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 Chamber is pleased to present the volunteer members of the CACC Board of Directors.

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Introducing the CACC Board

Doug Carmichael


Doug was appointed CEO of Commonwealth Bank Group Super in 2010 until his retirement in August 2019. During that time, Doug and his team supported the Trustee Board in the development and execution of strategies which sustain the financial well-being of 75,000 past and present employees of the Group. His introduction to the superannuation industry was through his time at Australian Administration Services where he served as GM Strategic Operations and Risk Management in the mid-2000’s. Doug gained broad financial services management experience in a number of roles with TD Bank in Canada and Australia and with Citigroup in Australia. He is also a Director and President of the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce.

Lesley Gillespie OAM


Lesley Gillespie is the Co-Founder and Director of Bakers Delight Holdings Ltd which oversees all bakery operations across 4 countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA). Bakers Delight has a presence in the vast majority of Australian shopping precincts as well as significant presence in New Zealand. Trading as COBS Bread in Canada and the United States, it is growing significantly with well over 100 bakeries across North America.

Her other business interests include Health Food Holdings, a chia seed and chia seed product supplier.

Jack Cowin


Jack started out in Toronto, Canada selling insurance but always had a clear desire to get into his own business, to have control over his own destiny. Jack moved to Australia at the age of 26 and opened his first KFC store in 1969 Jack is now the chairman and managing director of the CFAL group of companies which has sales revenue of $1.4 billion and net shareholders funds of $600 million. Jack is also the owner of Hungry Jacks, the Burger King master franchise holder for Australia, with 360 restaurants and five manufacturing plants which produce frozen meat products and processed vegetables for the supermarket and food service industry and exports to 26 countries for which it has won several Australian Export Awards.

Mike Bacina


Michael is a Partner in Piper Alderman’s Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Group based in Sydney. The cryptocurrency and Blockchain space presents unique challenges merging cutting edge technology and a challenging regulatory space as rapid development and adoption of this exciting technology occurs.

Ross Campbell


Ross Campbell is the co-founder of the boutique advisory firm The MBO Group, helping managers acquire the companies that they work for (management buyouts). Ross has spent his entire career either investing in, or advising to, private companies on growth, acquisitions and ownership successions with career experience as a commercial banker, asset-based lender, royalty financer and private equity investor as co-founder of Norvest Capital Partners. He has sat on numerous private company boards and advisory committees and is the past trustee and Chair, Audit Committee of a TSE listed REIT.

René Lalande


René joined Transdev Australasia as Chief Executive Officer in September 2016. As CEO, René
oversees more than 5,800 Transdev employees that deliver multimodal public transport services across Australasia.

René has nearly 35 years of experience in the public transport, automotive and aerospace industries, and has held numerous senior executive roles, such as including Vice President Operations at both Heroux Devtek and Spectra Premium Industries. René brings to Transdev a wealth of expertise having worked in both international and local markets, with previous projects in Canada and Mexico.

Mike McGrath


Mike is currently Managing Partner – Chief Marketing Officer and the Global Relationship Partner for Telstra. Mike has also served as Managing Partner of Clients and Markets where he was responsible for PwC Australia’s Priority Accounts and Industries Programs, Clients Experience and Networks Programs, Market Propositions and Strategic Marketing, Communications and Brand. In this capacity Mike was also an Executive Board Member, a member of the Firm Executive. Prior to this Mike was the National Markets and Industries Leaders for PwC Consulting. Mike has also lead the Growth Strategy Practice in Consulting and has worked in the Financial Services, Energy and Utilities, Transport and Logistics, and Government sectors.

Greg McNab


Greg McNab is a former mechanical engineer and partner in the Securities Group of the international law firm Baker & McKenzie’s Toronto office. Greg’s practice includes working with financial services, resource and energy companies both domestically and internationally, with a large portion of that work involving opportunities between Canada and Australia. Baker & McKenzie is one of the largest law firms in the world with offices all around the world in major finance centres.

Teresa Nizzola


Teresa Nizzola joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in 1997 as a Financial Services Manager where she was involved in complex corporate financing transactions in multiple sectors including energy, mining, and telecom. After 20 years at EDC, in August 2017, Teri and her family moved to Sydney, Australia where Teri took on the role as EDC’s Chief Representative Australia and launched EDC’s 20th representation office. In the first full year of operation, the EDC Sydney office supported the largest number of Canadian businesses and achieved the highest support of EDC solutions. Teri is passionate about helping Canadian companies, go, grow and succeed internationally.
Teri earned a MBA from the University of British Columbia, and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from McGill University. Teri speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish.