John Mackay is one of Canberra’s best known citizens. He came to Canberra nearly 50 years ago as a fresh faced young man from the bush. During the next 30 years he worked his way up to several very senior and interesting jobs in the Australian Public Service.
He grew up as part of a large family in Wellington, NSW where he learned lots of lessons in many happy and sad aspects of life. He also worked in out-back NSW as a bulldozer driver.
During the past 20 years he has occupied some of the most influential offices in Canberra, including: Chairman/CEO of Icon Water; ActewAGL and TransACT. He was also Chancellor of the University of Canberra and Chair of numerous charities and community groups (Koomarri, Salvation Army, National Arboretum, Canberra Glassworks).
John is still very actively engaged as a Director/Chairman of several Corporate Boards and is a very enthusiastic member of the Ricky Stuart Foundation and the Canberra Raiders. He is Patron of the Friends of the National Arboretum and the AIDS Action Council of the ACT.
John has been awarded: an Order of Australia; Canberra Citizen of the Year in 2008; and an Honorary Doctorate. He loves socializing, golf, fishing, horse racing, art and travel. The highs and lows of his life were recently published in a book called: “Living on the Edge”.
John’s approach to life can be summed up as: work hard and manage your own life with precision and dedication; remain enthusiastic and optimistic; always try and help others; use the influence of your position to do good things…..and: stay lucky!!!
Midweekers are available to women and men of all ages who want to come and listen to inspiring stories from our local men, as well as to understand some of the key issues facing young guys in our region. You don’t have to be a guy to come to a Midweeker – just interested in supporting young guys and their families.
Hopefully we can see you there…