Some people see a problem and immediately rise to the occasion. Jim Estill is one of those people. When in 2015 Jim learned about the struggles facing those in war-ravaged Syria, he refused to wait for government to step in, putting his money, skills and connections to good use. As of today, the president and CEO of Danby Appliances has sponsored over 400 Syrian refugees in his hometown of Guelph, Ontario, providing some with skills training and jobs too.
More recently, Jim made COVID-19 his focus when he added life-saving ventilators to the Danby product line. With the mantra Do the Right Thing his inspiration and giving back his guide, Jim’s leadership is certainly one to watch and to follow.
Welcome to In the Business of Change, where we speak with social entrepreneurs and changemakers impacting their communities and the world. I’m your host Elisa Birnbaum publisher and editor in chief of SEE Change Magazine. For those asking, my book also titled In the Business of Change profiling social entrepreneurs around the world is now also available in audiobook format, with me as your trusty narrator. You can find it wherever you normally buy your books and audiobooks, including Amazon or on our website.
On today’s episode we speak with Jim Estill, CEO of Danby and dedicated philanthropist. In our conversation Jim shares how his Do the Right Thing philosophy inspires both his professional and personal choices. It also led to him being awarded the Order of Ontario and Order of Canada, among other accolades. We then discuss the responsibility of corporate leaders to give back to their communities – and how his unique view of wealth underpins his decisions each day.