2010 Forum – Sydney, Australia


2010 Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum Organising Committee


The Honourable Bob Carr
Former Premier of New South Wales, Australia

Stanley Hartt
Chairman,  Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.

Committee Members:

Justin Brown
Australian High Commissioner to Canada

Stefan Trofimovs
Australian Consul General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner in Canada

Michael Small
Canadian High Commissioner to Australia

Tom Macdonald
Canadian Consul General in Australia

Bob Onyschuk
Canadian Chair, Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce and Senior Partner, Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP

Richard Kohler
Director, Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce and former Canadian Consul General in Australia

Jeffrey Steiner
Board Director, Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc. and Senior Advisor on Infrastructure for Morguard Corporation

Executive Director

Ann Curran

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                  Forum Opening Reception
Government House
Hosted by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO,
Governor of New South Wales, Australia

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.                  Forum Opening Dinner
Sheraton on the Park, Times on the Park Room
Keynote Address by the Honourable Kristina Keneally, MP Premier of New South Wales and Minister for Redfern Waterloo, Australia

Sheraton on the Park, Times on the Park Room
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks by the forum’s Australian and Canadian Co-Chairs:

The Honourable Bob Carr, former Premier of New South Wales

Stanley Hartt, Chairman of Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Context and Scene-setting


Peter Anderson, Chief Executive, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)
ACCI is the peak council of Australian business associations. Its member network has over 350,000 businesses in each Australian state and territory and it represents the interests of its members at a national level as well as internationally. The main policy areas of focus for ACCI are climate change, workplace relations, education, training and skills development, trade and investment and federal-state relations.

The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO, Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE)
The CCCE represents chief executive officers of more than 150 major Canadian corporations. It was founded in 1976. The Council actively comments on many public policy issues. Member CEOs lead companies that collectively administer C$3.5 trillion in assets. The main policy areas of focus for the CCCE are fiscal and tax policy; innovation and competitiveness; environmental issues; government and corporate governance; US-Canada economic integration; and Canadian trade and foreign policy.

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session 1
Spotlight on Canada’s Engagement with Latin America
What are the main features of Canada’s economic and political engagement with Latin America and what are the challenges for the future? What lessons can Australia learn from the Canadian approach to developing trade and investment links with Latin America?

Claude Morin, Vice President, Global Sales, Air Canada

Brian Kingston, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Prime Infrastructure
A subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, Prime Infrastructure is a specialist infrastructure operator that owns and manages a portfolio of high quality infrastructure assets primarily in the energy and transport sectors of Australasia, North America and Europe.

Gary Halverson, President, Australia-Pacific, Barrick Gold Corporation
Barrick is the largest pure gold mining corporation in the world. It has interests in 25 operating mines, two projects under construction and an extensive pipeline of projects across five continents. Barrick’s headquarters are in Toronto and it has four regional business units in Australia, Africa, North America and South America.

Pat Fiore, President and CEO, Bauxite and Alumina, Rio Tinto Alcan
Rio Tinto Alcan is one of the five product groups operated by Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto Alcan is a global supplier of bauxite, alumina and aluminium, has over 24,000 employees and is active across six continents. It has a significant presence in Australia and Canada.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon
Sheraton on The Park, Castlereagh Room B1

Keynote Speaker:
David Murray, Chair of Australia’s Future Fund Board
“Resources Wealth and the Intergenerational Challenge”
The Future Fund is a sovereign wealth fund that was established in 2006 to make provision for the Australian Government’s unfunded public sector superannuation liabilities. The Fund has received contributions from a combination of budget surpluses, and proceeds from the sale of the government’s assets. The Future Fund Board of Guardians is responsible for deciding how to invest the assets of the Fund. Legislation stipulates that money may not be withdrawn from the Fund until 2020.

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Session 2
Spotlight on Australia’s Engagement with Asia
What are the main features of Australia’s economic and political engagement with Asia and what are the challenges for the future? What lessons can Canada learn from the Australian approach to developing trade and investment links with Asia?

Dr Malcolm Cook, Program Director (East Asia), Lowy Institute for International Policy

Nicholas Moore, CEO Macquarie Group
Macquarie Group is a global provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services, headquartered in Sydney, Australia. Macquarie employs more than 15,500 people in approximately 70 office locations in 28 countries. Macquarie’s Canadian activities include specialised asset management, advisory and capital markets, financial markets and lending.

Brian Hansen, Managing Principal and Practice Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Group,
Stikeman Elliott
Stikeman Elliott is an international business law practice. It has offices in five Canadian cities and a longstanding presence in Sydney as well as in London and New York. It also has extensive experience in China, South and Southeast Asia, Central/Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Nicholas Curtis, Executive Chairman, Lynas Corporation
Lynas Corporation aims to become a major producer of Rare Earths. The company’s key asset is Mount Weld in Western Australia which is the richest known deposit of Rare Earths and is expected to commence operations in 2010/2011.

Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor of The Australian
Mr Sheridan has extensive experience in Asia and knows its leaders and societies intimately, having interviewed presidents and prime ministers in Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, The Philippines, Thailand and numerous other countries. His work has appeared in newspapers in the region, including The Asian Wall Street Journal, the Jakarta Post and the South China Morning Post.

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Session 3
Focus On Infrastructure Development
How to achieve creative solutions to developing and building infrastructure that will underpin national economic competitiveness and productivity. As world leaders in the field, what lessons can Australia and Canada learn from each other? Is access to PPP equally available in Australia and Canada, both at the national and sub-national levels?

Bob Onyschuk, Senior Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson, LLP and Chairman of the Canadian Chapter of the Canadian-Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC)

Honourable Eric Roozendaal, MLC, Treasurer of NSW, Special Minister of State, Minister for State and Regional Development, Minister for Ports and Waterways and Minister for the Illawarra.
NSW has the largest economy in Australia, about a third of Australia’s GDP. It has the largest manufacturing industry in Australia and is home to two thirds of all Asia Pacific headquarters based in Australia. The NSW Government has a long record of using PPPs to procure infrastructure. Since 2001 about $9.8 billion of new public infrastructure has been, or is being delivered as a PPP.

Larry Blain, Chair, Board of Directors, Partnerships British Columbia
Partnerships British Columbia is responsible for bringing together government agencies and the private sector to structure and implement projects through public-private partnerships. It is wholly owned by the Province of British Colombia and reports to its shareholder the Minister of Finance. Partnerships BC has delivered billions of dollars in funding for major infrastructure projects in health care, roads, transit, bridges and municipal services.

Peter Salisbury, Senior Advisor, Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)
AIMCo is one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment fund managers. It has an investment portfolio of approximately $71 billion. AIMCo became a Crown corporation – its sole shareholder is the Province of Alberta. AIMCo invests globally on behalf its clients, 26 pension, endowment and government funds.

John O’Rourke, Principal, Plenary Group
The Plenary Group is an independent public private partnership business that invests, develops and operates public infrastructure in Australia and North America. The company has a substantial presence in Australia and Canada and a strategic relationship with Deutsche Bank.

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Break

4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Session 4
Action to Liberalise Global Trade and Investment
What actions should be taken by Australia and Canada to promote trade and investment liberalisation and combat protectionism? Can the WTO deliver? How should Australia and Canada explore options – together and in cooperation with others – that will drive global free and fair trade?

David Emerson P.C., PhD, former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Peter Gallagher, Trade and Public Policy
Mr Gallagher is a leading trade and public policy analyst. He has held senior diplomatic appointments in Washington, Geneva and Brussels. He lectures on international trade at the University of Adelaide and has been extensively involved in trade-related capacity building and analytical work. He is the author of several publications on legal and economic aspects of international trade.

John W.H. Denton, Partner & CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Chairman of the Trade and International Taskforce of the Business Council of Australia
Mr Denton is CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth one of Australia’s top ten law firms and leads the firm’s trade and labour law practice. He is a member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and was one of Australia’s delegates at the Toronto G20 Business Summit in 2010.

Jeffrey Simpson, National Affairs Columnist, The Globe and Mail
Mr Simpson has been the Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist for more than 20 years and is one of the most senior members of the profession in Canada. He has won all three of Canada’s leading literary prizes, has published eight books on a diverse range of issues and has a number of honorary doctorates.

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Reception
Foyer of Hyde Park Room
Hosted by:
Michael Small, Canadian High Commissioner to Australia

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Dinner
Sheraton on the Park, Hyde Park Room
Panel Discussion – “Is Canada open for business – foreign investment in natural resources?”
Introduced by:
The Honourable Bob Carr
The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO, Canadian Council of Chief Executives
The Honourable David Emerson P.C., PhD, Former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade H.E. Mr Justin Brown, Australian High Commissioner to Canada
Mitchell H Hooke (Mitch), Chief Executive Officer, Minerals Council of Australia
The Minerals Council of Australia is one of Australia’s most significant industry bodies
representing minerals exploration, production and processing companies that produce around 90 percent of Australian’s annual mineral output and exports. The companies account for nearly 40per cent of Australian goods exports and one-tenth of annual national output. The Council hasbeen at the vanguard of the development and advocacy of key public policy on matters directlyimpacting the industry, notably occupational health and safety regulation and operational practice,climate change, energy and water security, education and training, taxation, competition policy,transport, international trade and investment and indigenous relations.

Sheraton on the Park, Times on the Park Room
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Session 5
What can Canada and Australia learn from one another in their approaches to promoting innovation, research and technology? What action should be taken by governments and business to maximise R&D collaboration in areas where there are complementarities between the two countries?

Professor Ian O’Connor, Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University

Adele Beachley, Managing Director Australia & New Zealand, Research in Motion(RIM) – BlackBerry
RIM is one of the world’s most significant telecommunications and wireless device companies. It is the designer and manufacturer of the BlackBerry product line. The company has been in existence for more than 25 years and in 2009 was named by Fortune Magazine as the fastest growing company in the world. RIM’s headquarters is in Waterloo Ontario, and it also has an office in Sydney (since 2009) as well as in other parts of the Asia Pacific, North America and Europe.

Rodney Bloom, General Manager, Business Development and International, Commonwealth
Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
CSIRO is Australia’s national body for scientific research and is one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. CSIRO’s research is focussed on areas such as energy, climate change, ICT, food, materials, mining and oceans. The organisation has initiated a number of National Research Flagships, which are large-scale multidisciplinary research partnerships. CSIRO is involved in research collaboration with scientific organisations in over 80 countries.

Dr Robin Batterham, President, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) is an independent, non-government organisation promoting the development and adoption of existing and new technologies to enhance Australia’s competitiveness, economic and social well-being and environmental sustainability. Dr Batterham was previously Chief Scientist of Australia and chief technologist at Rio Tinto.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m. Break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Session 6
What have we heard? What have we learnt?

Dr Janice Stein, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
The Munk School is a multi-disciplinary academic centre that focuses on global issues and combines teaching and research. Dr Stein is a recognised expert on conflict management. She delivered the 2001 Massey Lecture and was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for an outstanding contribution to public debate.

Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large, The Australian
Mr Kelly is a political journalist and historian. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of TheAustralian and he currently writes on Australian and international issues and is a regular commentator on television. He is the author of six books, including The Hawke Ascendancy and the End of Certainty.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Close
Co-chairs’ final remarks and discussion on next steps