06 March 2016

Chris Peters, Canberra Citizen of the Year 2012

Dr Chris Peters was a tireless, thoughtful, innovative and tenacious advocate for Canberra’s private sector, a believer that we can be the architects of our own destiny when it come to business and commerce.
A hugely generous individual, Dr Peters is known for being generous with his time, with his expertise and with his compassion.
Dr Peters was a trusted source of advice and counsel for Government on subjects such as skill shortages and strategies for maintaining a strong economy. He was a valuable presence on many roundtables and committees, representing the business sector on more than 20 advisory boards, statutory authorities and committees.
Dr Peters had a deep interest in seeing business owned and operated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders flourish and prosper. He founded the Indigenous Business Chamber of Australia, the peak body for Indigenous business people and others wishing to support them.
He had a career-long commitment to youth at risk and played a very active role in the Bushfire recovery effort following the fires in 2003. He was also a member of Greater Good – Canberra’s public charitable foundation.
As Chief Executive of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for over 15 years, Dr Peters’ contribution to Canberra’s private sector was immeasurable.  Mr Peters died in February 2013.
Further biographical detail about Chris Peters is available on our website, as is a history of the Canberra Citizen of the Year Award and a full list of awardees.
The 40th consecutive Canberra Citizen of the Year will be announced by the Chief Minister during Canberra Day Celebrations in March 2016.
Image source: Canberra Times, 5 December 1997. Photographer Peter Wells.