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 is the CEO of NextOre. He is an experienced engineer and corporate financial advisor for natural resources companies. For three years Chris had a leading role within RFC Ambrian’s technology & innovation portfolio, working with companies across sectors including renewable energy, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and radio systems. He has experience in underground mine and open pit engineering, and specialised in planning & strategic resourcing of bulk methods and published a paper on production drilling in sub-level cave mines.

Sarah Quigley

HONOURARY MEMBER

Sarah Quigley joined Global Affairs Canada in 2007 after working as a corporate lawyer with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Sarah has served in the Office of the Deputy Minister of International Trade and in the International Law Bureau as a specialist in economic sanctions law. Outside of headquarters, Sarah has served in Washington, DC as Special Advisor to the Canadian Ambassador to the United States; as well as management roles in New Zealand and Australia. Sarah currently represents Canada as Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Consulate in Sydney, Australia.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.