Jamil Murji

BC Business Magazine - - Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 - –N.C.


Five years ago, Jamil Murji de­cided to buy a com­pany. The stock an­a­lyst, who had done his un­der­grad in com­puter sci­ence at SFU and an MBA at Western Univer­sity's Richard Ivey School of Busi­ness, had al­ways wanted to run his own busi­ness. So when the Van­cou­ver na­tive no­ticed that Ab­bots­ford-head­quar­tered trans­porta­tion and lo­gis­tics firm In­ter-ur­ban Delivery Ser­vice was up for sale, he ex­am­ined the books, liked what he saw and put ev­ery penny he had into it. Run­ning a com­pany in an in­dus­try he knew noth­ing about was tough, but deal­ing with the staff he in­her­ited proved tougher.

“It was a small of­fice of four or five peo­ple, and not even 90 days after [pur­chas­ing it], the op­er­a­tions man­ager and of­fice man­ager were kicked out be­cause I caught them steal­ing our cus­tomer list and start­ing their own com­pany,” Murji says. “It took me a good 18 months to fig­ure out how this busi­ness runs, to beg for for­give­ness from our cus­tomers.” Since then, In­ter-ur­ban has dou­bled its em­ploy­ees, and in 2016, Murji bought Burn­aby-based freight car­rier Ar­gus. He over­sees about 185 staff over­all.

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