We are excited to have the following presenters join us at GA17. More to follow.
Senator Nick Xenophon
Nick Xenophon is an Australian senator for South Australia and the leader of the centrist Nick Xenophon Team political party in the Australian Senate. He was first elected to a six-year Senate term in the federal parliament as an independent at the 2007 federal election and was re-elected at the 2013 federal election, before forming NXT in time for the 2016 federal election. Between 1997 and 2007 he was a member of the South Australian Legilsative Council as a member of his No Pokies (anti-gambling) movement.
While his original No Pokies platform centred on an anti-gambling policy, he has since become an advocate in many other policy areas. These include defence, education, health, infrastructure, regional affairs, national security, foreign policy, and civil liberties.
Glenn Cooper AO
Glenn is the Chairman and the Ambassador for Coopers Brewery as well as looking after the Coopers export in the USA and Asia. He is currently the Chairman of Australian Made Australian Grown the Green and Gold triangle with the stylized kangaroo recognized the world over. Glenn is also on the board of Hynes Paints. In July 1990, Glenn joined the family brewery and held the responsibility of the Sales and Marketing Director. He has overseen the launch of numerous products to the Coopers beer range, including: Coopers Mild Ale, Coopers Dark Ale, Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale, Coopers Lager and most recently Coopers Clear. In the past Glenn has been chairman of the Adelaide Fringe Committee (1994-1999), then as Chairman of the Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority (1998-2006).
In 2002, Glenn received a Centenary Medal. In 2005 he was awarded a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for services to South Australia and the Arts. In 2007 Glenn completed the Kokoda Track following the footsteps of his uncle Colonel Geoff Cooper. Glenn has an Associate Diploma in Business from Stanford University. Glenn’s focus at this stage of his brewery career is to continually expand the Coopers company interstate and internationally and retain Coopers as a privately held family company.
Shane Webcke is a farmer, family man, businessman, author, news presenter, safety ambassador, speaker and former professional footballer. At the peak of his rugby league career, he was renowned as one of the best front rowers in the world. Shane represented Queensland on twenty four occasions and represented Australia in twenty six tests. He played for the Brisbane Broncos for twelve years and was named Daly M Prop of the year three times. Shane has taken his work ethic from the football field to his farm in southern Queensland. He balances his family life with his wife and three children and his professional career, now behind the news desk at Channel Seven. Shane released his best selling autobiography ‘Warhorse’ in 2006 and has since gone to add to his illustrious career by sharing his passion and experience with many audiences across Australia.
Tragically, Shane’s father was killed in a Queensland workplace incident in 1994. Shane was only eighteen. He had just started his professional football career under the guidance of Wayne Bennett when he received the news that his world had been ripped apart. Shane’s direct experience with the horrific outcome of his father’s workplace fatality has led him to his role as a safety ambassador. He shares his message in the hope it will motivate others to put safety first, always.
Roger’s career has spanned decades in the UK architectural & design industries covering commercial, retail, housing, industrial & property development sectors within professional practice, major multiple retail & restaurant operators & running his own design practice for 12 years prior to emigrating to Australia in 1996. Feeling passionate about the GHG emissions from wasted energy and seeing that there were still further improvements to be made to energy efficiency through improvements to the thermal envelope, Roger undertook training in New Zealand to become a Passivhaus Consultant and now specialises in the design of ultra-low energy homes in Western Australia.
As the Group Strategy and Planning Manager for CSR, John provides advice and insights for CSR into the building and construction markets in Australia and New Zealand. With a background as a Chartered Accountant, John monitors CSR's broad portfolio and outside market conditions that might impact on the industry.
With over 25 years of global business experience and a Master's degree in Business Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Frank has gained many unique and valuable insights from four of his own successful start-ups. Being creative with business innovation and improvement initiatives is his passion and his strengths are evident and demonstrable in generating effective leadership and management business innovation strategies. Managing over 1000 plus client accounts across all industries, he can provide strong value and positive results when building innovation solutions to your business.
David is the National Chair of the APA Occupational Health Physiotherapy Australia Group and Director and co-founder of the national consultancy group PHW Group - Product Healthy Workplaces. He is passionate about promoting health, productivity and teamwork in organisations. With a unique background in Occupational Health Physiotherapy and Group Facilitation, David takes a holistic approach to his work and enjoys nothing more than working with organisations to see new possibilities in building healthier, happier and stronger teams at work.
Sam has been working with small business operations for over 10 years, the last four specialising in glazing installation companies. He has a background in IT and is passionate about helping glazing companies move into the digital age. In his role at Smart-Builder, Sam works closley with glazing businesses at every stage of their technology journey - from considering the leap to digital, overcoming barriers to implementation, and training new users.
In 2010 Damian Peake was working as an estimator in the family business, Reliable Glass, when he unexpectedly had to rise to the challenge of running the business. With little managerial experience, he hit the ground running and is now Managing Director of one of the most prominent glass and aluminium companies in Adelaide. He has been heavily involved in many of Adelaide's largest and most iconic buildings and he has built a reputation for his ingenuity and innovative problem solving capability. In 2015, Reliable Glass was the recipient of the National Glass Award for The River Torrens Precinct Bridge.
Geoff Rankin is the Commercial Director and Country Manager of Eastman Chemicals for Australia & New Zealand. The key market focus for Geoff is the Glass Industry and specifically the use of laminated glass in the built environment. Geoff has been a strong advocate for the use of glass in providing glazing solutions for Architects, Designers and Specifiers not just including laminated Glass but the full suite of glazing options. Geoff will continue to focus on the delivery of information or knowledge across the industry that will assist us in differentiating against poor quality and in turn a price only focus, advocating the best use of glazing products for specific applications such that glass will continue to the product of choice in building design.
Ralf B. Ackermann
Ralf B. Ackermann is the Senior Vice President Sales of Bohle AG, the leading manufacturer and distributor of hand tools, machinery and accessories for glass processing. With 32 years of experience in the glass trade Ralf Ackermann is a specialist on the application of glass processing tools, especially for cutting, breaking, handling and bonding glass. He has given seminars on these topics around the world. In addition, he is responsible for the product management of the Bohle glass processing machines.
Geok Chua is the current Chairman of the Singapore Glass Association, founded in 1969 to represent and advocate the interests of the glazing industry members. He has been an Executive Director of Singapore Safety Glass Pte Ltd, a fabricator of innovative architectural glass, since its incorporation in 1989. Geok Chua has also been actively involved in standards work for glass and fenestration products. He has a keen interest in Green Façade Solutions and is a past chair of the Singapore Green Building Council Taskforce for Façade and Roofing. He is a mechanical engineer by training, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Union College, USA. He enjoys a good game of golf every now and then, and also loves reading to discover new perspectives.
Dave Lee has 20 years experience in the construction glass industry and holds the position of Market Development Manager for advanced materials interlayer for Eastman Chemical Company. In this role, he works closely with key industry stakeholders such as developers, architects, consultants and glass processors in the Asia region to drive innovative PVB interlayer solutions to increase safety, comfort and sustainability of building projects.