12-14 May 2021 | Cairns, QLD

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PARTNERS

Foundation Partner & Gala Dinner Sponsor

Visy is one of Australasia’s leading manufacturers of corrugated boxes, packaging and packaging consumables. From cardboard boxes & cartons to banana papers, string, tapes, liners, palletising products & more, Visy is a ‘one stop shop’ for all your packaging needs.
It doesn’t stop there though; Visy offers a full lifecycle of packaging capability. We are actively involved at every stage of the product’s lifespan; from design and innovation, automation & material handling right through to expertise in print and production, we’re helping a growing industry grow even stronger.

Principal R&D Partner

As the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australia’s horticulture industry, Hort Innovation’s primary function is creating value for horticulture growers and those across the horticulture supply chain.

 

Each year, we invest more than $100 million in R&D, marketing and trade programs on behalf of industry.

 

Through these investments, we are working to improve the productivity, farm gate profitability and global competitiveness of specific industries, and Australian horticulture as a whole.

Principal Partners

At Woolworths, we take a lot of pride in providing our customers with top quality Australian fresh food.

With more than 1000 stores and 110,000 team members across the country, our purpose is to bring a little good to everyone everyday and supporting Australian growers is a big part of this.

We're proud of our fresh food credentials with 96% of all our fruit and vegetables sourced right here in Australia and more than two million Woolworths customers pick Cavendish bananas in our stores every week.

We’re also passionate about making healthier choices more affordable for Australian families. In 2015 we launched Free Fruit for Kids to help more Australian kids eat more fruit. In the last year alone, we gave away more than than 26 million pieces of free fruit to kids in store, including millions of Australian bananas.

Major Partner

Celebrating 20 years this year, MacKay’s Banana Marketing (MBM) was established as a separate business entity to manage all banana marketing and sales from a cooperative of large scale farming families.

The rationale was to have a dedicated specialist team to manage the marketing and customer interaction aspects of the businesses. This allowed each family to do what they do best, growing some of Australia’s best bananas whist still maintaining control of distribution to customers nationally.

Today MBM remains true to its grower ownership, focusing on maintaining high quality produce for its customers.

Associate Partners

Costa’s exceptional quality Cavendish and Lady Finger bananas are enjoyed around the country.

 

Our delicious bananas are grown all year round in the ideal climates of Tully and Walkamin on the Atherton Tablelands, North Queensland. We grow them so you can enjoy them every day of the year.

 

Costa adopts sustainable farming with a specific emphasis upon protecting the Great Barrier Reef.
We know fallowing, planting, fertilisation and the use of chemicals all affect the health of the soil, the plants and, crucially, the fruit. We stick to best practice regimes to ensure we can continually provide the best-quality eating bananas.

 

In addition to our strict farming practices, we maintain strict post-harvest procedures including packing, storage, transport, ripening and dispatch. This ensures our bananas remain at optimum condition until the moment they are enjoyed by the
end consumer.

Arcella Banana Company and its growing arm Tropicana Banana are proudly 100% Australian family owned and operated. With over 40 years’ experience, we are passionate about all facets of bananas. We are committed in investing in the future of the Australian banana industry.

We strive to provide growers with the best service and ensure that retailers receive the best quality bananas 52 weeks of the year.

Soils First NQ began providing agronomic advice and farm inputs to Banana growers in both Tully and the Tablelands in 2003. A warehouse facility in Innisfail was opened in 2011 and in 2016 to service the Tablelands we opened a facility in Tolga.

Our key objective is to provide individual fertiliser solutions to Banana growers.
We are the only supplier in the industry to custom blend soluble fertilisers to an individual agronomic requirement.
This process reduces labour costs and is very cost effective compared to one shot blends.
Our long standing relationships with key suppliers ensures reliable supply of quality product and as independent CRT members we have access to the full range of farming inputs at competitive prices.

In 2015, we began manufacturing of Black Urea Granular Blends and are now able to produce blends that cover all the major/minor nutrient requirements of the banana plant.

With over 4,000 metres of warehouse we can accommodate any requirement from Bunch Covers, Banana Twine, Ag Chemical and Fertiliser.

Supporting Partners

Bayer is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds and innovative crop protection solutions, as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. With a large local and international research and development team, Bayer constantly delivers new and innovative products to the Australian banana industry.

LaManna Premier Group (LPG) is a vertically integrated Australian fresh produce, supply chain company, distributing fruits and vegetables domestically and internationally. With LPG owned farms and strategic grower partners nationwide, we ensure the consistent supply of quality, flavourful, fresh produce.

 

Our customers, growers, and community are our priority and we support them through integrated business operations from farm, right through to category management. Our business operations are further refined by climate-controlled distribution services, leading edge ripening facilities, and a Central Market Trading presence in every Australian State. LPG’s banana category is our largest category, underpinned by our farms and growers in North Queensland and the Northern Territory. The category is further supported with a dedicated category management team and LPG’s owned packing facility, Australian Banana Company (ABC), located in Innisfail, QLD. ABC supports banana growers in the region by providing access to quality control, packing, and distribution, allowing farmers to remain focused on growing premium products.

 

We continue to evolve innovative operations and category development to produce consistent, reliable varieties that embody great taste, texture, and shelf life. Our people are our greatest asset and we invest heavily in people development through employee programs and enhanced growth opportunities.

Primary Partners

AGCO AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of agricultural solutions, working tirelessly to help make today’s farms more productive and more profitable. Globally recognised brands like Massey Ferguson & Fendt make up part of what makes AGCO so strong. Massey Ferguson Massey Ferguson is one of the world’s leading brands in agricultural machinery innovation, helping to ensure farmers achieve greater efficiencies, productivity and at the same time, make life easier for those striving to produce more from the land they farm and care for. The MF 4700 Series is part of the new Global Series range which is based upon the concept of the utility tractor and has been re-engineered from the ground up to meet the needs of present and future farming. Offering farmers between 74 and 82 horsepower, the MF 4700 Series is ideal for the banana industry. Fendt Fendt offers professional solutions for professional customers. Working harder and driving profits faster, Fendt uses the latest technology to boost farm efficiency and keep cost of ownership down. There’s no better way to stay at the top of the fast-paced, ever-evolving agricultural game than Fendt. The Fendt Vario range of tractors are designed for the agriculture industry and the Fendt 211P is a specialty tractor with wider axels and higher lift capacity that is a perfect option for banana farmers.

Agspec Australia is a manufacturer and distributor of fertilisers, crop protection products, adjuvants, biostimulants, and soil and water conditioners. Agspec Australia delivers high quality, branded and professionally packaged products for Australia farmers. Such branded products includes the well-known RapiSol® range of trace elements, Atlantik® biostimulant formulation, and Flextend® adjuvant for improved pesticide activity and retention.

 

Agspec Australia was established in 2004, and is present across many countries in South East Asia. As such, Agspec has excellent knowledge and experience in temperate and tropical agriculture.

 

Our professional, tertiary qualified agronomists and horticulturalists provide the necessary product back up and stewardship to ensure growth and service in each of our markets. 

 

Agspec continually strives to identify new and exciting technologies for Australian farmers, in order to deliver improved yields and profits.

Established in 1988, Blenners Transport is North Queensland’s largest family owned road and rail transport company employing over 400 team members throughout strategically located depots in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Tully, Innisfail, Mareeba and Cairns.

As North Queensland banana producers, Les and Judy Blennerhassett created Blenners Transport to meet their own needs in moving produce to market. Now, and over 30 years later, they have ensured family ownership and the core values of Blenners Transport will continue into the future with their sons Roger and Ben joining the business in 2006 and 2014 respectively.

Specializing in transporting North Queensland’s fresh produce to the southern markets and return, the Blenners Transport fleet has grown in 2020 to 180 prime movers, 260 refrigerated vans, 36 rigid trucks, 20 road trains and 40 rail containers; moving a range of freezer, chiller and dry freight to and from all corners of the country. With a strong focus and commitment to excellence and leading the industry, Blenners Transport now offers temperature controlled dry, chiller and freezer storage solutions across three depot locations; providing their customers with an integrated refrigerated transport and storage solutions across the country.

Our focus on excellence applies not only to our customers, but to our team too; we are proud to have many of the industries best operational planners, logistics administrators and professional drivers amongst our ranks. In our workshop, our focus continues with over 60 skilled in-house mechanics, tyre bay operators and wash bay team in the purpose built fleet maintenance workshops in Tully and Brisbane ensure the vehicles not only look good but are regarded as the best maintained fleet on the road today.

Collectively, the team at Blenners Transport ensures the high standard of accreditations held with TruckSafe, Safe food and QMS HACCP-FSS are upheld for the Safety and Quality of transported food products, and additionally, we are accredited under NHVAS for Basic Fatigue Management, Mass Management and Maintenance Management and are leaders in Fatigue and Chain of Responsibility Compliance.

This year we at Colin Campbell (Chemicals) [CCC] are celebrating its 80th anniversary. Still a wholly-owned and run Australian company, CCC is a leading supplier of innovative, reliable, high-quality and ‘niche’ crop protection products for the pre and post-harvest agricultural sector. It specialises in horticulture and recreational turf.

CCC was founded in 1940, in the early days of World War 2, by Colin Campbell Snr after he recognised a market opportunity for manufacturing chemicals. He established the company in Alexandria, a suburb of Sydney and two decades later passed the company down to his sons, Colin and Neil. It was during the 1960s that the brothers began increasing their presence in agricultural and turf chemicals.

CCC’s growth and product range has been made possible by long term supplier relationships, and by active and ongoing Research and Development (R&D). The result is the supply of innovative, speciality products which fulfil various needs in agriculture, including pre and post-harvest horticulture and turf as well as the introduction of novel products, such as Chlorothalanil Apple Wax and Microencapsulation formulations.

Well known for their reliability and flexibility – CCC can handle anything – small enough to be nimble and responsive, yet big enough to manage any size account. Having its own office and warehouse in Sydney, as well as stock locations in Brisbane and in regional sites across Australia, ensures CCC is able to respond efficiently to any customer request.

Customers remain with CCC for decades because they know the products work well and will be delivered quickly, and they trust the staff’s expertise. This stems from the fact that CCC employees remain with the company for a lifetime with many exceeding over 20 or 30 years during their lifetime.

FMC Australia and New Zealand is not just an agricultural sciences company, it is part of the community, and part of the solution to the challenges of local food security. Advancing farming indirectly by supporting those communities that our farmers rely on.

With our industry leading discovery pipeline and soon to be released blockbuster herbicide, we are passionate about bringing new solutions to growers in ANZ, while looking after our own people by creating opportunity and supporting diversity.

As individuals and as a team of over 100 people across ANZ we are guided by our six-core value which define how we do business. This is what sets us apart and it's the key to our long-term growth and sustainability.

We have a local manufacturing plant located one hour north of Sydney. The Wyong facility has more than thirty years history of quality crop protection manufacture.

Loscam is a trusted name for providing pooling and returnable packaging solutions for use in supply chains. Operating in 12 markets throughout the Asia Pacific, Loscam is focused on delivering high-quality, innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions and fit-for-purpose systems and procedures to the local markets. This dedication has led Loscam to holding a leading market position in various sectors, including manufacturing retail supply chains.

Established in 1942, Loscam operates in Australia, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Mainland China, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Netafim is the leading global provider of end-to-end smart irrigation solutions. We pioneered drip irrigation in 1965. A solution that made us the largest irrigation company in the world. With over 50 years of ground-breaking innovations, irrigation know-how, and project management expertise, we help design, develop and implement your agricultural vision. We ensure you achieve success and profitability through a fully sustainable, precision operation – no matter your crop, location, climate or conditions. Whether you’re starting a new agriculture project or expanding an existing one, it’s all about maximizing efficiency and driving profitability through the precise application of water and nutrients to increase yields and reduce inputs.

The people at Omnia Specialities Australia are passionate about soil and plant health. They are leaders in the development and manufacture of specialty fertilisers and biostimulants including Humates, Fulvates and Kelp products. Omnia Specialities has been manufacturing humate soil conditioners and fertilisers in Australia since 1990. Only the best quality leonardite is used in the specialised process, yielding the most concentrated humic acids in the world.

Our team of ten Specialist Agronomists help growers, both here in Australia and around the world improve yield, quality, efficiency and sustainability of fruit and vegetable crops.

QMAC Machinery is the leading supplier of Kubota into Far North Queensland since 1997 with branches in Cairns, Innisfail and Tully. We specialise in Kubota Tractors, Mowers, RTV’s and Implements. Our salespeople are well trained and versed on what we offer, and have the expertise to find the right product for your application. We not only sell the products, we offer all warranty work , parts and service on every item that we sell. We have fully trained mobile technicians that aim to fix the problem “on time the first time”. Our Parts Departments have many years of experience and are here to support your business. Your success is our success….
The Banana Industry is an integral part of our business and one that we have been very active in supporting. We look forward to a great event and catching up with existing and new customers.

For over 50 years, Signet has been a leading Australian manufacturer and supplier of packaging and industrial supplies. With over 5500 products from brands you know and trust, Signet is your local supplier of choice. Whether you need safety, warehousing, labelling, marking, PPE or packaging supplies, we’ve got you covered.

Stoller products are based on a deep knowledge in Plant Physiology and its practical applications to increase quality and yield in a variety of crops.

Stoller in Australia are based in Adelaide, South Australia with representatives and distributors throughout the country. We are committed to manufacturing high quality liquid fertilizers and specialty nutrient products that assist crops to reach their full potential. Stoller products are distributed through a network of dealers nationwide.

Our detailed knowledge of Plant Physiology and advanced understanding of how crops respond to the environment allows us to constantly innovate and develop our products. Our Australian team undertake trials and demonstrations throughout the country to deeply understand the way our products impact plant potential in a variety of conditions. Stoller employ skilled representatives that work nationwide with growers, agronomists and distributors. We share our detailed knowledge to assist growers maximise yield potential.

In combination with proper nutrition and good farming practices, the result is enhanced marketable yield, significant return-on-investment and improved stress tolerance.

Trade Night Sponsors​

Pakall Pty Ltd was established 47 years ago and is a family owned and operated company who has been supplying the Banana industry for over 30 years. Our considerable knowledge and understanding of the Banana industry together with our expertise in plastics and packaging means there is no better company then Pakall to service your plastic and packaging requirements.

Innovation Zone Sponsors​

Tie Up Farming offers the only cloud-based end-toend operations platform for the horticulture industry (fruit and vegetables), translating open-field farming into an accurate, yield-driven operation.

 

Our focus is on the field user in the labour-intensive medium to large agribusinesses. We create one point of data capturing during the farming process enabling the data to be streamlined in the agribusiness. Other than the control and command modules we

utilise QR barcodes and integration to sensors on the farm to capture more data.

– Cost per block/hectare

– Streamlined workflow

– Control and Commend multiple farms

– Complete traceability

– Reduced costs

– Improved yield

– Freshcare, Harps and Global Gap

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Trent DePaoli

Entrepreneur / Farmer / Investor / Innovator
De Paoli Orchards

As an experienced entrepreneur for over two decades, at a young age Trent quickly found his passion for solving problems with innovation and creating long standing companies that create a better world for tomorrow. As an “over the horizon” thinker, he wake’s with ambition of creating a better world and leveraging business as the platform to do this. During the last 24 years, he has taken revolutionary new products to market, built international supply and demand chains, brought new technologies to commercialisation, created unique consumer brands and built world class leadership teams. Trent and his family own several avocado orchards in the Bundaberg region and is an investor in start-up companies and companies wishing to scale.

Trent has served on many industry, government and private enterprise boards such as the Ag Industry Advisory Council (Federal Government), Strategic Investment Group for Horticulture Innovation Australia, Farmer reference groups for the National Farmers Federation, private family enterprises and more. In 2013 he was honoured to receive a Nuffield Scholarship and has since gone on to represent Nuffield in many representative functions.

His time at the University of Queensland graduating as a Food Technologist was critical to help frame his thinking for the future with science, technology and foresight. Trent is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

His favourite saying is “remain flexible to remain relevant” and Charles Darwin’s outstanding theory which he has shortened to simply “you are either growing or your dying, there is nowhere in between”

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Tate Connolly

Marketing Manager
Horticulture Innovation Australia
Tate Connolly started as the Hort Innovation Marketing Manager for the Australian Banana Industry in 2018. Prior to this role, Tate spent ten years in foodservice marketing including Nando’s and Wagamama where she held roles in Brand Management, Strategy and Communications.
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Andrew Bate

Managing Director & CEO
SwarmFarm Robotics
Andrew is the creator and CEO of SwarmFarm Robotics. He is the chief visionary leveraging his experience as a successful grain farmer to lead the 2015 launch of SwarmFarm Robotics. He grew up on a cropping and cattle farm south of Emerald in Queensland and studied Agronomy at university. He spent his earlier life as an agronomist in the grain and cotton industries, before returning to grain and cattle farming, and then co-founding SwarmFarm Robotics. In 2018 he was awarded Agripreneur of the Year at the Australian Future Agro Challenge, and in 2019 he came third overall in the 2019 Global Agripreneur of the Year award.
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Tony Catt

Director
Catapult Wealth

With nearly three decades of experience in the finance industry, Tony has seen many changes in the markets. Tony has a background in accounting, research, stockbroking and financial planning which allows him to provide a broad range of advice to his clients on different stages of their life. Tony has significant experience in sharemarkets and succession planning to farming clients, presenting at Regional Skill Training (RST), the Australian Shareholders Association (ASA), regional TAFE and the ASX investor hours for over 20 years.

After marrying into a farming family over 20 years ago, Tony decided to provide more help to family businesses in South Australia. Succession planning, retirement planning, education of the next generation and protection of wealth are major issues that have been identified. Tony is ideally skilled to help families and as a specialist Self-Managed Super Fund adviser, Tony has the ability to transition clients into retirement with cost effective, tailored retirement solutions.

Keep it simple is his main approach and he ensures that you understand every facet of how your money is invested.

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Mary O'brien

Founder
Are you bogged mate?

Mary O’Brien founded the ‘Are you bogged mate?’ program in 2018. 

 

She  travels the country breaking down the stigma of mental health and depression, especially among rural men, while also connecting them with vital resources and support. 

 

An article Ms O’Brien wrote in 2018 titled ‘Are you bogged mate?’ gained international attention and highlighted the mental health challenges country men face on a daily basis and the disconnect between the way depression is communicated to men across rural and remote Australia. 

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Jack Milbank

Founder
Lexi Tech

Brought up on mixed farming property in Zimbabwe. Jack completed a BAppSc at The University of QLD, Australia in 2001. Jack has worked in a diverse range of farming, ag-tech, geo-technical, analytical, food and beverage industries starting at Crop Tech, T-Systems and onto Ausveg as the North Australian IDO, followed by growing fruit in the Mary Valley, and in 2009 Jack became the CEO of Hortus Technical Services, Australia’s leading independent certified laboratory and agronomic services company. 

In 2013 Founder of microbial biotechnology company – Biofilm Crop Protection Pty Ltd. and in 2014 founded the Bargara Brewing Company, producing Craft Beer, Cider & Seltzer. In Nov. 2019 Hortus and Biofilm, came together to form Novum Lifesciences. 

In 2020 Jack founded Lexi Tech (Singapore) as a Global Ag-Tech Data Management company with AgPro as the Cornerstone SaaS technology platform and data hub underpinning agronomics, product distribution and application. Data partners around the world service 400 crops grown by over 3000 farmers covering over 1 million ha in over 20 countries using AgPro.

 Jack and his family own property in Bundaberg and in 2020 established Hartwood Smart Farm as Australia’s only pure bred Tuli cattle stud. Using advanced genomics, FTAI, and the collection of genetics incorporating 13 bulls selected by CSIRO and imported into Australia from Zimbabwe in the 1990’s. “Hartwood Tuli’s” form the nucleus herd of pure genetics to contribute to composite herds around the world. 6 Hartwood Tuli bulls are currently having their full genome mapped as part of a Bill and Melinda Gates foundation research project investigating Bovine parasite resistance in Sub-Saharan Dairy production. 

As a 2006/7 Nuffield Scholar studying “Globally competitive horticultural production processing and marketing using renewable energy” over eighteen months I spent time researching best practice agronomic management, product processing, clean energy and marketing in India, New Zealand, China, UAE, UK and the US. Along with proven theoretical knowledge, Jack combines practical international experience in Large scale agricultural and horticultural projects, Environmental Science, technical management, commercialisation, project development and implementation.

 I have had an active involvement in finding solutions to improve the efficiency and profitability of producers by facilitating the optimal use of crop production inputs through monitoring, testing, research, training and consulting services that represent worlds’ best practices in crop management systems.

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Ridley Bell

Founder / Owner
Mountain Blue Farms Pty Ltd.

Ridley is the founder/owner of Mountain Blue farms in NSW Australia. He has been actively involved in the blueberry industry in Australia since 1975, when he commenced assessing Northern Highbush seedlings at the Horticultural Research Institute in Knoxfield. He released the variety Brigitta from that program.  

In 1981 he  moved to Northern NSW  to grow low chilling varieties that would ripen in the window between the end of the Northern Hemisphere season and the start of the season in a number of Southern hemisphere countries 

Since that time he has released a number of new blueberry varieties for warm climate areas around the world, assessing approximately 5000 seedlings from up to 120  crosses each year. The breeding program has had a strong emphasis on consumer quality, never compromising on flavour, as well as fruit size,  crunch  and productivity. To date, MBO varieties have been licenced in 23 countries around the world under exclusive contracts, and sought after because of the emphasis on flavour, crunch and yields.   

Mountain Blue Farms is a vertically integrated company, breeding new varieties, growing the plants on in a wholesale nursery,  harvesting fruit from over 120 hectares and marketing blueberries, as well as raspberries and strawberries through its marketing company.   

In 2010,  Ridley received  the  NSW Farmer of the year award. 

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Shane Templeton

President
Australian Ginger Industry Association
Director
Buderim Ginger

Shane is a third-generation farmer who helps run their family farming businessTempleton Farming Enterprises are based at Eumundi in Queensland with farming operations expanding from Gympie to Maryborough. 

Shane has served as a company director for Buderim Ginger Limited and is the President of the Australian Ginger Industry Association (AGIA).  In recent years this role has included navigating major production battles like Pythium outbreaks in ginger, which decimated the industry.  Shane was also involved with Biosecurity Australia’s Import Risk Assessment for fresh ginger imports, leading to significant biosecurity measures implemented industry wide. 

Shane holds a Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. 

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Tim Hunt

General Manager
RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness

Rabobank’s local research division is comprised of 11 analysts, who are charged with analysing developments in food and agricultural markets and industries, and advising the bank and its clients on strategic implications for their businesses.

It is part of a broader global team of 90 analysts, located in major food production regions of the world.

In addition to managing the RaboResearch team, Tim advises corporate and rural clients across a multitude of sectors on a issues ranging from the rise of substitute foods, why supply change must change and winning consumer trust. He is a regular facilitator at banks Executive Development Program and hosts the banks regional podcast channel.

Prior to his current role, Tim Hunt was the global strategist and team leader of Rabobank’s Dairy research team – based in New York. Tim’s responsibilities included analysing developments in the regional and global dairy markets, co-ordinating Rabobank’s medium term dairy forecasts, advising Rabobank on its engagement with the dairy industry, advising clients on the implications of market developments for their businesses, and assisting with mergers and acquisitions advisory.

In his time with the bank Tim has regularly visited and engaged with clients in North America, Latin America, China, South East Asia and Western Europe.

Tim is a regular and highly sought after speaker at local and international conferences. Tim is a professional economist with 25 years’ experience, gained through working with leading financial institutions and strategic consultancies in Australia, England and the United States. Tim graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1993 with an honours degree in Economics and Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degrees.

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Matt Wright

Television Presenter

The accomplished dare-devil helicopter pilot and wildlife re-locator has in recent years projected his skills to a global audience of more than 85 countries as the star of National Geographic’s acclaimed television series Outback Wrangler.

But the rugged yet polished product of the wilds of Papua New Guinea and the Australian outback has numerous other strings to his bow that have established him as an emerging talent of the highest order.

So much so, that Tourism Australia has recruited South Australia-born Wright to sell the virtues of  his homeland in one of the world’s biggest tourism markets – the United States of America – as part of his role in the hugely-successful ‘Dundee’ television commercial which made its debut to a worldwide audience in the 2018 Super Bowl telecast. 

Outback Wrangler, now in its third series globally, has become one of National Geographic’s hottest products since its debut in 2011. In addition to the program’s international exposure, it is aired on Australia’s Nine Network.

As a child, Matt Wright was raised in Papua New Guinea and the Australian outback, where, living off the land and being comfortable with animals such as deadly snakes, spiders, stampeding cattle and even sharks, was simply way of life.

By the time he turned 10, he had a collection of some of Australia’s most lethal animals: including three deadly King Brown snakes (that lived in his bedroom) and was frequently in trouble at home and at school for eagerly sharing his ‘pets’ with his classmates and family.

As an adult, his career path has seen him tackle a range of jobs that require both nerves of steel and a practical ‘can do’ attitude. Spending time as an outback horse wrangler, oil rig worker, soldier in the Australian Army, crocodile egg collector and, more recently, a professional chopper pilot and instructor. 

Today, Matt’s passions and unique skill set have turned into a career as a wildlife re-locator; tracking down, capturing and transporting a diverse range of dangerous animals including crocodiles, wild buffalo and even Polar Bears. His objective is based on the preservation of wildlife: to remove and relocate problem animals rather than kill.

Working in a specific junction between the world of the wild and the world of humans, Matt’s moto is: any animal, anywhere, any time and he has plied his unique trade all over Australia as well as North America.

As a highly-experienced chopper pilot Matt, is able to access areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach; as a conservationist he brings a unique practical skills set and a perspective based on hands-on experience and a genuine compassion.

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Adam Ferrier

Founder/ Chief Thinker
Thinkerbell

Adam is one of Australia’s leading creative strategists, and a consumer psychologist. In 2004, Adam co-founded Naked Communications. Naked embraced a behavioural change model, building brands whilst changing behaviour, and was one of Australia’s most awarded and successful agencies. Following that, Adam created Thinkerbell – where he practices ‘measured magic’ – bringing together marketing science and hardcore creativity. After just 2 years, it became AdNews 2019 Creative Agency of the year, and has already won a slew of awards for high profile earned media ideas.

 

In other news, Adam is also the author of two books “The Advertising Effect”, and ‘Stop Listening to the Customer’ (Wiley, 2020), a very regular media commentator (Gruen, Sunrise, The Project) and sits on the boards of PIJI (Public Interest Journalism Initiative) and TRIBE (a social content creation agency). Adam is married to Anna and has two sons Asterix and Arturo.

SPEAKER
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Matt Church

Founder
Thought Leaders

Matt Church is a seeker of truth, sharing his learning through teaching and writing. As the founder of Thought Leaders and a highly respected conference presenter, he
communicates, connects and challenges audiences and himself to be the best version of themselves.


Matt invites all leaders to expand their view of what is and find true inspiration. Highly intuitive, Matt experiences much of life beyond the observable and explainable. His ability
to make the complex simple and the way forward clear, has him speaking all over the world. Grounding big ideas in practical perspectives, the evolution of Matt’s thinking can
be traced through the eleven books he has written.


Always one to draw a line in the sand, his latest book Rise Up; an evolution in leadership represents the next level for Matt, as he turns inwards to understand and apply
age old wisdom to leadership.

Clear and focused, gentle and affirming. Unequivocal.
To follow Matt’s unfolding thinking, go to mattchurch.com
You can learn about Thought leaders at thoughtleaders.com.au

SPEAKER
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Matt Church

Founder
Thought Leaders

Matt Church is a seeker of truth, sharing his learning through teaching and writing. As the founder of Thought Leaders and a highly respected conference presenter, he
communicates, connects and challenges audiences and himself to be the best version of themselves.


Matt invites all leaders to expand their view of what is and find true inspiration. Highly intuitive, Matt experiences much of life beyond the observable and explainable. His ability
to make the complex simple and the way forward clear, has him speaking all over the world. Grounding big ideas in practical perspectives, the evolution of Matt’s thinking can
be traced through the eleven books he has written.


Always one to draw a line in the sand, his latest book Rise Up; an evolution in leadership represents the next level for Matt, as he turns inwards to understand and apply
age old wisdom to leadership.

Clear and focused, gentle and affirming. Unequivocal.
To follow Matt’s unfolding thinking, go to mattchurch.com
You can learn about Thought leaders at thoughtleaders.com.au

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Matt Church

Founder
Thought Leaders

Matt Church is a seeker of truth, sharing his learning through teaching and writing. As the founder of Thought Leaders and a highly respected conference presenter, he
communicates, connects and challenges audiences and himself to be the best version of themselves.


Matt invites all leaders to expand their view of what is and find true inspiration. Highly intuitive, Matt experiences much of life beyond the observable and explainable. His ability
to make the complex simple and the way forward clear, has him speaking all over the world. Grounding big ideas in practical perspectives, the evolution of Matt’s thinking can
be traced through the eleven books he has written.


Always one to draw a line in the sand, his latest book Rise Up; an evolution in leadership represents the next level for Matt, as he turns inwards to understand and apply
age old wisdom to leadership.

Clear and focused, gentle and affirming. Unequivocal.
To follow Matt’s unfolding thinking, go to mattchurch.com
You can learn about Thought leaders at thoughtleaders.com.au