In response to increasing interest from Canadian and Australian SMEs looking to expand abroad, the CACC has recently launched an SME initiative aimed at growth minded entrepreneurs who see opportunities for their businesses in both countries. Our SME initiative will start initially as a pilot project  in Sydney, and we will continually evolve our “offering” to best reflect the wishes of our SME members and assist them with solutions to the challenges they face in growing their businesses domestically or abroad.

For now, the core focus of our initiative is on providing networking opportunities to SME members both through events and topic specific roundtables. We will also explore a variety of methods to facilitate an ongoing dialogue amongst members, as well as mentorship opportunities. Become a member to share your experiences,  learn from, and connect with fellow SMEs and business mentors.

To contact the SME Committee please email: SME@cacc.com.au

Introducing the SME Committee

Joshua Khoddami

Co-Chair

As a part of Neu.Capital Joshua helps established companies raise $5m -$100m of debt and equity outside the big 4 banks by placing them in front a vast universe of professional investors. He spends time with clients educating them on the non-bank funding world. Previous to this, Joshua spent 7 years managing a digital marketing agency in Sydney that specialises in generating leads for mid-market companies. Originally from Vancouver Joshua has spent the last 8 years living and working in Sydney.

Chris Beal

Co-Chair

Chris works with RFC Ambrian providing a full suite of financial and corporate advisory services to companies in the natural resources and energy sectors. With offices in Sydney, Perth, and London, RFC Ambrian provides a full suite of financial services from general advisory to M&A, takeovers, capital offerings, debt structuring, and IPOs, among others. Chris previously worked in technical and operating roles for Glencore Xstrata, Xstrata Nickel Australia, Taseko Mines, and Teck across Canada, Australia and the US. Chris has experience in underground mine and open pit engineering, and specialised in planning and strategic resourcing of bulk methods and published a paper on production drilling in sub-level cave mines.

Marc-André Hawkes

HONOURARY MEMBER

Marc-André as the Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner leads the commercial team for the Government of Canada in Australia. He has been part of Canada’s diplomatic corps since 2003 largely focusing on international trade files having previously worked at Accenture in IT management consulting (2000-2003) and at Microsoft in marketing and corporate finance (1998-99). Marc-André has lived in eleven cities in seven countries on five continents.

David Sharp

Company Secretary

David is a Director of the business advisory division at William Buck, a mid-tier, full service accounting firm with locations around Australia and New Zealand. Leading the team, David focuses on SMEs and mid-market clients, assisting subsidiaries of overseas businesses manage their administrative, reporting and tax compliance requirements in Australia. David was born in Montreal, Canada and grew up in Sydney. After working with KPMG Sydney, David relocated to Toronto spending 7 years with PWC in their audit and business restructuring divisions. The warm winters and beaches of Sydney eventually drew him and his family back to Australia.

Sarah Constable

Air Canada

Sarah brings over 16 years of experience in the travel and entertainment industry. As the Business Development Executive for Air Canada here in Australia, Sarah’s role is to pinpoint new opportunities and generate leads. The role also crosses over into Account Management, providing corporate travel solutions for travel between Australia and North America. With business development and account management being her main career focus, Sarah is in her comfort zone developing and maintaining strong client relationships. Sarah has also spent some time living in Canada.

Lynda Chachaty

Worklife Choices

Lynda is an award winning speaker, corporate trainer and business coach who specialises in building the skills of high performance in individuals and organisations. Founder of Work Life Choices, Lynda has received numerous prestigious awards as she collaborates and partners with leading companies around the world designing and delivering bespoke and off the shelf innovative and interactive F2F and eLearning training programs that get results. Lynda's passion also extends to Business Start-up workshops she runs every month for those considering a journey into entrepreneurship, as a founder of 3 successful businesses she knows and understands business.

Kate Reagh

Kate Reagh

MinterEllison

Kate is an M&A lawyer at MinterEllison in Sydney. She was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and has been living in Sydney for the past six years. Prior to her move to Australia to commence law school, Kate completed a commerce degree at the University of British Columbia and subsequently started her career at PepsiCo Beverages (Vancouver) in the operations department. She has been involved in several cross-border transactions over the course of her time at Minters, including assisting, Loram on their acquisition of Aurizon Operations. Kate still has many roots in Canada and tries to go back as often as she can to visit family and friends.

Michael Rebiffé

IQ Gecko

With more than 20 years experience working with the banking, tech and marketing industries, Michael is known as the IQ Gecko Strategist. He's obsessed with innovating new ways to create data-capture (ie: basket data) for content that's extremely useful and effective for his clients to develop loyalty platforms, gift cards and data analytics. He works with a team of highly experienced developers, contributors and clients as a campaign designer, editor, coach, and sometimes therapist.

Laura McQuilkin

HubSpot

With over 16 years experience, both nationally and internationally working within elite, recognised and high performing businesses, through to representing and wearing multiple hats scaling projects and start-up organisations, Laura’s passion and skills are focused around branding and marketing, customer experience, growth accelerators and sustainable business success.

Véronique Fecteau-Charette

Marketing Advisor

Véronique studied public relations and communications at Université du Quebec à Montréal and gained marketing experience in various industries across 3 countries. She now specialises in digital projects, with a keen interest for design and layout work. Veronique has been calling Australia home since 2015 and keeps ties with Canada through her involvement with the CACC. She is inspired by development opportunities within and between organisations.