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 Membership Committee.

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Introducing the Membership Committee

Bob Penty


Bob is an executive with an unusually broad range of experience in management of very large IT projects. He has been working in the field for over 50 years. Over his career Bob has worked in Canada, France, USA, Japan and Australia. His long experience and consistent record of success has made his recommendations immediately credible with senior executives and boards.

Karen Clark


Karen is a long-term veteran of the IT industry with a career that spans four countries and three continents. Starting as a technical business analyst in Toronto, Canada to becoming a software product manager in Sydney, Australia, Karen is now the Founder of Great Products Consulting - a business dedicated to supporting non-technical entrepreneurs that want to build web or mobile products. Karen draws on her corporate and personal blogging experiences to contribute the copywriting needs of the CACC.

Melissa Wharton


As CEO of the CACC, Mel is charged with promoting trade & investment between Australia & Canada. With a team of 30 volunteers situated across both continents, Mel works closely with the business community from start ups to large corporates and government agencies. Further, the CACC is committed to developing the Youth Mobility Program (working holiday visa) which sees roughly 9,000 young professionals traverse between both countries gaining invaluable international experiences. Originally from Vancouver, Mel lived in Toronto before relocating to Melbourne, Australia in 2007.