Joe’s career has spanned over 25 years, with roles in Canada, US and India and business in over 40 countries around the world. Joe has always been an innovator in whatever role he has held. His career started with Northern Telecom after he graduated from Engineering at Mechanical Engineering. After he finished his Executive MBA at the University of Toronto, Joe joined Nortel’s first IP business unit and moved from business development to mergers and acquisitions. After completing $700M in acquisitions Joe move to California to join the Shasta Networks business and became the youngest Vice President and General Manager in Nortel.
After Nortel Joe became CEO of two Venture Funded startups both of which were later acquired. After this Joe moved to India as the SVP Customer Relations for ACME Telepower transforming the company from a product sales focused to a managed services business winning a major contract with Aircel worth $400M. After returning to Canada Joe joined Ultra Electronics in a Global VP Business Development and Marketing role where he was responsible for a $650M Contract with the US Army and the lead in the creation of a next generation radio product, now known as Orion. After Ultra, Joe joined a small family owned business Christie Walther Communications where he turned the company into a profitable, award winning company including becoming the first Canadian Dealer for Motorola to win their Global Customer Excellence Award in 2015. After the acquisition of the company Joe embarked full time in running ROCK Networks.
Joe Hickey is the founder and majority shareholder of ROCK Networks Inc.
Headquartered in Ottawa with a name based on his native province of Newfoundland, ROCK supplies wireless radio equipment and maintenance services to customers ranging from the Department of National Defence to Cape Breton’s Cabot Links golf course. The firm has 30 employees and operates sales offices in Calgary, Ottawa, Moncton, N.B., Dartmouth, N.S., and St. John’s, while its e-commerce site has customers in every province and territory within Canada.
ROCK Networks was recently ranked #1 on the Fastest Growing Companies list in Ottawa with 3 year growth of over 5000%.
Joe has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland and an Executive MBA from the University of Toronto.
Joe spends his volunteer time on boards including the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Center (2004-2008) and CENGN (2014 to Current) and in his local community church. Joe is married to Jeanette and they have 5 children, 2 grandchildren and 2 dogs.