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Industry Development Conference – Keynote and additional speakers announced!

As the annual Industry Development Conference is just four weeks away, we can announce the following keynote speakers for the conference, the Industry Liaison Dinner and other events in the series:
· Don Henry, Executive Director, Australian Conservation Foundation
· David Rhodes, Chief Executive, NZ Forest Owners Association
· Hon Dick Adams MP, Chairman of the current House of Representatives’ Forest Industry Inquiry (13 September, 6.45pm at conclusion of Carbon & Climate Briefing – register to avoid disappointment)

Annual Industry Development Conference – times and sessions
Wednesday 14 September 2011
8.30am – Registration opens
10.00am – Conference Opening Session
An industry under pressure, opportunities and options moving forward, Industry view, government view, NGO view, global view.
12.30pm – Lunch
1.30pm – Topical Sessions
· Investing in resource and value adding
· Regions, scale, technology, labour and skills – investing in people for business success
· Price on carbon – the game changer for forestry
3.00pm – Afternoon Tea
3.30 – 5.00pm – Plenary Leadership Panel Analysis Q&A
Hear directly from people inside and outside our industry as they provide broad perspectives and detailed analysis of the issues of the day and the opportunities affecting future productivity and competitiveness.

The 2011 Industry Development Conference, brought to you by ForestWorks with the support of the major Australian industry associations, provides the opportunities for the broadest possible networking.
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Keynote speakers discuss the important issues
Where will Australia’s forest industry find its future competitiveness and what are the options for driving productivity? Hear from the diverse and broad group of keynote speakers as they provide a range of perspectives and input that will flow through to the break-out sessions and be wrapped up in the conference Leadership Plenary that concludes the conference and precedes the Industry Liaison Dinner.
Break-out sessions offer three dynamic options:
Investing in resource and value adding ~ facilitated by Graeme Russell, CEO, First Super
Regions, scale, technology, labour and skills – investing in people for business success ~ facilitated by Emily Rice, Conference Convenor and Network Ten Journalist
Price on carbon – the game changer for forestry ~ facilitated by Bob Gordon, Managing Director, Forestry Tasmania
Participants will see the earlier sessions, the key topics and the major contributions with a facilitated and detailed Leadership Plenary, including questions from the conference floor, that asks and searches for answers to the ‘where to from here?’ and ‘how do we get there together?’ questions.
Don’t forget to register for the free Carbon Pricing and Climate Change Policy Briefing, the free Women’s Network Meeting, both on the 13 September, or the First Super Investor’s Seminar or the free ForestWorks Skills and Employment Council Meeting on 15 September!