AICC(WA)'s Draft Calendar of Events 2021 (as at March 2021)

Thurs 4 March      AICC(WA)’s Property Event of the Year “Where is the growth in property going to be in 2021?”  featuring Mr Gavin Hegney one of the most authoritative, prominent and influential voices in the property sector. Gavin will be joined by CoreLogic’s Head of research Asia Pacific Mr Tim Lawless who will bring an Eastern States and Regional perspective to the topic.  Sponsored by The Agency, MSA and Hosted by PKF.  An in-person and Microsoft Teams virtual hybrid networking event.  Venue: PCEC in Perth. Time: 9.45am for a 10am start to 12.30pm AWST (confirmed)

Thurs 4 March      3.00-4.00pm AWST AICC(WA)’s Abraham Accords Webinar Event “Israel-UAE innovation opportunities for Australia” As a result of the Abraham Accords signed between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States in August 2020, one of the most exciting innovation developments in the world are the growing links between Israel and the UAE across a range of sectors including agri, energy, digital, health, cyber and financial services, opening up exciting new opportunities.  Join us and add a West Australian perspective to this Israel-UAE-Australia-NZ focused Zoom panel event, moderated by one of Australia’s most prominent business leaders Hon Warwick Smith.  Featuring: Mrs Maryam Al Masoori, Mohammed Bin Rashes Centre for Government Innovation, UAE; Chemi Peres, Co-Founder Pitango Venture Capital & Chairman Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, Israel, speaking on the innovation areas Israel and UAE are now working on, plus areas of growth and greatest potential for Australasia.  The event includes, Mr David Thodey, Chairman, CSIRO, Australia’s national science research agency and Ms Vic Crone, CEO, Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand’s innovation agency, with their observations on areas in which Australia and NZ can partner with Israeli and UAE companies.  Open to all and complimentary.

Wed 10 March      2.00-3.30pm AWST AICC(WA)’s Abraham Accords Webinar Event “Israel-BAHRAIN-Australia: A Time of Potential” The AICC(WA) presents Trade Ministers of Australia and Bahrain, joined by the Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs, in the first ever such collaborative online event, to examine the importance of new markets in a post covid19 world from an Australian, Bahraini and Israeli perspectiveSpeakers include:  Australian Trade Minister the Hon Dan Teehan MP;  Israel’s Minister of Tourism Her Excellency Orit Farkash Hocohen MK  and Bahrain’s Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism His Excellency Zayed bin Rashid Al Zayani, also joined by Chair of the SME Association of Bahrain and UNISMO, His Excellency Abdulnabi Alsshoala.  The panel will examine the importance of Bahrain and overall Middle East market opportunity opened up through the Abraham Accords within the context of Australia’s strategic trade interests in the Middle East. The event will be chaired from Queensland by Simon Harrison, Chair of the Australia Bahrain Business Council.  Open to all and complimentary.

Tues 16 March      AICC Global Investment Market Update Event 2021 and beyond featuring Alicia Gregory, Head of Private Equity at Future Fund (Australia’s Sovereign Wealth Fund-responsible for over $22bn in assets invested in private equity); Howard Marks, CFA, Co-Chair Oaktree Capital Management LLC; Robert Morse, Chairman, Bridge Investment Group LLC; Lennart Blecher, Chairperson, EQT Investment Committee-EQT Global Infrstructure;  This Zoom webinar is complimentary to members, fee for non members. Time: 9.00 to 10am AEST; 7.00am start for AWST.

Thurs 25 March    Unleashed Innovation Summit by ICN  Special Announcement, this is not public news yet and this is a pre-announcement AICC(WA) has joined forces with ICN who are conducting an unique online event Unleashed 2021, the largest dedicated innovation Summit WA has seen, that will showcase the key experts and knowledge that ALL businesses need in order to optimally progress their innovation projects.  The Summit is taking the broad view of Innovation, not just as a tech and startup issue, but from the fundamental business growth topic and is catering for businesses of all stages on their innovation journey.  The Summit has global, national and local innovation experts coming together including AICC(WA) input, to present and demonstrate on what is required for optimal innovation.  Special access discount to AICC(WA) sponsors & members, contact Unleashed’s Founder: Steve Carroll or M: 0401 999 513 for moredetails and your special AICC(WA) rate.  Open to all.

Date tbc                 The All New AICC(WA) & PKF PRODUCTIVITYSolutionsSeries (PSS event 1) The Productivity Challenge: “Choose Well, Treat Well, Engage Well”.  World leading researcher and authority in performance psychology, Dr Grant Donovan has a 30 year international background in corporate performance and leadership.  He will present the background to three workplace performance tools available through the AICC(WA): Part 1 (20 mins.) Choose Well - Learn about the Omnia job fit and career fit profiling systems;  Part 2 (20 mins.) Treat Well - How to pulse your organization with the TLC Culture Check by measuring and comparing your work cultures against industry best scores on a continuous basis;  Part 3 (20 mins.) Engage Well - View the ‘Ideation Game’ portal, allows you to capture employee’s workplace ideas for profit.  This secure platform is a seriously fun way to capture the many ideas residing in every group of employees.  Ideas like including ways to save or create money for the organization, win new business, improve the work culture, better engage with customers, improve productivity and much more. 

Fri 4 June    AICC(WA)’s Annual Dr Patricia V Kailis AM OBE Women of Achievement Event “My Journey of Curiosity – From hard rocks to a virtual world” featuring Dr Erica Smyth AC. Erica will discuss how her curiosity has been a key platform for her life's journey. She started her professional life as minerals exploration geologist in 1974 and later moved into the world of petroleum and political and community approval for a number of key projects in Australia.  In 2004 Dr Smyth became a professional non-executive director and/or Chairman. She is a past executive at BHP & Woodside and NED at ANSTO, EMECO & Toro Energy and co-founder of the Mega Data Cluster WA. Her presentation will cover the changes she has experienced over the last 45 years and offer observations on how to get the most out of life. Sponsors: Kailis Jewellery and Ashurst.  Host venue: EY. Host Venue: EY. Time: 11.30am arrivals for a 12.15am start to 2.30pm. Open to all.

Date tbc                 AICC(WA)’s WiseWealth series (WWS) Bitcoin for Corporations  On 11 August 2020 US listed Company MicroStrategy (NASDAQ:MSTR) made history by becoming the first US publicly listed company to adopt Bitcoin as it’s Primary Treasure Reserve Asset.  Following this announcement they proceeded to purchase 71,079 Bitcoins for USD 1.145bn giving them an average cost of ~ USD 16,109/Bitcoin.  Today these coins are valued at ~ USD 3.5bn. Since then we have seen Square (NYSE:SQ) and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) also adopt Bitcoin as a strategy asset within their business. Corporate adoption is coming to Bitcoin in a significant way and it is something every CEO must now consider.  The Founder and Chairman of Stone Ridge Capital put is like this:  “...the single most important decision that every CEO must make in the next 10 years will be whether to adopt the Bitcoin Standard or not…”  “...whether they actively make this decision or not…they make it and they make it with high consequences…”. Ross Stevens - Founder and Chair of Stone Ridge Capital.  Why did MicroStrategy buy Bitcoin? How did they do it? What legal and regulatory challenges did they face? How did they deal with investor relations and public company corporate governance issues? What does this mean for public companies in Australia and indeed for capital portfolio management in general?  Ian Love, Founder of Australia’s first cryptoasset management firm and AICC(WA)’s in house resident expert on blockchain & cryptocurrency, will answer these questions and share the MicroStrategy ‘playbook’ step by step.

Thurs 29 July         AICC(WA) Annual HEALTHCARE Event 2021 “So you think you know what’s good for you?” by Physician, Journalist, Author and ABC Radio National broadcaster Dr Norman Swan.  This event is for all in healthcare professionally or personally.  Everything you need to know about health and wellbeing, presented by Dr Swan’s trademark clarity and wit.  For over 30 years, Dr Norman Swan has been delivering straight, honest, common-sense health information to all of us as a physician and much loved broadcaster.  When Australia needed clear, scientifically based COVID-19 facts and advice, it was Norman Swan who stepped up every day to provide the answers we required.   After many years of listening, Dr Swan knows what medical issues people are curious and concerned about.  Drawing on global contact with medical experts, researchers, and healthcare professionals, plus the questions he hears time and again, from millennials to baby boomers and all generations between, this event is a must for you, your friends and family to experience in person in Perth or online from anywhere.  Hear from the oracle, sort out health fact from fiction, settle fruitless anxieties and allow you to focus on what matters most.  You will come away information you need to put your mind at ease and ensure your and your family’s health is the best it can be. More details to be released soon.

Date tbc                 The All New AICC(WA) & PKF PRODUCTIVITYSolutionsSeries (PSS event 2) Crucial Conversations – AICC(WA) & PKF are delighted to introduce you to the most effective performance training tools ‘Crucial Conversations’. Continually selected as a Top Training Product for its ability to produce results, Crucial Conversations Training has been used by more than two million people and 300 of the Fortune 500 companies to improve productivity, quality of work, relationships, and overall performance. Mr Geoff Flemming, General Manager, VitalSmarts, will outline the benefits of Crucial Conversations and how you can get special access through the AICCWA to this proven training tool for you and your people (confirmed)

futureNOW Technology Series (fnTS)

Thurs 9 Sept         fnTS event 1 [MORNING]  ‘Silicon Sandgroper” & “Drivers of Innovation” EXPO. Part 1AICC(WA) HOSTS THE CHAIRMAN OF SILICON VALLEY BANK - This unique webinar on ‘Global venture capital investment trends and some of the challenges in the marketplace related to the COVID crisis’,  features Mr Aaron Gershenberg, Chairman and a founder of Silicon Valley Bank Capital’s fund of funds and direct funds, which has over $3.1 billion under management; in conversation with global and local commercialization expert Mr Larry Lopez AICC(WA)’s Vice President and Partner, Australian Venture Consultants. Time: 8.30am Perth WA arrivals in person for Hybrid 9.00am start to 10.45am for AWST and SPT; Other locations: AEST Online 11.00am-12.45; USA-West Coast Online 6.00-7.45pm (speaker confirmed, venue tbc)

[AFTERNOON] fnTS event 2  AICC(WA) “Drivers of Innovation” Expo follows fnTS event 1, from12.00-4.30pm

Thurs 4 Nov          fnTS event 3 “The Food Boom (Green & Blue)” the future of Agritech NOW features Mr Mark Allison, Managing Director & CEO, Elders Ltd, with tbc Milne AgriGroup. Time: 9.45am for a 10am start to 12.30pm AWST (speaker confirmed, venue tbc)

Date tbc                 AICC(WA)StudentEdge-SE Annual Event “Find out Y, State of Youth”  Presented by Student Edge, this AICCWA event will cover the latest up-to-the-minute youth attitudes, perspective and opinions on everything from preferred brands, the future of work, technology & social media preferences and what matters most to them now.  Essential for any organisation with young staff, wanting to ‘bridge the gap’ and harness their talents at work.  (speakers & venue tbc)

Date tbc                 AICC(WA)’s Annual GEOPolitical Event -“The New Total War of the 21st Century” featuring Greg Copley AM, President & Chief Analytical Officer, The International Strategic Studies Association, USA, direct from Washington DC and with event moderator Malcolm McCusker AC CVO QC. Gregory Copley's annual AICC geopolitical talk follows his 2019 address, in which he said that the new age of China was coming to an end. That talk was entitled “Do You Really Think China Will Save Australia?”, and it advised Australians to prepare for “life after China”, noting that the economy of the PRC was in a profound downswing. Well, that “life after China” has begun, and not just because the COVID-19 crisis struck. We are now embroiled in an entirely new global confrontation between the People’s Republic of China and the West, regardless of the wishes of many in Australian business who would have liked the China boom to have kept fueling Australia’s economy. Greg’s talks have always delivered new perspectives, and those who have listened to him at AICC(WA) talks in Perth over the past two decades know that he usually gets it right, as uncomfortable as that can be for some of us. (speaker confirmed, venue & date tbc)


IN THE PIPELINE:  The following draft events are currently in planning for 2021 &/or 2022, all tbc:

    • Richard Goyder AO “Australian Business Strengths & Competitiveness - a Reality Check (tbc)”
    • Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM FAA FTSE The Chief Scientist of Australia & former CSIRO Chief Scientist
    • Dr Michael Mosley, Television Journalist, Producer, BBC presenter, Best selling Author
    • The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Health Minister Federal Government of Australia
    • Hon Ben Wyatt MLA, WA Treasurer, speaking on “Steering the WA Economy”
    • Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, Senator for WA, Minister for Defence Space and Defense” 
    • Senator Simon Birmingham MP, Minister for Trade, Commonwealth Government of Australia
    • Mr David J. Gainer, the US Consul General, Perth
    • Julie Shuttleworth Deputy CEO Fortescue Metals Ltd
    • Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Federal Treasurer, Commonwealth Government of Australia
    • Mr Michael Schneider Managing Director Bunnings

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AICC(WA) Past Events Calendar 2020 including Virtual events

& our NEW COUNTERPART (CPT) events-Australian & Israeli perspectives on challenges shaping our future


4 March            AICC(WA) PKF smartbusinessseries (sbs) event featuring Mr Alan Kohler speaking on “The New Financial World” (not virtual, a physical attendance networking event, pre COVID-19 gatherings & event restrictions)

All AICC(WA) Virtual Calendar 2020 as follows;

17 March             COUNTERPART (CPT) STRATEGIC BUSINESS INNOVATION: The Israeli mindset & methods

31 March             CPT DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: Creating value through digital innovation

2 April                  CPT TELEMEDICINE & COVID-19: Lessons from Sheba Medical Centre, Israel

21 April                CPT INTRAPRENEURSHIP: Gaining a competitive edge through corporate venturing

5 May                  CPT A TALE OF TWO INNOVATION ECOSYSTEMS: Israel and Australia facing COVID-19

12 May                CPT CYBER: Leveraging innovation while maintaining security

19 May                CPT IoT: Integrating hardware, software and data to revolutionise industries

20 May                FAUDA: The Creation of Netflix hit series Fauda featuring Co creator Avi Issacharoff

21 May                NEXTDC: Data centres fuelling Aust’s digital economy, with NEXTDC’s MD Craig Scroggie

25 May                PROPERTY: Post COVID impacts on Aust. cities for the commercial, residential and retail sectors

2 June                  NEV POWER: Australia’s Economic Recovery-National COVID-19 Coordination Commission

9 June                  CPT  AI: Augmenting human decision making with sophisticated technologies

10 June                EMINENT ISRAELI LEADERS: Discuss Israeli innovation post COVID

11 June                JENNIFER WESTACOTT AO: CEO, Business Council of Australia.  The society we want the economy we need

12 June                BUSINESS RESILIENCE & CYBERSECURITY: Managing Cyber Security Risks in Virtualised Workforces, with VP at Algosec, Mike Landwehr

 1 July                   CPT  NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY 2020-INSIGHTS FROM AUST & ISRAEL: Combating Agile & Motivated Attackers, with Yigal Unna, DG Israel’s National Cyber Directorate and Dr Tobias Feakin Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs & Critical Technology

29 July                  CPT FIGHTING THE WAR AGAINST COVID-19: Lessons from the Frontline in WA and Israel” featuring Dr David Russell-Weisz, DG-Health WA; Dr Robyn Lawrence, WA’s State Health Incident Controller and Deputy Chief Health Officer WA; Prof Arnon Afek MD, MHA, Assoc DG, Sheba Medical Center, Acting Director, Sheba General Hospital & Former Director General, Israeli Ministry of Health; and moderated by Dr Carlo Bellini.

6 August              fnTS event 1   MR ROD SIMS: The ACCC’s digital platform inquiry, an update and future directions and other issues, especially COVID-19 impacts featuring Mr Rod Sims, Chair Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and moderated by Tom Daemen (CELA) Associate General Counsel Microsoft.  As part of the AICC(WA)’s Microsoft futureNOW Technology Series.

19 August           THE DIGITALISATION OF SPORTS – Sports Tech Start-ups: From Seed to Acquisition.

26 August           JULIE BISHOP & RICHARD GOYDER AO-THE FUTURE OF AUSTRALIA’S TRADE RELATIONSHIPS: Australia’s former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was in conversation with Richard Goyder AO, former leader of Wesfarmers and current Chairman of Qantas Airways and Woodside Petroleum.

1 September      NEW JOBS IN THE CLEAN ECONOMY: Australia can create jobs and return to growth by accelerating the transition to a clean economy.  AICC’s expert cross-sector panel of Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, CEO, Mirvac; Tim Reed, President, Business Council of Australia, Deanne Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, First State Super and Eytan Lenko, Chair, Beyond Zero Emissions.

21 October         AUSTRALIA-ISRAEL INNOVATION ONE DAY SUMMIT 2020: Celebrating 50 years of Australia-Israel Trade.  The first ever virtual Australia-Israel Innovation Summit open to all, with high-profile Australian and Israeli thought leaders, business decision makers and entrepreneurs, included: Macquarie Group’s CEO Shemara Wikramanayake in conversation with the “father of British Venture Capital and social investment”, Sir Ronald Cohen, Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment. Summit program included: Revitalising the economy through innovation; Workplaces of the future: AI: Health; Cyber Security. Plus a virtual expo of ground-breaking Israeli tech. relevant to Australia. 

17 Nov-8 Dec     AICC(WA) Razorlabs Exclusive Program on AI for Senior Executives

An unique program of 4 online 90 minutes workshops on AI designed to equip senior executives with a working knowledge of deep learning AI.  Delivered online by Israeli experts whose partners and clients are some of the world’s largest companies.  20% discount for AICC(WA) Members.  For all registration  

18 November     fnTS event 2  Hybrid Event (physical attendance and online) “AI Harnessing Exponential Disruption… creating competitive advantage in world of data overloaded and fast chaos

Featuring Matt Sinclair, Microsoft’s Global Sales Engineering Lead, AI in discussion with and direct from Israel, Michael Zolotov, Co-Founder & CTO Razor Labs (Israel’s No1 AI company now operating in Perth, who have gained the reputation of successfully taking analytics & business intuition to unprecedented new levels of deep automated learning).  Supported by and on stage in Perth, panelists: Craig Cullum, Data & AI Specialist Microsoft; Mark Majzner, GM Australia Razor Labs and with Event Moderator Kerryl Bradshaw, Director Industry-Resources at Microsoft. As part of the AICC(WA)’s Microsoft futureNOW Technology Series fnTS. Wednesday 18 November 9.00am - 12.30pm AWST 

[AICC(WA)’s AGM followed at PCEC from 12.45 to 1.30pm]

 2021 events are currently being planned.  Please check the website for updates and on going releases 

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