Jim Estill is CEO of Danby Appliances, a successful technology entrepreneur, and a philanthropist.
Jim started a computer distribution business from the trunk of his car while attending the University of Waterloo. He transformed this modest business into a company exceeding $350 million in sales before selling to SYNNEX in 2004. Following this achievement, Jim became the CEO of SYNNEX Canada and grew the company’s sales from $800 million to $2 billion in just five years. Jim has invested in, mentored and advised many technology companies, including Blackberry, where he served as a Director for over 13 years. He’s got a keen eye for innovation and a talent for streamlining outdated practices, including parcel delivery.
Estill has been appointed to the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Guelph for his achievements in business and philanthropy.
Paul McLean has a passion for customer experience, profitable growth and operational efficiency. Mr. McLean is a seasoned start-up and turnaround executive, saving troubled organizations and returning them to solvency and successfully growing new organizations through strategic sales and operational leadership.
Mr. McLean has led numerous professional services, product and technology organizations consistently generating profitable growth. Recognition as a leader in customer experience including a number 1 ranking by a large research firm for one organization under his leadership. Mr. McLean’s passion for sales and operational excellence is founded in creating high-performance results driven teams under the principals of teamwork, respect and execution.
Mr. McLean has experience leading geographic expansion across North America, Europe and India.
Muhammed Sayyed is a tech veteran with a rich history of developing technology-based solutions for enterprise organizations.
Muhammed is a leading technology and innovations specialist offering production solutions for dated delivery processes. His experience is rooted in a deep understanding of methodology and industry best practices through the full life-cycle of producing stable, supported production solutions. Muhammed’s breadth of technical competencies range from a strong understanding of change management to technical project management and business analysis.
Sayyed is heavily involved in non-profit work and has been recognized by government officials for his role in community advocacy. He is currently serving as President, Muslim Society of Guelph. He was instrumental in growing the charity to better serve the needs of the community.
Lynda Murray is a seasoned marketing strategist with a passion for brand transformations and driving growth.
Lynda has extensive experience building diverse and powerful brands, from the revitalization of a publicly traded snack foods company to the focusing of ‘green’ branding and sustainability for an environmental organization. As a seasoned marketing communications strategist with over 20 years of experience, Lynda harnesses a unique combination of business acumen, e-commerce experience and proven leadership. The ability to introduce innovative products and services to market is what helps drive Lynda’s passion for marketing. She has been recognized as an energetic professional with a passionate management style, evoking engagement and delivering results.
Murray is an active member of her community, with a passion for healthcare and mentoring female business leaders. She served as the Chair for the Foundation of the Guelph General Hospital and has acted as an advisor to multiple startups.