7-9 June 2021 | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Speakers

  • Adele Spurgin

    Peak Performance Coach & Profiler

  • Alice Zaslavsky

    Cookbook author and Broadcaster

  • Andrew Steele

    Director - Retail, GS1 Australia

  • Benji Blevin

    Precision Ag Product Manager

  • David Cox

    Principal Research Scientist - CSIRO Nutrition and Health

  • Mark Mitchell

    Chairman - Australian Food Cold Chain Council

  • Marsha Aralar

    Fair Farms National Program Manager

  • Rob Rebenbach

    Rob Redenbach

    Author & Leadership Coach

  • Shakira Johnson

    Communications & Extension for iMapPESTS

  • Thomas King

    Founder and CEO of Food Frontier

  • Paul Levins

    Open Innovation Expert

Adele Spurgin

Peak Performance Coach & Profiler

Mental Fitness: for Peak Performance & Burnout Prevention in 2021 

Adele is a Peak Performance Coach & Profiler that specialises in Mind/Body Performance.

She has had the privilege of coaching Peak Performance to some amazing athletes – from pros, semi-pros, weekend warriors & sports teams in different codes, to millionaires, career professionals, business owners & international CEOs.

She firmly lives & breathes the philosophy of an integrated mind/body approach for higher performance and intimately knows the significant role that the parasympathetic nervous system plays in the peak performance of those in modern day society. Which is why she is so passionate about with the work of Mental Fitness.

She is a corporate workshop facilitator, has an online program called Mindset Fundamentals, has coached 1000’s of clients over a decade, is a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Hypnotherapy, Advanced Pranic Healer, Edisc Trainer & Qigong instructor.

A self-proclaimed Sporty Spice, as she’s an ex-National Softball player, keen golfer, tennis player and of course a huge Fed fan.

She loves to travel & snow ski: and has worked, lived & coached on 4 contents before immigrating to Australia over 16 years ago.

Her mission is to see people within the workplace perform (sustainably) and in the process stretch themselves to their full potential!

Alice Zaslavsky

Cookbook author and Broadcaster

Alice Zaslavsky is a cookbook author and broadcaster bringing good food to people of all ages. Her vegetable bible In Praise of Veg topped the Australian cookbook charts, proving that you can, in fact, make friends with salad. As a regular face and voice on ABC News Breakfast and ABC radio nationally, Alice brings audaciously accessible recipes and useful tidbits to viewers and listeners that helps drive the country’s conversations around food. Alice is also the creative force behind Nomcast and Phenomenom (with an M!), a Hort Innovation funded project, redefining what it means to teach kids about fresh produce and bringing food into every subject – both in the classroom and at home.

Andrew Steele

Director - Retail, GS1 Australia

Andrew is a leading industry expert and well respected supply chain professional with over 25 years’ experience in fast moving consumers goods and the food retail sector.

Andrew currently leads the Retail Team at GS1 Australia who are responsible for developing insightful initiatives to ensure the highest level of efficiency, safety, traceability and best practice in the Australian Food and Beverage and retail sector. Andrew is an active member of a number of industry working groups in the retail grocery, liquor, meat and fresh produce sectors.

Benji Blevin

Precision Ag Product Manager

Benji grew up on a tobacco and rose farm in Zimbabwe. He immigrated to Queensland with his family in 2003, and after spending some time in the Australian Defence Force, went on to complete a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Queensland. In 2018, his passion for precision agriculture led him to complete a Graduate Certificate in Precision Agriculture from the University of New England.

Benji joined John Deere in 2016 and has spent the last 5 years supporting John Deere customers through various field-based, precision ag focussed roles. In Benji’s current role as Precision Ag Manager, he is responsible for monitoring and identifying trends in Australia and New Zealand’s precision agriculture for future product development opportunities, as well as bringing new products to the Australian and New Zealand market.

David Cox

Principal Research Scientist - CSIRO Nutrition and Health

VegKIT: Can kids learning to love veggies drive future demand?

Dr David Cox is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Nutrition and Health. Since obtaining a PhD in the Faculty of Medicine (Human Nutrition) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London, he has focused upon food choice and acceptance (Behavioural Nutrition) both in terms of product choice and dietary choice. He is the author of 77 highly cited publications and has an H-index of 28 (as measure of impact).  Over the past 12 years he has worked on eight R&D projects for the vegetable industry and currently leads VG16064 Tools and Intervention to increase children’s vegetable intake (VegKIT)

Mark Mitchell

Chairman - Australian Food Cold Chain Council

The Australian Food Cold Chain – New Training and  Code for Fresh Produce

Australian Food Cold Chain Council Chairman Mark Mitchell will present new training developed by PMA and its industry partners to support the new Australian ColdFoodCode. Mark will explain The Cold Chain Practitioner Professional Development series training is now available on the PMA-ANZ website which provides essential tools and training for cold chain practitioners at all levels of experience.

Marsha Aralar

Fair Farms National Program Manager

Marsha Aralar is the national program manager for Fair Farms who enjoys delivering engaging, thought-provoking presentations. With a background in public health, regulation and food safety, her career spans several industries and jurisdictions both in Australia and the Middle East. Marsha is passionate about creating a harmonious and thriving food supply system, starting with the grower and their activities on-farm, through to the market floor and consumers. She works with all levels of stakeholders from parliament to pantry, soil-health to shelf-life. Fair Farms is a flagship program of Growcom Australia, a member-based organisation with a 90 year heritage of supporting and advocating for horticultural farmers.

Rob Rebenbach

Rob Redenbach

Author & Leadership Coach

What I Didn’t Learn at Harvard

 After leaving school at 15 to dig ditches on building sites in Tasmania, Rob Redenbach would go on to be listed by Business Review Weekly as one of Australia’s top ten professional speakers. Along the way he would work with Nelson Mandela’s bodyguard team in South Africa, survive a road-side ambush in Baghdad, Iraq and complete Executive Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rob’s signature presentation What I Didn’t Learn at Harvard captures key lessons from his journey and in the process demonstrates how to be a better leader – in business and in life. 

Shakira Johnson

Communications & Extension for iMapPESTS

Plant pest surveillance takes to the sky with iMapPESTS

Shakira joined AUSVEG in July 2018 to investigate the application of a draft area freedom framework policy in relation to the Tomato Potato Psyllid. Shakira’s current role involves communicating and translating research outcomes to industry stakeholders for the national plant pest surveillance program, iMapPESTS. An active member of the research and extension community, she sits on the stakeholder engagement committee of the Australasia-Pacific Extension Network, and is close to completing her Ph.D. thesis on pear scab disease, supported by La Trobe University and the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre.

Shakira will present a demonstration of one of the mobile plant pest surveillance units developed for the iMapPESTS program. The demonstration will outline the cutting edge technology used to develop the unit, the downstream identification of high-priority pests and diseases and how industry can use this information to support their on-farm pest management decisions.

Thomas King

Founder and CEO of Food Frontier

Thomas is the founder and CEO of Food Frontier, Australia and New Zealand’s independent think tank and expert advisor on alternative proteins. For the last decade, Thomas has driven food systems, environmental and poverty alleviation initiatives across five continents, and is both a former Young Australian of the Year VIC and Myer Innovation Fellow.

Realising the limitations of current protein production systems to safely and sustainably feed our global population into coming decades, Thomas founded Food Frontier to help businesses, innovators and policymakers understand and pursue opportunities in the emerging plant-based meat and cellular agriculture industries.

Food Frontier’s reports and events – undertaken in partnership with the likes of Deloitte, Colmar Brunton and the National Farmers Federation – have delivered world-first data and insights on alternative proteins and reached tens-of-millions of people via national and international media.

Thomas is also a seasoned public speaker, having presented at over 100 conferences, schools and summits since 2014 – from Milan to Jakarta to New York City – including on-stage conversations with former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Dame Jane Goodall and HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed.

Paul Levins

Open Innovation Expert

Paul Levins co-founded Xinova, a 12,000 member global innovation network based in Seattle with diverse customers including PepsiCo, Honda, Hyundai, Meat and Livestock Australia and Hort Innovation. Since returning to Australia, Paul is now a Principal at Beanstalk, Australia’s premier agtech innovation agency. Paul focusses on how open innovation can transform the food & agriculture industry. He believes it’s critical to look outside of industry verticals to find and apply new solutions as well as working with existing R&D efforts. Paul’s diverse career also includes: EVP of ICANN, the global coordinator of the Internet’s security and stability; the Head APAC for the Invention Development Fund; an executive at Bilfinger Berger Australia and Telstra and Chief of Staff in a range of portfolios including natural resources, higher education, water and infrastructure and planning. He is a Global Ambassador for Business Events Sydney and a past board member of ANZAC medical research institute and Australia’s domain name authority, auDA.

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