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Boston Pizza co-owners George Melville & Jim Treliving to be honoured with Fraser Institute's T. Patrick Boyle Founder's Award

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Release Date: November 1, 2012

VANCOUVER, BC—George Melville and Jim Treliving, co-owners and chairmen of Boston Pizza International Inc., will be the 2012 co-recipients of the Fraser Institute's T. Patrick Boyle Founder's Award in Vancouver.

The Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank, gives the award to recognize outstanding achievements in entrepreneurship, dedication to competitive markets, and philanthropic support for private-sector, non-profit enterprises. Melville and Treliving will receive the award during a gala celebration on November 7.

“George Melville and Jim Treliving are exemplary Canadian entrepreneurs. Their partnership, which has spanned more than 40 years, has had a profound impact on business in Canada and enriched the lives of their employees, franchisees, and customers,” said Niels Veldhuis, Fraser Institute president.

Melville and Treliving’s investment portfolio, collectively known as the T&M Group of Companies, comprises North American businesses including Boston Pizza International, Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund, Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza, Mr. Lube, Kitchen Partners Ltd., Global Entertainment Corp., S&T Holdings Inc., White Rock Commercial, The Naramata Benchlands, and brand.LIVE. These businesses have been recognized with prestigious awards including Canada’s 50 Best-Managed Companies Platinum Club, Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, the Henry Singer Award from the Canadian Institute of Retailing and Services, and the Canadian Franchise Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to their business success, Melville and Treliving are dedicated philanthropists. They have been directors of the Boston Pizza Foundation since its inception in 1990 and have helped raise and donate more than $14 million to Canadian charities. Melville has served on such boards as Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Okanagan Innovation Fund, the Fraser Institute, and the Premier’s Economic Counsel, while Treliving has volunteered on the boards of the Hockey Canada Foundation, the David Foster Foundation, and the Richmond Hospital Foundation. Treliving also stars on CBC’s hit TV shows Dragons’ Den and The BIG Decision.

“Through entrepreneurial risk-taking and hard work, George Melville and Jim Treliving have helped thousands of Canadians prosper, and their philanthropic efforts have uplifted communities across the country,” Veldhuis said.

“We are honoured to name them co-recipients of the Fraser Institute’s T. Patrick Boyle Founder’s Award.”