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  • 29 Jun 2018 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PICTURED (from left to right): Brendon Lamers from KPMG Australia, Adrian Dwyer from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Monica Lunin (CACC Director), Dennis Cliche from Sydney Motorway, Michael Hanna fromIFM Investors, Diana Callebaut from Cbus Super Fund, Jean-Étienne Leroux from CDPQ, Minh Dao from KPMG Australia, Philip Davies from Infrastructure Australia, Marc-André Hawkes from The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and Scott Farrell from KPMG Australia.

    With views of Sydney’s harbour waterways and the Anzac Bridge in the background, some of the country’s prominent experts in infrastructure investment and advisory came together to discuss how Australia’s infrastructure should be funded and managed.

    Hosted by CACC Corporate Sponsor, KPMG, the luncheon event began with some opening remarks by CACC Director, Monica Lunin.  The panel, moderated by Jean-Étienne Leroux, Regional Director for Transactions & Asset Management at CDPQ (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec), included:  Philip Davies, CEO of Infrastructure Australia, Diana Callebaut, Head of Infrastructure at Cbus Super Fund, Michael Hanna, Head of Infrastructure (Australia) at IFM Investors and Adrian Dwyer, CEO of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.

    The discussion covered a broad range of topics.  It began with a review of the current state of privatisation and the pipeline of new infrastructure projects.  Overall, the panel was optimistic about opportunities for investment in both areas. However, Philip Davies cautioned, “We need to have a credible pipeline of investments that we want to make which justify recycling assets and other reforms.”   

    When looking at how transformative technologies affect infrastructure, Adrian Dwyer used the example of electric vehicles to highlight the impacts.  In reference to the cost of building and operating ventilation outlets on the new M5-WestConnex road, “At some point over the lifecycle of that asset every single vehicle using the road will be emissions free”.  He also highlighted that governments would have to react quickly to the adoption of electric cars, “How do we pay for our roads when fuel excise is zero?”    

    Electric vehicles made another appearance in a review of policy-making and planning for the unexpected.  Adrian Dwyer highlighted that “we have to regulate for outcomes, not outputs”.  In reference to electric vehicles, he said, “when you go and get your rego certificate… there’s a rule that says that a car has to have brakes – not that your car has to be able to stop…electric vehicles use regenerative braking, which means they don’t have brake pads like a normal car.”

    Michael Hanna was not hopeful that government would be able to get ahead of technology and build good policy.  He described the scenario of electricity power plants coming to their end-of-life with no replacement options for a very obvious problem.  “This is something that has been around for ten years”, he said.

    With recent announcements regarding stapled structures, the panel was cautious about predicting the impact on investors. Diana Callebaut stated “It will have an impact, but it’s not certain what that impact will be until more time has passed.” Adrian Dwyer highlighted that Australia was attractive for capital, “[It] goes where it’s treated well and it’s highly-mobile. Whilst Australia’s position is strong, it’s also easily lost.”    

    As the panel discussion wrapped up, the general consensus was that there are opportunities to be smarter and more responsive in the planning and management of infrastructure projects, in order for consumers and investors alike to reap the benefits. Diana Callebaut encouraged everyone to think long-term, and charged the audience to either be “a responsible investor or a responsible advisor”.   

    In closing, Brendan Lamers, a Partner in KPMG Australia's Deal Advisory – Tax Division concluded, “Infrastructure’s not boring - it’s dynamic and it’s interesting.”  The crowd of over fifty attendees agreed.

    The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a non-profit organisation that aims to bring businesses together to facilitate strong economic and trade relationships between Canada and Australia.


    Written by:

    Karen Clark

    CACC Copywriter

    Communications Committee


  • 13 Jun 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There is a new service bringing Canadians and Australians closer together, with Air Canada launching its first direct flights from Melbourne to Vancouver.

    The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Air Canada, held an event to mark the launch of the new service.

    Air Canada General Manager for Australia and New Zealand Vic Naughton said the launch represented an exciting time for the airline.

    “Air Canada is undergoing a transformation that has seen the airline grow 40 per cent in the last three years,” Mr Naughton said.

     “We’re proud to have been named Skytrax Best Airline in North America for the sixth time in eight years and this new service increases our offering to the Australian market.”

     “We are the only North American airline that flies directly into three Australian cities – Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.”

    The Honourary Consul General of Canada in Melbourne Rene Lalande said the new service would provide enhanced opportunities for both countries to expand business, trade, economic and tourism relations. 

    “This new service provides a gateway for Canadians to experience Melbourne’s diverse culture, including its coffee, food and sporting events. It is also an opportunity for Melbournians to experience the fantastic offerings in Vancouver,” Mr Lalande said.

    Air Canada is also positioning Vancouver as the new transit destination into the United States as an alternative to Los Angeles International Airport. 

    The launch featured a guest performance by Canadian band The Glorious Sons, who are currently touring Australia with Australian band Dead Letter Circus.

    Lead Singer Brett Emmons said there were a lot of similarities between Canada and Australia.

    “If there’s ever a Canadian and an Australian in a bar, they’ll find each other,” he said. “We have a lot in common.”

    Asked about their musical debut in Australia, Emmons said they had been well received by Australian audiences.

    “People like good music and a band that wears their hearts on their sleeve,” he said.

    “Our music is about friendship, love, loss and life and that translates to audiences everywhere.”

    The evening concluded with a raffle for a return flight with Air Canada on their new direct Melbourne to Vancouver service, which was won by Canadian-Australian Mark Weber.

    Mr Weber said he would use the flight to visit family and friends in Canada and was looking forward to checking out the recently expanded Vancouver International Airport.

    “I’m blown away, I never expected to win,” he said.

    “Canada and Australia have always had strong connections but its events like this, facilitated by the CACC, that strengthen those connections and open up new trade and business opportunities between the two countries.” 

    The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a non-profit organisation that aims to bring businesses together to facilitate strong economic and trade relationships between Canada and Australia.

    Written by:

    Samantha Robin

    CACC Copywriter

    Communications Committee

  • 23 Apr 2018 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Commerce and creativity well and truly intersect with the 

    Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) 

    announcing new corporate sponsor, C2.

    Described as “disruptors, innovators, executives, next generation”, C2 is a Canadian company that was founded in 2011 by Cirque du Soleil and creative services firm Sid Lee and has recently declared Melbourne home to its Asia Pacific head quarters.

    “We are proud that the CACC and all that it stands for has garnered the attention and support of C2, our newest and most imaginative corporate sponsor,” said Doug Carmichael, CACC Acting President and Director. 

    “As an organisation with vision, C2 sees the benefit of strategically positioning itself in Australia, particularly in an effort to build new trade routes with China.

    “C2’s sponsorship certainly supports the CACC in building business connections between our two economiesin creative and exciting ways,” said Mr Carmichael.

    Key drivers of the world economy are shifting,” Martin Enault, CEO, C2 Asia Pacific, said. “We believe the Asia Pacific region will play an increasingly dominant role in the future, therefore it’s important our brand is positioned in Australia for the long term.”

    “Australia overall, and Victoria in particular, boasts a rich innovation ecosystem that is ripe for international attention. 

    “By launching an inaugural experience in Melbourne, we can draw the world’s most notable disruptors, innovators, executives and governments to engage with and learn from, while celebrating local talent and showcasing the best that Melbourne has to offer,” said Mr Enault.

    C2’s raison d'être is to transform the way people think about the role of creativity in business. And in turn, how this creativity leads to innovative, actionable ideas to meet the ever changing challenges of modern times.

    There are effectively three distinct and innovative ways to engage with C2: via the multi-day, branded conference experiences such as C2 Melbourne; corporate experiences that are designed specifically for a single client with a specific audience and objective; and, C2 Spaces which are unique environments that are transformed into collaborative and interactive environments.

    C2 will co-host two events with the CACC, one in Melbourne and the other in Sydney on the topic of, “Thrive, don’t just survive: A conversation about the importance of embracing disruption to drive business growth.” 

    The first event will be held in Melbourne on 11 May at Showtime Events, South Wharf and will feature C2’s Asia Pacific CEO, Martin Enault, who will be joined by four panellists in what is described as an “experiential environment”. 

    “Melbourne is a renowned hub of creativity and I’m thrilled about how C2’s involvement with our corporate community will inspire new, creative synergies, locally, nationally and globally,” said Lesley Gillespie OAM, Chair of CACC Melbourne Committee.

    This first event in Melbourne is an opportunity to learn more about C2 as well as to experience creative collaboration that results in forward-looking insights. The Sydney-based event will take place in July (more details to follow at a later date).

    Continuing the conversation from its annual flagship conference in Montreal, C2 will host its first major Australian event later this year, C2 Melbourne, 17 – 19 October 2018. C2 Melbourne aims to be a global conversation about innovation and creativity in the Asia Pacific region. 

    “Our CACC Melbourne Committee is particularly thrilled that C2 has chosen our city for it next international event,” said Mrs Gillespie.

    “C2 is the ultimate conversation starter. And C2 Melbourne will be an extraordinary opportunity for CACC members to connect with C2’s international network of business leaders.”

    For more information about C2 Melbourne please visit: https://www.c2melbourne.com

    The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a non-profit business focused organisation that aims to build business connections and assist trade as a means to bring Canada and Australia closer together. 


    Written by:

    Angela Smith

    CACC Melbourne Committee

  • 02 Apr 2018 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In recognition of International Women’s Day, the CACC held events in both Melbourne and Sydney to explore the topic of gender diversity.    

    In Melbourne, CACC corporate sponsor, Drake International hosted a panel including four industry leaders:  René Lalande, CEO, Transdev Australasia, Honourary Consul of Canada, Melbourne; Susan Oliver, Founding Chairman, Scale Investors; Amanda O'Brien, CEO, Xtreme Freight and Chairman, Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia; and Lisa Williams, Chief Procurement Officer, The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (DEDJTR).

    In Sydney, the event was hosted by CACC corporate sponsor, KPMG, and included a panel discussion with some prestigious guests: Ms. Angela J Bogdan, Consul General of Canada; Liz Griffin, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Commonwealth Bank; Craig Mennie, National Leader Transaction Services, KPMG Australia; and Libby Davies, Chief Executive Officer, White Ribbon.

    The discussions started with a look at the backgrounds of the panelists.  In Sydney, most started in teaching, before moving onto other professions; while in Melbourne, the panelists initially began in traditionally male-dominated occupations.  Regardless of their beginnings, all of panelists have a passion for encouraging and supporting the impact that women can have in the workplace. 

    With moderator, Melissa Wharton, Founder, Thread, directing both events, other common themes prevailed in both panels.  

    A question about “feminism” raised many valid points related to how words can take on different meanings for different people and how people have different associations with wordsThe consensus was that “gender equality” was more appropriate term to use today. However, the notion of feminism should not be dismissed.  In Melbourne, Susan states, “It’s part of a proud history of women that have fought for something – and we should remember and give credit for that history”.  In Sydney, Libby remarked “Feminism has a very important function in drawing the attention of every one of us – how gender construct are made, how they influence decisions and how we can reconstruct some of those for the benefit of everyone.” 

    Everyone agreed that diversity was a discussion that didn’t just include gender – rather, it involved all demographic and other personality traits - as this would result in the best possible outcomes for organisations. It was not lost that men also experience their own inequalities and discrimination – particularly in the area of paternity leave.  An important point was raised that most discussions on gender diversity involved women talking to women and how men needed to be part of the conversation.         

    Creating diversity did not necessarily result in engaged teams. In Sydney, Liz explained that a discussion on gender diversity had to include inclusion as well, “we need to figure out how do we live together or how do we work together that actually brings out that diversity of thought - and people feel like they belong, are valued and respected.” 


    The consensus was that there is no single solution for achieving diversity and inclusion.  Businesses and individuals have to look at their own circumstances to determine the best approach. The panelists, throughout their careers, have used many different approaches to address gender diversity including:

    •  Building a culture of diversity within the organization.
    • Encouraging leaders to develop the talent on their teams – not just focusing on what they deliver.
    • Providing access to mentoring. 
    • Building confidence at lower levels so that women aspire to senior roles.
    • Establishing diversity councils within business units.
    • Involving the younger generations and giving them opportunities.
    • Creating education programs.
    • Setting hiring quotas. 
    • Ensuring gender balance in interview panels.

    In Melboune, Susan has the following advice for women, “Get as senior as you can so that you actually make that difference yourself.”  Amanda also encouraged women to put fear aside, to go in there and “have a go”.  

    All agreed that achieving diversity and inclusion is an on-going journey.  In Sydney, Craig remarked, “There is no magic wand… we have to keep up the enthusiasm and the drive to make the changes that we really need”, and in Melbourne, Susan stated, “Each of us personally can attend to the details of how we can encourage diversity, gender diversity included, and make a difference – and that’s every day, and probably every minute of every day.”  

    With concluding remarks from Doug Carmichael, Acting CACC President & Founder Director and Michael McGrath, Director of Sales and Operations for Drake International, it was clear that diversity, equality and inclusion are critical components of workplaces in Australia, Canada and around the world.

    The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a non-profit business focused organisation that aims to build business connections and assist trade as a means to bring Canada and Australia closer together. 

    Written by:

    Karen Clark

    CACC Communications & Member Engagement Committee

  • 02 Mar 2018 1:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last week the CACC’s SME Committee hosted another successful roundtable event (21 Feb) which focused on advice for Australian businesses looking to expand into Canada.

    Moderated by Chris Beal from RFC Ambrian, panelists included Josh Khoddami from Neu.Capital, Angela Rossi from Altios International, and Kane Bourke from OMF Markets, who hosted the roundtable in their Sydney office. 

    The discussion covered a range of topics relevant to Australian businesses looking to enter Canada including incorporation, financial considerations, as well as legal and administrative matters.

    So what do you need to know? Let’s start with the basics:

    First, on average it takes between 1-3 months to set up a business in Canada. While finding the right advice can make the process more efficient, the amount of time required is also largely dependent what the nature of your business is.

    Second, Australia and Canada operate very different national models for doing business, with Australia (generally speaking) being a much easier environment to set up a company in, while Canada is a bit trickier in terms of incorporation, tax, grants and other considerations as these vary widely from Province to Province. If your company doesn’t need to be based in a specific location within Canada, make sure you evaluate the pros and cons of setting up in each province to ensure the location you are incorporated in is the best possible fit.

    Third, get the right advice and advisers. While this may seem commonsense, one panelist made the point that his business found it difficult to find a lawyer (even from a global firm) who could work seamlessly across multiple Provincial regulations. Finding a bank who can work across both borders easily (NAB for instance) can also make the transition process much easier. And while working out the myriad of decisions for yourself can seem like you are saving money, paying for the right advice will ultimately be quicker and allow you to focus on running your business.

    Three other points worth sharing:

    • If you are looking to enter the US market from Australia, in many cases using Canada as an entry point is the best option rather than going direct for a few reasons, including instant ‘North American’ credibility (perception is important), ease of cross border business, and depending on the Province you are incorporated in, favorable benefits for your company. 
    • Don’t overlook potentially setting up your business in a smaller regional town which is geographically strategic. One example provided was Cornwall, Ontario which is conveniently located between Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto, as well as key US cities. While this location may not benefit all businesses, it is worth considering as a way to limit logistical costs and bring you closer to your customers.
    • In addition to professional advisers, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Australia can also provide helpful advice to Australian businesses looking to expand into Canada, so don’t be afraid to contact them and ask how they can be of assistance.

    For more information on any of these topics, or to discuss other subjects about expanding your business in the Canadian market, feel free to contact the SME Committee at SME@cacc.com.au 

  • 19 Feb 2018 11:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PICTURE: Alan McCallum - Chairman of Cann Group Ltd, Lesley Gillespie - Chair of CACC Melbourne Committee, Matthew Cantelo - CEO of Australian Natural Therapeutics Group, Peter Crock - CEO of Cann Group Ltd, The Honourable Mrs. Jaala Pulford, Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for Regional Development, Elaine Darby - MD of AusCann, Erik Dennison - Melbourne Committee and Chris Kommatas, Innovation Manager & Accelerator Program Director, Melbourne Health and Founder & Organiser, Startup HealthTech Australia.

    If the balance of the New Year is anything like the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce’s (CACC) Melbourne Committee’s first event of 2018, it’s going to be a fascinating year.

    On Tuesday 13 February 2018, Victorian investors, producers, regulators and the Minister for Agriculture came together in Melbourne to discuss the rapidly growing medicinal cannabis industry, an industry that is quickly following in footsteps first forged in Canada.

    This event, hosted by the Melbourne Committee of the CACC featured a keynote speech by Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford followed by a panel discussion with: Elaine Darby, Managing Director, AusCann; Peter Crock, CEO, CannGroup, Matthew Cantelo, CEO, Australian Natural Therapeutics Group; and, Chris Kommatas, Director, Amplify Health.

    Following Minister Pulford’s speech, in which she stated, “What we are doing here in Victoria is ground-breaking,” the panel shared their own perspectives and engaged in Q & A with the audience.

    When it comes to the cannabis industry, Canada is regarded as a pioneer, having legalised the use of medicinal cannabis in 2001 and its very progressive move to legalise recreational cannabis is set to be available later this year. With this latest move, Canada is tagged to be the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition on recreational marijuana.

    The Canadian cannabis market is currently estimated to worth upward of $10 billion annually. In comparison, the newer Australian market is valued to be worth approximately $100 million per year.

    As in most industries, every challenge requires a solution, and the cannabis industry is no different. Case in point: it is estimated that Canada will only be able to meet 15% of its domestic demand. Thus, creating a significant export opportunity for Australian producers such as AusCann and Cann Group to fill gap.

    It is interesting times particularly as Australia’s Federal Government recently announced that it is to allow exports of cannabis-based medicines. As well, the Government of Victoria recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian company, Canopy Growth Corporation, to further develop research and technical capabilities in the production of medicinal cannabis. 

    Consequently, Australia, which is believed to have some of the world’s highest standards for the production of medicinal cannabis, is strategically positioned to export to its trade partner, Canada.

    With regard to Victoria’s role in this export opportunity, Minister Pulford said, “It’s important we act quickly, but even more important that we get this right – we won’t get a second shot at being the national leader in this sector.”

    Moderating the event was CACC member and volunteer, Erik Denison, a multi-award winning journalist formerly with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

    “The quality of tonight’s event is a testament to the CACC Melbourne Committee’s commitment to delivering timely events that are of great interest to the Canadian and Australian business communities,” said Mr. Denison.

    Photography provided by: Will Linstead (www.wlpevents.com)

    The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a not-for-profit organisation whose focus is to build and strengthen trade and business connections between Australia and Canada. The CACC maintains relationships with senior and operational level resources of Government in both Canada and Australia as well as providing members with access to an extensive and growing network of individuals and organisations with an interest in the Canada-Australia business relationship.

  • 01 Jan 2018 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PICTURE: Natasha Smith, Australia’s next High Commissioner to Canada

    The responsibility for advancing Australia’s interests in Canada will be handed over in February 2018 to Natasha Smith (GAICD), Australia’s next High Commissioner to Canada, as announced by the Hon Julie Bishop MP on 30 November 2017.

    “On behalf of the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce, I congratulate Natasha Smith on this significant appointment which is so meaningful to both of our countries,” said Brian Hansen, CACC President and Director.

    “Ms Smith brings a wealth of diplomatic experience to her new role, having most recently served as First Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Development and Finance Division with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT),” he said.

    A senior career officer with DFAT, Ms Smith has also served as Assistant Secretary, Humanitarian Response Branch and Assistant Secretary, Integration Task Force. Previously, Ms Smith has served overseas as a Counsellor (Development) at Australia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and First Secretary (Development) at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.

    Recently, Ms Smith made a point of meeting with members of the CACC’s leadership team including Brian Hansen in Sydney as well as directors Lesley Gillespie OAM and Mike McGrath in Melbourne.

    “It was a pleasure to meet Ms Smith and to learn how she is focused on continuing to cement the relationship between our two countries,” Lesley, Chair of CACC’s Melbourne Committee said.

    “In particular, Ms Smith recognises that while the two countries have strong ties and are similar in custom, law and history, it is important to not become complacent,” she said.

    “Australia and Canada have a history of trade that spans more than one hundred years and it is a relationship that continues to expand and strengthen,” said Mike McGrath, CACC Director.

    “With regard to Ms Smith’s views of the CACC, it was encouraging to learn that Ms Smith views the CACC as an organisation that can work well with both government and the business community to facilitate strong ties between Canada and Australia”.

    In 2016, two-way investment between the two countries totalled $85 billion. Again in 2016, Australian merchandise exports to Canada grew by some 14 per cent while Canada’s services exports to Australia increased by 15 per cent.

    “Our two great countries enjoy substantial trade and investment links and this is in large part because of the integral role that our High Commissioners play,” Brian Hansen said.

    “Today, we pause to both congratulate and welcome Natasha Smith as she assumes the position of our next High Commissioner to Canada.

    “And at the same time, we thank Tony Negus AO, for his contribution as our Australian High Commissioner to Canada since 2015 and wish him great success with his next endeavours.”

    The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a not-for-profit organisation whose focus is to build and strengthen trade and business connections between Australia and Canada. The CACC maintains relationships with senior and operational level resources of Government in both Canada and Australia as well as providing members with access to an extensive and growing network of individuals and organisations with an interest in the Canada-Australia business relationship.

    Written by:

    Angela Smith, CACC Copywriter

    Communications & Member Engagement Committee

  • 03 Dec 2017 5:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Canadian Australia Chamber of Commerce (CACC) congratulates corporate sponsor, Air Canada, on its inaugural non-stop flight from Melbourne to Vancouver at a special event at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport on Sunday, 3 December 2017.

    Among those officially celebrating Air Canada’s non-stop flight between Melbourne and Vancouver were representatives from the CACC, Canada’s High Commissioner to Australia, dignitaries from the Government of Victoria, executives from Air Canada, Melbourne Airport and Vancouver Airport – as well as the many passengers about to board the flight.

    The greatest commonality between the CACC and Air Canada is its shared interest in bringing Canada and Australia closer together. And with Air Canada now flying to its newest destination in Australia, two of the world’s most livable cities just became a little closer.

    The CACC welcomes this new route as it stands to simplify trade and travel between the two countries.

    Forthose who travel, or have products shipped between Melbourne and Canada, the journey between the two countries is shortened by several hours as transiting via another major Australian hub is no longer necessary.

    Currently, direct flights between Melbourne and Vancouver are operating seasonally, four times weekly until 4 February 2018 with year-round service commencing 1 June 2018.

    For those who travel beyond Vancouver, seamless connections are expected through in-transit pre-clearance facilities for Air Canada’s extensive domestic networks within Canada and the US.

    Supporting investment between Australia and Canada, the CACC acknowledges the significant investment that Air Canada has made with over $1 billion in capital assets in Australia.

    Travelling more than 13,000 km, this direct flight between Melbourne and Vancouver is the longest non-stop flight presently flying out of Melbourne.

    Air Canada’s st ate-of the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner now directly connecting Melbourne and Australia, really is a dream come true.

    The CACC and Air Canada, bringing Canada and Australia closer together.

    Written by:

    Angela Smith,CACC Copywriter

    Melbourne Committee

  • 26 Nov 2017 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lesley Gillespie (CACC Director), Dr. Stewart Gill (Masters, Queen's College), Professor Joanne Tompkins (Australian Research Council), Zac Hatzantonis (PwC), Misha Ketchel (The Conversation), Dr Tim Gravelle (University of Melbourne) and Erik Denison (CACC Melbourne Committee)

    How to build bridges and take down the silo walls that separate academics from the business community was the topic of lively discussion at the most recent event hosted by the CACC’s Melbourne Committee.

    One of the strengths of the CACC is to foster connections for business and trade. The Building Bridges event went one step further in an effort to include the world of academia in these important connections.

    Hosted by Master of Queens College, Professor Stewart Gill, OAM, academics and business leaders came together to discuss how the two could improve the ways in which they could work together. Further details on each of the panelists can be found here

    “It’s terrific that Canada is able to lead the way…and that the CACC is bringing the two sectors together to look at how we inform one another and, how we help one another,” said Professor Gill.

    Throughout the course of the discussion it was very clear: both the business sector and academia are very willing to work together.

    They key theme of how to build the bridge between academia and business is ‘relationships’.

    Professor Joanne Tompkins spoke about the importance of “brokering relationships”, effectively meeting a range of people with whom to get to know and in time exchange ideas.

    Agreeing with Professor Tompkins was Zac Hatzantonis, Partner with PwC, “Our firm’s purpose is to build trust in solving complex problems. Having partnerships in place with experts means that we can collaborate instantly and prepare our reports within the time lines that we are given.”

    Dr Tim Gravelle who has straddled the corporate world and academia also spoke about the importance of personal networks. Having reached out to academics in the USA whilst he was working for Gallup in Canada he highlighted the importance of having international networks as well.

    Event moderator, researcher, former journalist and CACC member Erik Dennison said, “We know from the research that having relationships is critical to collaboration. Academics work in research so how do they build those relationships? Being Canadian or having Canadian connections is a pretty good starting point to collaboration, talking and building a network.”

    When it comes to creating one’s network, Misha Ketchel encourages academics to “get out there anyway that you can.” The academics who stand out for him are those who “wrote blogs and who are genuinely interested in sharing their ideas. Engagement is sharing of ideas.”

    Erik concluded the event in summing up, “Be passionate about what you’re sharing and how you’re sharing it.”

    Build your network and connect with The Conversation https://theconversation.com/au

    Written by:

    Angela Smith

    CACC Copywriter

    Melbourne Committee

  • 20 Oct 2017 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In late November 2017, Export Development Canada (EDC) will officially open its Australian operation in Sydney with a special event featuring Peter Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist, EDC. The Sydney operation marks EDC’s 20th international representation.

    A Crown corporation that operates at arm’s length from Government, Export Development Canada is Canada’s export credit agency. EDC supports and develops Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international opportunities.

    With a formal presence in Australia, EDC will be well situated to build and strengthen bilateral trade between Canada and Australia. EDC will do so by offering financing to Australian companies and project owners that have, or are considering, business with Canadian companies or their affiliates in the region.

    Export Development Canada has a history of supporting a number of Australian companies such as Origin Energy, Woodside, GoldLinQ and Optus, to name but a few.

    The role of the Sydney-based EDC team will be to connect Australian and Canadian companies while providing financial solutions to both. In addition, EDC will facilitate introduction to make doing business with one another as easy as possible. Export Development Canada also helps by matching Australian companies with strategically selected Canadian companies that have the specific capabilities the Australian company is seeking in its supply chain.

    Export Development Canada can be of support to Canadian businesses currently operating in Australia that may require various contracts in Australia.  And, EDC may be of further support to Canadian businesses seeking to expand beyond Australia into the greater Asia-Pacific region.

    An important aspect of EDC is that it partners with local and international financial institutions to increase the reach of its support. EDC proactively seeks lending opportunities and/or participation in syndication transactions in Australia.

    Heading up the Australian operation of EDC is Chief Representative, Teri Nizzola. Ms Nizzola is responsible for EDC’s overall international business development in Australia. Ms Nizzola will be focused on trade creation between Australian and Canadian companies, and as such, the facilitation of financing transactions with large corporates, multinationals as well as strategically aligned government entities within Australia.

    A special event to officially launch EDC’s presence in Australia will take place on Wednesday, 29 November at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. EDC Vice-President and Chief Economist, Peter Hall, will present his Economic Perspective. Tickets will be available on 25 October via CACC website.

    With more than 25 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting, Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing the EDC’s economic analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups.

    Prior to joining EDC, Mr. Hall directed the economic forecasting activities of the Conference Board of Canada. Mr. Hall has served as President of both the Canadian Association for Business Economics and its largest local chapter, the Ottawa Economics Association. Mr. Hall earned degrees in Economics from Carleton University and the University of Toronto.

    To learn more about Export Development Canada’s presence in Australia, please contact EDC in Australia directly at the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney on (02) 9364 3055 or visit www.edc.ca

    Written by:

    Angela Smith

    CACC Copywriter

    Communications & Member Engagement Committee

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