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

Mike Bacina

DIRECTOR & CO-CHAIR

Michael is a Partner in Piper Alderman’s Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Group based in Sydney. The cryptocurrency and Blockchain space presents unique challenges merging cutting edge technology and a challenging regulatory space as rapid development and adoption of this exciting technology occurs.

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.

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.

Jon Fung

Secretary

Jon is the Secretary of the CACC SME Committee and can be reached at SME@cacc.com.au to assist with any enquiries.

Hailing from Brandon Manitoba, Jon has 5 years of experience in the Business Advisory field and served on multiple not-for-profit organisations related to developing entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

In January 2016 Jon moved to Sydney joining William Buck’s Business Services department focusing on assisting international corporations with establishing a business within Australia, reporting requirements and tax advice.

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.

Chris Beal

RFC Ambrian

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.

Véronique Fecteau-Charette

Marketing Advisor

Veronique studied communication and public relations at Université du Quebec à Montréal. She later completed a bachelor’s degree in Sexology, with the hopes of fulfilling a role combining both disciplines. She quickly realised that her interest shifted towards the travel industry when she was offered a job with a major tour operator in Mexico. Her most recent experience in tourism marketing & sales spans over boutique tour operators and larger resorts in the Canadian ski industry. 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.

Phil Lancaster

Delivio

After starting life with a technical background in Industrial Automation and then Computer Networking Phil focused more on the sales aspect. Enjoying mentoring new engineers & sales staff along the way, Phil built and sold 3 technology businesses and between these businesses; was General Manager, Enterprise Director and Consultant to a range of others. For the past 12 years Phil has primarily focused on helping emerging tech businesses establish themselves in the APAC region.

Chris Warrick

Beachhead Management

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 Multimap.com 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.

Ming Zhang

PwC Australia

Head of China Coverage, Deals at PwC, Ming is a recognized multinational business advisor and integration expert with 21+ years international blue-chip experience in Australia, China, the USA and Canada. A strategic professional yet entrepreneurially spirited, with a passion for innovation and a good understanding of disruptive business potentials. In-depth experience in the end-to-end corporate development cycle, from strategy to origination to transaction execution (M&A, JV, Capital Raising and Divestitures) and post-close integration including culture and change management. Expertise in business expansion and restructure in China and North America. Experienced as manager of managers of Pension Fund ($6.2b) in Canada, accountable to a board of trustees.