The Jim Pattison Group is a Canadian conglomerate based in Vancouver. In a recent survey by the Financial Post, the firm was ranked as Canada's 62nd largest company. Jim Pattison, a Vancouver-based entrepreneur, is the chairman, CEO, and sole owner of the company. The Jim Pattison Group, Canada's second largest privately held company, has more than 45,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of $10.1 billion based on investments in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia. The Group is active in 25 divisions, according to Forbes, including packaging, food, forestry products. In late 2018, Pattison was still working full-time. According to Forbes, his net worth then was $5.7 billion, having increased substantially from the $2.1 billion reported in March 2009. In September 2020, a news item stated that "Jim Pattison Group Inc. had $10.9 billion in revenue and employed 48,000 people".


The Jim Pattison Group began on May 8, 1961, when 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. Acquisitions in subsequent years included the following: *1965 – Awarded license to operate Vancouver AM radio station CJOR *1967 – Acquired Neon Products (Vancouver) & Seaboard Outdoor Advertising *1968 – Acquired Overwaitea Foods (Vancouver) *1969 – Acquired Provincial News (Edmonton) **Employees: 2,500 Sales: $100 million *1980 – Started Jim Pattison Real Estate Group **Employees: 6,000 Sales: $500 million *Purchased Beautiful British Columbia Magazine *1984 – Acquired Canadian Fishing Company *1985 – Acquired Ripley's Believe It or Not! **Employees: 6,000 Sales: $1 billion *1990 – Acquired the Foodservice Packaging Group **Acquired the Flexible Packaging Group **Acquired Coroplast and Montebello Packaging **Employees: 10,000 Sales: $2 billion *1991 – Started Jim Pattison Trade Group **Started Financial Services division *1994 – Acquired Westshore Terminals, a BC-based coal-export terminal facility *1995 – Acquired Buy-Low Foods *1997 – Started Select Media Services **Opened Ripley's Aquarium, Myrtle Beach, SC *1999 – Acquired Cooper's Foods **Employees: 20,000 Sales: $4.4 billion *2000 – Opened Ripley's Aquarium of The Smokies, Gatlinburg, TN **Employees: 22,000 Sales: $4.6 billion *2001 – Acquired Monarch Broadcasting **Acquired Van-Whole Produce **Employees: 24,000 Sales: $5 billion *2002 – Started ProLogix Distribution Services and AccuLogix Distribution Services **Acquired Ever Corp. **Employees: 25,000 Sales: $5.2 billion *2003 – Acquired LIN PAC Inc. **Employees: 26,000 Sales: $5.5 billion *2004 – Acquired Classic Attractions (Texas) **Acquired St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains (Florida) **Acquired Maltese Signs (Norcross, GA) **Acquired auto lease business of Cross-Canada Car Leasing Limited (Toronto, ON) **Acquired periodical distribution companies in San Jose and Chico, CA **Employees: 27,000 Sales: $5.7 billion *2005 – Acquired control of Icicle Seafoods (BC.) Inc. **Acquired Freeway Dodge Chrysler **Acquired Spartech Corporation's corrugated plastic sheet business **Started the Vancouver edition of ''24 Hours'' (in partnership with Quebecor Media) **Formed or purchased interests in several US and Canadian joint ventures in the periodical industry **Employees: 28,000 Sales: $6.1 billion *2006 – Acquired Carthage Cup, Carthage, TX **Acquired Creative Outdoor Ads, Halifax, Nova Scotia **Acquired Island Radio Ltd.'s six FM stations on Vancouver Island **Acquired OK Radio Group Ltd.'s two FM stations in Victoria, BC **Acquired A&W Fixtures, Cocoa, Florida **Started Great Pacific Bank Limited, Warrens, Barbados *2007 – Disposed of interest in the Vancouver ''24 Hours'' *2008 – Acquired Guinness World Records from HIT Entertainment *2010 – Acquired Amc Billboard Co *2011 – Acquired Ocean Brands October 29, 2013, Pattison became an insider of the Just Energy Group, a publicly traded corporation on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the American Stock Exchange, by taking possession of more than 14 million shares (over 10% of the company's shares outstanding). *2013 – Acquired Sun-Rype *2014 – Purchased 5 John Deere Dealerships in Saskatchewan. *2015 – Employees: 39,000 Sales: $8.2 billion *2015 – Purchased Peterbilt Pacific Dealerships *2017 – Amalgamated JayDee AGTECH and Maple Farm Equipment John Deere Dealerships as one company, Pattison Agriculture with 17 locations across Saskatchewan and Manitoba *2017 – Took controlling interest (March 23, 2017) of Quality Foods with 13 locations across Vancouver Island, British Columbia *2017 – Acquired Choices Markets from the Lockhart family to be operated as a division of Buy-Low Foods LP *2019 - Sold Sun-Rype to Lassonde Industries for C$80 million in an all-cash deal. As well, in announcing the sale, it was reported that Sun-Rype had C$164 million in gross sales for their fiscal year ended September 30, 2019, and C$9 million in EBITDA. * 2020 - acquired remaining magazine and book distribution business not previously held in Canada from Metro360 for $925,000. The News Group is the only major distributor of periodicals in Canada.


Some of the more significant divisions of the Jim Pattison Group include:

Illuminated Signs

* Pattison Sign Group

The Jim Pattison Food Group

* The Overwaitea Food Group ** Bulkley Valley Wholesale ** Coopers Foods ** Everything Wine ** More Rewards ** PriceSmart Foods ** Save-On-Foods ** Urban Fare * Buy-Low Foods LP ** Choices Markets ** Nesters Markets ** Meinhardt Fine Foods ** Nature’s Fare * Canadian Fishing Company * Quality Foods

The Jim Pattison Media Group

* The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

Television Stations

* Kamloops, British ColumbiaCFJC-TV, Citytv affiliate * Medicine Hat, AlbertaCHAT-TV, Citytv affiliate * Prince George, British ColumbiaCKPG-TV, Citytv affiliate

Radio Stations

* Calgary, AlbertaCKWD, CKCE-FM * Courtenay/Comox/Campbell River, British ColumbiaCKLR-FM * Cranbrook, British ColumbiaCHBZ-FM, CHDR-FM * Drayton Valley/Rocky Mountain House, AlbertaCIBW-FM, CHBW-FM * Edmonton, AlbertaCIUP-FM, CKNO-FM * Fernie, British ColumbiaCJDR-FM * Grande Prairie, AlbertaCJXX-FM, CIKT-FM * Kamloops, British ColumbiaCKBZ-FM, CIFM-FM * Kelowna, British ColumbiaCKQQ-FM, CKLZ-FM * Lethbridge, AlbertaCHLB-FM, CJBZ-FM * Meadow Lake, SaskatchewanCJNS-FM * Medicine Hat, AlbertaCHAT-FM, CFMY-FM * Merritt, British ColumbiaCKMQ-FM * Nanaimo, British ColumbiaCHWF-FM, CKWV-FM * North Battleford, SaskatchewanCJNB, CJCQ-FM, CJHD-FM * Parksville/Qualicum Beach, British ColumbiaCHPQ-FM, CIBH-FM * Port Alberni, British ColumbiaCJAV-FM * Prince Albert, SaskatchewanCFMM-FM, CHQX-FM, CKBI * Prince George, British ColumbiaCKDV-FM, CKKN-FM * Red Deer, AlbertaCHUB-FM, CFDV-FM * Vancouver, British ColumbiaCJJR-FM, CKPK-FM * Vernon, British ColumbiaCJIB-FM * Victoria, British ColumbiaCJZN-FM, CKKQ-FM * Winnipeg, ManitobaCHIQ-FM, CFQX-FM

Other media properties

* Pattison Outdoor Advertising – the largest domestic Out-of-Home advertising company in Canada, with a 41% market share of all traditional out-of-home advertising displays

Periodical Distribution

* The News Group, North America's largest newspaper and magazine distributor; in November 2018, the company agreed to sell this group, and its entire United States magazine distribution business to American News Company, LLC. The Canadian periodicals division of The News Group, as well as the Non-Periodical's portion of The News Group remains a division of the Jim Pattison Group. * Select Media Services


* Ripley Entertainment – Owners of the ''Ripley's Believe It or Not!'' franchise * Guinness World Records

Automotive Group

The Jim Pattison Auto Group


= *Audi Edmonton North *Jim Pattison Chrysler Jeep Dodge Surrey *Jim Pattison Hyundai Coquitlam *Jim Pattison Hyundai Northshore *Jim Pattison Hyundai Surrey *Jim Pattison Lexus Northshore *Jim Pattison Lexus Victoria *Jim Pattison Subaru Coquitlam *Jim Pattison Subaru Northshore *Jim Pattison Subaru Winnipeg *Jim Pattison Subaru Victoria *Jim Pattison Toyota Downtown *Jim Pattison Toyota Northshore *Jim Pattison Toyota Surrey *Jim Pattison Toyota Victoria *Jim Pattison Toyota Duncan *Jim Pattison Volkswagen Surrey *Jim Pattison Volvo of North Vancouver *Jim Pattison Volvo of Surrey *Jim Pattison Volvo of Victoria *Frontier Subaru Winnipeg *Frontier Toyota Winnipeg *Canyon Creek Toyota


= *Jim Pattison Auto Body & Glass Surrey *Jim Pattison Toyota-Surrey Auto Body & Glass *Jim Pattison Collision & Glass

Jim Pattison Lease

*Canada's largest privately owned fleet management and leasing company.

The Jim Pattison Packaging Group

* GenPak – independent supplier of disposable food service packaging in the US and Canada. * Coroplast – manufacturer and marketer of corrugated plastic sheet for the graphics and re-usable packaging industries * Montebello Packaging – manufacturer of collapsible aluminum and laminate tubes, marker tubes, and rigid aluminum aerosol cans

Export and Financial Services

* Westshore Terminals – Canadian coal export facility and the largest dry bulk terminal on the West Coast of the Americas


External links

Jim Pattison Group

Jim Pattison Auto Group

Jim Pattison Group at the Canadian Communications Foundation website
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