About

Jamilah Taib Murray: My Story

 

Jamilah Taib Murray and Mom

Me and my beautiful mother. Circa 1970.

My Values

My international upbringing has shaped all facets of my life and grounded me with a deep respect and appreciation for different cultures, experiences, and people. I was raised in Malaysia, received my primary education in the United Kingdom, and now I reside in Ottawa, Canada. My life experiences formed my fundamental belief in treating everyone with kindness and respect – a truth that I practice in my everyday interactions and business relationships.

My Experiences

When I was in college in Canada, I sampled many fields of study – trying to figure out where I could make my mark in the world. With a passion for studying people, cultures, and societies, I initially thought anthropology and sociology was my route.

However, when I was looking for an apartment, I stumbled into my first foray into real estate and I was smitten. With the practical, firsthand experience I received – getting the property inspected, negotiating the financing – I was dedicated to making this my profession. Inspired and mentored by local businesswomen, I ventured to start my first company in the real estate industry. With a little luck, coupled with a great team, and a “can-do” attitude, Sakto Corporation was born.

Jamilah Taib Murray Businesswoman

With my great team, we founded Sakto Corporation in 1983.

With the help of family and friends, we founded Sakto Corporation when I was in my early twenties. Teamwork, smart business choices, and savvy negotiation skills enabled us to grow Sakto Corporation into the successful company it is today – rooted in an unwavering commitment to excellence and integrity – a company in which I take great pride. I am so grateful that I had an amazing staff and team of talented people that tirelessly worked to start the company and who continue to work beside me today – over thirty years since we opened our doors.

I faced many challenges in my professional career including trying to thrive in a male dominated industry while starting a family – but the values that helped get Sakto Corporation off the ground and ensured that it continues to thrive today were gained from my international experiences. Having been exposed to many diverse cultures and values, I realized that the core of all business interactions is respect. When people can find common ground and speak openly, the exchange of ideas can yield endless potential.

My Commitment to Philanthropy and Family

Jamilah Taib Murray and Children

Me and my *almost five children.
Circa 2002.

The most rewarding part of growing a successful business is the opportunities it has afforded me as a mentor and philanthropist. I was fortunate to have choices when shaping my career and recognize that many individuals, especially women, do not. I see it as a personal responsibility to encourage future generations to pursue their own empowerment, create and take advantage of opportunities, and emphasize the importance of education for all people.

Helping others is a humbling and meaningful act, and I am truly grateful to use my success to better the lives of others. It is a privilege and a passion, and I am fortunate to see the impact of my efforts and contributions in local and national causes. I share these values with my husband, Sean Murray, and we hope to impart our commitment to philanthropy on our children and inspire others to as well.

What I'm Reading

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Women share wisdom, advice at business leaders’ event

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Canada turns 150 years old today. Let’s admit that it is enjoying a bit of a moment.

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Federal government pledges to match Canadians’ donations to famine relief in Africa

Aid agencies are urging Canadians to respond generously to the federal government’s matching fund for famine relief in Africa and the Middle East, calling it a response to the worst humanitarian crisis in decades.

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Women with career aspirations: step back if you need to, not out

While it is possible for women to be there for their families and grow professionally, there is no question that challenges remain.

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Childhood Bullying Can Cause Health Issues Well Into Adulthood

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The fight against bullying starts when youth reach out, said Tad Milmine, a global youth advocate, prior to his Bullying Ends Here talk at Ècole Senator Riley Middle School on March 25.

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New role for Startup Canada ambassador in Ottawa

Entrepreneur Janice McDonald organization’s top choice to help raise awareness of issues facing female-owned companies.

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She’s Madam Justice by day, freewheeling hockey player by night

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Our Turn by Kirstine Stewart

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Sakto Corporation chairperson Jamilah Taib Murray successfully reached out to the community to help support the food bank’s Baby Basics program, a cause that’s near and dear to her heart.

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INAUGURAL HEELS FOR MEALS A GREAT SUCCESS

Hosted by Jamilah Taib Murray, Chairman of Sakto Corporation, Heels for Meals, a networking luncheon with extraordinary prizes and auction items, was a fundraiser for the Ottawa Food Bank’s Baby Basics Program.

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STARTUP CANADA PODCAST: CHIC GEEK FOUNDER KYLIE TOH ON BUILDING A COMMUNITY FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS

Kylie Toh is the founder of Chic Geek, a Calgary-based non-profit building community for women at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship.

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City committee OKs new tower for Preston Square

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How To Be There For Someone In The Digital Age

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Don’t be a bystander when you see bullying — Community editorial board

Bullying. The word strikes fear into the heart of every parent who longs to protect their kids from anything that will hurt them.

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#GoSponsorHer social media campaign aims to put more women in senior roles

Canada’s business leaders are joining a new social-media campaign aimed at promoting more women in senior roles, publicly pledging to champion a woman in her career and challenging other executives to participate.

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For Canada to succeed on the global stage, we need more women tech leaders

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‘Remarkable response’ to new cancer treatment paves way for further testing

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Black rights activist Viola Desmond to be 1st Canadian woman on $10 bill

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Hundreds of young women heading to Ottawa to take over parliament for a day

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Female-only hackathon to inspire girls in tech

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Recreating Popular Toys That Help Disabled Children Realize The Power Of Mobility

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How To Fight Bullying This Holiday Season

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Ottawa pledges more women for upcoming peacekeeping mission

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Sakto Corporation and Waterford Property Group Celebrate Canada’s 150th Year with Design Competition

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The Best Career Advice I’ll Ever Get Came From This Photo Of My Mom

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‘You made this momma exceedingly happy’: Football player eats lunch with autistic student sitting alone

A small gesture of kindness by Florida State University wide receiver Travis Rudolph had tears streaming down the face of the sixth-grader’s mother, Leah Paske.

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Pass It Forward – Letters To The Next Generation of Female Entrepreneurs

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Today’s letters: Thank you, Ottawa, for your kindness

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A Message To Parents Sending Daughters Back To School

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I am a mother, businesswoman, global citizen, and philanthropist. Showing the causes and organizations that I am committed to, especially women, children, and education, is of the utmost importance to me. These are the issues that motivate me every day and have helped shape my relationships with my family, my community, and my business.

– Jamilah Taib Murray