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Former Guelph resident entrepreneurial hall of famer

Former Guelph resident Jim Estill is one of the latest business leaders to be inducted into Waterloo’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
Estill, former CEO of Guelph-based computer hardware and software distributor SYNNEX Canada, started his business career in Waterloo.
He founded EMJ Data in 1979 during his final year studying systems design engineering at the University of Waterloo, a news release said. It grew to a $350-million business before SYNNEX acquired it in 2004. As SYNNEX CEO, Estill led the company for more than five years and saw it grow from $800 million to $2 billion in sales, it said.
Estill was also a founding board member of RIM. He currently lives in New York, where he is a partner in Canrock Ventures, an early-stage venture fund.
Estill was inducted into the hall of fame last fall, along with three other 2012 inductees – Barney Strassburger Sr. of Twincorp Inc., Mate Prgin of Avvasi and Gerry Remers of Christie.

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