PICTURED (left to right): Mike McGrath, Director - CACC, Jason Holandsjo, Chief Privacy Officer - Telstra, David Hawkins, Managing Director - SOCOM, Steve Ingram, Senior Partner - Cyber, Privacy & Forensics - PwC, Nick Rieniets, Lead Customer Engineer - Kasada and Serina Gill, Security Product Specialist - Telstra
In this day and age data breaches are not only probable, they are inevitable, according to cyber security experts. How then do businesses prepare themselves and their customers for cyber breaches?
A panel of leading cyber security experts discussed the importance of data protection and awareness of online personal safety during Cyber Security: Are you Cyber Ready?– a CACC event run hosted by Telstra.
It is important to differentiate between a cyber breach and an attack, a breach being a human error that has led to personal or business information being compromised, an attack being a deliberate act to gain access to a company’s information or systems.
TELSTRA SECURITY OPERATIONS TOUR
Despite what many businesses may think, more than 40 per cent of data breaches are the result of human error rather than malicious intent, which is why it is more important than ever to practise cyber safety and have clear protocols for when data breaches occur. With the increasing use of technology, there is also an increased risk of data breaches. These are often perceived to be large-scale hacking incidents but in reality, something as simple as an employee leaving a laptop on the train can result in major data breaches and a company’s intellectual property or customer information being compromised.
The test for companies is how they manage data breaches when they occur.
Steve Ingram from PWC Australia said sharing information about data breaches could be part of the solution. “By being open and honest about data breaches when they occur, we can share information that could prevent these breaches in the future,” Mr Ingram said.
“It also helps companies restore trust with their customers if they are honest about data breaches. People will forgive data breaches but they will not forgive companies who lie about breaches or attempt to cover them up.”
Not only is reporting data breaches favourable, it is also a legal requirement following the introduction of the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016, which requires government agencies and businesses covered by the Privacy Act to notify any individuals affected by a data breach that is likely to result in serious harm.
Nick Rieniets from Kasada said businesses needed to understand their vulnerabilities when it came to cyber security and to act quickly in the event of a breach.
“It comes down to how you respond in a crisis and it is all about immediacy, if you don’t act early, the situation has the potential to become much worse,” Mr Rieniets said.
Data breaches have been brought into the spotlight recently with the Australian Government’s handling of malware attacks during the Census as well as the recent Medicare breaches that saw the personal information of some card holders sold on the darknet.
These cyber attacks exposed vulnerabilities of the Government’s systems, demonstrating just how easy it is for cyber security to be threatened. The poor handling of these situations by the Government has drawn wide public criticism and raised concern about the proposed My Health Records and the Government’s storage of people’s personal information.
Telstra Chief Privacy Officer Jason Holandsjo said cyber security was a crucial consideration for every business.
“Some small start-ups or SMEs may not survive a data breach, so it’s important to invest in cyber security early on and to understand where your vulnerabilities lie,” Mr Holandsjo said.
The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a non-profit organisation that aims to bring businesses together to facilitate strong economic trade & investment between Canada and Australia.
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PICTURED (left to right): Monica Lunin - Director for CACC, Mike McGrath - Managing Partner - CMO for PwC Australia, Laura Anderson - Chairman LaunchVic, Martin Enault - CEO Asia Pacific for C2 and Philip Le Liu - Councillor for City of Melbourne.
There has been much hype and fanfare surrounding C2’s move into the Australian marketplace.
Founded by Cirque Du Soleil and Sid Lee, the Montreal-based company encourages businesses to embrace disruption and innovation theory and harness the potential of human connections for a better future for us all.
C2 Melbourne teamed up with the CACC to host a panel discussion in Melbourne last week, ahead of its first international flagship conference to be held in Melbourne this October.
PICTURED: Michele Levine, CEO of Roy Morgan
Described by the Harvard Business Review as “the conference that is reinventing how we network”, C2 claims to transform the way people think about imagination and creativity in business.
C2 conferences literally take idea creation and networking out of the box – at its conferences it is not uncommon to see people networking in a plastic bubble or collaborating in an electric boat. It stimulates the imagination while bringing the brightest minds together to spark new and creative ventures.
The panel discussion was chaired by C2’s CEO for the Asia Pacific region, Martin Enault and led by prominent business professionals including Mike McGrath, Managing Partner for PWC Australia, Laura Anderson, Chairman of SVI Global and Michele Levine, CEO of Roy Morgan. It created thought-provoking debate amidst the group.
Following the opening panel discussion, attendees were invited to take part in a dialogue known as the ‘Barometer Lab’, where people share ideas on topics such as the effects of digitisation on today’s workplaces and the critical elements a business must have to be successful into the future.
The questions also prompted intriguing debate and discussion, which lingered long after the event had concluded.
C2’s conferences create an avenue for businesses to devote time to idea creation, rather than relying on new ideas arising spontaneously.
C2’s philosophy is that we need to devote time to idea creation or risk becoming obsolete in today’s fast-paced tech-dependent world.
Martin Enault said C2 was about bringing people together across industries to better solve the problems of the future.
“One of the key realisations people have at our events is that innovation and disruption aren’t scary,” he said. “We are all on the same level and we have the ability to solve problems that have been around for decades, simply through a change in mindset.”
Monica Lunin, CACC Director, described the event as a business conference but not as you know it.
“C2 facilitates events that make space for us to really think and collaborate and creates an environment where we have the power to influence minds,” Ms Lunin said.
City of Melbourne Councillor Philip Le Liu said C2 fostered a different way of thinking and interacting with people.
“These events are critical, from a corporate and business perspective, to ensure we remain at the forefront of business development,” Cr Le Liu said.
“I look forward to Melbourne hosting C2’s international conference in October.”
The forum reinforced the notion that behind all technological developments and innovation are people, and ultimately it is our connections with those around us that will drive the future of business globally.
The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a non-profit business focused organisation that aims to build business connections and assist trade as a means to bring Canada and Australia closer together.
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Last week the CACC teamed up with Canadian immersive event company C2 to host a panel discussion and networking event focused on the importance of innovation and embracing disruption in today’s modern economy.
As an organization, C2 exists at the intersection of commerce and creativity, and are re-inventing how people experience conferences. The idea is that by provoking unlikely interactions and generating honest discussion amongst attendees, people come away with more meaningful connections and ideas about how to approach business.
PICTURE: Martin Enault, CEO Asia Pacific - C2
Moderating the event was Martin Enault, CEO of C2 Asia Pacific, with panel participants including Kate Mason, Group Director of People & Culture at Coca Cola Amatil, Balder Tol, General Manger Australia of workspace provider WeWork, Monica Lunin,Director of training consultancy Mojologic, and Adam Jacobsco-founder and MD of online fashion retailer The Iconic. Opening remarks were delivered by Councilor Jess Scullyfrom The City of Sydney.
PICTURE: Adam Jacobs - Co-Founder The Iconic, Balder Tol - General Manager Australia WeWork and Kate Mason - Group Director People & Culture Coca-Cola Amatil
However, unlike most panel events, attendees were not purely observers, and following an initial discussion by panelists all attendees took part in a group dialogue known as the ‘Barometer Lab’ which is facilitated by the formation of break out groups covering topics such as the effects of digitization on the workplaces of today, and how to build a sustainable foundation for companies in the future.
PICTURE: Doug Carmichael, President CACC
These break out groups were divided based on each attendee’s view of a particular topic, and after discussing as a sub-group, C2 facilitated dialogue amongst all attendees which demonstrated a diversity of thought and emphasized the different perspectives amongst all those present.
This format provided an excellent way for attendees from a range of industries and disciplines to discuss business trends, the motivations of individuals, plus ‘what’s coming next’ in the modern economy. Importantly, discussion was facilitated in a way that encouraged participants to be honest in how they communicate, in order to move beyond surface interactions.
This element of C2’s approach was reinforced following the break out group ‘Barometer Lab’ session when each speaker was asked to discuss their own weaknesses and areas for professional improvement, which made for a refreshing change compared to topics usually discussed at business networking events and provided attendees with constructive insights.
Commenting on the success of the event, Doug Carmichael, CACC President said, “I thought it was excellent from the standpoint of being able to give evidence of how C2 can contribute to conversations around doing business in Australia and help build relationships amongst people from a diverse range of industries and backgrounds. The format was certainly unique, and engagement amongst all those present was obvious.”
PICTURE: Monica Lunin - Director Mojologic
Martin Enault, CEO of C2 Asia Pacific said, “We were very excited to have partnered with the CACC to host this initial event in Sydney and appreciate their support in introducing our approach to networking and professional conferences to the Australian market. I hope attendees came away inspired, and we look forward to running another event with the CACC again in Melbourne next week.”
PICTURED (from left to right): Brendon Lamers from KPMG Australia, Adrian Dwyer from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Monica Lunin (CACC Director), Dennis Cliche from Sydney Motorway, Michael Hanna fromIFM Investors, Diana Callebaut from Cbus Super Fund, Jean-Étienne Leroux from CDPQ, Minh Dao from KPMG Australia, Philip Davies from Infrastructure Australia, Marc-André Hawkes from The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and Scott Farrell from KPMG Australia.
With views of Sydney’s harbour waterways and the Anzac Bridge in the background, some of the country’s prominent experts in infrastructure investment and advisory came together to discuss how Australia’s infrastructure should be funded and managed.
Hosted by CACC Corporate Sponsor, KPMG, the luncheon event began with some opening remarks by CACC Director, Monica Lunin. The panel, moderated by Jean-Étienne Leroux, Regional Director for Transactions & Asset Management at CDPQ (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec), included: Philip Davies, CEO of Infrastructure Australia, Diana Callebaut, Head of Infrastructure at Cbus Super Fund, Michael Hanna, Head of Infrastructure (Australia) at IFM Investors and Adrian Dwyer, CEO of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
The discussion covered a broad range of topics. It began with a review of the current state of privatisation and the pipeline of new infrastructure projects. Overall, the panel was optimistic about opportunities for investment in both areas. However, Philip Davies cautioned, “We need to have a credible pipeline of investments that we want to make which justify recycling assets and other reforms.”
When looking at how transformative technologies affect infrastructure, Adrian Dwyer used the example of electric vehicles to highlight the impacts. In reference to the cost of building and operating ventilation outlets on the new M5-WestConnex road, “At some point over the lifecycle of that asset every single vehicle using the road will be emissions free”. He also highlighted that governments would have to react quickly to the adoption of electric cars, “How do we pay for our roads when fuel excise is zero?”
Electric vehicles made another appearance in a review of policy-making and planning for the unexpected. Adrian Dwyer highlighted that “we have to regulate for outcomes, not outputs”. In reference to electric vehicles, he said, “when you go and get your rego certificate… there’s a rule that says that a car has to have brakes – not that your car has to be able to stop…electric vehicles use regenerative braking, which means they don’t have brake pads like a normal car.”
Michael Hanna was not hopeful that government would be able to get ahead of technology and build good policy. He described the scenario of electricity power plants coming to their end-of-life with no replacement options for a very obvious problem. “This is something that has been around for ten years”, he said.
With recent announcements regarding stapled structures, the panel was cautious about predicting the impact on investors. Diana Callebaut stated “It will have an impact, but it’s not certain what that impact will be until more time has passed.” Adrian Dwyer highlighted that Australia was attractive for capital, “[It] goes where it’s treated well and it’s highly-mobile. Whilst Australia’s position is strong, it’s also easily lost.”
As the panel discussion wrapped up, the general consensus was that there are opportunities to be smarter and more responsive in the planning and management of infrastructure projects, in order for consumers and investors alike to reap the benefits. Diana Callebaut encouraged everyone to think long-term, and charged the audience to either be “a responsible investor or a responsible advisor”.
In closing, Brendan Lamers, a Partner in KPMG Australia's Deal Advisory – Tax Division concluded, “Infrastructure’s not boring - it’s dynamic and it’s interesting.” The crowd of over fifty attendees agreed.
The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a non-profit organisation that aims to bring businesses together to facilitate strong economic and trade relationships between Canada and Australia.
There is a new service bringing Canadians and Australians closer together, with Air Canada launching its first direct flights from Melbourne to Vancouver.
The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Air Canada, held an event to mark the launch of the new service.
Air Canada General Manager for Australia and New Zealand Vic Naughton said the launch represented an exciting time for the airline.
“Air Canada is undergoing a transformation that has seen the airline grow 40 per cent in the last three years,” Mr Naughton said.
“We’re proud to have been named Skytrax Best Airline in North America for the sixth time in eight years and this new service increases our offering to the Australian market.”
“We are the only North American airline that flies directly into three Australian cities – Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.”
The Honourary Consul General of Canada in Melbourne Rene Lalande said the new service would provide enhanced opportunities for both countries to expand business, trade, economic and tourism relations.
“This new service provides a gateway for Canadians to experience Melbourne’s diverse culture, including its coffee, food and sporting events. It is also an opportunity for Melbournians to experience the fantastic offerings in Vancouver,” Mr Lalande said.
Air Canada is also positioning Vancouver as the new transit destination into the United States as an alternative to Los Angeles International Airport.
The launch featured a guest performance by Canadian band The Glorious Sons, who are currently touring Australia with Australian band Dead Letter Circus.
Lead Singer Brett Emmons said there were a lot of similarities between Canada and Australia.
“If there’s ever a Canadian and an Australian in a bar, they’ll find each other,” he said. “We have a lot in common.”
Asked about their musical debut in Australia, Emmons said they had been well received by Australian audiences.
“People like good music and a band that wears their hearts on their sleeve,” he said.
“Our music is about friendship, love, loss and life and that translates to audiences everywhere.”
The evening concluded with a raffle for a return flight with Air Canada on their new direct Melbourne to Vancouver service, which was won by Canadian-Australian Mark Weber.
Mr Weber said he would use the flight to visit family and friends in Canada and was looking forward to checking out the recently expanded Vancouver International Airport.
“I’m blown away, I never expected to win,” he said.
“Canada and Australia have always had strong connections but its events like this, facilitated by the CACC, that strengthen those connections and open up new trade and business opportunities between the two countries.”
Commerce and creativity well and truly intersect with the
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announcing new corporate sponsor, C2.
Described as “disruptors, innovators, executives, next generation”, C2 is a Canadian company that was founded in 2011 by Cirque du Soleil and creative services firm Sid Lee and has recently declared Melbourne home to its Asia Pacific head quarters.
“We are proud that the CACC and all that it stands for has garnered the attention and support of C2, our newest and most imaginative corporate sponsor,” said Doug Carmichael, CACC Acting President and Director.
“As an organisation with vision, C2 sees the benefit of strategically positioning itself in Australia, particularly in an effort to build new trade routes with China.
“C2’s sponsorship certainly supports the CACC in building business connections between our two economiesin creative and exciting ways,” said Mr Carmichael.
“Key drivers of the world economy are shifting,” Martin Enault, CEO, C2 Asia Pacific, said. “We believe the Asia Pacific region will play an increasingly dominant role in the future, therefore it’s important our brand is positioned in Australia for the long term.”
“Australia overall, and Victoria in particular, boasts a rich innovation ecosystem that is ripe for international attention.
“By launching an inaugural experience in Melbourne, we can draw the world’s most notable disruptors, innovators, executives and governments to engage with and learn from, while celebrating local talent and showcasing the best that Melbourne has to offer,” said Mr Enault.
C2’s raison d'être is to transform the way people think about the role of creativity in business. And in turn, how this creativity leads to innovative, actionable ideas to meet the ever changing challenges of modern times.
There are effectively three distinct and innovative ways to engage with C2: via the multi-day, branded conference experiences such as C2 Melbourne; corporate experiences that are designed specifically for a single client with a specific audience and objective; and, C2 Spaces which are unique environments that are transformed into collaborative and interactive environments.
C2 will co-host two events with the CACC, one in Melbourne and the other in Sydney on the topic of, “Thrive, don’t just survive: A conversation about the importance of embracing disruption to drive business growth.”
The first event will be held in Melbourne on 11 May at Showtime Events, South Wharf and will feature C2’s Asia Pacific CEO, Martin Enault, who will be joined by four panellists in what is described as an “experiential environment”.
“Melbourne is a renowned hub of creativity and I’m thrilled about how C2’s involvement with our corporate community will inspire new, creative synergies, locally, nationally and globally,” said Lesley Gillespie OAM, Chair of CACC Melbourne Committee.
This first event in Melbourne is an opportunity to learn more about C2 as well as to experience creative collaboration that results in forward-looking insights. The Sydney-based event will take place in July (more details to follow at a later date).
Continuing the conversation from its annual flagship conference in Montreal, C2 will host its first major Australian event later this year, C2 Melbourne, 17 – 19 October 2018. C2 Melbourne aims to be a global conversation about innovation and creativity in the Asia Pacific region.
“Our CACC Melbourne Committee is particularly thrilled that C2 has chosen our city for it next international event,” said Mrs Gillespie.
“C2 is the ultimate conversation starter. And C2 Melbourne will be an extraordinary opportunity for CACC members to connect with C2’s international network of business leaders.”
For more information about C2 Melbourne please visit: https://www.c2melbourne.com
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In recognition of International Women’s Day, the CACC held events in both Melbourne and Sydney to explore the topic of gender diversity.
In Melbourne, CACC corporate sponsor, Drake International hosted a panel including four industry leaders: René Lalande, CEO, Transdev Australasia, Honourary Consul of Canada, Melbourne; Susan Oliver, Founding Chairman, Scale Investors; Amanda O'Brien, CEO, Xtreme Freight and Chairman, Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia; and Lisa Williams, Chief Procurement Officer, The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (DEDJTR).
In Sydney, the event was hosted by CACC corporate sponsor, KPMG, and included a panel discussion with some prestigious guests: Ms. Angela J Bogdan, Consul General of Canada; Liz Griffin, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Commonwealth Bank; Craig Mennie, National Leader Transaction Services, KPMG Australia; and Libby Davies, Chief Executive Officer, White Ribbon.
The discussions started with a look at the backgrounds of the panelists. In Sydney, most started in teaching, before moving onto other professions; while in Melbourne, the panelists initially began in traditionally male-dominated occupations. Regardless of their beginnings, all of panelists have a passion for encouraging and supporting the impact that women can have in the workplace.
With moderator, Melissa Wharton, Founder, Thread, directing both events, other common themes prevailed in both panels.
A question about “feminism” raised many valid points related to how words can take on different meanings for different people and how people have different associations with words. The consensus was that “gender equality” was more appropriate term to use today. However, the notion of feminism should not be dismissed. In Melbourne, Susan states, “It’s part of a proud history of women that have fought for something – and we should remember and give credit for that history”. In Sydney, Libby remarked “Feminism has a very important function in drawing the attention of every one of us – how gender construct are made, how they influence decisions and how we can reconstruct some of those for the benefit of everyone.”
Everyone agreed that diversity was a discussion that didn’t just include gender – rather, it involved all demographic and other personality traits - as this would result in the best possible outcomes for organisations. It was not lost that men also experience their own inequalities and discrimination – particularly in the area of paternity leave. An important point was raised that most discussions on gender diversity involved women talking to women and how men needed to be part of the conversation.
Creating diversity did not necessarily result in engaged teams. In Sydney, Liz explained that a discussion on gender diversity had to include inclusion as well, “we need to figure out how do we live together or how do we work together that actually brings out that diversity of thought - and people feel like they belong, are valued and respected.”
The consensus was that there is no single solution for achieving diversity and inclusion. Businesses and individuals have to look at their own circumstances to determine the best approach. The panelists, throughout their careers, have used many different approaches to address gender diversity including:
In Melboune, Susan has the following advice for women, “Get as senior as you can so that you actually make that difference yourself.” Amanda also encouraged women to put fear aside, to go in there and “have a go”.
All agreed that achieving diversity and inclusion is an on-going journey. In Sydney, Craig remarked, “There is no magic wand… we have to keep up the enthusiasm and the drive to make the changes that we really need”, and in Melbourne, Susan stated, “Each of us personally can attend to the details of how we can encourage diversity, gender diversity included, and make a difference – and that’s every day, and probably every minute of every day.”
With concluding remarks from Doug Carmichael, Acting CACC President & Founder Director and Michael McGrath, Director of Sales and Operations for Drake International, it was clear that diversity, equality and inclusion are critical components of workplaces in Australia, Canada and around the world.
CACC Communications & Member Engagement Committee
Last week the CACC’s SME Committee hosted another successful roundtable event (21 Feb) which focused on advice for Australian businesses looking to expand into Canada.
Moderated by Chris Beal from RFC Ambrian, panelists included Josh Khoddami from Neu.Capital, Angela Rossi from Altios International, and Kane Bourke from OMF Markets, who hosted the roundtable in their Sydney office.
The discussion covered a range of topics relevant to Australian businesses looking to enter Canada including incorporation, financial considerations, as well as legal and administrative matters.
So what do you need to know? Let’s start with the basics:
First, on average it takes between 1-3 months to set up a business in Canada. While finding the right advice can make the process more efficient, the amount of time required is also largely dependent what the nature of your business is.
Second, Australia and Canada operate very different national models for doing business, with Australia (generally speaking) being a much easier environment to set up a company in, while Canada is a bit trickier in terms of incorporation, tax, grants and other considerations as these vary widely from Province to Province. If your company doesn’t need to be based in a specific location within Canada, make sure you evaluate the pros and cons of setting up in each province to ensure the location you are incorporated in is the best possible fit.
Third, get the right advice and advisers. While this may seem commonsense, one panelist made the point that his business found it difficult to find a lawyer (even from a global firm) who could work seamlessly across multiple Provincial regulations. Finding a bank who can work across both borders easily (NAB for instance) can also make the transition process much easier. And while working out the myriad of decisions for yourself can seem like you are saving money, paying for the right advice will ultimately be quicker and allow you to focus on running your business.
Three other points worth sharing:
For more information on any of these topics, or to discuss other subjects about expanding your business in the Canadian market, feel free to contact the SME Committee at SME@cacc.com.au
PICTURE: Alan McCallum - Chairman of Cann Group Ltd, Lesley Gillespie - Chair of CACC Melbourne Committee, Matthew Cantelo - CEO of Australian Natural Therapeutics Group, Peter Crock - CEO of Cann Group Ltd, The Honourable Mrs. Jaala Pulford, Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for Regional Development, Elaine Darby - MD of AusCann, Erik Dennison - Melbourne Committee and Chris Kommatas, Innovation Manager & Accelerator Program Director, Melbourne Health and Founder & Organiser, Startup HealthTech Australia.
If the balance of the New Year is anything like the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce’s (CACC) Melbourne Committee’s first event of 2018, it’s going to be a fascinating year.
On Tuesday 13 February 2018, Victorian investors, producers, regulators and the Minister for Agriculture came together in Melbourne to discuss the rapidly growing medicinal cannabis industry, an industry that is quickly following in footsteps first forged in Canada.
This event, hosted by the Melbourne Committee of the CACC featured a keynote speech by Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford followed by a panel discussion with: Elaine Darby, Managing Director, AusCann; Peter Crock, CEO, CannGroup, Matthew Cantelo, CEO, Australian Natural Therapeutics Group; and, Chris Kommatas, Director, Amplify Health.
Following Minister Pulford’s speech, in which she stated, “What we are doing here in Victoria is ground-breaking,” the panel shared their own perspectives and engaged in Q & A with the audience.
When it comes to the cannabis industry, Canada is regarded as a pioneer, having legalised the use of medicinal cannabis in 2001 and its very progressive move to legalise recreational cannabis is set to be available later this year. With this latest move, Canada is tagged to be the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition on recreational marijuana.
The Canadian cannabis market is currently estimated to worth upward of $10 billion annually. In comparison, the newer Australian market is valued to be worth approximately $100 million per year.
As in most industries, every challenge requires a solution, and the cannabis industry is no different. Case in point: it is estimated that Canada will only be able to meet 15% of its domestic demand. Thus, creating a significant export opportunity for Australian producers such as AusCann and Cann Group to fill gap.
It is interesting times particularly as Australia’s Federal Government recently announced that it is to allow exports of cannabis-based medicines. As well, the Government of Victoria recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian company, Canopy Growth Corporation, to further develop research and technical capabilities in the production of medicinal cannabis.
Consequently, Australia, which is believed to have some of the world’s highest standards for the production of medicinal cannabis, is strategically positioned to export to its trade partner, Canada.
With regard to Victoria’s role in this export opportunity, Minister Pulford said, “It’s important we act quickly, but even more important that we get this right – we won’t get a second shot at being the national leader in this sector.”
Moderating the event was CACC member and volunteer, Erik Denison, a multi-award winning journalist formerly with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
“The quality of tonight’s event is a testament to the CACC Melbourne Committee’s commitment to delivering timely events that are of great interest to the Canadian and Australian business communities,” said Mr. Denison.
Photography provided by: Will Linstead (www.wlpevents.com)
The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a not-for-profit organisation whose focus is to build and strengthen trade and business connections between Australia and Canada. The CACC maintains relationships with senior and operational level resources of Government in both Canada and Australia as well as providing members with access to an extensive and growing network of individuals and organisations with an interest in the Canada-Australia business relationship.
PICTURE: Natasha Smith, Australia’s next High Commissioner to Canada
The responsibility for advancing Australia’s interests in Canada will be handed over in February 2018 to Natasha Smith (GAICD), Australia’s next High Commissioner to Canada, as announced by the Hon Julie Bishop MP on 30 November 2017.
“On behalf of the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce, I congratulate Natasha Smith on this significant appointment which is so meaningful to both of our countries,” said Brian Hansen, CACC President and Director.
“Ms Smith brings a wealth of diplomatic experience to her new role, having most recently served as First Assistant Secretary, Multilateral Development and Finance Division with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT),” he said.
A senior career officer with DFAT, Ms Smith has also served as Assistant Secretary, Humanitarian Response Branch and Assistant Secretary, Integration Task Force. Previously, Ms Smith has served overseas as a Counsellor (Development) at Australia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and First Secretary (Development) at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.
Recently, Ms Smith made a point of meeting with members of the CACC’s leadership team including Brian Hansen in Sydney as well as directors Lesley Gillespie OAM and Mike McGrath in Melbourne.
“It was a pleasure to meet Ms Smith and to learn how she is focused on continuing to cement the relationship between our two countries,” Lesley, Chair of CACC’s Melbourne Committee said.
“In particular, Ms Smith recognises that while the two countries have strong ties and are similar in custom, law and history, it is important to not become complacent,” she said.
“Australia and Canada have a history of trade that spans more than one hundred years and it is a relationship that continues to expand and strengthen,” said Mike McGrath, CACC Director.
“With regard to Ms Smith’s views of the CACC, it was encouraging to learn that Ms Smith views the CACC as an organisation that can work well with both government and the business community to facilitate strong ties between Canada and Australia”.
In 2016, two-way investment between the two countries totalled $85 billion. Again in 2016, Australian merchandise exports to Canada grew by some 14 per cent while Canada’s services exports to Australia increased by 15 per cent.
“Our two great countries enjoy substantial trade and investment links and this is in large part because of the integral role that our High Commissioners play,” Brian Hansen said.
“Today, we pause to both congratulate and welcome Natasha Smith as she assumes the position of our next High Commissioner to Canada.
“And at the same time, we thank Tony Negus AO, for his contribution as our Australian High Commissioner to Canada since 2015 and wish him great success with his next endeavours.”
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