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Welcome

Corporate Affairs executives are mapping uncharted waters. As the tides of consumer sentiment change, and with technology and politics locked in a pattern of upheaval, new opportunities for influence are erupting on the world stage.

Uniting the nation’s premier Corporate Affairs and Communication executives, the 9th Annual Corporate Affairs Summit is the ideal forum 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.

  • Learn from the exemplary corporate strategies of the world’s highest-performing companies
  • Be Inspired by the most distinguished minds in corporate affairs and communication in Australia
  • Acquire actionable insights through intensive case studies around the successes and failures from international influencers
  • Explore the latest thinking on stakeholder relations, communication, crisis management, and community engagement
  • Network with a premium audience of your peers, with confidential, executive conversations in a five-star environment

Gain access

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

Speakers


speaker
Marc Firestone
President, External Affairs & General Counsel
Philip Morris International (USA)
speaker
Jerilan Greene
Global Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer
Yum! Brands (USA)
speaker
Phil Musser
Chief Communications Officer and Senior Vice President, Communications
Boeing (USA)
speaker
Matthew Elliott
Fmr Chief Executive Officer
Vote Leave (UK)
speaker
Jonathan Adashek
Alliance Global Vice President, Communications
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (JPN)
speaker
Mark Adams
Vice President and Head of Innovation
VICE Media (UK)
speaker
Naomi Flutter
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs
Wesfarmers
speaker
Rod Sims
Chair
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
speaker
Karina Keisler
Executive General Manager Public Affairs
Cricket Australia
speaker
Campbell Reid
Group Executive - Corporate Affairs, Policy and Government Relations
News Corp Australia, Foxtel and FOX SPORTS
speaker
Clare Gill
Director Regulatory Affairs
Nine Entertainment Co.
speaker
Kylie Macfarlane
General Manager, Corporate Responsibility
Commonwealth Bank
speaker
Christian Bennett
Head of Government Relations & Industry Affairs
Woolworths
speaker
Megan Fletcher
Group Executive Corporate Affairs
Nufarm
speaker
Elizabeth Rex
General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications
Caltex Australia
speaker
Tom Rogers
Commissioner
Australian Electoral Commission
speaker
Peter Metcalfe
General Manager, Government and External Affairs
Woodside Energy
speaker
Grant Williams
Executive Director, Public Affairs
NSW Police Force
speaker
Richard Dickmann
Head of Public and Government Affairs, ANZ
Bayer Australia
speaker
Joanne Woo
Vice President, Brand & Communications
GE
speaker
Paul Evans
Vice President Corporate Affairs
Orica
speaker
Belinda Dennett
Director, Corporate Affairs
Microsoft
speaker
Laureta Wallace
General Manager - Media and Communications
National Farmers' Federation
speaker
Craig Katerberg
Vice President Legal and Corporate Affairs APAC South
Carlton & United Breweries (AB INBEV)
speaker
Lisa Harrington
Executive General Manager Stakeholder Relations
AGL Energy
speaker
Adam Kilgour
Managing Director
Diplomacy
speaker
Melissa O’Neill
General Manager Corporate Affairs
Bunnings Group
speaker
James Avery
Chief Operating Officer
GWS Giants Football Club
speaker
Linda Griffin
Head of Corporate Affairs & Strategy
ANZ
speaker
Adrian Christie
Communications Director
Aldi
speaker
Nicole McKechnie
Chief Of Staff to the CEO
Telstra
speaker
Libby Davidson
General Counsel and External Relations Director
Lion Group
speaker
Christine Burke
Communications Director
L'Oreal Australia
speaker
Senior Representative
Meltwater
speaker
Senior Representative
Salt & Shein
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Sessions

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Tuesday 21st May 2018
  • 08:30Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:55Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 09:00Opening Ministerial Address

  • 09:10Global Keynote

    Marc Firestone
    President, External Affairs & General Counsel
    Philip Morris International (USA)
  • 09:45Outlook Session

    Resilience and Rhetoric: Authenticity in the Age of Audible Lies

    Corporate Affairs executives are mapping uncharted waters. In a climate rife with scepticism, where consumers are unwittingly curtailed to echo chambers and the integrity of communication channels is being undermined, leaders are discovering new ways to resonate with stakeholders. How are leaders navigating the sheer polarity of modern discourse to define a voice of authenticity and credibility? And how are Corporate Affairs executives developing the resilience to lead in a fast-moving and fractured technological landscape? How are Corporate Affairs executives maintaining a dynamic and transformative role in business?

    Tom Rogers
    Commissioner
    Australian Electoral Commission
    Peter Metcalfe
    General Manager, Government and External Affairs
    Woodside Energy
    Naomi Flutter
    Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs
    Wesfarmers
    Marc Firestone
    President, External Affairs & General Counsel
    Philip Morris International (USA)
  • 10:35Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:05Partner Keynote

    Senior Representative

    Meltwater
  • 11:35Strategy Session

    Internal Alignment: Curating a Communication Network

    As the value of integrity and trust crystallises in the eyes of stakeholders, Corporate Affairs executives are aligning with the entire enterprise to unite employees behind a shared vision. In a combative political climate, how are Corporate Affairs leaders empowering employees to speak their own truth without derailing the corporate narrative? And how are leaders resolving incongruities between employees’ actual and perceived experiences? What collaborative communication tools are leaders adopting to amplify diverse perspectives and challenge the norm? And what internal structures and systems are executives adopting to improve visibility and enhance internal communication?

    Megan Fletcher
    Group Executive Corporate Affairs
    Nufarm
    Lisa Harrington
    Executive General Manager Stakeholder Relations
    AGL Energy
    Melissa O’Neill
    General Manager Corporate Affairs
    Bunnings Group
  • 12:25In Conversation with Rod Sims

    Rod Sims
    Chair
    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • 12:50Lunch Welcome Remarks

    Senior Representative

    Salt & Shein
  • 12:55Lunch & Networking

    Sponsored by Salt & Shein.

  • 13:50Keynote

    Jonathan Adashek
    Alliance Global Vice President, Communications
    Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (JPN)
  • 14:15Communication Session

    Voices of Authenticity: Resonating with Consumers at Scale

    With a defined number of digital giants guarding access to consumers, communication leaders must create within or break free from the parameters of social platforms. Framing communication to shape and influence perception in this contested landscape is a delicate and consequential undertaking. How are strategists measuring public perception in real-time and adjusting messaging accordingly? What does it take to inspire users and create genuine, compelling content that cuts through the noise? And how are organisations establishing an authentic presence in specific user ecosystems? How are brands exploiting new sources of influence close to the consumer?

    Joanne Woo
    Vice President, Brand & Communications
    GE
    Adrian Christie
    Communications Director
    Aldi
    Libby Davidson
    General Counsel and External Relations Director
    Lion Group
    Christine Burke
    Communications Director
    L'Oreal Australia
  • 15:05Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 15:35Government Session

    Policy and Power: Sustaining Strategy Despite Government

    For the best part of a decade, Australian companies have sustained operations with government in a constant state of flux. Exerting influence and compelling action in this unstable political sphere has become an art as much as a science for Corporate Affairs leaders. How can Corporate Affairs executives build sustained dialogue with government given the enduring climate of revolving door politics? And how are leaders finding a champion for a cause in the face of such political volatility? Is stakeholder engagement and public advocacy changing in climates embroiled by heightened transparency?

    Clare Gill
    Director Regulatory Affairs
    Nine Entertainment Co.
    Richard Dickmann
    Head of Public and Government Affairs, ANZ
    Bayer Australia
    Christian Bennett
    Head of Government Relations & Industry Affairs
    Woolworths
    Belinda Dennett
    Director, Corporate Affairs
    Microsoft
  • 16:25Trailblazer Keynote

    Mark Adams
    Vice President and Head of Innovation
    VICE Media (UK)
  • 16:50Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 16:55Networking Drinks Reception

  • 18:00Close of Day One

Wednesday 22nd May 2018
  • 08:40Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:00Opening Remarks from the Chairman

    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 09:05Keynote

    Global Communication at the speed of innovation
    Jerilan Greene
    Global Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer
    Yum! Brands (USA)
  • 09:40Crisis Session

    Calm or Calamity: Shifting the Dial on Crisis Responses

    When a crisis erupts, Corporate Affairs executives must act rapidly and judiciously to shelter key stakeholders from the raining debris. Every response along the crisis management journey can spell disaster or present a fleeting opportunity to restore credibility. What communication channels have leaders adopted to address information asymmetry and close the information void at the onset of a crisis? From miscommunication to misrepresentation, how are executives managing the media? What are leaders doing in the aftermath of a crisis to rebuild their reputation and restore their social license to operate?

    Grant Williams
    Executive Director, Public Affairs
    NSW Police Force
    Laureta Wallace
    General Manager - Media and Communications
    National Farmers' Federation
    Elizabeth Rex
    General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications
    Caltex Australia
    Jerilan Greene
    Global Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer
    Yum! Brands (USA)
    Nicole McKechnie
    Chief Of Staff to the CEO
    Telstra
  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:10Platinum Keynote

  • 11:35Community Session

    Raising the Stakes: Decisive Communication in Divisive Times

    Naivety is draining from the CSR space – consumers are awake to corporate motives, and companies are entering into new partnerships with meticulous calculation and caution. In this fractured landscape, communication leaders must spark genuine connections and counter consumer incredulity. Social media has restored agency to users – how are companies moving beyond passive spectatorship and unleashing the power of consumers? Outspoken and engaged, or deliberately reserved, how are executives navigating polarised socio-political environments? It is impossible to mean something to everyone, so how are organisations with diverse stakeholder groups choosing which causes to align with?

    Paul Evans
    Vice President Corporate Affairs
    Orica
    Craig Katerberg
    Vice President Legal and Corporate Affairs APAC South
    Carlton & United Breweries (AB INBEV)
    Kylie Macfarlane
    General Manager, Corporate Responsibility
    Commonwealth Bank
    James Avery
    Chief Operating Officer
    GWS Giants Football Club
  • 12:25In Conversation with Campbell Reid

    Campbell Reid
    Group Executive - Corporate Affairs, Policy and Government Relations
    News Corp Australia, Foxtel and FOX SPORTS
  • 12:50Lunch & Networking

  • 13:50Keynote

    The Nation’s Game - A Test in Resilience
    Karina Keisler
    Executive General Manager Public Affairs
    Cricket Australia
  • 14:20Technology Session

    Machine Insights: The Technologies Augmenting Communication

    As businesses acclimatise to the incoming data storm, Corporate Affairs executives are shoring up their own capabilities and building the resilience to navigate technological uncertainty. The ability to distil insights from data is a core credibility driver – how are leaders leveraging analytics to reinforce communications strategy? A number of core business functions are transitioning towards analytical decision making, is the Corporate Affairs function aligning with this trajectory? How are leaders using data enriched stakeholder profiles to hone the authenticity of communications? And how is artificial intelligence altering the fabric of communications?

    Karina Keisler
    Executive General Manager Public Affairs
    Cricket Australia
    Linda Griffin
    Head of Corporate Affairs & Strategy
    ANZ
  • 15:10Keynote

    Matthew Elliott
    Fmr Chief Executive Officer
    Vote Leave (UK)
  • 15:40Closing Remarks from the Chairman

    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 15:45Close of Summit

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Sponsorship

www.meltwater.com/au

Meltwater helps companies make better, more informed decisions based on insights from the outside. More than 26,000 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 55 offices on six continents, Meltwater is dedicated to personal, global service built on local expertise.

www.templesearch.com.au

Temple Executive Search is the only firm staffed by experts in corporate and public affairs, with extensive networks and outstanding insights in our sector.

www.saltshein.com.au

Salt & Shein recruits executives in the fields of marketing, corporate affairs and communication. Please get in touch whether you are looking to make a hire, or thinking about the next step in your career.

Celebrating its 9th 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 a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business within the corporate affairs and communication profession, the Corporate Affairs Summit offers unrivalled cut-through.

This event was sold out in 2018

Angel Gomez – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8090 4363
Email: [email protected]

Venue

Intercontinental, Double Bay
33 Cross St, Sydney NSW 2028

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Accommodation

To receive a discounted group rate for your accommodation, please book through the link 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 [email protected] to register.

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  • Terms & Conditions

    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:

    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. 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 and Communication Group Pty Ltd endeavors 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 and Communication Group Pty Ltd 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 and Communication Group Pty Ltd 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 and Communication Group Pty Ltd 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 and Communication Group Pty Ltd 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 and Communication Group Pty Ltd in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise [email protected]

     

    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 t[email protected] To view our full privacy policy please visit: http://www.connectmediagroup.com.au/privacy-policy/

  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What’s included in my delegate pass?

    A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount?

    Yes – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact [email protected]

    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 [email protected]

    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.

    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.

    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 professionals.

    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.

    Will there be a delegate list available?

    No, Connect Media does not provide delegate lists to attendees