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Welcome

Celebrating its 8th year, the Corporate Affairs Summit is the most senior and significant gathering of Corporate Affairs and Communication executives in Australia.

Consumers, technology, populations, and politics are moving on a global scale, upsetting staid, traditional methods and creating new exciting opportunities for influence.

Designing robust, agile strategy in the face of heightened responsibility and transparency is becoming an essential priority for decision makers determined to navigate this dynamic environment.

Gathering the nation’s leading corporate affairs and communication strategists, CAS is  the ideal  annual discussion to uncover the imperatives for exemplary practice in a changing world.

Why attend?

This event features an ambitious, case-study driven agenda with over 40 frontline perspectives from the highest levels of corporate affairs and communication in Australia. In a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from some of the world’s foremost companies and the corporate strategists behind them

  • Gain first hand insights from the world’s most influential organisations
  • Be Inpired by the most distinguished minds in corporate affairs and communication in Australia
  • Learn from the exemplary corporate strategies of the world’s highest-performing companies
  • Explore the latest thinking on stakeholder relations, communication, crisis management, community engagement and much more
  • Network with a premium audience of your peers at dedicated breaks in a five star environment

Gain access

// 6+ keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 250+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment

Speakers


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Dave Samson
General Manager, Public Affairs
Chevron Corporation (USA)
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Jonathan Adashek
Vice President Global Communications & Chief Communications Officer
Nissan Motor Corp (JPN)
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Simone Niven
Group Executive, Corporate Relations
Rio Tinto (UK)
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Adam Wand
Global Lead, Global Public Policy
Visa (USA)
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Jeremy Beadles
Regional Corporate Affairs Director
HEINEKEN Asia Pacific (SGP)
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Samantha Stevens
Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Orica
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Margaret Stuart
Head of Corporate and External Relations
Nestlé
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Chris Blake
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs & People
Australia Post
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Andrew J. Parker
Group Executive Government, Industry and International Affairs
Qantas Airways Limited
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Lisa Harrington
Executive General Manager Stakeholder Relations
AGL
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Matthew Hobbs
Vice President Government Relations & Public Policy
General Motors International (SGP)
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Joe Adamo
Executive General Manager – Public Affairs
Australian Energy Market Operator
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Craig Katerberg
Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs
Anheuser-Busch InBev
speaker
James Hudson
Director of Corporate Affairs and Marketing
Alibaba Group ANZ
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Cassandra Casey
Head of Communications and Community Relations
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
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Larry McGrath
Executive General Manager, Customer & Corporate Affairs
John Holland
speaker
Kathy Lazanas
General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs & Communications
Transdev Australasia
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Ben Hubbard
General Manager of Public Policy & Strategy
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
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Andrew Holden
Head of Communications
Cricket Australia
speaker
Ken Griffin
General Manger Marketing & Corporate Affairs
Linfox
speaker
Cassandra Smith
Vice President, Public Policy
Mastercard
speaker
Liz Deegan
General Manager Corporate Affairs and Relationships
News Corp Australia
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David Pullar
Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy
Roche
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Adam Kilgour
Managing Director
Diplomacy
speaker
Senior Representative
Meltwater
speaker
Senior Representative
Salt & Shein
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Sessions

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Tuesday 22nd May 2018
  • 08:30Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:55Opening Remarks from the Chair

    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 09:05Global Keynote

    Shifting Gears: Communicating at the Speed of Risk
    Jonathan Adashek
    Vice President Global Communications & Chief Communications Officer
    Nissan Motor Corp (JPN)
  • 09:40Strategy Session

    Corporations with Character: Impacting the Executive Function

    As the architects and engineers of stakeholder engagement, Corporate Affairs leaders are accountable for the external portrayal and internal perception of their organisations. Leaders who work effectively across the C-Suite are leveraging this vision to impact organisation-wide strategy. What are progressive strategies for ensuring the entire C-Suite adopts and executes the corporate narrative? What are the key strategic gateways to impacting the boardroom? How can leaders hone internal communications for transparency, consistency and authenticity across all platforms? What tools and metrics allow executives to enhance the performance and accountability of their teams and external support?

    Samantha Stevens
    Vice President, Corporate Affairs
    Orica
  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:05Partner Keynote

    Senior Representative

    Meltwater
  • 11:35Communication Session

    Connectivity is Key: Continuity and Ingenuity in Communication

    Matured social media platforms are reforming corporate communication—each voice is amplified, and conversation is decentralised. Corporate Affairs executives are continuously refining their strategies for distinction from congested competition. How can influencers produce compelling, cut-through content? Can leaders build personalisation into a strategy that resonates with all stakeholders? How are Corporate Affairs executives guiding the C-Suite on public-facing platforms to turn vulnerability into competitive advantage? Do the core principles of communication need revisiting amid unprecedented transparency?

    Craig Katerberg
    Vice President of Legal & Corporate Affairs
    Anheuser-Busch InBev
    Lisa Harrington
    Executive General Manager Stakeholder Relations
    AGL
    James Hudson
    Director of Corporate Affairs and Marketing
    Alibaba Group ANZ
  • 12:25Keynote

  • 12:50Lunch & Networking

  • 13:50International Keynote

    Authentic Expansion: Building Trust in New Markets
    Jeremy Beadles
    Regional Corporate Affairs Director
    HEINEKEN Asia Pacific (SGP)
  • 14:15Government Session

    Walking the Line: Influencing the Regulatory Landscape

    Corporate Affairs executives now navigate climates embroiled by heightened transparency. Leaders who tactfully engage government stakeholders are relieving regulatory pressure and capturing immense value for their organisations. How are executives managing transparency to successfully influence regulatory decisions and government policy? How can leading influencers build a sustained dialogue with government and regulators? What factors can make government relations strategy more versatile and incisive? Is the volatile nature of government making it harder to find a champion of a cause?

    Matthew Hobbs
    Vice President Government Relations & Public Policy
    General Motors International (SGP)
    David Pullar
    Head of Government Affairs and Public Policy
    Roche
    Joe Adamo
    Executive General Manager – Public Affairs
    Australian Energy Market Operator
  • 15:05Keynote

  • 15:30Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 16:00Renewal Session

    Captains of Change: Revitalising the Corporate Identity

    As companies grow and evolve, they encounter abrupt, arresting change. Executives with clear vision are converting market obstacles into opportunities for organisation-wide renewal. What role do Corporate Affairs executives play in forging new corporate identities? When do leaders know renewal is required, and how can it be pursued? How are organisation-wide consultations informing what to cut from a company, what to keep, what to add and how each aspect fits together? What metrics can strategists use to measure the reputation of new brand realities?

    Ken Griffin
    General Manger Marketing & Corporate Affairs
    Linfox
    Cassandra Smith
    Vice President, Public Policy
    Mastercard
    Margaret Stuart
    Head of Corporate and External Relations
    Nestlé
  • 16:50Keynote

  • 17:25Closing Remarks from the Chair

    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 17:30Networking Drinks Reception

  • 18:30Close of Day One

Wednesday 23rd May 2018
  • 08:40Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:00Opening Remarks from the Chair

    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 09:05Global Keynote

    Simone Niven
    Group Executive, Corporate Relations
    Rio Tinto (UK)
  • 09:40Crisis Session

    Crisis Capability: Planning at the Speed of Risk

    Managing escalating crises and restoring business confidence are hallmarks of Corporate Affairs. When reputation is everything and risk is ubiquitous, each decision proves critical. How are leaders reconceiving crisis management to moderate daily reputational risks? From information asymmetry to gauging the severity and scalability of a developing incident, what processes are strategists adopting to read and respond to crisis indicators? Incident response plans are vital, but they are never enough—how can leaders help the C-Suite grow as communicators and build adaptability and fluency into communications strategy? What can help leaders find an authentic corporate voice?

    Chris Blake
    Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs & People
    Australia Post
    Andrew Holden
    Head of Communications
    Cricket Australia
  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:10Platinum Keynote

  • 11:35Community Session

    From Vulnerability Comes Distinction: Stakeholder Engagement in Divisive Times

    Consumers gravitate towards discernible corporate social responsibility.  With transparent, two-way communication channels empowering consumers to mobilise en masse, there is a pressing demand for executives to champion stakeholder activism. Outspoken and engaged, or deliberately reserved, how are executives deciding when to enter social debate? How can leaders repair community relations and regain the respect of valued stakeholders after misreading the social agenda? How are strategists weaving social responsibility throughout the corporate narrative? What more can Corporate Affairs executives do in leading CSR initiatives?  Can leaders direct where accountability falls in the public’s eyes?

    Larry McGrath
    Executive General Manager, Customer & Corporate Affairs
    John Holland
    Cassandra Casey
    Head of Communications and Community Relations
    Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
    Andrew J. Parker
    Group Executive Government, Industry and International Affairs
    Qantas Airways Limited
    Kathy Lazanas
    General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs & Communications
    Transdev Australasia
  • 12:25Keynote

  • 12:50Lunch & Networking

  • 13:50Keynote

  • 14:15Future Session

    Where Outrage Meets Activism: The New Reality of Corporate Affairs

    The fabric of interaction is fundamentally changing. In a discordant socio-political climate, cynicism and connectivity are abundant fuel for tribalism in discourse, availing consumers of their collective desire to incite outrage. Against this backdrop, artificial intelligence continues to intrude on industry, creating new possibilities and exposing old vulnerabilities. What are the factors disrupting decision making norms and how have are they being turned to an advantage? How much of advocacy should be artificial? Can Corporate Affairs executives maintain a dynamic and transformative role in modern business? What does the future hold for the Corporate Affairs function, and how can the function future-proof corporations?

    Adam Wand
    Global Lead, Global Public Policy
    Visa (USA)
    Ben Hubbard
    General Manager of Public Policy & Strategy
    Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
    Liz Deegan
    General Manager Corporate Affairs and Relationships
    News Corp Australia
  • 15:05Keynote

  • 15:55Closing Remarks from the Chair

    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 16:00Close of Summit

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Sponsorship

www.meltwater.com

Meltwater helps companies make better, more informed decisions based on insights from the outside. More than 23,000 companies use the Meltwater media intelligence platform to stay on top of billions of online conversations, extract relevant insights, and use them to strategically manage their brand and stay ahead of their competition. With 50 offices on six continents, Meltwater is dedicated to personal, global service built on local expertise

www.saltshein.com.au

Salt & Shein is the only recruitment firm in Australia operating solely in the fields of corporate affairs and communication. You can be sure that we can help whether you are an employer or a jobseeker.

Celebrating its 8th year, the Corporate Affairs Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

From knowledge sharing, to brand exposure and lead generation, sponsors have an effective platform to engage this decision-making audience, before, during and after the event.

As marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business within the corporate affairs and communication profession, CAS offers unrivalled cut-through.

Angel Gomez – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8090 4363
Email: angelg@cmgroup.com.au

Venue

The Westin Sydney
1 Martin Place,
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.

Accommodation

To book a room, contact reservations directly on (02) 8223 1111

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Packages Early Bird Price Per Delegate (ends 23 March) Standard Price Per Delegate (from 24 March)
Corporate Affairs/Communication: 1-2 Delegates $1800 + GST $2200 + GST
Corporate Affairs/Communication: 3-5 Delegates $1620 + GST $2020 + GST
Corporate Affairs/Communication: 6-9 Delegates $1440 + GST $1840 + GST
Corporate Affairs/Communication: 10+ Delegates $1260 + GST $1660 + GST
Service Provider* (Limit – 1 delegate) $3630 + GST $3630 + GST

* This option is for service providers to corporate affairs/communication executives, including technology, recruitment and legal services. Service providers may only have one representative at the event and must submit an online application for internal review.

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  • Terms & Conditions

    Connect Events is part of Connect Media Group Pty Ltd

    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

    Payment & Discounts:

    All prices quoted are in AUD. Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. Group discounts will only be applied on the original order – added delegates will not receive a discount once registration in processed. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

    Organiser’s Rights:

    Connect Media Group endeavours to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Media Group reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Media Group reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event.

    Photography and Video

    Connect Media Group may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Media Group in any medium to any part of the world.  By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media Group in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise team@cmgroup.com.au

    Cancellation Policy:
    A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.

    Privacy Disclosure:

    We take your privacy seriously. Information collected on this registration will be held in the strictest of confidence on a secure database. This information may be used in order to contact you regarding future events, product development and services offered. If you do not wish to be contacted please email team@cmgroup.com.au To view our full privacy policy please visit: http://www.connectmediagroup.com.au/privacy-policy/

  • FAQ

    What’s included in my delegate pass? A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount? Yes – when you book 3 delegates a 4th attends for free. The group booking discount will be calculated by reducing the individual cost of each pass by deducting the free pass from the total booking amount. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact team@cmgroup.com.au

    Can I transfer my pass? A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to team@cmgroup.com.au

    How do I receive my delegate pass? Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.

    What is a Service Provider? A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of Corporate Affairs, Corporate Communications and Public Relations professionals, including technology services, recruitment and legal services. Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.

    Is media registration available? No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.

    Cancellation Policy A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Will there be a delegate list available? No, Connect Events does not provide delegate lists to attendees.