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Monday 24 June | 9.00am – 5.30pm | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 

Opening Keynote Address: 2030 – Are you ready? Emerging megatrends explained
Stefan Hajkowicz

Dr. Stefan Hajkowicz, Principal Scientist and Futurist, CSIRO

Session Synopsis

A futurist’s outlook on the emerging megatrends that will transform Australian agriculture. What can industry do today, to ensure we thrive tomorrow?

Bio

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz is a senior principal scientist working in the field of strategic foresight at CSIRO. Stefan leads the Data61 Insight Team which is a group of researchers and consultants helping organizations navigate digital disruption.

Stefan’s research and consulting work helps companies, governments and communities explore plausible futures and make wise strategic choices. Stefan is a world leading scholar in the field of decision theory and has published seminal works on the use multi-objective decision support. His research has contrasted structured versus intuitive approaches to decision making. His decision models have guided investments worth hundreds of millions of dollars and have been used by Australia’s State and Federal Governments to make critical policy choices.

Stefan is widely published in the international research literature and his most recent book titled “Global Megatrends” is available through CSIRO Publishing. Stefan has a doctorate in geography from the University of Queensland and postgraduate qualifications in economics from the University of New England. He is a current and recent member of the OECD and World Economic Forum global strategic foresight communities.

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SmartFarming: Unlocking new technology
Ben van Delden

Ben van Delden, Head of AgriFood Tech, KMPG

Session Synopsis

Coming soon!

Bio

Ben van Delden is KPMG Australia’s Head of AgriFood Tech, he has extensive experience working with clients to identify and assess market and investment opportunities, commercial insights and analysis to accelerate commercialisation of research and adoption of agtech and foodtech. Ben has an active interest in the field of circular economies and optimising value from waste in business operations and focuses on the role disruptive technology can play in the agrifood sector.

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Developing Agri-Tech solutions for the Australian Apple and Pear industry

Jesse Reader

Jesse Reader, Agriculture Sector Specialist, Robert Bosch Australia

Session Synopsis

The rapid evolution of Agri-Technology offers promising solutions, position yourself to take advantage. Learn how the industry is looking at future production systems based far more on automation, precision, and data-based decision support tools.

Bio

Jesse Reader is an accomplished agronomist with 15 years experience in Horticulture and has spent that time in a variety of roles including on-farm technical agronomy nationally, providing management and oversight of multimillion dollar R&D portfolios and in more recent times consulting to the horticulture industry.

Jesse’s position at Apple and Pear Australia Ltd saw him drive infield technology transfer and extension through the flagship Future Orchards program, earning him the industry impact award for 2015.

Jesse’s current role at Bosch combines his deep technical know-how with business development and application – as Bosch explore the global AgTech market and look to align industry pain points with their extensive capability in sensors, automation, robotics, software and IoT connectivity.

Passionate about the industry and the potential for AgTech to have a profound impact on the future of agricultural productivity, Jesse is a regular speaker and always provides meaningful and insightful commentary.

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Crop mapping: Using AI to manage your tree lifecycle from flower to fruit
James Underwood

Dr James Underwood, Director, Green Atlas

Session Synopsis

AgriTech company achieves commercialisation with breakthrough sensor technology, machine vision and AI. Learn how you can use the technology to track and manage variability on your farm throughout the growing season.

Bio

James is a world expert in the area of perception systems for field robotics. As a researcher at the University of Sydney, he led a number of robotics and intelligent systems R&D projects in defence, mining and agriculture, consulting with some of the largest organisations in Australia and internationally. With a focus on solutions for agriculture, James’ research has broken new ground while remaining practical for real-world deployment and in 2018 he started Green Atlas, to get new technology and solutions into the hands of growers.

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Panel Discussion: The future of farming technology – automation, robotics and AI

Session Synopsis

Whatever the technology, the potential benefit to the apple and pear industry is immense.  Explore what’s on the horizon in Agri-technology to improve production of high quality fruit, improve efficiency, or better manage inputs.

Jeremy Griffith

 

Session Moderator
Jeremy Griffith, Head of Government Relations and Advocacy, APAL

 

 

Ben van Delden

 

Panel Member
Ben van Delden, Head of AgriFood Tech, KMPG

 

 

Jesse Reader

 

Panel Member
Jesse Reader, Agriculture Sector Specialist, Robert Bosch Australia

 

 

James Underwood

 

Panel Member
Dr James Underwood, Director, Green Atlas

 

 

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Apple and Pear Census – Tracking trees and production
Alvin Kee

Alvin Kee, Financial Planning and Analysis Manager, APAL

Session Synopsis

Getting the best estimate of Australia’s growth and production capacity. Explore how we as an industry can work together collectively to capture data annually to benchmark our quality and production.

Bio

Alvin Kee joined APAL in June 2017 to assist in bringing together a number of strategic systems projects to underpin APAL’s commercial division and improve their accounting systems. Alvin is responsible for managing key inputs for the various models, supporting the commercial and finance teams through deep financial analysis. Alvin is now also involved in utilising this knowledge and skill to assist in developing systems and processes to collect and analyse industry data for the benefit of growers. Alvin holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Accounting Sciences and is a member of the South African Institute of Charted Accountants.

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Future Business launch

Richelle Zealley, Future Business Manager, APAL

Session Synopsis

Where do you see your business in the next five years? Future Business is a new initiative by APAL, to assist business owners with all non-growing business related activities to build capability and drive profit across the Apple and Pear Industry.

Bio

Richelle Zealley has worked with the APAL communications team for more than six years and has recently embarked on a new role as Manager, Future Business.

Future Business is an APAL initiative created through various and frequent conversations with industry, and is in continuous development. The program has been designed to support the Australian apple and pear industry through the provision of products and services that enable the commercial aspects of their business. The objective is to improve the commercial performance of the industry to deliver greater profitability and best practice. And ultimately for APAL to be considered, through the program, as the central resource for advice or sourcing of that advice.

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Working together to manage risk

Session Synopsis

Insurance premiums are increasing significantly each year with one packing shed reporting their six-figure account doubled within 12 months. This session will explore an opportunity to introduce an effective risk-management structure that could benefit industry and replace traditional insurances.

Presenter and Session Moderator

Justin Niven

Justin Niven, Managing Director, KJ Risk Group
With over 18 years working in the insurance industry, Justin Niven is one of Australia’s leading experts in the design, implementation and operation of Discretionary Mutual Funds. Justin co-founded KJ Risk Group in 2012, and is a Responsible Manager on multiple Australian Financial Services Licences (AFSL). He has also held a range of other Directorships of AFS Licenced entities.


Panel Members

Doug PearseDoug Pearse, McDonald’s Franchisee & Chairman of MAFIP

After completing his Articles at Molomby and Molomby Solicitors he was admitted to Practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and New South Wales, and the High Court of Australia.

With an interest in Insurance he worked in a number of roles from RACV Insurance Solicitor to operations roles in AAMI as Claims Manager, Underwriting Manager and National Operations Manager, and then eventually joining Fortis Life Company as Compliance Manager.

Doug’s wife Karen worked with McDonald’s in the Marketing department and in 1994 she was offered a McDonald’s franchise, In 1996 Doug followed her into McDonald’s.

With his background knowledge of insurance Doug was asked to join the MAFIP Board which is a mutual established to provide insurance products to McDonald’s Corporation, Ronald McDonald Houses and Licensees in Australia and New Zealand.

Warwick Renton GibbWarwick Renton-Gibb, General Manager, Virgin Independent Pilot’s Association

Having previously been a pilot with Virgin Australia, Warwick was responsible for establishing the VIPA Loss of Licence Fund (VLF). With a legal and project management background, Warwick now reports to the VIPA Executive and is hands on with the day to day management of the Association.

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From strategy to implementation: Moving the needle on demand

Phil Turnbull

Phil Turnbull, CEO, APAL

Session Synopsis

Coming soon!

Bio

Philip Turnbull brings a strong commercial understanding and growing background to APAL. He is familiar with the apple and pear industry, as both an APAL Director and an industry member. He comes from a growing family and knows the challenges and opportunities of the industry.

Philip has worked in marketing with Pacific Brands Food Group and Nestlé Dairy Products, managing a number of iconic Australian brands. More recently, he was Managing Director of his family business, Turnbull Estate Pty Ltd, an online gift retail and real estate gifting solutions business. Philip became the APAL Director for pears in 2006, Independent Director for APAL in 2015 and APAL CEO in 2016.

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Achieving better returns for Australian retail markets

Craig Chester

Craig Chester, Head of Group Brand, APAL

Session Synopsis

APAL unveil the ‘Pink Lady Export’ pilot – an initiative that applies global quality disciplines to deliver a better, more consistent and ultimately, higher value product into the Australian retail landscape. Your first chance to see promotional and packaging concepts.

Bio

Craig Chester is the Head of Group Brands for APAL, and has regional commercial responsibility for SE Asia and The Americas. He commenced with APAL in 2015.
Craig’s background is in Business Operations and FMCG Marketing and Sales which come together in his responsibilities chairing the Pink Lady Global Brand Project Team and leading the Pink Lady Development (PLD) Operations Team. Craig also manages commercialisation of the Kalei and RS103-110 project, and provides direction on all domestic and international APAL brand development activities.

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On the couch discussion: Playing on the world stage – lessons learnt

Session Synopsis

How can the Australian Apple and Pear Industry tap into the ever growing global export market? Expanding into new markets requires the industry to evolve, challenge traditional thinking, do due diligence, and have foresight. This on-the-couch discussion will unpack the lessons learnt by Citrus Australia, Australian Table Grape Association and Montagues.

Justin Smith

 

Session Moderator
Justin Smith, Industry Services & Export Manager, APAL

 

 

Panel Members

Ben Cant

Ben Cant, Chairman, Citrus Australia

Ben Cant is the current Chair of Citrus Australia and has served as a grower director since 2012. He is also the Citrus Supply Manager for the Costa Group. Prior to joining the Costa Group in 2018, Ben spent 18 years as the Marketing Manager for his family’s third generation, vertically integrated citrus business. During this time he transformed the business model from a basic grower/packer to a sophisticated, vertically integrated supplier of high quality citrus servicing Australian and International retailers directly. He successfully implemented advanced packaging and value adding solutions, improved distribution systems and increased customer satisfaction levels, positioning the company and brand as a high-quality supplier of fresh citrus to the world. Ben was previously on the Board of Riversun Export.

Scott Montague, Executive Director & General Manager of Retail, Montague

Scott Montague is a third generation Montague family member. Son of Ray Montague, Scott has been working in the family company for 18 years learning the ins and outs of orchard practices, packing, distribution, sales and trading, marketing and export of pome fruits across Australia. General Manager of Retail, Scott Montague understands the importance of positive working relationships to meet consumer needs and demands.

 

Jeff Scott

 

Jeff Scott, CEO, Australian Table Grape Association

 

 

 

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Apple and pear export readiness and market access update

Justin Smith

Justin Smith, Industry Services & Export Manager, APAL

Session Synopsis

By 2027 the Apple and Pear Industry wants to export 10% of marketable fruit. APAL update on the strategy to identify key markets, build Australia’s capability to meet international requirements, and connect Australian growers and international importers.

Bio

Justin Smith joined APAL in November 2018. Justin has extensive experience in developing greenfields teams and businesses, often operating in some pretty challenging, new markets.

With over a decade of experience in commercial operations management in both FMCG and retail, Justin brings invaluable business savvy to his position and will play a key role in accelerating APAL’s export plans for both apples and pears and lifting overall Industry profitability.

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Future Business: What’s your focus?

Session Synopsis

Is your time, effort and expertise being devoted to activities that effectively and efficiently grow your business? Global connectivity, smart software and linked services enable orchardists, manufacturers and business people access to experts in a range of fields at a cost-effective rate.

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Panel discussion with  State Associations: Stronger Together

Session Synopsis

Apple and Pear State Associations compare and contrast their views on the nationwide issues impacting our Industry and what can be accomplished as an industry working together.

Jeremy Griffith

 

Session Moderator
Jeremy Griffith, Head of Government Relations and Advocacy, APAL

 

 

Panel Members:

Michael Crisera

Michael Crisera, Grower Services Manager, Fruit Growers Victoria Ltd. 

Michael is currently working as a Grower Services Manager employed by Fruit Growers Victoria. Michael has extensive experience in pome fruit production techniques, IPDM and industry extension as well as horticultural consulting. He has worked as an IPDM consultant both commercially for a private horticultural consulting company as well as for industry. Michael has been the link between growers and research in pomefruit and stone fruit production in Victoria. Michael helped create the current degree day modelling app is used by Fruit Growers Victoria state association members.

 

Susie Green, CEO, Apple & Pear Growers Association South Australia

Susie has over 25 years’ experience in the Horticulture sector in a diverse range of roles. For the past 7 years, Susie has held the position of CEO of the Apple & Pear Growers Association of SA, acting as the voice of the apple and pear industry in South Australia, and in the past 3 years, has also acted as Executive Officer for the Cherry Growers Association of SA. Prior to that, Susie worked in sales, marketing and agronomic roles with Sentek Technologies, promoting soil moisture technology around the world, and has experience in soil and land evaluation, water management and postharvest research.

 

Robert Hardie

Robert Hardie, Policy director, NSW Farmers Association

Robert Hardie is the Policy Director for Environment, Cropping and Horticulture at NSW Farmers. Prior to joining NSW Farmers in January 2017, Robert was a senior policy adviser at Parliament House in Canberra where, over more than 10 years, he provided strategic political and policy advice to members of parliament. Since joining NSW Farmers, Robert has been actively involved in the development of the Association’s 2019 State election manifesto, known as FOCUS, which identified the five pillars of agriculture requiring support to grow the Australian agriculture’s value to more than $100 billion. Robert’s responsibilities at NSW Farmers include water, native vegetation, pests and weeds, agricultural chemicals and biosecurity as well as industry issues facing the grains and horticulture sectors.

 

Nardia Stacy, Executive Manager, Pomewest

Nardia has been working in the Fruit Industry for the past three years as Executive Officer of the former Fruitwest, and 6 months as the Executive Officer of Pomewest. Prior to her appointment to the fruit industry, she has had vast experience in the finance sector working within the Department of Agriculture and Food WA for a further seven years including team leader of the revenue branch. Nardia is passionate and committed to shaping and improving the sector.

 

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Driving consumer satisfaction by pre-conditioning pears

Andrew Mandemaker, Head of Group Quality & Innovation, APAL

Session Synopsis

The Australian pear industry is exploring opportunities to drive consumption growth by providing Australian consumers with an eating experience that meets their expectations.

Bio

Andrew is the Head of Group Quality and Innovation and Regional Manager for the Middle East and Oceania at APAL. He manages quality, food safety and innovation for the Pink Lady brand across 13 growing countries and about 90 market countries and territories. He works with Australian apple and pear growers on a wide range of projects and initiatives to boost consumer satisfaction and consumption, export demand, retailer engagement, market access, new variety commercialisation and farm gate profitability.

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Closing Keynote: After the game – lessons in leadership
Cameron Schwab

Cameron Schwab, Former AFL Club CEO and Leadership Coach

Session Synopsis

An honest, disarming and personal account of the deep challenges of leadership, navigating change, mental wellbeing and building trust in organisations.

Bio

Cameron is a CEO, leadership coach and strategist. He works with CEOs and emerging leaders to achieve high levels of trust – personally, culturally, strategically and organisationally – as the basis of high performance.

After cutting his teeth as a recruiter at the Melbourne Football Club when the Demons made the finals for the first time in 23 years, Cameron was appointed CEO of the famous Richmond Football Club at age 24, the youngest in the history of the game.

For most of the next 25 years, he was CEO of Richmond, Melbourne and Fremantle, when those clubs were at their lowest ebb, both on and off the field. He is the second longest serving CEO in the modern game.

Having taken on some of the sport’s most difficult and daunting challenges, Cameron established a track record of building teams and organisations, unifying groups while navigating periods of genuine adversity and complexity.

He is a legacy-focused leader who has bounced back from setbacks, taking on the sport’s most challenging leadership roles.

Cameron holds an MBA and Master of Marketing from the Melbourne Business School. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Harvard Business School and is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow of the Centre of Ethical Leadership at University of Melbourne. He received his Coaching Certification from the Columbia Business School in New York.

His articles on sport and leadership have been published in The Age newspaper.

Cameron is also an artist and illustrator, studying Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).

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Master of Ceremonies
Jeremy Griffith

Jeremy Griffith, Head of Government Relations and Advocacy, APAL

Bio

Jeremy has over 25 years of corporate and government relations experience.

He is currently working as head of government relations and advocacy for APAL. Previous roles include director of external affairs at Foster’s, head of asia-pacific corporate relations for Visa, based in Singapore; and head of corporate relations and government relations for St.George Bank.

He has also worked extensively in government including roles as industry and science advisor to the Federal Minister; lands advisor to the NSW Minister; and research officer to the NSW Deputy Premier. His first role was in the NSW Cabinet Office working on Federal / State relations.

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APAL is an industry representative body and not-for-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.