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205-215 Bell Street Preston
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Speaker - Harold Mitchell AC, Executive Chairman, Aegis Media Pacific
'Australia has a great future'
Harold Mitchell is Executive Chairman of Aegis Media Pacific. In 1976 he started the company that is now the largest media agency in Australia. Australia's largest planner and buyer of media including internet advertising through emitch, and owner of Stadia Media, Australia's largest sports ground advertising contractor.
Chairman of CARE Australia, Director of CARE International, Chairman of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Chairman of ThoroughVision, Vice Chairman of Tennis Australia, Chairman of Art Exhibitions Australia, Chairman Television Sydney, Director Deakin Foundation, Chairman of Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union, Director St James Ethics Foundation, Director Grattan Institute, Former President of the Museums Board of Victoria, Former Chairman National Gallery Australia, Former Board Member of Opera Australia Council and Former President of the Melbourne International Festival of Arts.
In December 2000 he launched the Harold Mitchell Foundation. This is a philanthropic foundation to distribute funds between Health and the Arts. In December 2002 Deakin University conferred on him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. In 2003 he delivered the Andrew Olle Memorial Lecture on Media.
In January 2004 he was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for his services as a benefactor and fundraiser in support of artistic and cultural endeavour.
On 28 July 2005, he was awarded the Richard Pratt Business Leader Award given by the Australian Business Arts Foundation in recognition of excellence in arts leadership.
On 14 June 2010, he was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the community through leadership and philanthropic endeavours in the fields of art, health and education and as a supporter of humanitarian aid in Timor-Leste and indigenous communities.