7 October 2016 | Breakfast with Mike Mrdak, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. After the presentation, Mr Mrdak will be joined by Peter Winder, Executive General Manager – Interstate, ARTC and Stuart Cassie, Global Leader – Program Advisory, Aurecon, for a panel discussion about freight priorities and importance of Inland Rail.

Event at a glance:

IAQ is delighted to announce an expanded program for our breakfast event on 7 October with Australia’s Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and the National Transport Commissioner, Mike Mrdak AO and ARTC Executive General Manager, Peter Wender.

Following the Mike Mrdak presentation on the Federal government’s infrastructure priorities, Aurecon Global Leader, Program Advisory, Stuart Cassie will join Mike and Peter for a panel discussion facilitated by Aurecon Infrastructure ?Leader SEQ, Ben Fluck.

Stuart has a wealth of experience in advising large infrastructure owners and developers in innovative project and portfolio management, including risk evaluation and strategy across a range of sectors in Australia, Europe, Africa, Middle East and North America. Prior to joining Aurecon, he was Managing Director for PwC’s Capital Projects advisory business.

As Infrastructure Unit Manager of Aurecon, Ben provides global engineering, management and technical services advice for public and private sector clients. He leads a team of 250 people across four offices in south east Queensland, focusing on transport, water and land infrastructure markets.

We hope you can join us to hear the latest thinking on national priorities with the opportunity to explore the international and local context.

Meet the speaker:

Mike_Mrdak010Mike Mrdak, Secretary, Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Mike Mrdak knows all too well the importance of infrastructure to stimulate the economy in difficult times. At the height of the GFC, he was appointed to the key role of Commonwealth Coordinator-General with responsibility for ensuring the effective implementation of Commonwealth economic stimulus infrastructure investments

His work with the infrastructure and regional development portfolio includes infrastructure investment; productivity; road, rail, aviation and maritime transport security, safety and regulation; and regional development.

Mike is Commissioner, National Transport Commission, and represents the Australian Government on the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) board. In 2013 he received the Federal Government Leader of the Year Award for his leadership on major infrastructure projects including the duplication of the Pacific and Hume Highways.

Meet the panel members:

PWinder Corp PicPeter Winder, Executive General Mananger, Interstate Network, ARTC

Peter Winder is Executive General Manager – Interstate, leading ARTC’s interstate business unit with responsibility for: – Commercial and Customer Service – Operations Services – Asset Management – Compliance and Safety – Transformation and Business Reform.

Peter also oversees the delivery of the Inland Rail project, funded by the Australian Government, and the roll-out of the Advanced Train Management System (ATMS).

He joined O’Donnell Griffin in 2008 as the Novo Rail Alliance General Manager before being appointed as Chief Executive of O’Donnell Griffin Rail in 2012.  Prior to O’Donnell Griffin, Peter worked for FreightCorp and Pacific National, where he was General Manager of the coal business for 8 years, including the privatisation of FreightCorp and transition to Pacific National.

He was responsible for the Hunter Valley coal and other bulk rail operations across the Pacific National business.

With over 25 years of rail experience, Peter continues to champion rail industry capacity growth and the expansion of the rail network in Australia.

Stuart Cassie headshot

Stuart Cassie, Global Leader, Program Advisory, Aurecon

Stuart’s 20 year career has centred around providing consulting and advisory services to assist large, complex infrastructure owners and developers evaluate, manage and deliver major capital projects and portfolios of sustaining capital projects for ongoing operations.

Stuart has consulted extensively around the development and operationalisation of innovative project and portfolio management evaluation and prioritisation approaches; technical and non-technical risk evaluation and management; portfolio management strategy and implementation; and small and large scale project delivery strategy and processes.

Stuart has been a leading advisor to executives across sectors and jurisdictions including government infrastructure; energy and resources; oil and gas; and utilities in Australia; Europe; Africa; Middle East; and North America.  Prior to joining Aurecon, Stuart held senior global roles in a leading engineering advisory business and was Managing Director of PwC’s Capital Projects Advisory business.

VENUE: The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Boulevard Room, South Brisbane

TIME: 7.15am — 9.00am

COST: Members $110, Non-members $134, Members Tables of 10 $1000, Non-members Tables of 10 $1250 (includes GST)


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Registrations close Tuesday 4 October 2016