Australia: CCF Qld Conference program 2015
Last Updated: 4 March 2015


7.00am Registrations in the trade hall
7.30am MC welcome
Bob Seiffert
Our MC, Bob Seiffert will open the conference and guide questions and discussion throughout the day. Bob is former CCF Victoria CEO and the independent chairman of Beveridge Williams Co Pty Ltd, a civil engineering/surveying company with a turnover in excess of $20 million.
7.35am President's address
Damian Long, President, CCF QLD
7.40am Sponsor presentation
7.45am Keynote address
Bernard Salt – demographic trends impacting the construction industry
Bernard Salt is a Partner with the global advisory firm KPMG with special expertise in demographics and consumer behaviour. He founded KPMG Demographics and is a twice weekly columnist with The Australian newspaper. And for more than a decade Bernard Salt has been one of the most in-demand speakers on the Australian corporate speaking circuit. His presentation is not to be missed.
8.25am CCF QLD: Advocating for the interests of members
Robert Row, CEO, CCF QLD
Over the past year CCF QLD has been busy advocating for members interests in a range of areas including: government investment in infrastructure; debundling; work health and safety licensing; industrial relations and more. Get the latest on these activities from Robert Row's presentation.


8.50am Welcome address
Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk
9.05am Sponsor presentation
Holding Redlich
9.10am Queensland infrastructure overview
Adrian Hart, Senior Manager of Infrastructure and Mining, BIS Shrapnel
Adrian Hart's presentation will investigate the outlook for the economy and construction industry in Queensland. It is essential for CCF QLD members, as Adrian will include a detailed discussion of the outlook for civil construction work; as it is the biggest component of construction and a key driver of the state economy.
9.35am Attracting investment in Queensland
Adam Stevenson, General Manager Client Services and Priority Sectors, Trade and Investment QLD
Adam Stevenson, General Manager for Priority Sectors and Client Services within Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ) will provide insight into how his role services the interests of international and interstate investors, Queensland regions and exporters in priority industry sectors including construction.


10.00am Sponsor presentation
Dial Before You Dig
10.05am Skilling the civil construction industry
Paul Hodgson, Chief Operating Officer, Construction Skills Queensland
CSQ helps the construction industry access the right skills, in the right place at the right time to meet the demand for work. Paul Hodgson's presentation will provide an update on Queensland civil construction activity and forecasts, together with training and workforce trends. The session is essential to CCF QLD members because it will provide them with an insight into where the opportunities are and where the workforce is.
10.25am Getting the edge for your civil construction business
Kevin Nicol, CEO, Quill Group
30 years ago you planned the next day on a landline the night before; the mobile phone changed that. You became accessible to your customers 24/7. "I need you now,". Today smartphones have upped the ante. We are now connected like never before. Winning all the work doesn't mean you are making all the money. To be better than your competitors, you must measure where you sit, to identify how to improve. In this presentation, Kevin Nicol, CEO of Quill Group - a financial services business providing accounting, financial planning and superannuation services across Australia, will give delegates some of the tools needed to assist in improving financial outcomes for their businesses.
10.45am Morning tea in the trade hall


11.15am Sponsor presentation
Arthur J. Gallagher
11.20am Alternative procurement models
Dr Robert Bianchi, Griffith University
Dr Robert Bianchi is a 'pracademic' with extensive experience as a finance practitioner and academic. His presentation will deliver new infrastructure finance models and explore how contractors could be thinking outside the box in terms of new opportunities going forward.
11.40am Five current contract traps
Suzy Cairney, Partner, Holding Redlich
In a tight and highly competitive market, a good contract that is well managed can be the difference between profit and loss. In this market though, some common legal issues are being applied in ways that can make the contracting road rockier for both contractors and principals. With over 20 years' experience, both in Australia and overseas specialising in front-end project development and operational contracts primarily in the civil construction, infrastructure, ports and resources sectors, and has advised government clients, principals, developers, contractors and operators on a wide range of major infrastructure projects, Suzy Cairney's presentation will outline some of the current issues, including "bet the farm" indemnities and consequential loss clauses, and suggest some solutions that can make the contracting road a little less rocky.


12.00noon Sponsor presentation
12.05pm Working with local government – challenges and opportunities
CR Jenny Hill, Mayor of Townsville
In a competitive market, what should be the focus of civil contractors? How can you be prepared for opportunities when they do present? Cr Jenny Hill is the Mayor of Townsville; a thriving community with a robust economy. In the capital of the north, the Council is continuing a major investment program after amalgamation with neighbouring Thuringowa in 2008. Cr Hill will share her insights into the challenges and opportunities of working with local government for civil contractors.
12.25pm Panel session – the future of procurement
Dr Robert Bianchi, Griffith University
Suzy Cairney, Partner, Holding Redlich
CR Jenny Hill, Mayor of Townsville
Damian Long, General Manager, Katala Constructions and CCF QLD President
1.00pm Pre-lunch drinks and canapés in the trade hall


1.45pm Sponsor presentation
1.50pm Keynote speaker
Kurt Fearnley
Kurt Fearnley is world-beater in and out of his racing wheelchair. The three-time Paralympic Gold Medallist has won marathons all around the world, including the prestigious New York, London and Chicago marathons multiple times. His exploits are not confined to wheelchair racing having crawled the Kokoda track and sailing on a winning Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race crew. In his presentation Kurt will describe his experience in overcoming adversity and how it can be applied to civil contracting.
2.50pm Networking

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