Supported by FIAL, Moreton Bay Regional Council and Sunshine Coast Council
Hosted by RDA Brisbane, RDA Moreton Bay and RDA Sunshine Coast in partnership with the TCI Network Oceania
Australia's First Food & Agribusiness Cluster MeetUp:
“Connecting Australia's Food and Agribusiness Clusters"
RDA Brisbane and RDA Moreton Bay in association with the TCI Network Oceania (the global cluster practitioner network) extend a warm Queensland invitation to food and agribusiness cluster managers, coordinators and activators around Australia to join us for a 'MeetUp' in SEQ’s beautiful but lesser known region of Moreton Bay in early September. Please bring along your industry chairs and members of your cluster leadership group.
When? Monday 7 - Tuesday 8 September 2015
Attendees may like to stay on for Economic Development Australia’s National Conference, starting late Tuesday 8 to Friday 11 September, Redcliffe, Moreton Bay, South East Queensland.
Why? Meet your colleagues in Australia’s food and agribusiness clusters and establish a platform for linking clusters nationally.
Where? Mon Komo Hotel, Redcliffe (30 minutes north of Brisbane airport), plus Ocean View Estates, Moreton Bay region (Day 1) and Strawberry Fields Farm, Sunshine Coast (Day 2)
Who should attend? Food and agribusiness cluster managers, coordinators and activators, cluster chairs and industry members
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PROGRAM DAY 1: Monday 7 September 2015
10.00am - 10.30am Opening Address
Mirjana Prica, Managing Director, Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL)
10.30am - 11.45pm Meet & Greet
Bus departs for Ocean View Estates.
12.45pm - 2.00pm A Long Lunch
We are talking food! Get to know each other around the long table and some slow food.
2.00pm - 3.30pm Food Clusters of the World: Winning Ingredients
Guest speaker and facilitator: Ifor Ffowcs-Williams, Cluster Navigators, New Zealand
An informative session followed by Q&A.
3.30pm - 3.50pm Afternoon Tea
3.50pm - 4.20pm Establishing the Common Ground
4.20pm - 4.30 pm Setting the Scene for Day 2
4.30pm - 5.30 pm Return to Mon Komo
6.00pm - 7.00pm Networking event
PROGRAM DAY 2: Tuesday 8 September (Target Group: Cluster Managers & Practitioners)
8.30am - 9.00am Austrade's Work in Food & Agribusiness
Gary Barnes - Food & Agribusiness Trade Team, Brisbane Office, Austrade
9.00am - 9.50am Fast Tracking Cluster Development, Within and Beyond the Region
Ifor Ffowcs- Williams, Cluster Navigators Ltd, New Zealand
9.50am - 10.10am Addressing Common Challenges and Capturing Opportunity Through Collaboration
Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL)
10.10am - 10.25am The East Gippsland Food Cluster’s eCommerce Platform
Dr Nicola Watts, Cluster Manager
10.25am - 10.35am The Food Leaders Australia Initiative
Jo Sheppard, General Manager for Agribusiness and Export at Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise
10.35am - 10.55am Morning Tea
10.55am - 11.30am Building the Foundations for Cross Regional Collaboration
Tracy Scott-Rimington, SEQ & Regional Development Coordinator and Mark Bell, Industry Development Manager, RDA Riverlands, SA
Key Themes: Regional competitiveness; Regional leadership; Innovative regions; Collaboration; Strategy alignment; Branding.
A highly interactive session to develop a shared vision and PLATFORM for future collaboration. Outcome: Agree to foundations and mechanisms for a cluster commons.
Travel by bus to Strawberry Fields Farm, Sunshine Coast for lunch and afternoon session.
12.30pm - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm - 4.00pm Connecting Clusters to Grow New Markets and Win Bigger Contracts
Rodin Genoff, Rodin Genoff & Associates
Using the Commonwealth Games in 2018 on the Gold Coast as an example, Rodin will work participants through the necessary steps to connect and build successful cross-cluster relationships and joint ventures. (Afternoon tea will be served during this session.)
4.00pm - 4.15pm Mapping & Connecting Australia’s Food & Agribusiness Clusters - Wrap-up session
Return to Mon Komo, Redcliffe - ETA 5.15pm
Please note: program subject to change.
Should you wish to book accommodation for yourselves or your guests, please feel free to use the link below which awards you 5% off accommodation rates. Select 'Redcliffe' from the location list, as well as 'Oaks Mon Komo' from the All Properties List and the dates. In the Corporate/Group/Promo field type 'MonKomo' (no spaces). You can then see the discount and the original rates.
International Guest Speaker and Facilitator: Ifor Ffowcs-Williams
CEO, Cluster Navigators Ltd, New Zealand
Ifor is a Founder, Past President and Member of the Board of Advisors of The Competitiveness Institute (Barcelona). He has served on the Advisory Boards of the Danish Cluster Academy, the European Cluster Observatory, the Indian Institute for Competitiveness, the Pan African Competitiveness Council and Sintonia, Mexico. At his home base in New Zealand, Ifor has served as a Trustee of the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency. He is also the author of ‘Cluster Development: The Go-To Handbook’ that draws on his experiences in over 50 countries. Ifor has been described as ‘one of the most influential cluster practitioners in the world’.
Day 2 Facilitator: Rodin Genoff, Managing Director, Rodin Genoff & Associates
Rodin is an internationally recognised and award winning industry and cluster development expert, with results of his work widely reported in the Australian and Danish financial press. The success of Rodin’s Danish project on developing an advanced manufacturing and engineering cluster led the regional authorities to commission him to write the book 'Engineering the Future', outlining his regional cluster approach, and fund his cluster collaboration model for 50 million DDK or around AU$10 million. He also led a comprehensive cluster and business mapping project for Hub North, Denmark’s wind energy cluster, leading to the creation of 20 new joint ventures and business collaborations.