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Insights and Outlook Conference

Art Schmon

Topics and speakers are in place for the 2nd Joint FWPA – DANA “Insights and Outlook Conference” which will be held on 5 October at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Source: Timberbiz

This year the event will be held in association with the Australian Timber Importers Federation (ATIF).

The conference will build on the very successful 1st Insights and Outlook Conference held in Melbourne in September 2016. The event will also provide opportunities for side-by-side events and meetings that will include the FWPA and ATIF annual general meetings.

This year’s keynote address will be given by Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.

The conference speakers will cover four major themes:

Session 1 – Global Trends

Session 2 – Innovations Changing the Market

Session 3 – Australian Construction Market

Session 4 – Australian Wood Panels Market

There will be 13 high profile speakers to cover focussed topics in each of these categories. They include:

Art Schmon, Partner of the major North American Forest Economic Advisors LLC on: Mass Timber and the Industrialization of Construction

Ian Tyson, CEO, Timberlink Australia on: Managing a major Trans-Tasman Sawmilling Company in a Dynamic Market Place

Kate Ringvall, Country Manager Sustainability Retail, IKEA on: Disruptive Innovation

All details including program, speakers and online registration can be found at