Leading experts to speak at timber seminar

Date: 16-Aug-13
Author: Chris Philpot

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The Australian timber industry seminar 'Building stronger value chains' to be held in Sydney on Friday, 11 October will feature a line up of international and high profile domestic timber industry value chain speakers - policy-makers, marketing specialists, technology providers, association leaders and regulatory authorities.

Joining the impressive list of participants are speakers from Chile, Switzerland, Canada and New Zealand, plus some outstanding Australian speakers. The Australian contingent will be headed by John Gillam, Managing Director of Bunnings and Chairman of Officeworks.

John was appointed as the Managing Director of Bunnings in 2004. He also took on the additional role as Chairman of Officeworks in 2007 at the time of the Wesfarmers acquisition of the Coles Group. Prior to 2004 John held several roles at Wesfarmers, commencing in a commercial role in business development, then becoming Chief Financial Officer of Bunnings, followed by Company Secretary of Wesfarmers Limited and then the Managing Director of CSBP.

John holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia, has completed the program for executive development at IMD in Switzerland and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He is the Chairman of the Australian National Retailers Association, a member of the Board of the Heartwell Foundation and Ruyton Girls' School and a member of World Vision's Business Advisory Council.

Other notable Australian speakers include the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP, NSW Minister for Primary Industries and Minister for Small Business; Professor Sue Holliday, National Housing Supply Council, Managing Director, Strategies for Change and Professor of Planning Practice, University of NSW and Dr George Goroyias, Senior Principal, Head of Wood Products Asia-Pacific Management Consulting, Pöyry Management Consulting (Australia).

Building stronger value chains is a joint venture between three national timber industry bodies. Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is joining forces with the Australian Timber Importers Federation (ATIF) and the Timber and Building Materials Association (TABMA).

Managing director of FWPA Ric Sinclair said the collaborative effort will be a "must attend" event for 2013. "The seminar, Building stronger value chains will cover key issues in the timber industry's business environment, wood-based product marketing and matters related to company-level business success."

The seminar will be a prominent component of a key day of the 2013 calendar year for the timber industry that will include the FWPA annual general meeting and research forum, plus the TABMA-hosted annual timber industry gala dinner and awards presentation.

Building stronger value chains seminar is intended to reinforce industry goals of continuing to assist in growing industry capability, product and market innovation, enhancing competitiveness and commercial success.

General manager of ATIF John Halkett said the seminar will be a stimulating event and aimed at providing timber industry participants with an update of current topical issues, fresh ideas, perspectives and information that will help build better business futures.

Registration is now open and seating is strictly limited.

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