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. The company also manages the franchise development rights for a number of well-known, quick-service restaurant brands including Subway and Taco del Mar. Under Margot’s leadership, Oliver has returned a return on investment of up to 400% to investors.
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 has also served as an Adjunct Professor in governance and ethics for the MBA Program at the University of Alberta and is on the Faculty of the Directors College, a joint venture between McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada. Prior to founding Oliver Capital Partners Inc., Margot 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 for the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia.
Margot was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2002. And, in 2009, she was the recipient of an Excellence in Leadership Award from Canadian Women in Communications. In 2010, she was the Western Canada Finalist for the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards. In 2011, she was named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. And, in 2013, she was named Woman of the Year by Canadian Women in Communications.
Margot serves or has served on a number of public and private company boards, including Vista Radio Ltd., ENMAX Corporation (where she also served as Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee), Solium Capital Inc, Tecterra Inc. and Canwest Global Communications Inc. She is currently the Chair of Subway Developments which acts as the development agent for the Subway Brand in Alberta and British Columbia. 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, the Intensive Care Foundation of Alberta, the Canadian Human Rights Museum, The Lung Cancer Initiative at the University of Calgary and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary Alberta.
Margot lives in Calgary, Alberta, and is the proud mother of Christopher (who is now also her business partner). She enjoys the outdoors and a number of diverse sports, including skiing, cycling, running and boxing.
She is the co-author of a bestselling book called It’s the Landing that Counts, which seeks to empower those who have suffered adversity or who need inspiration to move forward towards finding peace, happiness and prosperity.