James O’Loghlin

James O’Loghlin

Conference facilitator

James O‘Loghlin is one of Australia’s most respected, entertaining and experienced corporate speakers, corporate comedians and media personalities, best known as the host of over 300 episodes of "The New inventors" on ABC-TV, and for his witty and entertaining programs on ABC Local Radio.

Bernard Salt

Bernard Salt

Opening keynote speaker

Bernard Salt is a futurist who uses demographic and social change to interpret how society and business might evolve. He predicted the seachange shift and indeed coined the term ‘seachange shift’ early last decade. At this time he also scoped the difficulties of managing Generation-Y’s expectations in the workplace.

Karl Kruszelnicki

Karl Kruszelnicki

Closing keynote speaker

When NASA classified Karl as non-astronaut material in 1981 he walked straight into ABC Radio station Double J and offered to talk about the Space shuttle launch. They said ‘Okay’ and his radio career took off from there. ‘Great Moments In Science’ ran on Double J while Karl moonlighted as a medical student.

Business Panel speakers

Harvey Lister

Harvey Lister

Chairman and Chief Executive of AEG Ogden operating entities, currently managing over 200,000 seats in 20 venues across the Asia Pacific. Mr Lister has also been the Chairman of the Management of Cairns Convention Centre, since 1994.

Gillian Saunders

Gillian Saunders

Gillian Saunders (BSc MBA) Head of Advisory Services at Grant Thornton in South Africa has a long track record of more than 25 years in consulting to the hospitality, tourism and leisure industries. Author of a number of articles and a regular commentator in the media, particularly on mega events.

Dr Ken Chapman

Dr Ken Chapman

CEO of Skyrail-ITM who led the development of the innovative Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Executive director of the Chapman Group and a director of Amalgamated Holdings Ltd. Chairman of FNQ Hospital Foundation, Skyrail Rainforest Foundation and a director of Aquis Entertainment Ltd.

Keith De Lacy AM

Keith De Lacy AM

One of Cairns’, indeed Queensland’s, best known company directors and public figures. Awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), Treasurer of Queensland from 1989 to 1996 and on the Board of the Reef Casino in Cairns for 15 years.

Shelley Wild

Shelley Wild

Leadership & Management innovation

Shelley is an acclaimed ‘people and team development’ speaker. She fuses neuroscience insights with practical solutions to create the right team climate to unlock the power of the workplace crowd to establish a collaborative team economy in organisations.

Rod Mewing

Rod Mewing

Symbiotic Marketing & Technology Innovation

Rod is currently with the Telstra Corporation Limited as Business Consultant within Business and Enterprise Marketing. His role supports strategic customer engagement programs focusing on the implications of new technology trends & developments on enhancing competitive differentiation.

Simon McGrath

Simon McGrath

Distributor innovation

Simon McGrath is Chief Operating Officer for Accor Pacific, responsible for over 250 hotels, 33,000 rooms and 12,000 employees in the Pacific region. Simon has an extensive and highly respected career in the hotel sector, having worked in management positions domestically and overseas.

Sean Blocksidge

Sean Blocksidge

Digital innovation for beginners

Sean developed an outdoor wine adventure that is consistently rated as Australia’s #1 wine tour. After wasting tens and thousands of dollars on marketing and advertising, a re-think on traditional marketing strategy was required, and it was social media to the rescue.

Alex Gelman

Alex Gelman

Financial Management innovation

Partner for Grant Thornton Australia’s Technology Advisory and Solutions offering, Alex brings over a decade of successful entrepreneurship in business technology to provide insight into the essential role of innovative solutions for corporate financial management.

Ian Balme

Ian Balme

Product Development innovation

Ian is a NZ farmer who, despite being new to tourism, has built a unique, fast-growth, high profile venture in the central North Island. Forgotten World Adventures uses innovative RailCarts and, now, RailBikes on a mothballed railway line.

Donna Moritz

Donna Moritz

Digital innovation for the digital savvy

Donna is a visual content strategist who has been featured on sites like Entrepreneur and Forbes. Her blog, Socially Sorted won Best Business Blog in Australia 2014, and was listed as one of the Top 10 Social Media Blogs in the World by Social Media Examiner in 2015.

Bec Derrington

Bec Derrington

Marketing innovation

Bec is the creator of a communications platform SourceBottle, a major disruptor in the public relations and media industries in Australia. She was a lawyer before pursuing a passion in digital marketing and public relations. A recognised expert in media relations, publicity and influencer marketing.