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 Sydney Committee.

To contact please email: sydney@cacc.com.au

Introducing the Sydney Committee

Minh Dao

CO-CHAIR

Minh is a Partner at KPMG specialising in corporate tax matters for financial services organisations.

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

DEPUTY 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.

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 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.

Jean-Étienne Leroux

CACC DIRECTOR & CDPQ

Jean-Étienne Leroux is responsible for all infrastructure activities in Australia and New Zealand. As head of the region, he also takes an active part in positioning CDPQ as a partner of choice across all asset classes, in promoting CDPQ’s brand image in the region and in representing the organization with the financial and business community, as well as with key stakeholders. Mr. Leroux is also responsible for the Sydney office, where he has been based since 2015.

Vic Naughton

AIR CANADA

Vic is the General Manager - Australia & New Zealand for Air Canada. As a senior leader in the aviation, travel & tourism industries with multi-level commercial leadership Vic has led regional commercial activities for two of the largest airlines in the world and one of the largest global travel companies in many different markets including UK, Africa, Middle East, Australia & New Zealand.

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.

Ben Smith

MinterEllison

Ben is a corporate lawyer with extensive experience in M&A and capital markets. He has been working with clients from all over the Asia Pacific on their investments in Australia for many years. Ben has been active with Canadian clients in Australia and recently advised on the dual listed IPO of EuroManganese Inc. In the last 12 months Ben has advised Hengkang Medical on the divestment of their interest in PRP, China Mengniu on their proposed acquisition of Lion Dairy & Drinks and Nomura Research Institute on their proposed acquisition of Ausiex from CBA.

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.