VMS 2023 Event Program
November 21, 2023
8:30 am - 9:00 am

REGISTRATION

9:00 am - 9:20 am

INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME TO COUNTRY

Anjali Rao
Master of Ceremonies
Kristan Dooley
Interim Chief Executive Officer for Industry Capability Network (ICN) Victoria.

INTRODUCTION:

Anjali Rao (Master of Ceremonies)
Introduction and Welcome to the 2023 Victorian Manufacturing Showcase


WELCOME TO COUNTRY

MINISTER WELCOME:
The Hon. Natalie Hutchins MP
Minister for Jobs and Industry
Minister for Treaty and First Peoples; and
Minister for Women

KEY SPONSOR

Kristan Dooley
Interim Chief Executive Officer, Industry Capability Network (Victoria)

Plenary Session 1: Made In Victoria

Besa Deda
Chief Economist, Westpac Banking Corporation
Leigh Edward
CEO of Ferndale Foods Australia
Michael Joffe
Group Head of Strategy, Planet Innovation
Laney Quinn
Managing Director, Procal Dairies.
Hon. Kim Carr
Professor, Former Senator for Victoria

Victoria has traditionally been the home for manufacturing in Australia with a diverse range of industries including aerospace and space, food and beverage processing, pharmaceuticals, and advanced manufacturing technologies. However, Victorian manufacturers are experiencing difficulties sourcing materials and labour, and there are shifts in consumer demands in an increasingly competitive global market.
What is the current state of Victorian manufacturing and what does the future look like for the state?


KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Besa Deda
Chief Economist
Westpac Banking Corporation


PANEL MEMBERS:

Leigh Edward
Chief Executive Officer
Ferndale Confectionary (Ballarat)
Michael Joffe
VP, Group Strategy and Corporate Development
Planet Innovation (Box Hill)
Ms Laney Quinn
Managing Director
Procal Dairies (Campbellfield)
Hon. Kim Carr
Former Industry Minister
10:15 am - 10:45 am

MORNING TEA & NETWORKING

Plenary Session 2: The Digital Age of Manufacturing

Gavin Smith
Chief Executive Officer & President, Bosch Australia
Erika Hughes
Integra Systems
Peter Sutton
Managing Director Sutton Tools
Steve Martin
Head of Sales NEXTDC
Sally Curtain
Chief Executive Officer, Bendigo Kangan Institute

The digital age of manufacturing is characterised by data-driven, automated environments. Digitalisation is allowing for more sustainable operations, while AI and Industry 4.0 are driving efficiency and competitiveness.
What are the benefits that digitisation presents to manufacturers and how can greater adoption occur?


KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Gavin Smith
Chief Executive Officer & President
Bosch Australia


PANEL MEMBERS:

Erika Hughes
Commercial Director
Integra Systems (Broadmeadows)
Peter Sutton
Managing Director
Sutton Tools (Thomastown)
Steve Martin
Head of Sales, Major Markets
Next DC (Footscray)
Sally Curtain
Chief Executive Officer,
Bendigo Kangan Institute

Plenary Session 3: Achieving Practical Sustainability through Circularity

Matt Genever
Interim Chief Executive Officer Sustainability Victoria
Jack Fitzgerald
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
George Hatzimanolis
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Repurpose It
Martin Pike
Chief Executive Officer, Viridian Renewable Technology
Ian Johnson
Lighting Lecturer, RMIT University

Manufacturers are recognising the importance of reducing their environmental footprint, conserving resources, and adopting circular strategies to create more resilient and responsible supply chains. These principles not only align with ethical and environmental considerations but contribute to long-term business viability and competitiveness.
What opportunities emerge when sustainability is prioritised by manufacturers?


PANEL MEMBERS:

Matt Genever
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Sustainability Victoria
Jennifer Conley
CEO of the Geelong Manufacturing Council
Jack Fitzgerald
Commercial Director
Chief Technology Officer & Founder
Think Fencing (Portarlington)

George Hatzimanolis
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Repurpose It (Epping)
Martin Pike
Managing Director
Veridian Renewables (Derrimut)
Ian Johnson
Lighting Solutions Manager
Eagle Lighting (Broadmeadows)
12:15 am - 12:25 am

PLENARY SESSIONS CLOSE

Frances Coppolilo
Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Polytechnic
Nanette Fitzgerald
Associate Deputy Secretary, Industry Development and Manufacturing Sovereignty
Frances Coppolilo
Chief Executive Officer at Melbourne Polytechnic
Nanette Fitzgerald
Executive Director
Industry Development and Manufacturing Sovereignty
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

NETWORKING LUNCH

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS - ALL WORKSHOPS RUN SIMULTANEOUSLY

Sponsored by:

Workshop 1: Circular Economy 101: Getting started with circularity in manufacturing.

George Hatzimanolis
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Repurpose It
Florian van den Corput
Senior Advisor Circular Economy, Sustainability Victoria
Tim Cara
Founder, GeoWAN

WORKSHOP HOST:
Sustainability Victoria

DETAILS:
Join Sustainability Victoria for an introduction into the circular economy. Learn about what circularity is and is not, why it is important, and how to get started with circular initiatives and business models. This session will give you practical information on circular approaches and how to make progress, combined with plenty of real-world examples of companies on a circularity journey and the economic benefits they have realised.

The discussion will be supported by the expertise of key businesses modelled on sustainable processes, Great Wrap and Biometrio Earth/ Geowan, with an opportunity to ask questions throughout the session.

CONTRIBUTORS:

Florian van den Corput
Senior Advisor Circular Economy
Sustainability Victoria
George Hatzimanolis
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Repurpose It (Epping)
Tim Cara
Founder – GeoWAN

Workshop 2: Digital Manufacturing and How to Make the Journey

Michael Joffe
Group Head of Strategy, Planet Innovation
Sharad Menon
Associate Director - Industry Engagement (Digital Manufacturing), Swinburne University
Prem Prakash Jayaraman
Professor & Director - Factory of the Future & Digital Innovation Lab, Swinburne University
Jeff Jones
Manager, Digital Innovation Hub, La Trobe University
Paul Hughes
Managing Director & CEO, Integra Systems (Broadmeadows)
Connie Crisafi
Executive Director of the Innovation and Technology Branch

WORKSHOP HOST:
La Trobe University

DETAILS:
Join Latrobe University’s Digital Innovation Hub for a presentation and discussion exploring the digitalisation of manufacturing and practical discussions on how to make this journey in your business. Explore how various businesses have approached the integration of innovative technologies such as IoT, artificial intelligence, big data analytics and recreating their working model as a digital service.

CONTRIBUTORS:

Jeff Jones
Manager, Digital Innovation Hub, La Trobe University
Sharad Menon
Associate Director
Industry Engagement (Digital Manufacturing),
Swinburne University (Hawthorn)
Prem Prakash Jayaraman
Professor & Director
Factory of the Future & Digital Innovation Lab,
Swinburne University (Hawthorn)
Michael Joffe
Group Head of Strategy, Planet Innovation (Box Hill)
Paul Hughes
Managing Director & CEO, Integra Systems (Broadmeadows)
Connie Crisafi
Executive Director of the Innovation and Technology Branch

Workshop 3: Finding and retaining the right skills and talent

Erika Hughes
Integra Systems
Frances Coppolilo
Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Polytechnic
Andrew Roadknight
Head of Digital Initiatives, Bendigo Kangan Institute
Professor Peter Dawkins AO
Professor of Economics at the Mitchell Institute, Victoria University

WORKSHOP HOST:
Kangan Institute

DETAILS:
As industries embrace advanced technologies and automation, the demand for a highly skilled workforce continues to rise.
This workshop is designed to address the challenges faced by manufacturing leaders and professionals in concert with education providers to attract, develop and retaining top talent in an ever-competitive environment.

CONTRIBUTORS:

Andrew Roadknight
Project Director
Cremorne Programs,
Kangan Institute (Cremorne)
Frances Coppolilo
Chief Executive Officer at Melbourne Polytechnic
Professor Peter Dawkins AO
Past Acting Commissioner Jobs & Skills Australia
Erika Hughes
Commercial Director, Integra Systems (Broadmeadows)
3:00 pm - 3:00 pm

VMS2023 ENDS

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