Jim Pattison and Walter Schneider to be honoured during the David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert

Oct. 17, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Jim Pattison and Walter Schneider will be honoured as the recipients of the David Foster Foundation Visionary Awards at the upcoming David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert, to be held on Oct. 21, 2017 at Rogers Arena.

The David Foster Foundation Visionary Award recognizes individuals making extraordinary contributions to local, regional, national, and international business and humanitarian efforts. These awards are presented annually at the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert. 

“This year’s recipients are two Canadian business icons who are committed to the improvement of the lives of Canadians from coast-to-coast,” says Michael Ravenhill, CEO of the David Foster Foundation. “We are incredibly honoured to welcome them to our 30th anniversary celebration, knowing that their long-term support of our Foundation, as well as countless other Canadian charities, has helped to shape the country as a whole.”      

Past recipients of the David Foster Foundation Visionary Awards have included Jim Treliving, founder of Boston Pizza and CBC Dragons’ Den star; Sheldon Kennedy, child advocate and former NHL player; Gregg Saretsky, President and CEO of WestJet Airlines; Darren Entwistle, CEO of TELUS; Simon Keith, Chair of the Simon Keith Foundation and one of the longest living heart transplant recipients in the world; and Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D.

The David Foster Foundation’s annual fundraising gala helps to raise money for families undergoing life-saving pediatric organ transplants. For the past 30 years, the Foundation has supported the non-medical expenses of more than 1,100 Canadian families. When on this journey, many families have to split their time between their home and a city that has one of Canada’s eight pediatric organ transplant centres. Under these circumstances, the medical system does not support these non-medical expenses such as food, mortgage or rent payments, car payments, and flights.

About the David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala & Concert

The 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala is presented by Parq Vancouver, a new entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s energetic entertainment district. Parq Vancouver is home to the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and a first-to-market Autograph Collection Hotel, the DOUGLAS.

30th Anniversary Gala Partners:

  • Presenting Partner: Parq Vancouver
  • In Partnership: TELUS, Aquilini Group, and WestJet
  • Luxury Sponsor: Bedat & Co.
  • Red Carpet Sponsors: Boston Pizza, S.G. Cunningham Limited, Bonnie & John Buhler
  • Media Partners: Canada Wide Media Ltd., Global Television, PostMedia
  • Invitations & Graphic Design: PALETTERA
  • Wine Sponsor: Inniskillin
  • Craft Beer Sponsor: Bomber Brewing
  • Liquor Sponsors: Nutrl Vodka & Tempo Gin   

About the David Foster Foundation

David Foster is a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven time Juno Award winner, Emmy Award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with more than half a billion records sold. In 2015, the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria recognized Foster as their Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, Aird & Berlis, LLP, Honda Canada Foundation, OUTFRONT Media Canada, and Schnitzer families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant.

In 2014, the Slaight Family Foundation, Newton Glassman Foundation in partnership with Catalyst Capital Group Inc., Jim & Sandi Treliving, and Tan Sri Dr. Francis Yeoh joined TELUS as the Foundation’s $1 million Life Legacy members.

The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.


Backgrounder – About the recipients

Jim Pattison

Jim Pattison is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and sole owner of The Jim Pattison Group.  The Jim Pattison Group is Canada’s 2nd largest privately held company and, in a recent survey by The Financial Post, The Jim Pattison Group was ranked as Canada’s 48th largest company.  The Jim Pattison Group has more than 42,000 employees, annual sales of $9.6 billion and operations in 575 locations.  With activities in Canada, the U.S. Europe, and Australia, The Jim Pattison Group is involved in a wide variety of industries including: Food Services, Packaging, Distribution, Manufacturing, Communications, Entertainment, Transportation, Agricultural Equipment, Forest Products, Export Services and Real Estate.

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.

Jim Pattison 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.

Jim Pattison has served as a Director on a number of Boards, and is currently a director of Canadian Forest Products (Canfor Corporation); and Brookfield Asset Management., and serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.  He held the unpaid position of Chairman, President and CEO of Expo ’86, a world-class Exposition held in Vancouver, British Columbia from May 2, 1986 to October 13, 1986.   

Mr. Pattison was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1987, and the Order of British Columbia in 1990.  He is also the recipient of the Governor General’s Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canada.  Mr. Pattison is an inductee of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and the Canadian Professional Sales Association Hall of Fame.  He was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year – Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, the International Horatio Alger Award in Washington, DC in 2004, and the Young Presidents Organization Canadian Icon Award in 2007.  In April 2012 by Command of Her Majesty The Queen, Mr. Pattison received the Diamond Jubilee Medal commemorating her sixtieth anniversary. In June of 2014 he was given the Freedom of the City Award from the City of Vancouver.

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.


Walter Schneider

Walter Schneider is the President and Co-Founder of the RE/MAX INTEGRA group of companies. RE/MAX INTEGRA is the largest real estate sub franchisor in the world and is based in Mississauga, Ontario. Schneider along with his partner Frank Polzler started the company in the basement of a small office building in 1980. Today the company owns and operates the RE/MAX brand in 36 countries, has over 2,800 franchise offices, and is home to nearly 38,000 sales professionals. In 2016, a member of the INTEGRA network sold a property every 64 seconds, 24-7, every day of the year somewhere in the world. That equates to over 454,000 of transactions and $2.2B in commission revenue.

Schneider is a serial entrepreneur who is involved in a number of other enterprises but has never forgotten his humble beginnings. Toronto born, Schneider is the product of Austrian immigrants who came to Canada after the Second World War for a new beginning. Schneider credits this immigrant experience as one of the keys to his success, along with a positive mindset and can-do attitude. He has always believed that nothing stays static and has embraced change in all facets of his business and personal life.

Today RE/MAX INTEGRA is a multigenerational company with second and third generation offspring playing key roles in both senior and strategic positions.

Independent of his work at RE/MAX, Schneider has a series of other private business ventures in a number of spaces including real estate, mortgage investment and real estate development.

Schneider, in 2000, also co-founded and is a Director of Boston based company iPromoteu. Today this company is one of the USA’s top 15 largest promotional product companies/distributors.

When he’s not head down in his numerous business ventures, Schneider commits his extra time to a variety of philanthropic initiatives. Schneider sits on three charitable boards including the MLSE Team Up Foundation, Canada’s Walk of Fame and the David Foster Foundation. In June 2012, he was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Award for his philanthropic efforts, through his foundation The Schneider Family Foundation. In 2014, Schneider received the J. Tuzo Wilson Award from his alma mater, University of Toronto. The J. Tuzo Wilson Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes outstanding alumni for their dedication to both enriching the lives of others through community service and achieving a level of distinction in their professional field. Earlier in 2017 he was recognized as a Fellow by the Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation, a circle of Realtors who commit themselves to improving the quality of life in Ontario communities.

Schneider has also been named CEO of year by the Financial Post and recently was appointed as the Honourary Council General of Austria in Toronto.

A family man first, Schneider feels very blessed to have shared a beautiful union with Maria, his wife of over 30 years, and the gift of his three children Shelby (29), Conrad (26), and Simon-Walter (22).