Featured Speakers


Keith Abraham - Founder, Passionate Performance Inc

Keith Abraham SmlKeith Abraham, has become the world’s premier thought leader on passionate performance and building passionate based cultures. CEO’s of Billion-Dollar companies turn to Keith for inspiration, insights and ideas on how to bring the best out of their people and themselves.

As founder of Passionate Performance INC. he has been dedicated to researching, training and working with people to help them find their passion, harness their passion and turn their passion into personal and professional capital. He has developed a client base of over 265 companies across 20 countries.voyages_ita_h_logo_srgb

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Fiona Batten - General Manager Australia, cievents

fiona-batten_headshot-smlWith a solid career in the airline, wholesale travel and event management industry spanning more than 20 years, Fiona has gained valuable expertise across multi disciplines to deliver accountable bottom-line results. As General Manager, Fiona is passionate about ensuring cievents continues to deliver experiences that engage and inspire, exceed customer’s business and financial goals and supporting the ongoing success and growth of the cievents brand.

Bruce Cotterill - Advisor to Business Leaders, Keynote Speaker and Company Director

Bruce CotterillBruce Cotterill describes his career as a ‘vertical learning curve’. He is a ‘transformation leader’ with extensive experience across a range of industries. As CEO, Bruce has led real estate group Colliers, Kerry Packer’s ACP Magazines, and iconic New Zealand sportswear company Canterbury International. In 2008, he was asked by shareholders to step in as CEO of Yellow Pages Group to lead the company through a period of dramatic change, including the restructure of the company’s $1.8 billion of debt.

At just 34, Bruce was appointed to lead Colliers, Australia’s number one commercial real estate organisation. He subsequently developed the Seven Principles of Profit concept and embarked on a new journey, speaking to corporate audiences and sharing his thoughts and ideas with executives and business owners. Since then, he has taken on three further CEO roles as well as countless directorships and consultancy programs. Although the experiences change, those seven headings are just as relevant as they ever were.100% Pure Nz Logo With Business Events Url Stacked Reversed_103097

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Michael Crossland - Company Director, Michael Crossland

Michael CrosslandMichael Crossland is an extraordinary young man who has defied the odds of a life threatening cancer to build a life of exceptional achievements.

An accomplished businessman and an elite sportsman, his life is a remarkable success.
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Natasha Doherty - Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Natasha DohertyNatasha is a Partner in Deloitte Access Economics working across the areas of public sector predominantly in health and social policy.  She previously worked for both federal and state governments in economic development and innovation before her role at Deloitte.

Natasha has worked on a number of projects involving the future of workforce and skill needs across a variety of industries and is one of the authors of the Quarterly Queensland Economic Outlook.

Sonya Edbrooke - Director and Chief Experience Officer, Outlier Thinking Pty Ltd

sonya-edbrooke_headshot-smlSonya has over 30 years’ experience in business management and the creative industries, including management and creative roles in design, advertising, instructional design/training, and interactive media.  For the past several years she has mentored manufacturing and service companies to become more customer-centric; to begin the journey of organisational change required to align their business to the needs of their customers, leading to the development of customer-led strategies, innovation and differentiation in their markets.

One of the main reasons the customer-centered view so resonates with Sonya is its pragmatic approach to integrating a business around a first-hand understanding of its customers.  She focuses on helping business owners, managers and staff to uncover and implement the change required to achieve growth and financial success through customer-centered strategies and actions.

Jenni Martin - Senior Manager, Sales & Operations AU, Air New Zealand

jenni-martin_headshot-smlJenni Martin joined Air New Zealand’s Auckland office in 2010 and has held a variety of senior sales roles, including managing key commercial relationships and Air New Zealand’s Travel Management Company (TMC) sales channel.

In addition to overseeing large operational sales teams, Jenni’s responsibilities have included leading significant projects for the airline across New Zealand’s indirect distribution channels.

Jenni has very recently made the move to Sydney and is now responsible for Air New Zealand’s National Sales and Operations strategy for Australia. This includes managing commercial relationships with agency and trade consortium partners, group conferences and incentive business, leading key tourism bureau relationships and driving operational performance to enable stronger commercial outcomes.

Prior to joining Air New Zealand, Jenni completed a Diploma in Tourism and Business studies at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and worked for Qantas in Auckland for over 8 years in various corporate, government and distribution roles.

Gihan Perera - Futurist, First Step

Gihan Perera_Headshot 2Gihan Perera is a futurist, author and consultant who gives business leaders a glimpse into what’s ahead – and how they can become fit for the future.

Since 1997, he has worked with business leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and other change agents – helping them with their strategy for thriving in a fast-changing world. He has clients throughout Australia, as well as in New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Canada.

Gihan is the author of “The Future of Leadership”, “Fast, Flat and Free”, “Out of Office”, “Webinar Smarts”, and seven other books. As an educator, Gihan has been at the leading edge of presentation technology and online learning.

Forbes magazine rated him the #5 social media influencer in the world (and #1 in Australia) in his  area of expertise.bcec-logo-black-on-white                                                                                                                          Sponsored by

Will Pitchworth - Managing Director, Katarzyna Group

will-pitchforth_headshot-smlWill Pitchforth is Managing Director of Katarzyna Group, one of Brisbane’s most successful hospitality groups. Will started his hospitality career in Wellington, New Zealand and has worked for the last 15 years across hotels, nightclubs, bars and restaurants in various management positions.

Will joined Katarzyna in January 2016, having returned from four years in Paris, France where he led the On-Premise Trade Marketing strategy for Pernod Ricard. Will holds a BSc(Hons) from Victoria University and an MBA from the University of Queensland.

Rob Redenbach

Rob Redenbach SmlAfter a successful international career in VIP Protection, Rob Redenbach transferred the strategies of personal security and tactical communication to the business arena.

Drawing from experiences that include working with the bodyguard team of Nelson Mandela in South Africa and providing risk management services in Iraq and Afghanistan, Rob provides compelling insights into leadership, adaptability and how to reduce conflict and improve cooperation.

A Nationally Accredited Mediator, Rob has studied post-graduate law at Bond University’s Dispute Resolution Centre and has a Master of Arts (with Distinction) in Terrorism, Safety and Security from Charles Sturt University. He has also completed Executive Education at Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the United States.ICMI_Speakers

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Bernadette Schwerdt - Director, The Australian School of Copywriting
Bernadette Schwerdt_ImageBernadette Schwerdt is the author of the best-selling book, ‘Secrets of Online Entrepreneurs’ and the presenter of Light FM Radio’s business podcast series, ‘The Digital Mavericks’. She is the director of the Australian School of Copywriting, and the creator of a suite of successful online courses for the small business sector on marketing, copywriting and online business.

Bernadette is a keynote speaker on digital disruption and online marketing, a judge of the 2016 Anthill Cool Company Awards and the ORIAS (Online Retail Industry Awards) and was recently appointed as the Course Director of ICMI Speakers and Entertainer’s Training Division.ICMI_Speakers

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Dominic Thurbon - Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Karrikins Group
Dominic Thurbon_HeadshotAs founder and Chief Creative Officer, Dom has applied his expertise in community strategy and innovation to design some of the largest education and behaviour change programs in the world. He has led research on bestsellers published in 15 countries, and is co-author of the White Papers Talent Magnets: Attracting Top Staff, and Game On: How Video Games Change Work and Education.

A world top-10 debater and sought after keynote speaker, Dom is also a Director at Educator Impact, an organisation using 360o feedback to improve teacher quality, and sits on the education advisory group for Child and Youth Finance International.

Trevor Vas - Director, ATC Events
trevor-vas-smlTrevor is a Director and Founder of the Australasian Talent Conference (ATC) and Human Capital Management Solutions.   The ATC specialises in providing events on Sourcing & Engaging Candidates, Talent Management and the Contingent Workforce.

Over the last 10 years the ATC has run over 40 major events in Australia & New Zealand.  Trevor is also a subject matter in these areas and has provided consulting to major organisations in Australia and New Zealand.   The conferences, training and consulting have gone a small way to improving how talent is recruited.