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Patrick Pichette

Patrick Pichette (US)

Former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (2008 – 2015), Current Advisor, Google Inc.
Kate Morris

Kate Morris

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Adore Beauty

Race Strauss

Race Strauss CPA

Group Chief Financial Officer, Jetstar
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1.00am - 1.00am
Building high performing and positive finance teams
Engaged, empowered, dedicated and driven … do you wish these words described your finance team? Stop wishing and make it happen. Take a view from the top and learn what you need to do to build a world-class finance team that performs at its peak all day, every day. This is not a fluffy session – it will give you real-world, practical tips on building positive relationships, empowering others and leading with inspiration. In short … finance fired up!
Speaker
  • David Buckingham
    Chief Financial Officer, Navitas • Responsible for the financial operations of Navitas globally
    • Diverse educational background and impressive career which he began in the United Kingdom with PwC
    • Formerly worked for Telewest Global and Virgin Media
    • Former Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer at iinet
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1.00am - 1.00am
Building meaningful partnerships between public and private sector
Learn from Perth Airport’s CFO how the public sector can maintain productive and collaborative stakeholder relationships with business and community groups.
Speaker
  • Victor Howard FCPA
    Chief Financial Officer, Perth Airport • Chief Financial Officer of Perth Airport Pty Ltd for six years
    • Has developed new sources of funding, extended the term of debt and reduced funding costs and risks at Perth Airport
    • Former experience includes more than 12 years with Transurban City Link Limited in a several roles including CFO of the US Division and General Manager of Corporate Finance
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1.00am - 1.00am
Business breakfast: Sir Charles Court Oration - Leadership in a complex…
Speaker
  • Sam Walsh AO
    Former Chief Executive Officer, Rio Tinto • Chief Executive Officer at Rio Tinto from January 2013 to July 2016
    • Formerly led a number of Rio Tinto’s product groups including Aluminium (2001-2004) and Iron Ore (2004-2013)
    • Former Rio Tinto Director
    • 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles with General Motors and Nissan Australia
    • Appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010 for his key role in charity, community and business associations in Australia and the United Kingdom
    • Member of B20 Australian Leadership Group in 2014
    • Appointed Co-Chair of the Australia-India CEO Forum in 2015
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1.00am - 1.00am
Dare to be different: Dare to be courageous
Nadine Champion is a fighter, inside the ring and out. As a martial artist with almost 30 years' experience and an undefeated full contact fighter, she has learnt a lot about inner strength. Nadine is an inspiring speaker with an inspiring story. She uses her unique 10 seconds of courage approach to help people find strength in all that they do. She has translated the lessons learnt in the ring to academic and professional success and illustrates that fighting is 90 per cent psychological as is triumph in many arenas. Hear Nadine’s inspiring story about how being a female martial artist helped her win her battle against cancer.
Speaker
  • Nadine Champion
    Gold Medallist, World Cup of Martial Arts • Studied under her Sensei, world-champion fighter Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez, for 20 years
    • Titles in both Thai boxing and kickboxing
    • Undefeated in all her fighting disciplines
    • Martial arts background includes taekwondo, jujitsu, pankration (submission fighting), boxing, kickboxing, Thai kickboxing and karate
    • High-Performance Coach at the UFC Gym Sydney
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1.00am - 1.00am
Dare to be different: Dare to be vulnerable
Peter Sharp, former accountant turned social entrepreneur, shares how he awakens a deeper sense of connection through his social-experiment videos and life adventure experience. Peter hitchhiked more than 1500km from Barcelona to Croatia in a business suit and humorously demonstrates how facing our fears and turning the seemingly impossible into the possible can lead to incredible shifts in our ability to collaborate with one another in and outside of the workplace. By the end of this session, you will feel inspired to live more authentically.
Speaker
  • Peter Sharp
    Social Artist • Has a focus on spreading the power of positive
    • His happiness experiments have gone viral receiving more than 100 million views
    • Instigated global flash mobs, spontaneous dance parties on trains, eye contact social art projects and more via his global network – The Liberators International
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1.00am - 1.00am
Devising decisive decisions!
As a professional, you’re faced with dozens of decisions on a daily basis. You’ve gathered all the necessary information, looked at the issue from several different angles and assessed the inherent risks of following each course of action. So why do you still feel stuck? Become a more decisive decision-maker by learning:

• how not to drown in the detail and look at things strategically
• how to develop the confidence you need to be decisive
• how to approach adaptive versus technical decision challenges

Speaker
  • Tiffany Quinlan
    Principal – Human Capital, Taplow Group • More than 17 years’ experience in human resources, recruitment and coaching
    • Qualified accountant
    • Develops leadership capability for individuals, teams and organisations
    • Comprehensive and practical outlook in the leadership space
    • Assists organisations in developing a leadership talent pipeline
    • Passionate about coaching people to be the best they can be
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1.00am - 1.00am
Extended keynote: Ignite your thinking!
Master of Ceremonies
Speaker
  • Suzanne Waldron
    Human Behavioural Specialist • Specialises in the field of human behavioural change
    • Master’s degree in applied coaching and neurolinguistics
    • Works with individuals and organisations across Australia and internationally
    • Nominated as Western Australian of the Year 2016 for her work as ambassador for RUOK? and her research in pro-social leadership
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1.00am - 1.00am
Extended keynote: Ignite your thinking! Dare to listen and achieve infl…
Many of us endeavour to be masters of negotiation. Who wouldn’t want the ability to charm people to your way of thinking or to negotiate a work deal your boss thought next to impossible? Yet in our headlong rush to steer people to our liking, we often miss a very critical component – active listening. As a police negotiator persuading people in high-pressure situations to drop their weapons or step back from the ledge, it was all in a day’s work for Belinda Neil. Negotiating with the armed and dangerous might not be in your job description but Belinda can teach you the art of negotiation and how to influence difficult people.
Speaker
  • Belinda Neil
    Author; former Negotiator and Homicide Investigator, NSW Police • During her eighteen-year police career Belinda worked as an undercover operative and major crime squad detective investigating illicit drug operations, organised crime and homicide
    • Promoted to the rank of Inspector in 2002, one of the youngest operational inspectors in the state at the time
    • Medically retired in 2005 due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder developed as a result of the many traumatic incidents she had attended
    • After attending therapy and learning about the road to recovery, Belinda aims to raise awareness of this disabling condition and tell her story in her book Under Siege
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1.00am - 1.00am
Extended keynote: Ignite your thinking! Dare for greatness
As organisations confront radical changes to the status quo and uncertainly looms large, how can we ignite and sustain a culture of excellence both internally and externally? The gatekeeper to obtaining authentic success is mindset. Join Paula Constant as she highlights why self-understanding, acceptance and motivation are the foundations of any positive outcome despite negative external circumstances.
Speaker
  • Paula Constant
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1.00am - 1.00am
Google's unconventional CFO
He managed the finances of a company worth US$432 billion, but didn’t have a formal qualification in accounting. He owned US$87 million worth of stock, but flew economy. He was Senior Vice President of a company with 57,000 employees, but insisted it retain a start-up culture. He represented a company with more than 2.5 billion users and had a habit of responding directly to fellow users. Meet Patrick Pichette, Google’s unconventional CFO
Speaker
  • Patrick Pichette (US)
    Former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Current Advisor, Google Inc. • Google CFO from 2008 to 2015
    • Responsibilities included finance, people operations, real estate, employee services and google.org
    • Current Advisor, Google Inc.
    • Board member, Bombardier and the Trudeau Foundation
    • Advisor, Engineers without Borders
    • 25 years’ experience in financial operations and management in telecommunications
    • Former CFO and President of Operations at Bell Canada
    • Former Partner at McKinsey & Company
    • Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar
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1.00am - 1.00am
How to become a true business partner for your organisation
Business success is reliant on the finance team being a trusted business partner and advisor. ANZ Head of Finance Adrian Bell will discuss how finance teams working in complex commercial environments can meet key expectations of senior executives and cross functional teams. A great session for those looking to expand their strategic experience.
Speaker
  • Adrian Bell
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1.00am - 1.00am
How to build a successful flexible workplace
In February 2015, ANZ’s Chief Executive Officer announced all roles would be flexible for anyone for any reason. Fiona will take you through the business case, debunk common myths about flexible working, showcase the different options, and highlight critical enablers. Fiona will explain the key learnings to date from ANZ’s brave new approach to building a successful workplace.
Speaker
  • Emma Dearlove
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1.00am - 1.00am
How to successfully position your skill sets across a range of job oppo…
Securing a new job is as much about marketing oneself correctly as it is about technical experience. You’ll learn:

• the art of successfully marketing Brand You
• what potential employers seek
• how to ‘tune in’ to job opportunities
• to build your chances of success when applying for new roles

Speaker
  • James Fairbairn
    Partner, Lester Blades Executive Search; Author • Partner at Lester Blades Executive Search
    • Author of Career Karma: Maximising Your Career Potential
    • 21 years of experience advising and acting on behalf of organisations on the appointment of senior commercial, financial and compliance executives and professionals, ranging from ASX 200 corporations and privately owned family businesses through to government trading entities and not-for profits
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1.00am - 1.00am
Ignite your thinking: China what's next?
When you think of China, innovation is not usually the first word that comes to mind … but that could be changing. Shaun Rein will look at the recent rise of innovation in China (think Huawei, Tencent and Alibaba) and why the barriers to innovation are being overcome.
Speaker
  • Shaun Rein (China)
    Founder and Managing Director, China Market Research Group • Taught executive education classes at the London Business School
    • Works with Boards, CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 500 and leading Chinese companies to develop their China growth and investment strategies
    • Regularly featured in traditional and digital media
    • Author of the international best-sellers The End of Cheap China and The End of Copycat China
    Publishers Weekly named The End of Cheap China one of the top 10 business books for 2012
    • Graduated from Harvard University with a masters degree focused on China
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1.00am - 1.00am
Ignite your thinking: Economy essentials
Interest rates, inflation, the dollar, housing, the US elections and China. What macro-economic factors do you need to be aware of to make the most of business opportunities in the coming year?
Speaker
  • Paul Bloxham
    Chief Economist, HSBC • Former economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia for 12 years
    • Regularly contributes commentary and opinion editorial to the media
    • Adjunct Professor at Curtin University
    • Member of Australian National University’s Shadow Reserve Bank board
    • Master of Public Financial Policy, London School of Economics
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1.00am - 1.00am
Ignite your thinking: The future of business isnot the same as the futu…
Current desires for work/life balance and the ongoing battle between personal wellbeing and corporate lifestyle mean that in 10 years’ time, 50 per cent of Australians are likely to be self-employed. How will this work and what will it mean for the future economy?
Speaker
  • Dr Catherine Ball
    Scientist, innovator and champion of diversity • Renowned environmental scientist with business credentials to match
    • Breakthrough work focused on sending Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to remote areas of coastline to observe endangered turtle colonies
    • Her research exploring new ways RPAS can be used is changing how business and government operate
    • Awarded Telstra’s Queensland Business Woman of the Year and National Corporate and Private Award
    • Advocates that environmental and human health are inextricably linked
    • Champions accessibility to science education for all ages, genders and socio-economic backgrounds
    • Consults to business on making informed choices about the preservation of native species
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1.00am - 1.00am
Impact of genuine leadership
The cost: Being disingenuous costs a lot. It costs time. The time spent in conflict or negative interactions. The time spent focusing or fixing outcomes. It costs potential reputational damage. Money can get wasted in employee, customer and peer conflict. More importantly, being disingenuous can slowly eat away at self-worth and impact personal relationships This motivational talk will explore:

• how to understand the masks we wear at work
• when masks are important and when they hinder
• the impact of disingenuous (there’s a very real work story told here)
• how people can recognise when relationships aren’t aligned
• ways everyone can increase self-awareness to impact others more effectively in the workplace

Speaker
  • Suzanne Waldron
    Human Behavioural Specialist • Specialises in the field of human behavioural change
    • Master’s degree in applied coaching and neurolinguistics
    • Works with individuals and organisations across Australia and internationally
    • Nominated as Western Australian of the Year 2016 for her work as ambassador for RUOK? and her research in pro-social leadership
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1.00am - 1.00am
Mission before margin: What can not-for-profits learn from the corporat…
The Australian not-for-profit sector exceeds $100 billion in revenue each year and employs about one in ten working Australians. Due to constrained government funding, increased competition for charitable donations, and increased competition in service provision, the not-for-profit sector’s future requires a new focus on efficiency and effectiveness. Drawing on his experiences as a not-for-profit CEO and Board Director, Martin Laverty will discuss how the purpose of the not-for-profit sector can be achieved through commercial practices without loss of identity and how commercial practices can have a place in the not-for-profit sector but rarely translate perfectly.
Speaker
  • Martin Laverty
    Federation Chief Executive Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia • Director at the National Disability Insurance Agency
    • Advisory Board Member at the NSW Public Service Commission
    • Advisory Board Member at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
    • Former Chief Executive Officer at Catholic Health Australia and NSW Muscular Dystrophy Association
    • Former Chair of the NSW Heart Foundation
    • Completing a PhD on the contribution of not-for-profit board directors to organisational outcomes
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1.00am - 1.00am
Panel: Game changing start-ups: Is Australia on the brink of an innovat…
Australia may be known as the lucky country but we’re not yet recognised as an innovation nation. That could be about to change. Join our panellists, each an expert on our start-up scene, to learn just how innovative we have become and what more needs to be done for Australia to known as an innovation nation.
Speakers
  • Jo Burston
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Job Capital and Inspiring Rare Birds • Inspiring Rare Birds promotes opportunity for women in entrepreneurship and has a global vision to inspire one million more women entrepreneurs globally by 2020
    • Regional Oceania ambassador for the UN-recognised
    Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
    • Advisory board member for the University of Sydney Business School and University of Sydney Innovation and Entrepreneur Advisory Group, Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO)
    • Board member of LaunchVIC
    • Global ambassador for Xero
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  • Andre Eikmeier
    Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vinomofo • His company, Vinomofo, is one of Australia's fastest-growing tech companies
    • Vinomofo won the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Australia 2013 award
    • Company turnover grew to more than $50 million in four years
    • Started his career as an actor and singer with roles in Pacific Drive, Home and Away, A Country Practice, GP, Les Miserables, Hair, and a famed Coke ad with Kylie Minogue
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  • Tim Fung
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Airtasker • Founder of Tank Stream Labs
    • Former founding team member and investor in mobile start-up Amaysim
    • Founder and director of several web start-ups, including Joe Button and Circuit Club
    • Former Consulting Talent Agent at Chic Management
    • B.Commerce (Marketing) from University of New South Wales
    • University of New South Wales 2016 Young Alumni Award recipient
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  • Janine Perrett
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1.00am - 1.00am
Panel: Global leadership in a fast-paced and contested world
What needs to be done to reboot Australian business growth? Many local organisations appear too focussed on short-term productivity gains and cuts to spending. They emphasise the bottom line and returning dividends to shareholders. Instead, we need to refocus on a major challenge confronting Australian business – how to restart growth. Our panel will share how global leaders are taking risks and fostering entrepreneurial cultures to drive better growth outcomes. They will unravel whether the GFC and China slowdown has instilled a risk-averse mindset in our boardrooms and if Australian businesses are missing important growth opportunities in Asia and abroad.
Speakers
  • Kate Morris
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Adore Beauty • Her company, Adore Beauty, was Australia’s first online beauty store
    • Launched the company from her garage in 1999 at the age of 21, while an undergraduate student
    • Adore Beauty announced an investment by Woolworths in 2014
    • Awarded the Telstra Business Innovation Award in 2014
    • Inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network Hall of Fame in 2015
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  • Larry Kestelman
    Executive Director, National Basketball League; Executive Group Chairman, LK Group; Founder, Dodo • Larry is the Founder of telecommunications and utilities provider, Dodo. 
    • Involved in projects spanning technology, property and sporting landscape 
    • Larry is also helping others reach their goals by establishing Oxygen Ventures, and has assisted with the growth of many companies  
    • He also broke new ground by partnering with Qantas, to provide home buyers with enough frequent flyer mileage to help them see the world
    • His passion for business has reached the sporting world in the form of ownership of the Melbourne United Basketball team.
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  • Holly Ransom
    Chief Executive Officer, Emergent • Regularly features on ABC’s Q&A, Channel 7 News and Channel 10’s The Project
    • Chair of the G20 Youth Summit in 2014
    • Named in Australia’s 100 Most influential Women by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review
    • Youngest Rotary President
    • Her company has worked with INPEX, CBH, Conoco Phillips, KPMG
    • Delivered a peace charter to Dalai Lama
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1.00am - 1.00am
Risk management in a dynamic environment and the role of finance
Drawing from his wealth of experience, Frank will take you through the spectrum of risk in a large global manufacturing organisation. Learn how the CFO, and others within the finance function, can have a positive and practical impact in identifying, monitoring, controlling and making decisions around risk (including non-financial risk).
Speaker
  • Frank Micallef FCPA
    Chief Financial Officer, Incitec Pivot Limited • Appointed Group Chief Financial Officer at Incitec Pivot in 2009
    • Responsible for finance and accounting, tax, treasury, risk, investor relations, legal, company secretarial and procurement
    • Significant experience in the explosives and mining industries
    • Former Global Treasurer and Investor Relations Manager at Orica Limited
    • Former General Manager, Accounting, at North Limited
    • Board member of QNP
    • Former senior staff member at the Australian Accounting Standards Board
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1.00am - 1.00am
Securing our prosperity: Challenges and opportunities
The challenges facing our economy are considerable – subdued growth in living standards, market instability following the announcement of Brexit and the slowdown in China, to name a few. There is no magic wand to secure economic prosperity during challenging times but raising productivity growth comes close.Higher productivity growth improves Australia's international competitiveness and raises our living standards. It also helps us to address challenges across the spectrum from ageing of the population to climate change.How do we raise productivity growth? Competition policy can play a role as can digital disruption. Making Australia's cities work better can also drive productivity growth in the Knowledge Age.The challenges are big but so are the opportunities. What will it take to secure our future prosperity? Join Professor Harper to find out.
Speaker
  • Professor Ian Harper
    Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia • One of Australia’s best-known economists
    • Appointed to the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia in May 2016
    • Senior Advisor to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
    • Former Partner at Deloitte Access Economics
    • Held roles at the Melbourne Business School for 16 years
    • Elected Emeritus Professor of the University of Melbourne on his departure
    • Chaired the Competition Policy Review (March 2014 – March 2015)
    • One of three panellists chosen to review Victoria’s State finances (2011-2012)
    • Inaugural Chair of the Australian Fair Pay Commission (2005-2009)
    • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
    • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
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1.00am - 1.00am
Senior Public sector CEOs' expectations of the finance function
The role of the finance function is changing. The team is now expected to support and influence strategic decision making in departments and the broader portfolio. The team must provide financial information to help manage risk and assure compliance. For finance to become a strategic business partner requires new systems, new processes and new capability, driven by a CFO who sits at the board table.
Speaker
  • Claire Noone
    Principal, Nous Group • Leading thinker in the areas of regulatory design, governance and integrity management
    • Advises government, regulators and business drawing on her 20 years of experience in the Department of Justice where she was Acting Secretary, Deputy Secretary Regulation, and Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria
    • Has led major functions and initiatives in regulatory policy and practice, service design and delivery, corporate services, infrastructure management, and compliance and integrity systems
    • National and Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia
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1.00am - 1.00am
Shaping your Career in the public sector
Are you looking grow your career in the public sector? This session is for you. Working in the public sector requires agility and the ability to respond to rapid change. To progress your career you need to be able to negotiate bureaucracy, be flexible, work in project teams, and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders. Penny Armytage has held several senior executive positions in the Victorian Government, including Secretary of the Department of Justice for almost 10 years. Penny will draw on her extensive experience in both public and large corporate environments and share the capabilities she knows are vital to building a successful career in the public sector.
Speaker
  • Penny Armytage
    National Sector Leader, Justice & Security, KPMG Australia • Joined KPMG as a senior partner in 2012
    • Former Secretary of the Victorian Department of Justice for almost 10 years
    • Oversaw major policy and service delivery reforms in the public sector
    • Worked extensively with Ministers, senior departmental and agency executives, and heads of jurisdiction within Victoria and nationally
    • Former executive roles within the Victorian Public Service, including Director of Operations at the Department of Human Services and Commissioner, Office of Correctional Services, Department of Justice
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1.00am - 1.00am
Telling your value creation story with integrated reporting
Some organisations are turning to integrated reporting to concisely communicate how they are creating value for their stakeholders, now and into the future. This session will guide you in how to tell your value creation story with integrated reporting, covering:

• what integrated reporting is and how it differentiates from other types of reporting
• the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Framework
• the benefits of integrated reporting
• the fundamental priorities for developing an integrated report
• the concept of materiality
• what value creation means in integrated reporting
• what we are trying to connect and why

Speaker
  • Jo Cain
    Executive Director, Materiality Counts • Recognised leader in integrated and sustainability reporting
    • Works with many top Australian and New Zealand companies on report development and assurance, materiality determination, stakeholder engagement, partnerships and strategy development
    • Non-executive director on several boards, including the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB), the Workways Australia Audit and Risk Committee, the Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) and the Banksia Environmental Foundation
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1.00am - 1.00am
The expanding role of finance: using technology to drive value for the …
The business world is rapidly changing. New technologies have led to increased expectations of the finance team. Key areas in which finance is now expected to contribute include: 1. Delivering insights from big data 2. Transforming processes enterprise wide 3. Realising ROI from technology investment This session will take an in-depth look at each of these new areas of the finance professional’s role to assist you to deliver increased value and become a true business partner.
Speaker
  • Shane Gannon FCPA
    Chief Financial Officer, Mirvac • Experience leading the finance function in a public listed company environment
    • Experience restructuring and turning around underperforming businesses
    • Former CFO at Goodman Fielder Limited, CSR, Dyno Nobel, Novera Energy, Employment National and Lend Lease
    • Former CEO at Novera Energy
    • Bachelor of Business, University of Technology
    • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company of Directors
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1.00am - 1.00am
The step by step business intelligence revolution at Australian Unity
Australian Unity has been gradually moulding itself into a company focused on value creation. Learn from CFO Kevin McCoy how the organisation is driving performance through tools such as TM1 and Cognos BI. Australian Unity is re-wiring itself to perform better in the digital age. Kevin will demonstrate how management and board reporting went from paper-based to an interactive tool with colour and drill-down capability.
Speaker
  • Kevin McCoy
    Chief Financial Officer, Australian Unity • Former Group Executive – Strategic Business Development and Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Australian Unity
    • Former consultant for Australian Unity where he project managed the merger with Grand United in 2005, the sale of the General Insurance business in 2007 and the recent merger with Big Sky Credit Union
    • Former consulting clients include Westpac where he managed the merger with St. George in 2008, the IPO of BTIM in 2007, the acquisition of RAMS in 2007 and the sale of the Custody business to HSBC in 2006
    • More than 15 years’ experience in senior finance and project management roles primarily in the finance industry
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1.00am - 1.00am
What do the best finance teams do?
What do the best finance teams do? Do they have higher levels of technical expertise? Are they smarter? Are they better at explaining the numbers to non-finance people in the company? Or do they just work harder?
Speaker
  • Race Strauss CPA
    Group Chief Financial Officer, Jetstar • Responsible for the financial and IT strategies for Jetstar Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Pacific and Jetstar Japan
    • Responsibilities include capital allocation, taxation, IT and the property portfolio
    • Reports to the Jetstar Group Chief Executive Officer
    • Formerly held a variety of financial and commercial roles with Unilever
    • Executive MBA from INSEAD Singapore
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1.00am - 1.00am
Why accounting metrics can kill innovation... and what to use instead
Large organisations operate on a repeatable business model in an environment of certainty. Disruptive innovation is about searching for a new business model in an environment of uncertainty. Traditional success metrics such as net present value and return on investment can sabotage innovation in its early stages because they tend to favour short-term wins and known markets. Hear Steve Glaveski talk about innovation metrics, an alternative approach for accountants to assist in fostering innovation
Speaker
  • Steve Glaveski
    CEO and Co-Founder, Collective Campus • Former accountant turned innovation consultant
    • Keynote speaker, author, blogger and podcast host
    • Co-founded Collective Campus, an innovation hub, school and consultancy
    • Works with organisations to help them adopt the mindset, methodologies and tools needed to explore new business models and disruptive innovation in an era of rapid change
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1.00am - 1.00am
Why aptitude matters more than IQ: Hiring and retaining the right staff
This session takes a slightly different perspective on the recruitment, retention and release of staff by reviewing what neuroscience tells us works best. How can you ensure you get the right person for the right job, and then get them to stay, while delivering to their true capability? How can we use the new brain science to validate what we have previously intuitively known to avoid making costly mistakes?
Speaker
  • Dr Jenny Brockis
    The Brain Fitness Doctor • Medical practitioner, healthy brain advocate, future mind planner
    • Fellow of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
    • Post-graduate qualifications in nutritional and environmental medicine, neuroleadership and mindfulness meditation
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