Commander to address business troops

John Cantwell
Leadership: John Cantwell.

A long-time Australian Army commander will speak at Hume City Council’s March Business Breakfast.

Major General John Cantwell AO, DSC (Ret.) is set to talk on leadership at the breakfast on Friday 18 March 2016, at the Airport Motel and Convention Centre, on Ardlie Street in Attwood.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said attendees from businesses across Hume could look forward to some powerful advice.

“John Cantwell has led many of Australia’s finest army officers,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“He commanded Australian forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East, and demonstrated extraordinary judgement in a number of high-level military positions.

“John served his country for 38 years, and in 1990 and 1991 was part of the coalition force which carried out Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait.

“He will talk at the March Business Breakfast on how leaders can influence individuals and change organisations for the better.

“The retired commander will teach skills on how to build loyalty and nurture teamwork, and he’ll also emphasise how important it is for leaders to be accountable.”

John Cantwell led the initial recovery efforts to the Black Saturday bushfires, and was later the chief of operations at the Victorian Bushfires Reconstruction and Recovery Authority.

He has written widely on leadership, through books like Leadership in Action and Exit Wounds: One Australian’s War on Terror, and the publications will be available to purchase at the event.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the March Business Breakfast was targeted at people from all walks of business life.

“Whether you work in a shop, or manage a large business, this event will offer a great chance to share ideas and network with others,” she said.

“Hume’s business breakfasts always attract people from small, medium and large businesses, as well as representatives of local, state and federal government departments.

“The March breakfast presents a terrific way to network and find out about the latest business trends.

“And the location is very convenient, just ten minutes from Melbourne Airport and 30 minutes from the CBD.”

Hume undertakes a range of activities to support businesses, including training and development workshops.

Council also helps local companies to recruit dedicated workers who live in Hume.

Tickets to the March Business Breakfast cost $60 each, or $400 for a table of eight.

Bookings can be made at

Hume’s March Business Breakfast is proudly sponsored by the Caravan Industry Association Victoria.

For further information, visit here or call 03 9205 2200.


Posted on 12:00 AM, 29 February 2016

Updated : 1:43 PM, 3 March 2016

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