Margot Micallef – Foodie, philanthropist, and Sherrold Moore Award recipient
June 9, 2017
Over the past few weeks we have recognized a few of our amazing volunteers and this week we want to feature another member of our community who continues to contribute to the Chamber and business in Calgary.
Margot Micallef is the recipient of the 2016 Calgary Chamber Sherrold Moore Award. We caught up with Margot to talk about what this award means and the why it is so important to her.
About Margot Micallef
Margot M. Micallef, Q.C. is the President of Oliver Capital Partners, a company she founded in 2003 to invest in private companies looking for expansion capital or an outright sale. Since its inception, Oliver Capital Partners has directly and indirectly invested in a number of diverse businesses, including broadcasting, publishing, food manufacturing and real estate.
In 2003, Margot co-founded a better-for-you food company with her sister, Gabriella. In 2009, the founders began commercializing their non-traditional pasta, now marketed as skinnypasta™, and confirmed their strategy of developing foods that alleviate symptoms of chronic illness and aging, and aid in health and wellbeing. The company was recently renamed Gabriella’s Kitchen in honour of Margot’s late sister, Gabriella, who remains the inspiration behind the company.
Margot lives in Calgary, Alberta and is the proud mother of Christopher (who is now also her business partner). She enjoys the outdoors, including skiing, cycling, running and chasing cows at her ranch in British Columbia.
When and why did you get involved with the Chamber?
I was approached by the Chamber about considering a membership. I decided to get involved with the Chamber about a year ago because I wanted to support an organization that supports business in Calgary.
What is your favourite part about the Chamber?
As I’ve said to Adam Legge (President of the Chamber) in the past, “This is not your grandfather’s Chamber!” The Calgary Chamber is highly relevant to business in Calgary, it focuses on whats important: growing our business, networking opportunities, connecting people to each other and speaking to government and other institutions as the voice of business in Calgary.
What are your visions for the future of the Chamber?
I see the future Chamber continuing to shape the business environment and culture in Calgary and continuing to foster the feeling of “can do” in Calgary. I also see the Chamber playing a role in education, in fostering the development of entrepreneurs in Calgary and of connecting businesses to the resources they need to grow, be it information, capital or personnel.
What would you like to see the Chamber accomplish?
Calgary is the premier place to do business in Canada. I’d like to see the Chamber protect that situation. I’d like to see the Chamber act as a think tank of “possibility” for Calgary business, fostering positivity and inspiration. I’d like to see the Chamber groom future leaders in business and in the community.
What is your vision for the City of Calgary?
Calgary is blessed with passion, capital and visionaries. I believe the oil & gas industry will continue to have an important role in Calgary and in Canada as a whole. I also see the “And” economy (the “And” economy being the other industries we have in Calgary outside of oil and gas) growing to be an even more significant contributor to our economy. Calgary is growing in importance as a centre for technology development, it already boasts significant expertise in geomatics and is becoming a centre of food innovation in Canada. I’d like to see Calgary be the first place people think of when they think “entrepreneurs”!
What does winning this award mean to you?
I love Calgary. I love being an entrepreneur and I love being an entrepreneur in Calgary. I am honored to be recognized amongst the other leaders in Calgary who have in the past been granted this award and I am humbled when I think of the incredible contribution made by Sherrold Moore to this city.
You have been a huge advocate for community development and investment through your businesses, and as an individual. Why has this been so important for you?
I have been blessed with good fortune, with opportunity and with help from many people who guided me, invested in me and supported me over the years. My way of saying “thank you” and showing gratitude is to never forget where I came from, the hardship those who came before me endured and the sacrifices so many have made to allow me to succeed. I want to give back to my beloved community of Calgary, to young people who are the future of Calgary and to those who will benefit by a helping hand, a word of support or encouragement.
What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
I love boxing, cycling, bodybuilding and skiing. I love adventure and the outdoors. And sharing my love of Alberta with family and friends.
Anything else you would like to share?
I am grateful to the Chamber for the work it does in building a great environment in which to do business in Calgary. With the economic downturn and with some of the policies and legislation supported by our provincial government it is not easy for the Chamber to continue to spread positivity and for entrepreneurs to find ways to grow our business in Calgary. Many have opted out and relocated their business outside of Alberta and others have given up. For those of us who are too stubborn to leave, tied to Alberta and determined to succeed here, the Chamber plays a big role in supporting our endeavours. I believe without the Calgary Chamber many more businesses would have left, shut down or simply stagnated. We are fortunate to have the Calgary Chamber and to have Adam Legge – a true visionary – lead the Chamber. I am so proud to call Calgary home.
About the Sherrold Moore Award
Named in honour of the incredible Calgarian Sherrold Moore, a man who has helped build both our business community and community at large. He begun volunteering initially to help create a better community for his daughter, and he transferred his substantial business skills honed from years of senior business and directorship roles into the sporting world to also become a leader in sport in Alberta.
Sherrold’s commitment to improving the quality of life for Albertans extends well beyond the business and sporting arena as well, as he is involved in many other organizations committed to the betterment of the arts, health, politics, and the environment.