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 Melbourne Committee

Bambi Price

CO-CHAIR

Bambi Price is a Director of Student Partnerships. 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.

Helene Larochelle

CO-CHAIR

Helene Larochelle is the Australian representative of Investissement Québec International. She is expanding the market for Québec based companies in several industry sectors in Australia including mining, ICT, renewable energies and cleantech, aerospace, transport, health, and creative industries.
Prior to becoming the Australian representative, Helene was the Executive Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in China and was the Event Committee Chairwoman and Board member for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan, in both cases fostering business and cultural connections between Canada and the host countries.

Estelle Scanlan

SECRETARY

Estelle Scanlan is the Market Growth Manager for National and International markets at MinterEllison. With over 15 years marketing experience across a number of industries, Estelle is responsible for developing and implementing Minter Ellison' international strategies for North America, North Asia, UK& Europe, Middle East and South East Asia, to increase visibility and nurture key relationships of the largest international law firm headquartered in Australia.

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.

Nigel Sabin

HONOURARY MEMBER

Nigel Sabin is a locally engaged trade commissioner for advanced technologies at the Consulate General of Canada in Sydney, a role he has held for eighteen years. In this capacity, he has devised and implemented many successful trade promotion initiatives such as trade missions to and from Canada in areas as diverse as telecoms, edutech, digital media, intelligent transport systems, smart cities, and fintech. Prior to his current role and following his appointments to the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, he worked on the Consulate’s cultural and public affairs team.

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.

Samantha Robin

COPYWRITER

Samantha is a communications adviser with a decade of experience in the media industry, working across federal, state and local government. Samantha has developed communications strategies, run election campaigns, managed events and coordinated stakeholder relations. She has a Bachelor of Mass Communications and has worked as a journalist, writing across a variety of subjects including courts, health, politics, education and tourism. While working in politics, she completed a Master of Public Policy and Management at Monash University, studying units in business relations and politics in Italy and South America.

Aaron Dodd

LOCUM PEOPLE

A citizen of New Zealand, Australia & Canada, Aaron Dodd is the founder and Managing Partner of Locum People, a leading recruitment, executive search and outsourced human resources consulting firm that operates across Australia and New Zealand. Locum People is also the premium distributor of the leading Canadian Prevue psychometric testing system and recruitment software platform across both countries. Aaron is industry recognised and a sought after speaker on talent sourcing, retention and individual and organisational performance improvement.

Erik Denison

Monash University

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.

Jared Seminoff

AVEPOINT

Jared works with AvePoint, Microsoft's largest Independent Software Vendor focused on Microsoft 365 data migration, protection, and management. Based in Melbourne, Jared helps organisations to collaborate with confidence in hybrid work environments and guides clients through their digital transformation to the cloud.

Paroma Dunbar

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LIAISON

Paroma recently completed an Executive Certificate in Space Studies as part of the International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program in partnership with the University of South Australia. She has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Space Operations with UNSW Canberra. Prior to that, she studied international relations at the University of Melbourne where she gained experience interning at the Consulate General of India. Currently a business development specialist, Paroma has travelled between Canada and Australia for the past ten years and is inspired to contribute to development opportunities and trade relations between the two nations through her involvement with the CACC.