The Welcome Dinner will start at 6:30pm on Wednesday 2 August, and feature:


Download a PDF copy of the Program here.

Registration will begin at 8:00am on Thursday 3 August for an 8:30am start.


  • 8.30am: MC Ellen Fanning, Host of ABC TV’s The Drum
  • 8.35am: Hon Tim Ayres, Assistant Minister for Manufacturing

Session 1: Research Report: Australia’s Position in the Global Race for Sustainable Manufacturing

  • 8.45am: Jim Stanford, Economist & Director, The Australian Institute & Centre for Future Work; and Charlie Joyce, Anne Kantor Fellow, Carmichael Centre

Session 2: Manufacturing the Renewable Energy Revolution

  • 9:10am: Dan McKinna, General Manager, Keppel Prince
  • 9:30am: Simon Preston, Group General Manager, Precision OxyCut
  • 9:50am: Emily Scivetti,  Chief Operating Officer, Oceanex
  • 10:10am: Q&A

Morning Tea (10:40am to 11:10am)

Session 3: The Changing Policy Landscape

  • 11:10am: Hon Lance McCallum, Assistant Minister for Energy Queensland
  • 11:20am: Fredrik Andrén-Sandberg, Head of Public Affairs APAC, Vestas Asia Pacific
  • 11:40pm: Tim Buckley, Director, Climate Energy Finance
  • 12:00pm: Q & A, Adam Hersh, Senior Economist, Economic Policy Institute – Washington

Lunch (12:30pm to 1:30pm)

Session 4: Developing an EV Supply Chain in Australia

  • 1:30pm: Kirk McDonald,  Project Manager, Supercharge Australia
  • 1:50pm: Katie Hepworth PhD, Political & Strategic Advisor, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
  • 2:10pm: Q&A

Afternoon Tea (2:30pm to 3:00pm)

Session 5: Making it Happen: An Action Plan for Sustainable Manufacturing in Australia

  • 3:00pm: Hon Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Skills and Training (via video)
  • 3:10pm: Ben Oquist, Climate & ESG Director, DPG Advisory Solutions
  • 3:20pm: Michele O’Neil, President, Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • 3:30pm: Geoff Crittenden, CEO, Weld Australia
  • 3:45pm: Q & A

Conference Close       

  • 4:15pm: MC Ellen Fanning, Host of ABC TV’s The Drum; and Geoff Crittenden, CEO, Weld Australia

Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch provided.

Please note that the above is a provisional program only. The full program and all speakers will be finalised in the coming weeks.