Joe Hickey, President and CEO, Wins Top 50 CEO for the Fourth Year in a Row

Joe Hickey, our President and CEO, was named one of Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs for the fourth year in a row. ROCK Networks Controller, Maggie Ma, accepted the award on Joe’s behalf at a gala in Halifax last night.

Atlantic Business Magazine is an award-winning leading publication covering all areas of business within the four Atlantic provinces. Now in its 25th year, Top 50 CEO awards have grown into Atlantic Canada’s premier celebration of corporate leadership excellence.

Under Mr. Hickey, ROCK Networks has grown from a local two-way radio supplier to a leading innovator in rural broadband, satellite, and wireless networks across Canada. With a 54% growth rate, ROCK earned a spot on the Globe and Mail’s 2022 Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies. Mr. Hickey has deep roots in Atlantic Canada. He is proud of his Newfoundland heritage and ROCK Network’s 40-plus years of delivering exceptional service in Nova Scotia.

“Receiving this award for the fourth consecutive year is a tremendous honour,” said Mr. Hickey. “I want to acknowledge that this achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the ROCK staff. Their creativity and dedication continue to inspire me to become a better leader. Our collective efforts in bridging the digital divide have been remarkable. We’re thrilled about upcoming projects that will bring high-speed internet services to rural residents across Canada.”

Mr. Hickey also serves on the board of techNL, a not-for-profit industry association representing Newfoundland and Labrador’s technology and innovation sector. By working with techNL, he aims to enable the tech sector to flourish in the province.

Atlantic Business Magazine dedicates one of its six issues per year to profiling Atlantic Canada’s most accomplished business leaders. These awards recognize worthy individuals as well as inspire other companies and business leaders to achieve similar success. Readers submit top CEO nominations, and nominees are judged according to their corporate, community, and industry involvement, their company’s growth in recent years, and their responses to various managerial challenges.