2018 In Review

The 8th Annual Corporate Affairs Summit gathered the nation’s premier corporate affairs and communication executives to interrogate the shifting dynamics of the profession.

Our delegates reached the consensus that traditional methodologies are converging with progressive employee-driven solutions, strengthening performance in the face of fundamental change.

Critically, the value of data, social and digital is being realised on the frontline, with organisations reaping returns from empowering their employees with visibility and ownership over information assets.

Corporate Affairs leaders are recognising that in the age of content saturation, employee pride and activation is a competitive imperative. Data is similarly integral to the credible and proactive management of government stakeholder relations. As the conversation shifted to corporations with character, proximity to the table was deemed essential for shaping and perpetuating the corporate narrative. Values must resound internally now that the matte black façade of the corporation has been stripped.

Today’s companies were characterised as glass boxes, and communicators that fail to perceive this transparency and implement authentic and consistent messaging will be exposed. Because of this, the corporate affairs function cannot operate in isolation of the business but rather must become an embedded force.

Lastly, our delegates arrived at the realisation that reputation management is no longer the sole responsibility of Corporate Affairs – how companies act as an entity, and not what they say formally, is consequential. Such authenticity is vital for retaining mission control when an unpredictable crisis strikes your organisation.

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 Inspired 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

// 12 Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ Industry speakers
// 300+ Executives
// 5 Star networking environment

Previous Keynotes

Jessica Powell
Vice-President of Communications
Google (USA)
Alex Aiken
Executive Director Communications
HM Government (UK)
Jack Leslie
Weber Shandwick (USA)
Zenia Mucha
Chief Communications Officer
The Walt Disney Company (USA)
Gary Sheffer
Vice-President Communications & Public Affairs
Dave Samson
General Manager, Public Affairs
Chevron Corporation (USA)
Mike Fernandez
Corporate Vice-President, Corporate Affairs
Cargill (USA)
Simone Niven
Global Head of Media & Communications
Rio Tinto (UK)
Jimmy Maymann
Chief Executive Officer
Huffington Post (USA)
Lord Peter Chadlington
Chief Executive Officer
Huntsworth (UK)
Roger Fisk
National Director
Obama for America (USA)
Melissa Fleming
Chief Spokesperson
Pierre Goad
Global Co-Head of Communications
Seema Kumar
Vice-President, Global Health, & Policy Communication
Johnson & Johnson (USA)
Kirsten Walkom
Global Communications Director
Save the Children International (UK)


  • People, Passion and Purpose: Corporate Affairs Leadership in 2018 and Beyond
  • Strategy Built for Agility: Navigating New Forms of Risk, Collaboration and Innovation
  • Collective Conscience: Energising and Modernising Corporate Communication
  • Constructive Government Relations: Managing Change, Improving Outcomes
  • Mission Critical: Frontline Crisis Communication in an Age of Instant Impact
  • Fostering Engagement, Avoiding Enragement: Authentic and Dynamic Community Dialogue
  • Attuned, Principled, Resilient: Designing the Future of Corporate Affairs



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Celebrating its 9th year, the Corporate Affairs Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts. A strict screening process and strong delegate focus ensures a senior executive only event to discuss the future of corporate affairs in Australia

A unique sponsor format will position you and your brand as a thought leader amongst the decision makers in corporate affairs. From knowledge sharing, to brand exposure and lead generation, sponsors have an effective platform to engage this audience, before, during and after the event.

The Corporate Affairs Summit offers unrivalled cut-through with limited sponsor packages to allow you stand out amongst a few.

The forum is an ideal marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with senior corporate affairs professionals.

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

Register Here

Packages Early Bird Price Per Delegate (Ends 22 February) Standard Price Per Delegate
Corporate Affairs/Communications: 1-2 Delegates $1800 + GST $2200 + GST
Corporate Affairs/Communications: 3-5 Delegates $1620 + GST $1980 + GST
Corporate Affairs/Communications: 6-9 Delegates $1440 + GST $1760 + GST
Corporate Affairs/Communications: 10+ Delegates $1260 + GST $1540 + GST

* Please note if you are a Service Provider to corporate affairs professionals, email angelg@cmgroup.com.au to register.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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  • 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.