Elaine Canty

Business, Motivational, Media

Elaine Canty is a pioneer in the media, sport and the law. In 2006, she was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Role of Women in recognition of her outstanding service to the community and being an inspirational role model for women.

Elaine is currently Chairman of the Boards of two of Australia's most iconic institutions: the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and the Queen Victoria Market. She also chairs the Melbourne Wholesale Fish Market.

The first female sports broadcaster on ABC Radio and Television in Victoria, she is also the first and only woman to be appointed to the AFL Tribunal (1996 – 2005).

She was the first woman to anchor an Australia-wide Olympic Games coverage (for the ABC from Barcelona 1992).

Elaine is a former director of “Athletics Australia” (1998 – 2003), “Women’s and Children's Health”, (1999 – 2004), “Royal Women's Hospital” (2004 – 2007), “M2002 World Masters Games”, “VicHealth” (1997-2006) and the “State Sport Centres Trust”.

She is a foundation director (1989 - 2000) of the Victorian Institute of Sport and one of the founders of the Essendon Football Club Women's Network.

In addition to her Board duties Elaine runs a corporate presentations consultancy, Canty Communications Pty Ltd and for more than twenty years has been a regular presenter and guest on ABC radio and television and much in demand as an entertaining public speaker.

For 8 years she presented a daily current affairs and lifestyle talkback program on 774 ABC Melbourne. She has covered five Olympic Games, and produced and presented an international award winning sports documentary series.

Before joining the ABC she worked as a solicitor, as a tutor in Clinical Legal Education at Monash University and also spent a year teaching senior Mathematics in London.


  • Coping With Change
  • Pushing Boundaries
  • Sports in the Courts
  • The Token Tart Bites Back


“Elaine read her audience very well and pitched her talk perfectly; very entertaining and funny. Elaine was also very easy to look after.”
A.C.H.S.E. Melbourne

“Elaine readily understood our requirements and carried out the role of MC most efficiently.”
Australian Chamber of Manufacturers, Melbourne

“Your vibrant presentation was informative, motivational, and highly amusing. I know that when I say I could have listened to you talk all day that I am also reiterating the sentiments of all guests present at the function. Needless to say the event was a success, largely due to your involvement.”
Australian Kidney Foundation

“Elaine took the time to meet with us before the presentation so that we could brief her regarding our needs. This showed in the relevance of her comments. Elaine spoke very well and completely engaged the audience.”
Clayton Utz

“Elaine was outstanding at our recent event, her presentation skills and content of the presentation was fantastic and received great comments from our guests. I will definitely be asking Elaine to speak again at future events.”
Country Club Resort - Launceston