19th November 2021
8:00 am – 4:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Level 1 Foyer 1.3 &1.4, Meeting Room 105 & 106, 1 Convention Centre Place South Wharf
Melbourne, VIC 3006
In line with the standard conditions of entry, MCEC is enforcing additional health and safety measures to ensure a safe and secure venue. Please note that additional conditions of entry apply to all entrants (including visitors, customers, contractors and employees) and are subject to change without notice and at the discretion of MCEC. MCEC retains the right to refuse entry to any visitors who refuse to adhere to health and safety measures. A copy of these conditions will be on display at each entry point to the venue.
We are delighted to welcome back Yvonne Adele as our Conference MC, following our successful and highly engaging ‘Futureproofing Procurement’ Conference in 2019. To kick off the Conference, Yvonne will take us through house-keeping information and give a preview of the exciting speakers and activities we have planned!Main Room
Procurement Australia's CEO, Joe Arena, welcomes our valued delegates, speakers and sponsors to our 'Procure a Better World' Conference!Main Room
CEO of charity foundation, Backpacks 4 VIC Kids, shares with us the mission of the charity. Our delegates are welcome to help 'Procure a Better World' by participating in our all-day activity designed to fill a backpack for a child heading into foster care, kinship care or emergency accommodation. Did you know that 45,000 Australian children are in an out of home care placement such as foster care? There are around 4000 new placements each year in Victoria alone.Main Room
With decades of experience in the construction industry, Cameron has a deep understanding of the manufacturing and engineering sectors. With that foundational knowledge, Cameron is now the CEO of ASPIRE- an online marketplace for business waste exchange. Cameron is passionate about creating solutions for a sustainable future, with a focus on circular procurement and supply chains and reducing the waste in the construction and manufacturing industries.Main Room
Having over 30 years of procurement experience leading transformations and establishing functions to deliver enterprise-wide value, Gordon is recognized as a leader in the industry. He is both a Fellow of CIPS and a council member of World Commerce & Contracting. Gordon has extensive experience in developing frameworks, processes and governance, ensuring world-class procurement outcomes are achieved. He is recognised as a thought leader within procurement and a sought-after speaker, writer and presenter.Main Room
Grab a quick bite to eat, visit our sponsor stands, network and participate in our charity activity supporting Backpacks 4 VIC Kids!30 minutes
Networking professionally can be a challenging proposition. The inherent awkwardness of the situation can result in people hanging back, potentially missing out on making valuable business connections because of shyness or wanting to avoid appearing too pushy. It is however, a wonderful opportunity to establish rapport and develop trusting, authentic and long-lasting relationships that are mutually beneficial. Although the end game is to create business opportunities, it is the focus on the relationship rather than the transaction that will deliver the best results. This session will highlight unique skills that can make networking not only a pleasurable experience but an invaluable part of your business practice. Procurement Professionals Networking Session – From Awkward to AwesomeMain Room
From here, we split into two break out sessions.
As a leading expert in Local Government procurement, Silke delivers up to date advice and consulting services in all areas of procurement. Her facilitative approach has assisted many business units, leaders and councils to deliver benefit-driven procurement outcomes in addition to ensuring all the compliance and probity boxes are ticked.Main Room
Listen to a panel of Government Procurement Professionals answer some of the sector's toughest questions. We are working hard to procure the best panel of speakers for the big day. Watch this space for announcements!Main Room
We are working hard to procure the best speaker for the big day. Watch this space for announcements!Main Room
Madeleine Taylor has 10 years of experience in procurement across a range of contexts – delivering procurement processes, designing and delivering procurement training for leading organisations across Australasia, and strategic procurement planning, governance and reporting. Madeleine will be sharing some of JLL’s key strategies along with her own experiences in her session focusing on Social Procurement.Room 2
We are working hard to procure the best speaker for the big day. Watch this space for announcements!Room 2
Ainslie’s experience spans tender development and social procurement plans with Government Buyers to helping businesses understand how to achieve their targets.Room 2
Grab some lunch, visit our sponsor stands, network and participate in our charity activity supporting Backpacks 4 VIC Kids!40 mins
Scott Alden is a tendering and procurement expert in both the public and private sectors across all industries, providing advice to government and non-government in commercial transactions and projects of all kinds. With long term Procurement Management secondments at the Sydney Catchment Authority and State Transit Authority under his belt, Scott is well-positioned to provide essential tips and learnings on the legislation of Modern Slavery.Main Room
Sharon has over 20 years of experience in managing a wide range of projects in Australia and overseas. Sharon believes procurement and supply is intrinsically placed to be a real change agent and driver for the greater good. Issues such as modern-day slavery, sustainability and ethics are core not only for the profession but also for the wider society to address.Main Room
The Procurement Australia Awards aims to highlight the vital role procurement plays across public, private, not for profit, educational and NGOs sectors and at the same time recognises and rewards the work of outstanding procurement professionals, member organisations. The nominations are called for across Australia.Main Room
The Procurement Australia Scholarship, also known as the Paul James Everitt Procurement Australia Scholarship, is named in memory of Paul Everitt a former staff member of Procurement Australia, and a passionate, driven procurement executive, who tragically lost his life in October 2015. Procurement Australia has set aside the sum of $10,000 per year to award as a scholarship.The scholarship can be used for the development of a paper, overseas study or secondment, by an individual, a group or even a team. We also catch up with Todd Neeson, on his progress and future ambitions after winning the Scholarship in 2019.Main Room
Carl leads the out-sourced energy category expert team for Procurement Australia, introducing Progressive Procurement portfolios and long-term renewable Power Purchase Agreements; as well as fixed price for fixed period tenders. He possesses extensive experience in the energy market after having joined the industry when deregulation began in Victoria in 1995. Over the years, Carl has been active in the wholesale market leading wholesale energy trading teams, and since 2003 has been advising large organisations in the management of energy procurement, cost and risk management.Main Room
As the grandson of Nelson and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Zondwa Mandela has inherited the responsibility of continuing his grandparents lifelong pursuit of equality, human rights, equal opportunity and social justice. To this end, the Mandela Legacy Foundation was created to carry on these ideals and is charged with continuing to fight for these beliefs. For more than 10 years, the Mandela Legacy’s mission has been to develop solutions and partnerships that can improve the lives of South Africans. Right now, the need has never been greater.Main Room
Conference MC, Yvonne Adele, and Procurement Australia's CEO, Joe Arena, close out our 'Procure a Better World' Conference.Main Room
While the main event has concluded, we welcome our valued delegates, speakers and sponsors to continue networking.
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Having over 30 years of procurement experience leading transformations and establishing functions to deliver enterprise-wide value, Gordon is recognized as a leader in the industry. He is both a Fellow of CIPS and a council member of World Commerce & Contracting.
Gordon has extensive experience in developing frameworks, processes and governance, ensuring world-class procurement outcomes are achieved. He is recognised as a thought leader within procurement and a sought-after speaker, writer and presenter.