Gordon Campbell’s Economic Advisory Council to review and assess the impact of economic policy initiatives.
George demonstrates his interest and concern for others through his strong commitment to philanthropy. He offers his time and financial resources to countless non-profit organizations that assist children and families, people living with disease, the improvement of our economy and, of course, the delivery of education.
George and his business partner Jim founded the Boston Pizza Foundation in 1991 – renamed the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects in 2013 – so that they could help contribute to the health and well-being of children and families in need. Over $18-million has been donated to worthy Canadian charities since its inception in 1991. These include the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, Kids Help Phone, Big Brothers & Big Sisters and a host of other Canadian and B.C. charities.
George personally participates in dozens of charitable initiatives, including the Walk to Cure Diabetes and the annual Boston Pizza Invitational Golf Tournament, which is held in KPU’s Surrey region at the Northview Golf & Country Club. He has also been involved with the Richmond-based Rick Hansen Foundation for many years, and was on its leadership council for the organization’s 25th anniversary events in 2011.
Leading by example, George has created a culture of giving-back within his business. Boston Pizza franchisees, management and employees from here to Mexico have themselves supported hundreds of local sports team sponsorships, dozens of regional charity golf tournaments and have dedicated countless hours of volunteer work.
AWARDS OF DISTINCTION
George is a shining example of the impact a person can go on to have in the lives of others, and in the community. His philanthropic and charitable work have added to an incredibly successful career in business that has also been dedicated to giving back, and one that has garnered numerous recognitions, including:
· Induction into the BC Business Hall of Fame
· Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Franchise Association;
· the T. Patrick Boyle Award from the Fraser Institute;
· the Henry Singer Award from the Canadian Institute of Retailing and Services;
· the Living and Giving Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation;
· the Royal Bank Achievement Award from the Pacific Franchise Association; and
· the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Hospitality/Tourism from Ernst & Young.
THE NEXT CHAPTER
George will begin his first three-year term as Chancellor of KPU in the fall of 2014.