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Junior Achievement of British Columbia Inducts Four Business Leaders into Hall of Fame

May 23, 2014

Vancouver, British Columbia – Over 700 B.C. business leaders and their guests from across BC gathered at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on May 22 for the induction of the province’s newest business laureates into the Business Hall of Fame. Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC) has been proudly hosting this event since its inception in 2006. 2014 marked the 9th annual Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremonies, co-sponsored by Scotiabank Group and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, and emceed by Stephen Quinn, Host, CBC On the Coast.

JABC was pleased to welcome special guest, the Honourable Judith Guichon, O.B.C., Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia to this year’s event. We were also pleased to welcome M. Elyse Allan, President and CEO, GE Canada, who delivered the keynote address.

JABC created the Hall of Fame in 2006 to recognize BC citizens who have shown a vision unique amongst their peers, provided leadership to motivate others to achieve their goals, demonstrated integrity throughout their lives, and built a legacy in the province that will enrich all those who follow. The laureates honoured each year will act as mentors and heroes to BC’s enterprising youth.

The four members inducted into the Hall of Fame this year are:

  • Lucille Johnstone, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D., C.G.A. (1924 – 2004)
  • Dave Lede,Chairman & CEO, Ledcor Group of Companies
  • The owners of Boston Pizza International, George Melville and Walter (Jim) Treliving

Prerequisites for induction include outstanding business achievements, enduring contributions to the province and country, as well as deep commitments to diverse and niche communities. This year’s inductees join 43 other laureates in the Hall of Fame.

“The members of the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame leave behind a powerful legacy that continues to inspire future generations of business leaders and entrepreneurs,” says Jan Bell-Irving, President and CEO, JABC. “This year’s inductees are no exception, and they have consistently worked to build and support a vibrant business community throughout our Province; we are delighted to honour them and their families this year.”

The laureate nomination process was guided by Pinton Forrest & Madden, and the final Laureate selection was made by an independent committee of one laureate member and three non-laureate participants: Beverley Briscoe, Brian Canfield, C.M., O.B.C., D.Tech., Ruston (Rusty) Goepel and Dr. Norman B. Keevil, O.B.C., Ph.D., LL.D.

The two winners of this year’s JABC Student Award for Oratory and Presentation skills were also in attendance. Alina Huang and Wendy Ming each delivered speeches on the impact JABC has made on their lives. The student team from Sa-Hali Secondary School, Kamloops, which won JABC’s first-ever Innovation Jam, was also honoured at the event.

JABC is grateful to the event Co-Chairs, Barbara Brink, C.M., O.B.C., and Peter Blake for their valuable guidance and leadership of the Hall of Fame Cabinet as well as their dedication to the mandate of the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame.


About the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame

The Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame is an initiative created by Junior Achievement of British Columbia in 2009 to honour BC business leaders who have made outstanding contributions to our province and country. The Hall of Fame stands as a testament to the positive legacy the Laureates provide to the youth of British Columbia. Each year, new Laureates are formally welcomed into the Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame at the Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremonies. They are nominated by their peers and chosen by an independent selection committee representing BC’s foremost business, academic, and media institutions.

About Junior Achievement of British Columbia

Since 1955, British Columbia schools have relied on Junior Achievement (JA) to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. This year 30,000 students in B.C. will benefit from JA programs delivered by volunteers from local business communities, who bring real-life experience into the classroom. JA programs focus on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders.

For more information, please contact:

Rosine Hage-Moussa
Manager, Marketing and Communications
Junior Achievement of British Columbia
Direct: 604-688-3887 ext. 231





About the 2014 Inductees

Lucille Johnstone, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D., C.G.A.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Lucille Johnstone was the Chief Executive Officer and Chair of Integrated Ferry Corporation, where the B.C. Super Ferry – the largest ship ever to be built in B.C. – was constructed. Before that Lucille was President of the Rivtow Group, in a career that spanned 45 years.

Rivtow was a three-boat operation when Ms. Johnstone joined them as a receptionist in the late 1940s. By the 1980s, Rivtow had become a key player in the marine transportation industry and Ms. Johnstone had moved through subsequent positions to become the President. This was a remarkable feat for a woman in those times, even more so because her success took place in the male-dominated world of tow-boating.

Later, she became a driving force behind Expo 86, the new Vancouver International Airport, and St. John Ambulance, among a number of other businesses and charities. Her many awards include an honorary doctorate from UBC as a Woman of Distinction, and being named to both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada.

Ms. Johnstone was also widely known for her social conscience and served as Chair of the Kwantlen College Fund Drive and was the Founding Director and Chair of Sexual Abuse Recovery Anonymous.

She passed away peacefully at Langley Memorial Hospital on Friday, December 31, 2004, at age 80.

David Lede
Chairman & CEO
Ledcor Group of Companies

Dave Lede is currently Chairman and CEO of the Ledcor Group of Companies. From 1980 to 1985 he held the title of President and General Manager and, prior to that, held many positions while rising through the ranks of his family’s company.

Early in his executive role Mr. Lede coined and instituted Ledcor’s safety hallmark “Think Safety, Work Safely,” creating an industry-leading safety culture that has won numerous national safety awards.

During his tenure, he has continued to broaden Ledcor’s business base and expand its operations, making Ledcor one of the largest and most diversified construction and industrial operating companies in Canada. In the last decade, Ledcor has grown multiple construction divisions and established operations in aviation, forestry, marine services, and environmental sustainability.

Under his management, Ledcor has been named one of Canada’s Top 10 Companies to Work for (2011, 2012, 2013) and one of Canada’s Top Employers (2011, 2012, 2013).

Mr. Lede believes strongly in giving back to the communities where Ledcor employees reside and do business through the Dave Lede Family Charitable Foundation. A recent major gift recipient is the Dave Lede Campus of Care, a three-building site in Abbotsford and home to the new Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Abbotsford Hospice Society and Matthew’s House.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, as well as two years of post-graduate studies in Engineering, also from the U of A.

The Owners of Boston Pizza International
George Melville and Jim Treliving

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.

Jim Treliving became involved with Boston Pizza in 1968 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. Jim has also served on a number of volunteer boards including the Hockey Canada Foundation, the David Foster Foundation and the Richmond Hospital Foundation. In June 2012, Jim and his wife, Sandi, donated $1 million to the CAMH Foundation Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Currently, Jim divides his time between his home in Vancouver, British Columbia and Dallas, Texas. He stars as one of the five Dragons on CBC’s reality TV show, Dragon’s Den, where aspiring entrepreneurs secure a financial investment from the Dragons to start their own business. Recently, Jim released a book on business, “Decisions – Making the right ones and righting the wrong ones” published by Harper-Collins in the fall of 2012 with all proceeds from the book donated to Canadian charities. Jim is also the Chairman of Hockey Canada Foundation.

All members of the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame

Michael Audain, O.C., O.B.C., LL.D.
Irving (Ike) Barber, O.C., O.B.C.*
Charles Bentall*
L.L.G. (Poldi) Bentley*
David Black, MBA
Dick Bradshaw
Peter M. Brown, O.B.C., LL.D
Alex A. Campbell, O.B.C., LL.D.*
Brian A. Canfield, C.M., O.B.C., D.Tech.*
Hon. John V. Clyne, C.C.*
Jack Diamond, C.C., O.B.C., LL.D.*
William Farrell*
Thomas James Foord, O.B.C.*
Frank A. Griffiths, F.C.A.*
Bob Hager
Chester A. Johnson, C.M., O.B.C., B.Comm., F.C.A.*
Lucille Johnstone, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D., C.G.A.*
Dr. Norman B. Keevil, Sr., O.C.*
Dr. Norman B. Keevil, O.B.C., Ph.D., LL.D.
Samuel Kendall (Sam) Ketcham*
William Peter (Bill) Ketcham
Henry Holman (Pete) Ketcham Jr.
Henry Holman (Hank) Ketcham III, O.B.C.
Hassan Khosrowshahi, O.B.C.
Leon J. Koerner, LL.D.*
Dave Lede
Robert (Bob) H. Lee, C.M., O.B.C., B.Comm., LL.D.
Tong Louie, C.M., O.B.C., B.S.A., LL.D.*
John S. MacDonald, O.C.
H.R. MacMillan, C.C.
G.W. Grant McConachie*
Wendy B. McDonald, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D., D.Tech.
William M. Mercer, B.Comm.*
George Melville
Dr. Rudy North, C.M., LL.D.
Jimmy Pattison, O.C., O.B.C.
Art Phillips
John (Jack) W. Poole, O.C., O.B.C., B.Sc.*
Dave Ritchie
Donald B. Rix, M.D., C.M., O.B.C.*
William L. Sauder (Bill), O.C., O.B.C., B.Comm., LL.D.*
Joseph Segal, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D.
David W. Spencer*
Dr. Ken Spencer, LL.D.
Jim Treliving
Milton K. Wong, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D.*
Charles Woodward*