John McGuire

Chief Innovation Officer, Aurecon

“Society needs a new brand of thinkers.”

Power shortages, housing affordability, gridlock congestion — growth and economic buoyancy is generating problems that are interconnected and interdependent. Paradoxically our own prosperity threatens to undermine the economic fundamentals that created it. A new approach to thinking is needed so as not to accentuate problems elsewhere.

However, before engineers can tackle the problems that society needs solving, they will first have to disrupt their own thinking processes. This presentation follows the journey of how a global engineering group has had to redesign itself from the inside out to remain relevant in a world of uncertainties and contradictions.

About John

In this role John is responsible for driving innovation, design and strategic new directions within Aurecon. 

John is a degree qualified mechanical engineer with over 25 years of postgraduate experience. He has had a career in both consulting and contracting in Australia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. 

He has been involved in the successful delivery of a wide range of technically sophisticated and challenging projects, with specific capability in the area of life sciences, health, pharmaceuticals, forensic and specialist containment laboratories and clean room facilities. He is highly regarded and recognised throughout Australia for his creative and innovative design approach to engineering and project leadership. 

He has recently been working with the Design Innovation Research Centre at University Technology Sydney in the field of design thinking and design led innovation and is responsible for bringing design innovation to our key client offerings. 

John is highly regarded and recognised for his creative and innovative design approach to engineering and in particular his skill and expertise in sustainability. He has published numerous papers on the subject and is also a guest lecturer at the University of Western Australia in the field.

Speaker’s event

Dare to Design Our Health Future

Dare to Design our Health Future.
City and Surrounds
02 Jun - 03 Jun, 09:00 am - 05:00 am