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Radio Exec Named Woman of the Year as CWC Recognizes Top Talent in Telecom, Media and Technology

Canadian Women in Communications is honouring seven outstanding women in the communications, broadcasting and information technology sectors for their contribution to their companies and as role models of leadership with its prestigious Annual Awards, to be presented in Ottawa on April 16th.

“This year’s award recipients are singular contributors to the industry,” said Judith Campbell, Acting President of CWC. “They are wonderful examples of the abilities and leadership excellence that our organization promotes and helps develop.”

Among the winners, and named as CWC Woman of the Year, is the country’s only head of a major radio broadcast company, Margot Micallef of Vista Radio Ltd, whre she is president and CEO..

“This award is given to a role model, mentor and visionary who exhibits extraordinary leadership qualities that empower those around her,” Campbell explained. “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.”

Micallef was also honoured by the CWC in 2009, when she was presented with the “Excellence in Leadership” award.

Among her other awards, Micallef was named a ‘Canadian Achiever’ and profiled in an article for Broadcaster Magazine written by Dick Drew.

“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.”

Vista Radio operates more than radio licenses and numerous online community portals serving audiences across British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and the Northwest Territories. Vista was founded in 2004 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.

In all, seven women will be recognized at the April CWC Annual Awards Gala in Ottawa; the other award winners:

CWC Leadership Excellence Award Recipients—Presenting Partner KPMG:

Pamela Dinsmore, Rogers Communications

Pam is a lawyer and Vice President, Regulatory-Cable at Rogers. Throughout her career, she has been a tireless advocate of women’s advancement in Canada’s communications industry. As a member and former Chair of CWC’s Board of Directors, Pam led program development and successfully campaigned for greater corporate support and funding.

Tina Gokstorp, CTAR Corp

A true trailblazer, Tina has been a thought leader and model of success for women in some of the most technical, business-focused and entrepreneurial aspects of the telecommunications industry. Now 19 years in, she is Co-founder and President of CTAR Corp, the Canadian master distributor of Motorola’s Passive Optical LAN.

Mary Hayes, Engage Learning Systems

For over 30 years, this owner/CEO of Engage Learning Systems and has used multimedia to publish, teach and develop educational and instructional tools and content. She has leveraged today’s information technology to redefine learning, creating programs for groups as diverse as Canada’s First Nations people, Walmart and McDonald’s.

Juggy Sihota-Chahil, TELUS

The Vice President of Customer Experience, Strategy and Development at TELUS has broken much new ground in her 17 years in the industry. She has built high-performance teams to make amazing gains in client loyalty, profitability and satisfaction. Juggy is one of TELUS’s youngest VPs and a winner of Business in Vancouver’s 2012 Forty Under 40 award.

Muriel Solomon, Shaw Media

Now Senior Director of Marketing at Shaw, Muriel has been a leadership dynamo and a mentor par excellence. With 12-plus years at some of Canada’s largest and most successful media, broadcasting and communications companies, she now oversees marketing, on-air and publicity activities across 18 specialty channels, including HGTV, Showcase and HISTORY.

Terri St. Louis, beIN Sport

Before her recent move to Florida to anchor beIN Sport USA Network, she was one of Manitoba’s most popular radio personalities, a TV anchor and sports broadcaster. Terri was Board Chair of the Manitoba Chapter of CWC, encouraging women to make the most of training and mentoring opportunities, hone their abilities, and never stop challenging themselves.

“This diverse group reflects how much CWC itself has grown and expanded in recent years,” added CWC Chair Patricia Douey. “Leadership talent such as these award winners is a key reason that Canada’s technology, media and telecom companies play a pivotal role in furthering Canada’s digital innovation agenda.”

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.

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