Jim Pattison is the Chairman,
Chief Executive Officer and sole owner of The Jim Pattison Group. The Jim Pattison
Group is Canada's third largest privately held company and, in a recent survey
by the Financial Post, The Jim Pattison Group was ranked as Canada's 41st largest
company. The Jim Pattison Group has more than 18,000 employees, annual sales of
$4 billion and assets totaling over $2.2 billion. With investments in Canada,
the United States, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia, The Jim Pattison Group
is involved in a wide variety of industries including: Food Services, Manufacturing,
Communications, Leasing, Entertainment, and Transportation.
The Jim Pattison
Group began on May 8, 1961 when Mr. Pattison purchased a General Motors automobile
dealership by borrowing $40,000 from the Royal Bank of Canada, and placing his
home and life insurance policy with the bank as collateral.
was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and moved with his parents from Saskatoon
to Vancouver in 1935. He has lived in Vancouver ever since. While attending the
University of British Columbia, Mr. pattison paid his tuition and expenses by
washing cars at a used car lot, and by selling cars to fellow students.
Pattison serves as a Director on a number of Boards, including The Toronto Dominion
Bank and Canadian Pacific Ltd., Livent Inc., and he also serves as a Trustee on
the Board of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. He held the position of
Chairman and President of Expo '86, a world-class Exposition held in Vancouver,
British Columbia from May 2, 1986 to October 13, 1986. This position was served
in a volunteer capacity.
Mr. Pattison was appointed to the Order of Canada
in April of 1987, and the Order of British Columbia on June 21, 1990. He is also
the recipient of the Governor General's Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary
Mr. Pattison is married. He and his wife have three children,
and in his leisure time, Mr. Pattison enjoys playing the piano, organ and trumpet.