President's Panel 2012
The President's Panel will provide an informative view from the top of our business. Panelists include Rick Arnish, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group; Margot Micallef, Vista Radio Ltd.; John Pollard, CHEK Media Group; Paul Ski, Rogers Broadcasting. Moderated by Jaye Albright. May 11th, 13:00-14:30
Rick Arnish, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group
Rick Arnish is President of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group with 29 radio and three television stations in British Columbia and Alberta.
As a 43 year broadcast veteran, his knowledge and keen awareness of the industry are valued on both a federal and provincial level. He's a consummate broadcaster with a sincere love for the industry that he has grown up in!
He always wants to give back to the broadcast industry, with a desire to make it the 'best' it can be. Currently he is the Secretary and Board member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, after serving 16 years on the CAB TV Council. Rick is also Chairperson for the Coalition of Small Market Independent Television Stations (SMITS), Board member of the Canadian Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF), Board member of the BCAB and Governor of the BC Children's Hospital Foundation.
In 2004, The Jim Pattison Group awarded the President's Award to Mr. Arnish for best guiding his management and staff to financial and operating success. He is also a six-time recipient of The Jim Pattison Group's Outstanding Management Award, as well as a 'Special Achievement' award recipient. He is also a past recipient of the CAB's Gold Ribbon Award, as well as BCAB Broadcaster of the Year, for his contributions to Canada, his community and the broadcast industry.
Margot Micallef, Vista Radio Ltd.
Ms. Margot M. Micallef, Q.C. is the President & CEO of Vista Radio Ltd. and one of the founders of the company in 2004. Prior to founding Vista Radio Ltd. Ms. Micallef was a Senior Vice-President of Shaw Communications Inc., in Calgary, Alberta; a Partner with Russell and DuMoulin (now Fasken Martineau DuMoulin) in Vancouver, British Columbia; and was a co-instructor of a Seminar on Media and the Law for the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. Ms. Micallef has also served as an Adjunct Professor in governance and ethics for the MBA Program at the University of Alberta.
Ms. Micallef received her Queen's Counsel designation in 2002. In 2009 Ms. Micallef was a recipient of an Excellence in Leadership Award from the Canadian Women in Communications and in 2010 was named as the Western Canada Finalist for an RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award. In 2011 she was named by the Women’s Executive Network as one of Top 100 Women in Canada.
Ms. Micallef has served on a number of public and private company boards. She currently sits on the boards of Solium Capital Inc. and The Cambrian House. Previously, Ms. Micallef served on the board of Canwest Global Communications Inc., and Enmax Corporation, where she chaired the Corporate Governance Committee. In addition, Ms. Micallef is active in her community through fundraising initiatives, which in the past have included: the Alberta Ballet, the Alberta Ballet School of Dance, the HR MacMillan Planetarium, Homes of Hope and the Intensive Care Foundation of Alberta. Currently she serves as the Chair of the Alberta fundraising initiative for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. She is also on the Board of Directors for Canadian Women in Communications.
John Pollard, CHEK Media Group
In 2009, John led CHEK's employee group to buy the station from Canwest and save it from fading to black. CHEK is now Canada's only independent, employee-owned television station.
As President & CEO, John oversees every aspect of the business and leads the management group. John's history in broadcasting goes back to 1973 and includes all parts of the broadcast industry. He has worked in sales, production, news and master control. He is well versed in today's television industry from an independent point of view.
Paul Ski, Rogers Broadcasting
Paul Ski is Chief Executive Officer, Radio at Rogers Broadcasting Limited a division of Rogers Media Inc., which owns and operates 55 radio stations across Canada.
Paul is a career broadcaster with an extensive background in radio broadcasting. Prior to joining Rogers, Paul worked in many areas of senior management at CHUM Radio for over 30 years, including President of CHUM's Radio Division.
Paul is recognized for his expertise in developing strategic plans to reposition and brand radio stations, and has spoken extensively on these topics to various broadcasters and industry groups.
Throughout his career Paul has been actively involved in a number of national and regional associations and industry committees. He is currently a member of the board of the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) and is a former member of the Radio Marketing Bureau, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), the Chair of the CAB Radio Council and Secretary, and the CAB Board of Directors. Paul received his Masters in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, focusing on research, strategy development and implementation.