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John-Connell-metro-reducedIconic Australian engineer and founder of Aurecon’s heritage business, John Connell and Associates, Dr John Connell, has passed away aged 102.

Aurecon Global CEO Giam Swiegers announced Dr Connell’s passing and called him one of the most influential engineers of his generation.

“John’s involvement in helping to shape the cities and infrastructure of Australia in the post second world war period has left a legacy that endures today.

“His vision for innovative engineering and passion for realising ideas remains at the heart of operations at Aurecon today,” Mr Swiegers said.

During a speech at Dr Connell’s 100 year celebration in 2014, President of Engineers Australia’s Victoria Division John McIntosh said, “The man we honour today is a leader who held an extraordinary vision into the future and the very rare capacity to bring that future to pass.”

In his speech, Mr McIntosh went on to thank Dr Connell for his many years of service to Engineers Australia and to the engineering profession.

In addressing Dr Connell directly he said, “Your leadership is unrivalled and your legacy, a challenge for those of us who would walk in your footsteps.”

William Cox, Managing Director ANZ at Aurecon said, “The man himself, always had a personal desire and drive to improve his view of business and those around him.

“John demonstrated what can be achieved, and contributed to a business and the community through self-improvement, and for many of those who worked with him, this remains a guiding principle.”

On heritage projects such as the Melbourne Underground Rail Loop and the Victorian Arts Centre, John Connell pioneered the delivery of multidisciplinary services and partnering with international consultancies in joint venture.

In doing this, Dr Connell took a worldview at a time when many consulting practices were focusing on local issues and locally based solutions.

“As we enter a new era of engineering and consultancy services, John’s passing presents us with an opportunity to reflect on the impact made to our industry by visionary thinkers and humanitarians such as John Connell,” Mr Swiegers said.

John Connell was an exemplar for others and a person who believed in the merits of combining technical skill, leadership, sharing knowledge with others, optimism and affability to promote a focus on success and the future.

Details of the service in John Connell’s honour will be announced shortly

Mr Connell will be missed and remembered by the industry.

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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