If his team is successful, it will mark their second consecutive Nova Scotia Mixed Curling Championship.
MacKenzie curls at the Windsor Curling Club with Richard and Shelly Barker, of Falmouth, and Liz Woodworth, who replaced Jocelyn Nix — a member of the 2015 championship team.
The championships are being hosted this weekend in Windsor.
The event will see 12 teams converge on Windsor March 3, with play beginning at 9 a.m. March 4.
The MacKenzie rink goes into Friday's competition coming off a fifth place finish at the National Mixed Curling Championship that was held in November.
They are seeded third in this year's tournament of 12.
Ahead of the MacKenzie rink are Brent MacDougall, who comes into weekend play seeded No. 1, and Paul Flemming.
MacDougall won the Nova Scotia Mixed Curling Championship in two of the previous four years. Flemming’s rink has won the Nova Scotia Mixed Curling Championship and the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships in 1999 and 2003.
The Stuart Thompson rink, from the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax, is the fourth seeded team. The top four will all have byes in the opening draw and will not see action until 2 p.m. when they will the play the winners of the four morning games.
There are also several former Tankard, Scotties and Jr. Provincial champions competing.
The championship tournament is a straight triple-knockout and continues until March 7.
Watch the action
The opening ceremonies for the 2016 championships will take place at 5 p.m. March 4 with senior and junior curlers taking part.
Longtime members Dick and Ruth Taylor, along with 92 year-old Ned Lyons, plus Isabelle Palmeter from Curry's Corner, will all take part in the special opening ceremonies.
There will be no admission fees charged to watch the weekend curling action.