Featured Speakers


Gus Balbontin - Director, Roshambo

Gus Balbontin_Headshot SMLGus knew from the age of eight that he was going to travel the world even though he did not know how to make that dream a reality.

Gus earned a travel scholarship at 17 that lead him to the other side of the world in Byron Bay over the course of a year. When he returned home and carrying on his mission to travel, with only a small backpack and a youthful lust for adventure Gus journeyed 40,000kms through South America without spending a cent.

Eventually, he returned to Australia working in various jobs when he stumbled upon an opportunity for a travel company and he was fated to apply. His lack of experience was no deterrent and against the odds he secured a designer role at Lonely Planet.

Fast forward to 2014; Gus completed an MBA, had spent countless hours on planes, progressed through a number of different roles within Lonely Planet and eventually lead the company globally.

Gus is a big thinker who doesn’t let ‘life’s hurdles’ get in the way of big solutions. His knowledge and expertise in transformation and digital innovation is genuinely impressive, as he teaches his audience how to navigate the struggles and success that even great brands in the world experience.

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Corbin Ball CSP, CMP, DES, MS - Corbin Ball & Co, Meeting Technology Headquarters

Corbin Ball SMLCorbin Ball, CSP, CMP is an internationally recognized expert on technology. His articles have
appeared in hundreds of national in international publications and he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USAToday and US News & World Report. He was recently named as one of “The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry” by Successful Meetings and MeetingNews magazines, the fifth time he has been so named.

Corbin has spoken to groups in 33 countries, on five continents in a manner that is engaging, understandable and fun. Corbin is the only person to have received both MPI’s International Supplier of the Year and MPI’s International Chapter Leader of the Year award.100% Pure Nz Logo With Business Events Url Stacked Reversed_103097

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Peter Baines OAM - Chair & Founder, Hands Across the Water

Peter Baines_SMLPeter Baines OAM, developed his unique leadership style by leading international identification teams into Indonesia and Thailand following acts of terrorism and the 2004 South East Asian Tsunami. He would go on to work in the counterterrorism area of Interpol, spent time with the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime and also worked in Saudi Arabia and Japan after natural disasters hit those countries. But it was his work in Thailand that brought the biggest change. After meeting the children left orphaned by the Tsunami, Peter felt compelled to act and founded an Australian charity called Hands Across the Water which has gone on to create opportunities for hundreds of children across Thailand.

Today, Peter has a successful consulting business building engagement through corporate social responsibility and presents across the globe to major corporations and governments on Leadership. He is the author of two books, Hands Across the Water, and Doing Good by Doing Good which provides a blueprint for building experience led engagement programs with a focus on shared value.

In January 2014, Peter Baines was recognised in the Australia Day honours with the awarding of the Order of Australia Medal for his International Humanitarian work.TCEB

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Peter Davidson

Peter Davidson SMLA storm was brewing but no-one knew how bad it would be.

Peter Davidson is a humble but remarkable Australian. On December 26th 1998, 114 yachts left Sydney harbour in the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, yet only 44 finished. Of the remaining vessels, 12 yachts were abandoned, 5 yachts sank, 6 men lost their lives and over 50 yachtsmen had to be winched to safety. The event is recognised as one of the worst Maritime disasters in Australian history.

Peter Davidson was a paramedic aboard the first rescue helicopter to reach the yacht “Standaside.” Eight men needed to be rescued.

For over 16 years, Peter Davidson has been employed by the RAV (Rural Ambulance Victoria), and for over 12 of those years he has been aboard Helimed One, the Victorian Air Ambulance Rescue Helicopter. Peter is a qualified Air Ambulance M.I.C.A., Flight Paramedic and Team Leader.

The crew has been recognised nationally and internationally for their bravery, skill and dedication, but as Peter relates, “Awards and recognition are great, but nothing was better than the smiles on the faces of the survivors and their families.”ICMI

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Future Crunch - Dr Angus Hervey, Tane Hunter & Will Tait

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Future Crunch are part of a global movement of scientists, technologists, hackers and creatives that think there are new and better ways of doing things in the 21st century.

Angus is a political economist, journalist and media commentator specialising in the impact of disruptive technologies on society. He is the former community manager for Random Hacks of Kindness, the longest running and largest social hackathon in Australia, and the former editor of Global Policy, one of the world’s leading international policy journals. He holds a Masters in Political Economy and a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics, where he was also the Ralph Miliband Scholar between 2009 and 2012.

Tane is a science communicator, futurist and bioinformatician. He has worked for the Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases in children and is currently completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, using molecular biomarkers and artificial intelligence to better understand, diagnose and improve treatment for people suffering from cancer. He is also a former US mountain biking champion, and an avid sailor, participating in races around the world.

Will is an MC, musician and presenter with a talent for inspiring wonder and empowerment. He is motivated by the sense that our modern global culture is reaching out for a new story about the workings of the world, a story in which we see ourselves as integrally connected to each other and our universe.  Using music, drama, humour and joy Will creates moments of magical, mythical experience that help make this new story tangible and trustworthy. He is an educational presenter and the founder of Our Planet Enterprises, producing and delivering sustainability-focussed school and festival performance throughout Melbourne and Victoria.  He is also the lead singer for 8Foot Felix, a theatrical multi-genre festival band.      Ovations SML

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Anthony Laye - Keynote Speaker & Mentalist

Anthony Laye_SMLAustralia’s premier Mind Reader, Anthony Laye understands human behaviour; how we communicate, and how we win and lose at influence every day. You will be empowered with simple tactics to be more effective at listening, observing, communicating, and building influence at work or home.

Anthony delivers such a unique, unforgettable and funny experience that will be talked about for years to come. A human lie detector test, nail biting Russian roulette, amazing mind tricks. Anthony was one of the stars of the international magic spectacular “The Illusionists” and he is a regular on Australian Television.

You will be left amazed at this one of a kind performance.

Lisa McInnes-Smith - Lisa Speaks

Lisa McInnes Smith_SMLLisa has an extraordinary gift to communicate, connect and shift behaviour. Raised in a family of sporting professionals, she grew up surrounded by achievers from around the country and around the world. Observing the traits of high achievers, she set out to understand why they were different to most others. This took her on a journey that would immerse her in Sports Psychology and Human Performance.

After twenty-five years connecting with corporations and business people, Lisa knows what it takes for people to change – to change direction, change attitude, change behaviour and change outcomes. Lisa is a Performance expert and a master of shifting behaviour. She enables individuals to become better team players (and potential leaders) by discarding negative habits and building on their strengths.

She also knows that how we learn is a key component to the speed of our progress. Lisa has developed a unique process of teaching her principles. Her fast-paced keynote presentations take her audience on a journey; a participative experience where they are challenged to try a different way of thinking and influencing. She inspires people to grow.

Phil Nosworthy - Speaker, Author, Founder Switch Inc

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Phill Nosworthy is a multi-disciplined executive coach, global speaker and influential change- maker driven to assist organisations and the valuable people who make them tick over create businesses, brands, careers and personal life journeys that are enriched with meaning.
He has mentored and coached leading executives, world champion athletes and Hollywood stars. His powerful workshops and keynotes serve as a catalyst; inspiring and challenging audiences with conversations on leadership, personal branding, engagement and client experience.

Phill works alongside brands like Microsoft, Universal Music and ING as a speaker, facilitator and social impact strategist. He has been described as a ‘dream fulfilment specialist’ – a unique professional who is helping to create new paths for the next generation of game changers, leaders and entrepreneurs. His authentic approach evokes complete engagement and mixes real world case studies, behavioural science, his own experiences and tales from ancient myth.

More importantly Phill is a Dad to Zander (human) and Chica (fur child) and is still head over heals in love with the girl he fell for in high school. They live in Sydney’s northern beaches, spend around 100 nights a year travelling and love camping under big starry skies next raging fires.Ovations SML

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Jan Tonkin - Managing Director, The Conference Company and President, IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organisers)

Jan Tonkin 11397_120Jan has worked in the meetings business all her professional life, both in the UK and New Zealand. She founded The Conference Company in 1990 and today is the hands-on managing director of the busy company which has four offices in New Zealand and one in Sydney. Her team organises meetings of all shapes and sizes throughout Australasia and beyond, with particular expertise in association conferences and their exhibitions, government meetings and awards programmes.

Her other hat is that of educator and leader in the international meetings world. She is currently President of IAPCO, the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers and Vice-Chair of the Association’s Training Academy.  Through those networks she hears a good deal about trends and is particularly interested in uncovering which ones gain traction and those that might be talked about a good deal but are less readily adopted.  GCCEC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sponsored by