The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a not-for-profit volunteer based organisation whose focus is to build and strengthen trade, investment and business connections between Australia and Canada. The Chamber is pleased to present the volunteer members of the CACC Events Committee.

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Introducing the Events Committee

Minh Dao


Minh is a Partner at KPMG specialising in corporate tax matters for financial services organisations.

Casie Hill


Casie is a dual Australian and Canadian citizen, growing up in Sydney but spending over 8 years in Toronto and completing her MBA at Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University in Ontario in 2011. Casie has over 13 years’ experience, including 8 with Deloitte (in Toronto, New York, San Francisco and Sydney) where she is a Director in the Strategy Consulting Sydney team and advises Technology, Financial Services, and Telecom clients on growth strategy, new product launches, corporate strategy, and go-to-market strategy.

Martin Arsenault


Martin holds the position of Vice-Consul and Trade Commissioner for the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney. He has over 12 years of experience in international trade helping Canadian companies import and export. He started his career as Team Leader at KPMG Montreal and then worked for 5 years at Canada Border Services Agency as Trade Auditor and as Import/Export Trainer. Martin became a diplomat working with Global Affairs Canada seven years ago and has worked on WTO Trade Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Leon Chan


Leon is currently a consultant in the Private Client Services team at Ernst & Young Sydney, providing accounting and taxation compliance alongside advisory services in such fields. Although a recent Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of New South Wales, Leon has been with EY since starting his tertiary education. An exchange semester abroad at the University of Alberta, and an interest in the cultural and commercial ties between Australia and Canada, has cumulated with Leon joining the CACC as a way to continue his relationship with Canada.

Christine Furnell


Christine Furnell is currently a Cost Controller for WSP Australia. Christine has worked for seven years in the same engineering firm in project accounting, management, marketing and events. She's currently working on a major highways project. Having family in Montreal, Christine sought out a role in the Toronto office and spent the last three years there as a Project Accounting Supervisor. This was an amazing opportunity not only to connect with my extended family and travel, but to broaden my industry knowledge working in another country.

Jean-Etienne Leroux


Jean-Étienne Leroux is Regional Director, Transactions & Asset management on the Infrastructure team of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) since 2006. While heading the office of CDPQ in Sydney, he has a mandate to develop a portfolio of quality infrastructure holdings in Australia, and to manage specific assets within the portfolio, including the Port of Brisbane, Trangrid and Plenary Group, for which he led the acquisition processes. Jean-Étienne joined CDPQ in 2001.

Lesley Rogan


Lesley is the founder of Visa Application Australia, an international student agency specialising in study placements, and student & graduate visa services.

Prior to this, for 15 years Lesley worked for Drake International, whose roots are proudly Canadian. During her time with Drake, she built and ran unique service lines including an online English school (, a website supporting skilled migrants (, and the international education agency Drake Student Recruitment.

Holly Apps


Holly is a manager in KPMG’s Deal Advisory - Tax team, specialising in infrastructure and real estate investments.

Chris Warrick


Chris assists inward investing SME companies establish their operating presence in Australasia. Prior to this, as Managing Director, Multimap Australasia, he set up Multimap’s Asia Pac headquarters in 2004, before the global group’s sale to Microsoft in late 2007. He has over three decades’ experience in the IT and Management Consultancy industries, having worked in the UK, the US and, more recently, Australasia and the Asia Pac region. From 2002 until 2004, he was Development Director for based in their head offices in London. Before joining Multimap, he was founding Managing Director of TrackView Communications, a specialist supplier operating in the vehicle-, asset- and personnel-tracking arena. Chris is also a Co-Founder of Investrade.Info, a free collated and curated single channel market-entry platform of information, links and contacts for SMEs establishing businesses in Australia.

Ben Smith

Ben Smith


Ben is a corporate lawyer with extensive experience in M&A and capital markets. He has been working with clients from all over the Asia Pacific on their investments in Australia for many years. Ben has been active with Canadian clients in Australia and recently advised on the dual listed IPO of EuroManganese Inc. In the last 12 months Ben has advised Hengkang Medical on the divestment of their interest in PRP, China Mengniu on their proposed acquisition of Lion Dairy & Drinks and Nomura Research Institute on their proposed acquisition of Ausiex from CBA.