Dragon Den’s Jim Treliving to speak in Oak Bay Oct. 14

Jim Treliving, one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs known for his role on CBC’s hit television show Dragon’s Den, will be speaking in Victoria on Oct. 14 in the David Foster Foundation Theatre at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.

Treliving will speak about his business career, values-based approach to decision-making and the importance of community involvement. The event is presented by Leadership Victoria Society and supported by Telus, The Oak Bay Beach Hotel, University of Victoria, the Times Colonist and Hothouse Marketing.

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After the presentation, an exclusive VIP reception will give some attendees a chance to meet Jim and Sandi Treliving in a more informal setting.

Treliving reflects on how his early life lessons from his father shaped his approach to life. “Success is measured by taking in the big picture,” he says. “You look at the health and happiness of your family and friends and what you’re contributing to your community.”

Treliving and George Melville created the Boston Pizza Charitable Foundation, which has raised and donated more than $20 million to charities across Canada and around the world.

Bringing Treliving to Victoria to speak is a big moment for Leadership Victoria. Executive director Susan Low views Treliving as a role model for community leaders. “Mr. Treliving's approach to business and philanthropy is an inspiring example. We believe Greater Victoria’s spirit of community makes it a logical place for him to talk about how business and community leadership go hand-in-hand.”

Leadership Victoria is a non-profit that develops and supports leaders who make Greater Victoria a vibrant, healthy community. Funds are being raised to support the operation of the Community Leadership Development Program and grassroots leadership workshops on topics ranging from collaboration to social innovation.

Telus Victoria Community Board chairman Mel Cooper was instrumental in making the event happen, said Low.

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