CQUniversity presents the Beef Australia 2021 Symposium
LEADERSHIP – OVER THE HORIZON
Monday 3 May from 7.30am – 1.30pm
Followed by a stand-up, networking lunch from 1.30pm – 2.30pm.
The CQUniversity Beef Australia Symposium event will focus on leadership.
In a constantly changing and volatile world, strong and decisive leadership is the key to boosting agriculture’s resilience, now and into the future.
Effective leadership involves guiding people to the best possible outcome, while navigating uncertainty and often unprecedented circumstances. There is a need to anticipate challenges and opportunities before they arise – and be ready to face them when they do.
Held on the first day of the Beef Australia 2021 program, the CQUniversity Symposium half-day event will bring keynote speakers to the fore, who will canvas the biggest issues of the day and impart their leadership experience and wisdom.
As we enter a new decade, what will be the critical events that shape the beef sector? How can the industry best manage the immediate, pressing risks and priorities, yet maintain a long-term perspective over the horizon?
‘INSIGHTS TO A GLOBAL VISION FOR BEEF’
Presented by Laura Ryan, Founder and Global Chair, Meat Business Women
As an internationally recognised leading advocate for our industry’s leadership and diversity, Laura Ryan will outline challenges the industry faces and what industry can change and improve whilst maintaining our high standard around our cultural identity in a world outside of Beef. Laura will also expand on how the meat industry is perceived and share insights into the potential for building networking across the globe.
In Laura’s trailblazing role with the Beef and Lamb Board, she led the strategic review and development for the beef and lamb sector in England by identifying key challenges and opportunities to deliver long term growth.
Laura then established the Meat Business Women group in 2015 to help showcase the meat sector as a positive career choice for female talent, whilst also creating networking opportunities for those already working in the sector.
Laura is also the founder of consulting company Lavenpark and Chair of the English Traceability Design User Group.
‘CLIMATE IS BETTER ON BEEF’
Presented by Dr Frank Mitloehner, Professor and Air Quality Specialist, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis
There is a little doubt that there is a growing disconnect between consumers and the people growing their food, which is fuelling a steady stream of misinformation.
Dr Mitloehner will discuss greenhouse gases, the sustainability of beef cattle production and assess the livestock sector’s carbon neutrality goals. His presentation will explain factors of climate change, livestock impacts and the importance of ruminant livestock in the midst of growing pressures from environmental groups.
A native of Germany, the eminently qualified Dr Mitloehner has a degree in Animal Science, a Masters in Agricultural Engineering (specialising in the environmental impact of livestock) and a PhD on the environmental management of feedlot cattle.
He is a globally recognised scientist who conducts research and outreach that is directly relevant to understanding and mitigating air emissions and greenhouse gases from livestock operations, as well as the implications of these emissions for the health and safety of farm workers and neighbouring communities.
‘GROWING THE PIE’
Presented by Barry Irvin AM, Executive Chairman, Bega Cheese Limited
A globally recognised leader of the Australian dairy industry, Barry Irvin will share his powerful story on the growth of Bega from a small regional dairy to a great Australian food company.
When Barry joined the business, the co-operative operated from a single manufacturing site, produced 3,500 tonne of cheddar cheese, sold only in the domestic market, and employed around 80 people in total. Barry has led the team that has built Bega Cheese, through acquisition and organic growth, and cemented a number of long term key business relationships. The Bega Cheese group of companies now has domestic and international sales exceeding $1 billion, produces approximately 210,000 tonnes of cheeses & associated products, exports iconic Australian food brands to over 40 countries around the world and employs approximately 1,800 people.
As a thought leader with a proven track record within the dairy industry, Barry’s success will provide further insight as to how the beef industry can best position itself for future success.
Barry has been Chairman of Bega Cheese Limited since 2000. Barry was awarded the NAB Agribusiness Leader of the Year and the Rabobank Leadership Award. Barry is very aware of the importance of social responsibility, he has been Chairman of Giant Steps, an organisation providing services to children and young adults with autism since 2002. In 2008 Barry was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for contributions to children with disability and the Australia dairy industry.
‘ECONOMY OF BEEF’
Presented by Elizabeth O’Leary, Head of Agriculture, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets division (MIRA), Macquarie Group
As the leader of one of Australia’s largest agricultural funds, there are few more qualified people in the world, to provide insight into the future of investment in Australian agriculture.
Notwithstanding the recent turmoil in global markets, investments in Australian agriculture have performed well, providing an important and stable diversifier for many investors and importantly, beef is no exception.
Amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic, changing climate conditions, and an evolving global economy, how will Australia maintain its edge as a leading destination for agricultural investment and where are the key opportunities for the beef sector?
Liz joined Macquarie over 16 years ago and has held a number of senior corporate roles in Australia, Asia and the UK, including as a member of MIRA’s asset management team on several flagship European infrastructure investments.
In 2015, Liz was appointed as the Head of Agriculture for MIRA, one of the world’s leading infrastructure fund managers with growing platforms in agriculture, real estate and energy.