Getting To Know Mark MacKinnon
Mark spent his formative years on the military base in Petawawa, Ontario, the son of a Military Police officer father and a secretary mother. Upon graduating high school near the top of his class in 1991, Mark moved to the Royal City to study Applied Chemistry co-op at the University of Guelph. It was at this time he unexpectedly stumbled into his soulmate and future wife, Karen. Mark graduated and then continued his education at the university with two additional years of a Master’s Degree in synthetic organic chemistry before changing focus and pursuing his growing interests in business and marketing.
Mark founded a game and book publishing company in 1999, continuing to live and work in the expanding city he had come to know and love. He soon grew his company to seven employees and achieved over two million dollars in annual retail sales. After closing his company in 2006, Mark diversified his career path once again and obtained his real estate and mortgage broker licenses to help his clients reach their housing goals in and around Guelph. In 2013, Mark expanded his business ventures and revisited his publishing roots to include a board game company.
For more than a dozen years, Mark has lived in Guelph’s Ward 6 with his lovely nurse wife, Karen, and his two young gymnast sons, William (13) and Robert (11).
City Committees and Boards
• Corporate Services committee (member)
• Audit committee (member)
• Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health board of directors (member)
Mark's Experience and Community Involvement
• Owner of Guelph board game publisher, Dyskami Publishing Company
• Registered real estate broker and Director of Marketing with At Home Group Realty
• Registered mortgage broker with Mortgage Alliance – Bildwell Financial
• Former member of the Upper Grand District School Board’s Parent Involvement Committee (PIC)
• Former member and playground committee chair of Westminster Wood Pubic School’s Parent Council
• Longtime board member of the Westminster Woods Mutual Use Committee (MUC)
• Wellington Common Element Condominium Corporation (WCEC) 155 board president (and former WCEC 112 board president)
• Board member of local artistic non-profit, Guelph Spoken Word
• Creative Director of Guelph’s $10,000 Ontario International Poetry Slam competition festival
• Former treasurer of international non-profit trade organisation, Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
• Former director-at-large, Guelph and District Association of REALTORS®