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Monday 18 September

8.45am - 9.00am Tony Dixon and Neil Gibson Chief Executive, ASI and Chairman, ASI Welcome address and ASI update
9.00am - 9.30am Craig Laundy Australian Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Australian Government industry policy direction and developments
9.30am - 10.00am Mark Vassella
Chief Executive, BlueScope Australia & New Zealand Australian steel can still be profitable
10.30am - 11.00am Nik Kemp Head of Infrastructure, AustralianSuper Infrastructure investment for better returns
11.00am - 11.30am Dr Richard Denniss Chief Economist, The Australia Institute How infrastructure investment can benefit Australian manufacturing
11.30am - 12.00pm Antony Sprigg CEO, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia Ensuring infrastructure projects raise the sustainability bar
1.00pm - 1.30pm Ben Eade Chief Executive, Manufacturing Australia The energy security challenge for Australian manufacturing
1.30pm - 2.00pm Alan Nightingale Manager, Steel Compliance Australia Update on independent certification to new steelwork compliance scheme
2.00pm - 2.30pm Garry Bowditch Executive Director, Better Infrastructure Australia Industry enhancement role of infrastructure development
3.00pm - 3.30pm David Edwards
Projects Chief Executive, Queensland Department of State Development Opportunities from landmark Queensland projects
3.30pm - 4.00pm Alison Mirams and Richard Hodgett CEO, Roberts Pizzaroti and Executive Design Manager - Engineering, Roberts Pizzaroti Managing risk in a changing building/construction context
4.00pm - 4.30pm Mike King Principal, Sydney Office, Arup Development of landmark public facilities
4.30pm - 5.00pm Sanjeev Gupta
Executive Chairman, Liberty House Group Liberty House Group update

Tuesday 19 September

9.00am - 9.30am Jackie Aggett Head of Procurement - Australian Hub, Laing O'Rourke Supply Chain Relationship Management – an industry leading approach to collaboration and joint value creation
9.30am - 10.00am Dr Michail Karpenko General Manager, NZ Welding Centre, Heavy Engineering Research Association NZ experience establishing road to new steelwork standard compliance
10.00am - 10.30am Ed Whalen President and CEO, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction The Canadian experience - fabrication trade case
11.00am - 11.30am Nathan Cecil Partner Transport, Holding Redlich Lawyers Compliance for tendering, procurement and infrastructure projects
11.30am - 12.00pm Pablo Santos Director, S&L Steel Fab What major project proponents really seek
12.00pm - 12.15pm Karen Andrews Australian Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills National government plans to grow apprenticeships
12.15pm - 12.30pm James Moran General Manager, Apprenticeship Support Australia ASI and Apprenticeship Support Australia partnership
12.30pm - 12.45pm Tony Dixon Chief Executive, ASI Closing address
1.30 - 4.30 Workshop sessions Various

Speaker details

Jackie Aggett JACKIE AGGETT, Head of Procurement Australian Hub, Laing O'Rourke Australia Ms Aggett has amassed 27 years of experience in the resources, rail, construction and oil & gas industries covering commercial, procurement, contractual, strategic sourcing and financial management, from project start-up through to close-out as the client asset owner and/or contractor. She currently manages an annual external spend of $2 billion.
Karen Andrews HON KAREN ANDREWS MP Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Australian Government Mrs Andrews has held the senior portfolios in the Coalition Government as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science from late 2014, Assistant Minister for Industry and Science from September 2015 and in her current role is focused on raising the status of VET and ensuring it provides skills industry needs to secure the jobs of the future.
Garry Bowditch GARRY BOWDITCH, Executive Director, Better Infrastructure Initiative, John Grill Centre for Project Leadership Mr Bowditch is an active contributor to the debate on infrastructure governance and investment in Australia and globally. He is well known for thought provoking presentations, speeches and reports on the future of infrastructure that have been shaped from his unique balance of commercial and government experience spanning Australia, Asia and the OECD.
Nathan Cecil NATHAN CECIL, Partner - Transport, Holding Redlich Mr Cecil specialises in the transport, logistics, commodities and projects sectors’ commercial operations, regulation and dispute resolution. He has particular expertise related to heavy vehicle Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws, assisting businesses develop and implement CoR compliance policies and respond to investigations and prosecutions.
Richard Denniss DR RICHARD DENNISS, Chief Economist, The Australia Institute An economist by training, Dr Denniss has worked for the past 20 years in a variety of policy and political roles. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University. He is known for his ability to translate economics issues into everyday language.
Ben Eade BEN EADE, Executive Director, Manufacturing Australia Mr Eade heads the advocacy body run by the CEOs of the largest Australian-headquartered manufacturing companies representing around 300 plants and facilities, employing almost 50,000 Australians. Prior to joining Manufacturing Australia, his career in corporate affairs spanned public and private sectors in Australia and the US.
David Edwards DAVID EDWARDS, Project Chief Executive, Special Projects Unit, Queensland Department of State Development Mr Edwards has amassed a distinguished and successful career at senior levels of the State’s public and private sectors and is currently responsible for the delivery of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, the largest private property development in the nation. He is also a Member of the Advisory Council for the Queensland Committee for Economic Development of Australia.
Neil Gibson NEIL GIBSON, Executive General Manager, Steel Manufacturing and Integration, OneSteel and Chairman, ASI
Mr Gibson joined Arrium via the OneSteel Market Mills business 21 years ago. He is a seasoned senior executive with extensive experience in marketing, sales and general management of steel businesses across a diverse range of market segments including rural, building, construction, mining and manufacturing.
Richard Hodgett RICHARD HODGETT, Executive Design Manager - Engineering, Roberts Pizzarotti Mr Hodgett is experienced in commercial, retail, residential, special event and infrastructure projects. His resume includes iconic projects such as Stadium Australia, the Citibank Centre and Galleries Victoria at 2 Park Street, the Event Centre atop The Star casino and the 161 Sussex Street Hotel and Convention Centre Redevelopment in Sydney.
Michail Karpenko DR MICHAIL KARPENKO, General Manager, NZ Welding Centre, Heavy Engineering Research Association Dr Karpenko has undertaken research and welding technology projects in New Zealand and Germany. He is a member of Standards NZ and Standards Australia committees developing and revising steel fabrication standards. He helped establish the NZ Steel Fabrication Certification (SFC) Scheme and AS/NZS 5131 Fabrication and Erection Standard.
Nik Kemp NIK KEMP, Head of Infrastructure, AustralianSuper Mr Kemp heads the infrastructure investments team at AustralianSuper. He has over 16 years’ experience investing in the infrastructure sector and has led successful transactions for AustralianSuper. He previously served with Capella Capital (as a founding partner), Babcock and Brown and ABN AMRO, all focussed on infrastructure transactions.
Mike King MIKE KING, Sydney Principal, Arup Over his 25-year career, Mr King has come to specialise in long-span iconic structures for major stadia, airports, sports arenas and stations in his native Australia, North America, the UK and Southeast Asia. Amongst his most prominent projects are the Singapore Sports Hub and served as Project Director and Structural Leader for the London Aquatics Centre.
Craig Laundy HON CRAIG LAUNDY MP Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Australian Government Assistant Minister Laundy was first elected to Federal Parliament in 2013 serving as Chair of the House Standing Committee on Economics. His current portfolio covers Australia’s anti-dumping regime. He had a successful career before entering politics working in his family’s hotel business for over 20 years and is a vocal supporter of Australia’s SME business sector.
Alison Mirams ALISON MIRAMS, Chief Executive Officer, Roberts Pizzarotti Ms Mirams heads Australia’s newest tier one construction company. She previously led Lendlease’s NSW/ACT Building business for almost three years managing annual turnover of more than $2 billion. During her prior 16 years at Multiplex, she gained a reputation for construction knowledge, stakeholder management and delivery of award-winning projects.
James Moran JAMES MORAN General Manager, Apprenticeship Support Australia Mr Moran heads the body primarily focused on building apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities to make taking on an apprentice easier for national employers. Prior to that, he managed a successful Registered Training Organisation providing broad experience in vocational education and training, strategic planning and business development.
Pablo Santos PABLO SANTOS, Director, S&L Steel Mr Santos runs one of the largest fabrication and engineering companies in NSW. With ISO 9001:2008 and AS/NZ 5131 certification, the company has carried out important infrastructure and commercial projects such as bridgeworks for upgrading the Pacific Highway, a desalination plant in NSW and upgrading of defence facilities.
Antony Sprigg ANTONY SPRIGG, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia Mr Sprigg engages, negotiates and collaborates at the highest levels with governments, multi-laterals, non-government organisations and the private sector, nationally and internationally, providing thought leadership in infrastructure funding and finance, project development, delivery governance and risk and opportunity appreciation related to triple bottom line issues.
Mark Vassella MARK VASSELLA, Chief Executive Officer, BlueScope Australia & New Zealand Mr Vassella leads all major BlueScope businesses in Australia and New Zealand including the Company’s key operations at Port Kembla (NSW) and Western Port (Victoria) and the steel business located south of Auckland. He was previously President of BlueScope Steel North America and before that, Chief Executive of Australian Distribution and Solutions.
Ed Whalen ED WHALEN, President and CEO, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction Mr Whalen has worked in the steel industry for over 32 years and served as Vice President of Business Development with the Canadian Welding Bureau before joining the CISC. He is active in many national and international standards reviews and is currently Chairman of the Canadian steel material standard committee for CSA G40.20/.21.