Jim Treliving from CBC’s “Dragons’ Den” will be presented with an honorary diploma in business administration at the Assiniboine Community College graduation ceremony in Brandon next week.
“We are thrilled to have Jim accept this honour,” said ACC president Mark Frison. “His hard work, passion and generosity are values that our graduates can aspire to.”
Born and raised in Virden, Treliving spent eight years with the RCMP before building a business empire that spans multiple industries across North America. Treliving and his business partner, George Melville, manage and invest in a collection of companies under T&M Group — including the prominent Boston Pizza — that together have annual sales of more than $1 billion.
“I’m very honoured to be joining the convocation at ACC and accepting a diploma in business administration,” said Treliving, who is chairman and owner of Boston Pizza International.
“I joined the RCMP straight from high school in Virden and never had the chance to pursue formal education in business. Over the years, I have seen the enormous value of post-secondary education among my employees, partners, family and friends,” he said.
“I’m pleased to join this year’s graduating class at ACC to recognize their academic achievements and to wish them all the very best as they move forward with their careers.”
Treliving reached celebrity status on the television show “Dragons’ Den,” where he offered business advice and potential investment to aspiring entrepreneurs.
He also co-hosts a reality television program called “The Big Decision,” in which he and fellow entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson travel across Canada visiting struggling businesses to help put them on the path to success.
A notable philanthropist, Treliving has raised and donated more than $18 million to Canadian charities since 1990 as a director on the Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects.
He and his wife, Sandi, personally donated $1 million to the CAMH Foundation Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in 2012.
His book “Decisions: Making the Right Ones and Righting the Wrong Ones” made non-fiction bestseller lists across North America in 2012. All proceeds were donated to Canadian charities.
He has also served on a number of boards, including the David Foster Foundation, the Jays Care Foundation and was recently named chairman of the Hockey Canada Foundation.
ACC awards honorary diplomas to those who demonstrate excellence in their personal and professional accomplishments.
Past honorary diploma recipients in Brandon include Bob Mazer, Dennis Hunt, Carmel Olson and David Baxter.
The graduation ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at the Keystone Centre.
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