Symposia Information

INNOVATION, SMART MANUFACTURING AND
COMMERCIALISATION

Smart Manufacturing 16 will see Dandenong’s Drum Theatre host a special Symposia designed to provide advice, insight and practical solutions for local manufacturers, businesses and the next wave of industry ‘up-and-comers’.

The Symposia will explore in-depth what innovation, advanced manufacturing, R&D, education and what commercialisation means to your business, workforce and future outlook.

Dynamic sessions will feature industry leaders and commentators at the forefront of industry trends, innovation, research, education, export and professional services.

Labor Senator for Victoria and Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Industry Kim Carr will make a keynote address followed by a Q&A with members of the audience.

The day-long Symposia is a unique opportunity to network with like-minded people, ask questions, and receive useful advice and information on the latest commercial, technological, market and career opportunities.

The Smart Manufacturing Symposia will be held at the Drum Theatre, Dandenong
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Symposia Program

Time/Venue

Theatre

Rehearsal Room

Committee Room

9.30am – 10.30am

Pathways in Manufacturing

How Do I Fund My Innovation?

11.00am – 12.00pm

CSIRO's Metallic 3D Printing and Putting Innovation to Work

Trade and Cashflow Finance

12.30pm – 1.30pm

Smart Manufacturing: Industry Leaders in Our Midst

Industry Skills Fund

(12:30 - 1pm)

1.30pm – 2.00pm

Keynote Address: Senator Kim Carr


2.15pm – 3.15pm

Commercialisation and Export

What Does 3D Printing Mean for Your Business?

3.45pm – 4.45pm

Defence: The Local and Global Supply Chain

Skills of the Future

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Information on Sessions

Pathways in Manufacturing

Manufacturing is production line work, right? Wrong. Tackling the misconceptions of working in the manufacturing industry, you will hear inspirational and practical demonstrations of career successes from leaders in industry including agritech, marketing, and more. Learn about the suite of jobs available and the multiple pathways that will get you there.

Moderated by: Adrian Boden – Executive Officer, SEMMA

Featuring the following Guest Panel Members:

Jan Vydra – Managing Director, Australian Fresh Leaf
Daniel Stanef – Regional Commercial Leader, GE Power Conversion ANZ
Loulou Hammad – Communications and Marketing Lead, Bombardier Transportation Australia
Danielle Kazi-Shedden - Shopfitter, Whytehall Services Pty Ltd

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Adrian is the current Executive Officer of the South East Melbourne Manufacturers Alliance (SEMMA), an industry group representing over 200 leading manufacturers based in South East Melbourne. For the past 18 years, Adrian has also been the Director and Owner of Kentville, a consulting agency tailored towards manufacturing and service industries. Prior to his work at SEMMA, Adrian was the CEO of MIGfast, a welding company that focuses on the development and production of welding tips with a strong focus on reducing energy consumption, costs and emissions. Adrian has worked in five countries across three continents and is fluent in French and Italian.
Jan co-founded Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs in 2008, growing the business into one of Australia's leading herb growers and distributers. In 2011, Jan was awarded the title of Young Farmer of the Year and the following year saw him listed as The Age’s Top 100 Most Influential People. These accolades provided Jan with a platform to present his ideas within the sustainable agriculture industry and to launch Nucleus Logic, an adaptive cloud-based business platform that centralises and enables the development of business processes.
Daniel Stanef is the Region Commercial Leader for GE Power Conversion ANZ. In this role, Daniel is responsible for leading the commercial process for deal transactions for the GE Power Conversion business in Australia and New Zealand. Daniel has been with GE for six years and has held previous roles as Commercial Manager and Project Manager (New Product Introduction) for GE Grid Solutions. Daniel has 15 years’ work experience in commercial management, product development, engineering management and leading global projects across the Energy, Automotive, Consulting and Defence sectors. His experience is backed by qualifications in Mechatronic Engineering and Arts (Japanese) from the University of Adelaide and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
Loulou is the Communications and Marketing Lead at Bombardier Transportation Australia, the world's leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Prior to this role, Loulou worked at Telstra for seven years and held a Sales Manager role for three years within that.
Danielle was awarded the 2015 Master Builders' Association of Victoria Apprentice of the Year. In an industry dominated by males, Danielle demonstrated an excellent skill set, work ethic and positive attitude required to be a successful tradesperson. Her contribution to the trades industry has empowered other women to develop their skills and get qualified in a trade. Danielle is currently continuing to work as an apprentice at Whytehall Shopfitters, and intends to one day own and manager her own shop-fitting business.

How Do I Fund My Innovation?

Australian businesses recognise that developing new products is critical to their survival, but managing the risk and attracting funding remains a challenge.

Outerspace Design and SEMMA have assembled a panel of industry experts to provide you with an overview of various ways to attract funding for new product development. The workshop will cover how to correctly structure your organisation, Government Grants, Venture Capital, Crowd Funding and will demonstrate real case studies successes. Hear how Outerspace Design crowd-funded $500,000 for the Fusion Guitar, the world’s first smart electric guitar with built-in speakers, amp, recording and iPhone integration.

Moderated by: Elisha Crewe – Marketing Manager, SEMMA

Featuring the following Guest Panel Members:
Sergei Plishka – Senior Marketing & Project Manager, Outerspace Design
Ben Cusack - Managing Director, Bulletpoint
Michael Bettess - Investment Manager, Brandon Capital Partners

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Elisha Crewe is the Marketing Manager for SEMMA. In this role Elisha is responsible for communications, growing the membership base, website, online marketing, general promotion of SEMMA and establishing new alliances for the benefit of the SEMMA members. Elisha has recently joined SEMMA in April 2016 and holds previous experience in both the retail and manufacturing sector. Elisha has over 10 years work experience in marketing; specifically brand and product management. Previously managing a company rebranding project and new business development with successfully launching small appliances into the Australian retail market. Her experience is supported by a Bachelor of Business degree double major in Marketing and Sports Management from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. Commencing her honours in Marketing then deferring this opportunity to relocate to Melbourne and commence full time work opportunities.
Sergei is the Senior Marketing and Project Manager at Outerspace Design, one of Australia's largest industrial design firms. He's studied in Canada, Singapore and Australia, receiving degrees in both Commerce and Industrial Design. Sergei's passion lies in new technologies, techniques and materials in eco-architecture and product design. Industry experience includes exhibits temporary structures, packaging innovation and internet-connected consumer products.
Ben is the Government Grant Consultant with Bulletpoint. He works with manufacturers to help them secure government funding for Research & Development, Export Marketing and Product Commercialisation. Ben also assists manufacturers to better compete with cheaper imports through accessing capital expansion grants to improve productivity and capacity. Some recent manufacturing equipment grants for clients have included 3D printers, high speed robots with vision systems, blow moulders and automation systems.
Michael is the Investment Manager at Brandon Capital Partners, a seed and venture capital fund management firm that manages the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (MRCF). Michael's interest lies within early-stage start-ups, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Prior to his role at Brandon Capital, Michael was the Senior Business Development Manager at Monash University. Michael also has extensive experience in commercialisation and investment, having spent five years as an Investment Manager at Trans-Tasman Commercialisation Fund (TTCF). Preceding this Michael was a Roche Research Foundation post-doctoral fellow at the ISREC/EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.

CSIRO's Metallic 3D Printing – Lab 22 Innovation Centre; followed by Putting Innovation To Work

In a world-first surgery, a Spanish cancer patient received a 3D printed titanium sternum and rib implant last year which was designed and manufactured at CSIRO’s 3D printing facility, Lab 22.

When it comes to lowering capital investment risk, prototyping and maximising efficiency, 3D printing is the future. Learn from the leaders in the industry the capability of 3D printing, its cutting edge applications and world leading innovations, as well as the everyday opportunities for local companies to take their business to the next level.

Following the Lab 22 presentation, you will here from esteemed panel members in an interactive forum exploring ways in which organisations can bring innovation into their practices. Real examples will be provided demonstrating on ways to collaborate and push the innovation boundaries.

Presented by: Chad Henry – Operations Manager, Lab 22, CSIRO

Moderated by: Ros Hore – Director Strategic Initiatives and Collaboration, CSIRO

Featuring the following Guest Panel Members:
John Papadimitriou – Corporate Development Manager, Jayco
Kevin Thomson – SME Engagement Manager, CSIRO
Troy Robinette - Research & Development Manager, ANCA Motion

Chad is the Operations Manager at CSIRO’s Lab22, and was instrumental in establishing the Innovation Centre for metallic additive manufacturing. Chad was a Materials and Processing Engineer and a Research and Development Engineer for 13 years with two different aerospace companies, in both the commercial and defence sectors, for both fixed-wing and rotor-craft vehicles. Now at the CSIRO, his current focus is on bridging the gap from R&D to industry for the implementation of titanium and metallic manufacturing technologies. Chad has promoted and marketed these technologies to industry in Australia resulting in numerous successful tech transitions.
Ros Hore is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Collaboration at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. Within the company, Ros has also held roles as the Director of the Melbourne Precinct, the Deputy Director of Future Manufacturing and the Assistant Chief Operations of Molecular and Health Technologies. Adding to her extensive knowledge, Ros was the HR Director of Deloitte Australia’s National Operations.
John is the Corporate Development Manager at Jayco, one of the largest manufacturers of recreational vehicles. Prior to his current role at Jayco, John also held the positions of Operations Manager and Business Development Manager. In 2002, John worked for GlaxoSmithKline as a Project Management Consultant.
Kevin is the SME Engagement Manager for CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. Kevin has had over 20 years’ experience working in large and small manufacturing companies, with roles in R&D, engineering and management. He has also worked with a wide variety of technologies in industries including plastics, automotive, medical devices and recycling. Kevin has held senior positions in three start-up companies, notably producing new technology in medical devices, nanomaterial and fire protection.
Troy is the Research and Development Manager at ANCA Motion, an Australian company specialising in the design and manufacture of motion control systems for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers. Troy is passionate about stretching innovative technologies to generate more customers and markets. Prior to his current role, Troy was ANCA Motion’s Engineering Manager, responsible for establishing the engineering department. Troy previously held roles at PBR Automotive and Pacifica Group Technologies.

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Trade and Cashflow Finance

Bank of Melbourne Trade and Cashflow Finance specialists assist manufacturers with a complete range of supply chain finance and risk management solutions. By understanding your Trade Cycle in depth, Bank of Melbourne assists businesses with leveraging their key assets to fund working capital. This practical session will present a case study to demonstrate how a manufacturing client has benefited from Trade and Cashflow Finance and give you an opportunity to ask our panel of experts how Bank of Melbourne can assist in funding your business.

Moderated by: Andrew Eastwood - Executive Manager, Bank of Melbourne

Featuring the following Guest Panel Members:
Des Dimanche - Senior Business Development Manager, Trade Finance and Cash Flow, Bank of Melbourne
Laurie Beatrice - Senior Cashflow Finance Manager, Trade Finance and Cash Flow, Bank of Melbourne
Robert Turner - Finance Director, ANNEX Foods

Andrew is the Executive Manager of the Bank of Melbourne and has worked in both Australia and the UK. He has previously held roles at National Australia Bank, Barclays Bank and Westpac. Andrew has an extensive background in a variety of financial services roles from leadership, sales management, business strategy and product development.
Des is the Senior Trade Finance Manager of the Bank of Melbourne. With 30 years ‘experience in Trade Finance with ANZ Bank NSW for 20 years and the last 10 years at St George Bank / Bank of Melbourne. Des’ experiences range from operations to sales, BDM to State Manager. He is enthusiastic about understanding companies’ supply chain and tailoring trade finance solutions to meet their needs. He has also been active in servicing clients in the SME, Commercial, Corporate and Institutional Banking markets.
Laurie is Bank of Melbourne’s Senior Trade & Cash Flow Manager. With over 20 years’ experience in the debtor finance industry, he has represented both private and institutional financers. He has previously worked at BankSA, Business Cash Flow Services, Cash Resources Australia and Business Capital Financial Group. Laurie is passionate in providing cash flow solutions to SMEs and corporate sectors to achieve any capital working requirements.
Robert Turner is the Finance Director of ANNEX Foods, offering businesses end to end food product solutions as part of the ANNEX group. He is also a Shareholder and Board Chairman of the Annex Group. Robert has extensive executive experience having previously holding the title of Managing Director of IOOF, and has a strong background in finance and marketing.

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The Industry Leaders in Our Midst

We are undergoing a technological revolution and businesses are already changing the way they operate just to keep up.

But to succeed in this environment, business leaders need to be innovative, daring and focussed on the future in a way that allows your business to not only keep up but grow.

Listen to some of our local leaders who have taken the plunge and are starting to reap the rewards. They will share with you their experiences and give you a glimpse into the future for their industry, the skills they will need and the type of partners they will need to collaborate with.

Presented by: Bronwyn Fox – Director, Factory of The Future, Swinburne

Featuring the following Guest Panel Members:
Ray Keefe – Managing Director, Successful Endeavours
Ron Weinzierl – Business Director, Australian Precision Technologies
Jacqui Harvey - Owner, Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods
Rod Arenas - Market Manager, Food Innovation Australia

Bronwyn is a Director of the Factory of the Future and Professor at Swinburne University. Factory of the Future aids in the design, automation and control of manufacturing systems on a global scale. Prior to her roles at Swinburne, she previously held titled at Deakin University, Australian National University and CSIRO.
Ray is the Managing Director of Successful Endeavours, an Australian Electronics Design and Embedded Software Development consultancy. The company has been running for almost 20 years and focuses on the design of products intended for manufacture in Australia. Through his work at Successful Endeavours, the consultancy firm has received both National technical awards and a range of business awards including Casey Business of the Year and Melbourne South East Small Business of the Year. In 2010, Ray was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year by Exponential Programs, which he also won the following year. Before launching Successful Endeavours, Ray previously worked at Invetech, Varian Techtron, ABC Television and was a Freelance Audio Designer.
Ron is the Business Director at Australian Precision Technologies (APT Advanced Manufacturing) an Australian industry leader offering advanced manufacturing solutions across the globe. Ron became a shareholder in the company in 1998 with the aim of developing APT communication & branding to the precision engineering industry. Ron is passionate about providing innovation capability and creativity communication to customers and strives to ensure value and a competitive advantage for all customers.
Jacqui is the Owner of Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods, offering fresh local produce from the region. Jacqui purchased the business in 2009 and has continued to grow, develop and diversify the range of products offered to satisfy consumer needs. Jacqui has had previous experience in the food industry, as she held various managerial roles at Fyna Foods Australia for a decade.
Rod is the Market Manager at Food Innovations Australia, a commercially driven collaboration and innovation within the food and agribusiness industry. He has over 10 years’ experience as a senior strategic buyer and national category management. Rod has previously worked with fast-paced private labels such as Pacific Brands, Mitre 10 and Clark Rubber. Rod is experienced in international trade, e-commerce and marketing management. He has worked with numerous corporations importing and exporting goods, including ANL, MSC, JP Morgan and ANZ.

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Keynote Address: Senator Kim Carr

Labor Senator for Victoria and Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Research, Inovation and Industry Kim Carr will make a keynote address followed by a Q&A with members of the audience.

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Industry Skills Fund

The Industry Skills Fund is an Australian Government initiative to support eligible businesses to seize growth opportunities by providing grants to up-skill and re-skill their workforces. Designed to encourage investment in training, the fund assists Australian businesses grow by supporting market diversification, new technologies, new export markets and creating more jobs. The fund prioritises SMEs, including micro businesses, and is delivered through the Single Business Service, which streamlines access to essential information for all Australian businesses.

As a key partner in delivering advisory services to businesses as part of the Industry Skills Fund, Chisholm will outline all there is to know about the benefits of the fund and how to apply. You will also hear from Luna Nameplates who successfully applied for a grant and will share their insights with you.

Presented by: Paul Ross – Industry Skills Advisor, Chisholm Institute

Featuring the following Guest Speaker: Phil Dean - Operations Manager, Luna Nameplate Industries

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Paul is an Industry Skills Advisor at Chisholm Institute where he assists businesses with growth opportunities to access funding from the State government to help up-skill their staff. Paul currently works with IT, education, real estate, scientific, manufacturing, design, printing, building, food processing and distribution business sectors. Prior to his role at Chisholm, Paul previously worked at Spectra Training, RMIT University and Cook and Heathcote.
Phil Dean is the General Operations and Quality Manager at Luna Nameplate Industries (LNI), one of Australia's top manufacturing experts in 3D chrome car emblems, metal nameplates, labels, decals, membrane switches and graphic panels. Prior to his current role, Phil was the Quality and Technical Manager at LNI. Phil has substantial knowledge of the industry, having previously held titles at Phil Adrian Dean, Dolphin Products, Sneddon & Kingston Plastics and Siemens.

Commercialisation and Export

If your local business is looking into commercialisation and export opportunities, this session is not to be missed. You will hear from those that have succeeded in these areas and consultancies that help facilitate it. Know the ins and outs of protecting rights, distribution agreements, the China Australia Free Trade Agreement, and how to take your product to the market.

Presented by: Paul Kirton – Director, Macpherson Kelley

Moderated by: James Sturgess - Managing Principal Victoria, Macpherson Kelley

Featuring the following Guest Panel Members:
Chris Vittas - Partner, BDO
Sam Bell - Production & Special Projects Manager, AW Bell
Greg Manley - Managing Director, Hygain
Rael Chessell - Associate Director SME VIC/TAS, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic)

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Paul Kirton is the Director at Macpherson Kelley Lawyers and is the National Head of the Intellectual Property and Trade Team. With a background in engineering and information technology, Paul’s clients benefit from his broad range of industry experience that helps owners and managers navigate IP and trade matters. Working closely with manufacturers and importers, Paul’s advises across the full product lifespan, from creation, protection and production, through to distribution models, warranty and product recalls.
James is the Managing Principal of Victoria at Macpherson Kelley Lawyers. He is passionate about ensuring South East Melbourne and particularly its manufacturing industry develops and flourishes. James is a Life Member and previous President of the Dandenong Chamber of Commerce and was the Chairman of the Committee for Dandenong. James has recently been inducted into the Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame, in recognition for his ongoing commitment towards the manufacturing industry of Melbourne's South East for the last 25 years.
Chris is a Tax Partner with BDO in Melbourne. His collaborative and friendly style attracts long term clients, who rely on him as part of their extended advisory team. Chris specialises in indirect tax, including state and federal taxes. He has been involved in assisting and managing a number of GST cases before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, as well as negotiating tax settlements on behalf of clients.
Sam is the CEO of AW Bell, a supplier of complex metal parts required for rapid prototyping, investment casting, sand casting and production machining technologies. Sam is the third generation of his family at the forefront of the company. Prior to stepping into the role of CEO, Sam held various roles within the company, including Production Manager and Process Improvement Manager. Following his predecessors, Sam has a strong passion towards innovation and collaboration amongst industries.
Greg is the Managing Director of Hygain. Dissatisfied with the quality and nutritional standard of horse feeds available on the market, Greg, a horse owner and competitor, formed Hygain in 1983 to offer nutritionally balanced feed formulas created specifically for horses. The use of high quality ingredients in Hygain’s horse feed saw the brand’s popularity grow quickly among Victorian horse riders and trainers, which then led to national and international attention. The company currently exports throughout Australasia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Rael is the Associate Director SME at Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), a specialist financier offering creative solutions to Australian companies facilitating their international growth to achieve exporting success. Rael has ample experience in the financial sector, as he previously worked at National Australia Bank in various roles for six years.

What Does 3D Printing Mean for Your Business?

Learn from Australia’s leaders in 3D printing the practical application of 3D printing for your local business, the processes, success stories, costs etc.

Moderated by: Chad Henry – Operations Manager, Lab 22, CSIRO

Featuring the following Guest Speakers: A team of 3D printing research scientists and engineers

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Defence – The Local and Global Supply Chain

Victoria is the largest defence manufacturing state in Australia with 7,000 workers manufacturing equipment and providing a range of services for defence activities. Servicing the defence sector is one of the biggest focal points for the local supply chain, with the Andrews Labor Government recently identifying defence technologies as a key growth sector to drive Victoria’s economy and create new jobs.

The workshop will provide you with a thorough understanding of what opportunities exist for the supply chain, how the procurement process works, what the key requirements are to supply to defence primes, how you can be better prepared and equipped to work in this market, and much more.

Presented by: Sam McNaughton – SCIP Manager, Defence Industry Innovation Centre (DIIC)

Moderated by: Jeff Malone – General Manager Australia, SRX Global

Featuring the following Guest Panel Members:
Josip Juric – Purchasing Manager Strategic Sourcing, Thales Australia
Rhys Davis – Senior Manager of Supply Chain, Northrop Grumman Australia
Brad Yelland – Head of Strategy, BAE Systems Australia
Dr Mark Hodge – CEO, Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC)

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Sam is the Supplier Continuous Improvement Program (SCIP) Manager at the Defence Industry Innovation Centre (DIIC). His work is designed to increase the efficiency and competitiveness of enterprises in the Australian defence sector.
Jeff is the Australian General Manager of SRX Global, providing a wide range of electronic manufacturing services (EMS) in diverse markets, such as medical, industrial, defence, communications and automotive. Most notably, manufacturing the world’s smallest portable ultrasound machine and technologies used to detect viruses through DNA analysis. SRX Global strives to be a responsive, flexible, technological leader through exceeding customers’ expectations of the quality and the service offered. Jeff has substantial knowledge on establishing and growing manufacturing operations across various industries. He also has experience in product engineering and operations management. Jeff has worked globally, having held senior positions in Mexico, Thailand, China and Indonesia.
Josip is the Purchasing Manger Strategic Sourcing at Thales Australia, a leading international electronics and systems group facilitating the defence, aerospace, security, and transport markets in Australia and on a global scale. Josip has an extensive knowledge of procurement and supply chain industry having around 30 years of experience in the field.
Rhys is the Senior Manager of Supply Chain at Northrop Grumman Australia, a key supplier in the defence, security, information systems, and public safety communications markets providing a range of capabilities and technologies. Prior to his role at Northrop Grumman Australia, Rhys was Commercial Manager of Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security, a Northrop Grumman business unit located in Canberra that develops and integrates secure communications and cyber-security solutions. Rhys joined Defence industry after an 18 year Career in the Australian Army Signals Corps.
Brad is an aerospace engineer and the Head of Business Strategy at BAE Systems Australia. Brad has 30 years’ experience in the Defence and Aerospace industry in Australia in various roles including Engineering Manager, Project Manager and General Manager of one of the Aerospace Businesses. He has just returned from a two year posting in the UK where he worked in Head Office as the Global Head of Engineering for BAE Systems. He is passionate about the development of technology based capability, growing Australian business opportunities and the promotion of engineering, technology and science within the community.
As an engineer with a strong background in innovation and technology management, Mark was appointed CEO of the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) in 2008. He has more than 15 years’ experience in operational and strategic leadership roles in both Australia and the US with a primary focus on defence capability development, research, technology and cooperative partnerships. Mark has also authored several patents and is widely published in journals, trade publications and conference proceedings.

Skills of the Future

Bombardier Transportation is a global leader in rail technology and the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains, offering the broadest portfolio in rail solutions across the industry in Australia. Operating in 28 countries, it has a workforce of more than 1,000 in Australia with its local operations headquartered in Dandenong.

Hilton Manufacturing produces precision engineered sheet metal products. Business demands have prompted Hilton Manufacturing to open a second Brisbane site in addition to their Dandenong location. The preferred supplier to Volvo & Mack, Kenworth, Mercedes, Iveco and Western Star, Hilton Manufacturing has doubled in size since 2008 and now employs 230 people.

This session presents an in-depth perspective from two successful manufacturers of different sizes and the relationship between workforce innovation to productivity, safety, innovation and profitability.

Moderated by: Simon Upton – Manager Industry Engagement, Chisholm Institute

Featuring the following Guest Speakers:
Todd Hartley - Managing Director, Hilton Manufacturing
Rene Lalande - Managing Director, Bombardier Transportation Australia
Marcus Barber - Strategic Futurist, Centre of Australian Foresight

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Simon is the Manager of Industry Engagement at Chisholm Institute, one of Australia's largest and most successful training providers. Simon has extensive experience developing partnerships which are designed to embed the most appropriate skills across the workforce.
Todd is the Managing Director of Hilton Manufacturing. Hilton are an inductee into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame and one of the country’s largest sheet metal sub-contractors. 40 years young, Hilton now employ over 250 people and have manufacturing plants in Dandenong South and Brisbane. Todd also holds positions on the boards of Semma, Chisholm Institute and the Committee 4 Dandenong.
Rene is the Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation Australia, the world's leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Prior to his role of Managing Director, Rene was the Vice President of Operations of the company. Rene's experience in industry is not limited to Bombardier, as he has previously held the role of Vice President of Operation at both Heroux Devtek and Spectra Premium Industries.
Marcus is the co-founder and Strategic Futurist at the Centre for Australian Foresight, providing forward-looking intelligence to support strategic decision-making, policy formation and community development. Along with his current role, Marcus delivers the strategic futures block at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra. Marcus is also the founder of the Australian Strategic Planning Institute and was an advisory board member of the Australia Bill of Rights Initiative. He has been on the Board of the Association of Professional Futurists for almost five years and is one of the co-founders of the Centre for Australian Foresight.