Jim Estill, President & CEO, Danby Appliances

Jim Estill of Danby Appliances is a Canadian technology entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist. Jim started a computer distribution business from the trunk of his car while in university. He turned that modest business into a company doing $350,000,000 in sales before selling to SYNNEX in 2004. He then became CEO of SYNNEX Canada and grew sales from $800,000,000 to $2 Billion over five years. Jim is active on various boards and was a founding board member of Research in Motion/Blackberry, before the company went public.

In 2016 & 2017 Jim made the news Opens in new windowfor his sponsorship efforts to settle 58 refugee families. The Financial Times, Guardian, and Life all covered his story. You can follow Jim at JimEstill.com Opens in new window, which documents his philosophies on leadership and time management.

Jim was awarded the Order of Ontario, the provinces highest honour, in 2017. He is also a multiple recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.