Queen’s Birthday honours for Club Melbourne Ambassadors

By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia, 12 June, 2013

The significant design and medical contributions of three Club Melbourne Ambassadors were officially recognised in the Queen's Birthday 2013 Honours List that was announced yesterday.



Dr Ken Cato received the Officer (AO) in the General Division for his distinguished service to the graphic design profession as a practitioner, and through education and development roles both nationally and internationally.


Professor Garry Jennings, AM received the Officer (AO) in the General Division for distinguished service to medical research, particularly the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes, to professional associations, and to education.


Professor Euan Wallace received the Member (AM) in the General Division for his significant service to medicine, particularly in the areas of obstetrics and gynaecology.


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) Chief Executive, Peter King said the Ambassadors inclusion in the Queen's Birthday 2013 Honours List is a fitting acknowledgement to their remarkable careers.


“I congratulate all three Ambassadors on this wonderful achievement. We’re delighted that they, as leaders in their respective fields, have been recognised for their value to the Australian community.”


Dr Ken Cato is currently Chairman and Executive Creative Director of Cato Partners. A long-standing member of Alliance Graphic Internationale and a past AGI President, Ken has previously been awarded the first Australian Honorary Doctorate of Design and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ of the inaugural Victorian Design Awards. Ken founded the agIdeas International Design Week that has been held at MCEC for the last two years, agIdeas is one of the largest and prestigious design festivals in the world.


Professor Jennings is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. He is immediate past President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institute, former President of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia and Head of  a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Cardiovascular Health.


Professor Wallace is the Director of The Ritchie Centre and the Carl Wood Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University. As Director of the Ritchie Centre, he has brought together research groups in fetal and neonatal physiology, women’s health and stem cell biology to create a research centre focused on women and infant health.


The recipients are also members of the Club Melbourne Ambassador Program which unites and supports leading Victorians to secure and host international conferences and business events that promote Melbourne’s unique expertise and knowledge to the world. The program is an initiative of MCEC and supported by Melbourne Convention Bureau and the State Government of Victoria

Source: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre