Vista Radio CEO Named CWC Woman of the Year

By January 31, 2013News

Margot Micallef is the only female president and CEO of a major Canadian radio broadcaster. In 2013 she’s being honoured as Canadian Women in Communications’ Woman of the Year.

“This award is given to a role model, mentor and visionary who exhibits extraordinary leadership qualities that empower those around her,” explained Judith Campbell, Acting President of CWC. “In just eight years, Margot has led Vista’s growth from a stand-alone station to a corporation with 64 radio licenses in three provinces, which is an outstanding example of women’s leadership and achievement.”

When most broadcasters are cutting back, Vista has invested in training for its employees, grown its creative team and on-air programming, and has reinforced its commitment to local news and to community involvement. On a personal level, Margot takes a genuine interest in helping those around her to develop and flourish, and has been an advocate for the promotion of women throughout her career. At Vista, nearly half the management roles are filled by women and a third of senior management positions are held by women.

“I feel a tremendous sense of pride in receiving the CWC Woman of the Year Award,” said Micallef. “I accept it in full awareness of the debt of gratitude I owe to the many on my team who have made Vista the success that it is today – especially Paul Mann who was the catalyst to the founding of Vista, and Bryan Edwards, Jason Mann, Barb Fairclough, my brother Vince Micallef and our retired President, Terry Coles.”

“It has been a thrill working with Margot since our beginnings eight years ago,” said Paul Mann, Vista’s Executive Vice President of Sales, Training & Development. “Being the only Canadian radio company led by a woman is a distinction in itself, and we are delighted that CWC is further recognizing Margot’s accomplishments.”

Margot has worked in the communications industry for 27 years, starting in broadcast law. She’s served on the boards of the BC Association of Broadcasters, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, and Canadian Women in Communications. Margot has been a frequent speaker at industry events, taught communications law at the University of British Columbia Law School and designed and taught a course in business ethics and corporate governance at the University of Alberta School of Business. She is keen to support and encourage the young at Vista to live their mission statement of striving for ever greater heights, and enrolled every female employee at Vista as a member of CWC.

“What truly inspires me is the thought of what Vista can become in the future with the team of dedicated people that our leadership has so skillfully assembled,” said Micallef. “I am truly honoured and humbled to be ranked among so many great women in our dynamic industry.”

In all, seven women will be recognized at the CWC Annual Awards Gala in Ottawa on April 16, 2013.

CWC is a national, bilingual organization that champions women’s advancement and achievements in Canada’s communications and technology sectors. Now in its 21st year, CWC offers strategic networking and mentorships, targeted professional development and meaningful recognition to deserving contributors.

Vista Radio operates more than 50 radio licenses and numerous online community portals serving audiences across British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and the Northwest Territories. Vista was founded in 2004 by Paul Mann, Jason Mann, Margot Micallef, Bryan Edwards, and Barb Fairclough with a vision of creating a strong broadcast voice in Canada’s regional and mid-markets by providing top quality local programming, engagement and service. Vista now employs nearly 300 people, working to connect people to people, products & services that enhance the quality of their lives.