Boston Pizza co-owner donates $500,000 to Richmond campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic

Boston Pizza co-owner George Melville, second from left, poses with his proud family after making a $500,000 donation to Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Boston Pizza co-owner George Melville, second from left, poses with his proud family after making a $500,000 donation to Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Richmond campus on Monday morning.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

Recognizing today's increased demand by students for space at post-secondary institutions compared to a decade ago, Boston Pizza co-owner George Melville has stepped up to boost the Richmond campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University with the largest-ever donation.

Joined by his wife Sylvia and other family members including his brother, daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters, Melville announced he was donating $500,000 for the school's ambitious renovation plans to the 20-year-old facility.

Plans call for a total of $14 million to be spent on renovations at the Richmond and Langley campuses of Kwantlen, said Jeff Norris, Kwantlen's Chief Advancement Officer.

"It's very exciting times for Kwantlen" Norris said, referring to the "staggering" growth at the school over the past few years that will see 8,000 students roam its halls this year.

Melville served on Kwantlen's board of governors from 2003 to 2010, and said he's long respected the school and what it stands for.

"Sylvia and I are very proud to be here...and we look forward to seeing the facility when it's complete."

One of the large meeting rooms at the Richmond campus, which sees 25,000 to 30,000 guests visiting annually, will be renamed the Melville Centre for Dialogue once it's undergone some renovations.

Melville said his daughter and son both attended Kwantlen, and noted that Boston Pizza's headquarters are located at the Richmond Auto Mall.

Whether it's full-time or part-time students, or seminars and workshops, the renovations to Kwantlen stand to make the entire community better, Melville said.

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