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 Melbourne Committee.

To contact please email: melbourne@cacc.com.au

Introducing the Events Committee

Lesley Gillespie OAM

DIRECTOR & CHAIR

Lesley Gillespie is Director of Bakers Delight Holdings Ltd which oversees all bakery operations across 4 countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA) as well as a Director and co-owner of the grocery clearance chain, NQR based in Victoria Australia with 21 outlets.

Sophie Galaise

HONOURARY MEMBER

Sophie Galaise joined the MSO as its first female Managing Director in April 2016. Sophie sits on the board of Symphony Services International and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Harvard Business Review, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and The CEO Institute. Prior to her appointment to the MSO, Sophie was Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Previous roles include Executive Director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and Executive and Artistic Director of the Orford Arts Centre. Prior to this, for 15 years Lesley worked for Drake International, whose roots are proudly Canadian.

Andrea Pane

SECRETARY

Andrea Pane is a Partner at Piper Alderman. Andrea’s primary focus since 1996 has been in the franchising sector, assisting clients across a diverse range of industries as they expand their businesses as they expand both in Australia and overseas, and advising them across a broad range of areas of commercial law.

Christine Furnell

EVENTS LIAISON

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.

Erik Denison

Erik Denison is a researcher with Monash University’s Behavioural Science Laboratory. He is working with sporting organisations and researching methods to change discrimination and prejudicial behaviour in sport. Prior to becoming a behavioural change researcher, Erik had careers as both a communication/marketing strategist and a national journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Erik has won multiple awards in both industries.

Carolyne Huber

Carolyne Huber currently works at KPMG Australia within the Markets and Growth team. As an Associate Pursuit Leader she helps the firm's teams retain and win work. With over five years of professional tendering and project management expertise, Carolyne helps internal teams concisely express their value proposition and win pursuits.

Bambi Price

Bambi Price is a Director of Tron Systems. For over twenty years, as an owner-manager, Bambi has led multiple initiatives in the Information Technology and Communications industry. She has a recognised track record of success in evaluating and optimising technology projects for mature businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. Her primary focus in recent years has been actively assisting new ventures to develop innovative and sustainable early-stage start up initiatives. She also leads mature businesses in developing and furthering their growth by focusing on the introduction of new technologies. Bambi is passionate about the 21st century economy and the opportunities it provides.

Alex Hamilton

Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Alex is a qualified lawyer and sports business professional with Tennis Australia where she is focused on the implementation of strategic and operational business initiatives. Prior to joining the CACC Committee, Alex spent six years as a Director and Commissioner of the Australian Ice Hockey League. Alex grew up in Ottawa, Canada and first set foot on Australian soil as a backpacker almost 13 years ago. She is passionate about all things sport, business, exercise and travel and, most importantly, being a mum to her little boy Jack. Alex is also a mentor in the Melbourne Law School Mentor Program and a Director of the Australian Tennis Foundation. Prior to joining the CACC Committee Alex spent six years as a Director and Commissioner of the Australian Ice Hockey League.

Isaac Ransom

Bio to follow