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Power of Impact

21st August 2019

08:00 - 19:00

Abbotsford Convent,
1 St Helier Street,
Abbotsford Victoria 3067

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David LePage focuses on contributing to creating a social value market place, where trading generates community capital rather than merely economic capital. His work involves the developing and advocacy for social enterprise and social procurement.  He is co-founder, Director and Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada. Buy Social Canada facilitates social purchasing relationships and offers a certification program for social enterprise suppliers and purchasers.

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Simon Fenech

Operations Manager, Fruit 2 Work

Fruit2work changed my life. I was drug addicted for ten years, living a terrible life found myself in jail and after a 12 month stint I desperately needed my life to change. After release I found it impossible to get a job Fruit2work gave me an opportunity and I have never looked back since. This social enterprise changed my life.

Luke Terry

CEO & Co-founder – White Box Enterprises

Luke Terry is known as one of Australia’s most awarded ‘serial social entrepreneurs’. Over the last 15 years, he has founded several large-scale employment-focused social enterprise projects that create meaningful work pathways for individuals who would otherwise be excluded from the labour market. In 2017, Luke created Vanguard Laundry Services, an AU$8 million commercial laundry with an in-built mental health career and training centre employing more than 140 people since commencement.
Luke has been recognised as a Westpac Social Change Fellow, the 2015 recipient of the SVA David Clarke Scholarship, a Queensland Citizen of the Year finalist, and winner of the 2015 & 2016 Australian Social Enterprise Awards.

Paul Brown

CEO, Jigsaw

Paul is the CEO and co-founder of Jigsaw and is passionate about innovating in the employment sphere of the disability sector through the development of commercial services within the areas of document and data management. Under Paul’s leadership as General Manager, Jigsaw has grown from a simple idea to a profit-making social enterprise, providing document and data management services to over 50 corporate and government clients, whilst supporting well over 150 people with disability to prepare for and transition to mainstream employment. Paul is a graduate of Academy Global’s Emerging Leaders Program.

David Laity

Founder/CEO, Goodwill Wines

David began Goodwill Wine after losing most of what he owned in the Black Saturday bushfires. With a strong desire to pay forward the help he received, he took the $15,000 given to him through the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal and instead of replacing what was lost, began sourcing high quality wines, built a website, and started passing on 50% of his profit to charity. Fast forward ten years, some recent angel investment and a team made up largely from the long term unemployed as well as the NDIS, and Goodwill Wine has grown rapidly; tripling its turnover in 2019 and paying forward over $275,000.

Rob Pekin

CareLord, Food Connect Shed

Over the past 20 odd years Robert has been challenging and transforming the food and agricultural system in Australia. As a former organic dairy farmer and market gardener he has become known as a practical and hands on social entrepreneur working at the systems end of changing the way business can pivot away from the malaise the current food system finds itself in. In 2004 he founded Food Connect, a dynamic multi-farmer food distribution enterprise with an innovative community-based distribution system. In 2009, the Food Connect Foundation was launched to increase the scope of the fair food movement internationally and across Australia. Robert is a member of the national board of Australian Social Enterprise Advisory Group, co-founder of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and a founding member on the Board of The global software organsiation Open Food Network. He is a contributing author to Fair Food, published by University of Queensland Press. Last year he co-founded the Food Connect Shed to raise over $2million with the Food Connect community to buy the warehouse they’d been renting for over 12 years, through an equity crowdfunding campaign. Rob is a well known speaker in the Fair Food movement. He loves his blended family of four children, and his favorite foods are beer, butter and good bread.

Stephanie Roache

Corporate Responsibility Manager, Australia Post

Stephanie has over 10 years’ experience working across procurement, community relations and corporate social responsibility. She champions positive change at Australia Post through spearheading their social procurement strategy, advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and communicating their Corporate Responsibility strategy. Stephanie is a great communicator, very personable and conscientious. She is passionate about diversity, inclusion, mental health and well-being. She believes social procurement is one of the most powerful mechanisms for delivering positive social impact and has a keen interest in this space. Stephanie was recently recognised for her leadership in this space through being awarded ‘Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year’ at Supply Nation’s 2019 Supplier Diversity Awards.

Leigh Hardingham

Social Procurement & Inclusion Manager, John Holland

Leigh Hardingham is the Manager, Social Procurement and Inclusion for the CPB Contractors and John Holland Joint Venture delivering the West Gate Tunnel Project. This project has made significant commitments to provide employment to 785 people facing significant disadvantage in securing employment and the inclusion of social enterprises and Aboriginal businesses. Leigh brings a diverse experience to her work in Melbourne. She has worked in teams constructing major infrastructure, been an active community leader with executive roles in community organisations including youth, education and training and tourism. She opened and managed a very successful small business, managed programs in State Government including Premier and Cabinet and is a partner in a farming enterprise. This broad base has given her insight into how to effectively promote innovative thinking, empower people to take action and develop processes to support change.

Sam Sondhi

CEO, Outlook Environmental

Sam Sondhi is the CEO of Outlook Victoria and a member of the Board of Management. Outlook is a leading provider of disability support and employment services based in South East Melbourne. Outlook also wholly owns and operates one of the largest waste management social enterprises in Australia, Outlook Environmental. Sam has 10 years’ experience in Investment Banking working as a Vice President in the M&A and Capital Markets groups for Credit Suisse and Citigroup primarily based in Sydney. Sam has extensive experience in domestic and international capital markets and has advised some of Australia’s largest corporations on a range of acquisitions, divestments and capital raising initiatives. In addition, Sam spent over 5 years establishing and running his own investment company focussed on the Australian retail and wholesale sectors, which he has now divested. More recently, Sam served as Chief Operating Officer of international development NGO, Business for Development, based in Melbourne and as the Director of Strategy & Growth for Lentara UnitingCare. Sam holds a First Class Honours degree in Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Dean Sharshott

General Manager Human Resources

Dean is currently General Manager, Human Resources at CPB Contractors. He has also held a number of senior positions in the construction, energy, telecommunications and manufacturing industries. He has extensive experience across a diverse range of functions including generalist human resources, learning, organisation development, change management, talent management, resourcing and industrial relations. One of Dean’s responsibilities at CPB Contractors is providing leadership for the Indigenous and Social Inclusion function to foster engagement with Indigenous and disadvantaged communities that is inclusive, respectful, fair and culturally appropriate and identify opportunities to engage Indigenous and social enterprises in the supply chain.

Elizabeth Lette

Procurement Policy and Reform Team Manager

Elisabeth Lette is the Procurement Policy and Reform Manager within the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. In this role Elisabeth has been responsible for the policy design, development and implementation of a number of procurement policy issues, including ‘Victoria’s Social Procurement Framework’ (SPF). The SPF is a whole of government framework that seeks to leverage the government’s $27 billion purchasing power to achieve a range of social, economic and environmental outcomes. It applies to the procurement of all goods, services and construction in around 300 government entities. Elisabeth is a Chartered Accountant with significant experience in accountancy and consulting practice, multi-national private sector organisations and government.

Debbie Brookes

National Business Manager, IPA Personnel

Debbie has 5 years’ experience working in employment services and recruitment. She is experienced in managing high volume recruitment campaigns including graduate campaigns for the federal government. Debbie’s focus and passion is centred around diversity and inclusion and she works with many businesses and government organisations to increase diversity in their workforce. She manages recruitment campaigns aimed at particular diversity cohorts from Indigenous, to people with a disability to females in non-traditional roles.

Dave Andrews

Procurement Lead, Microsoft

Since leaving university to take advantage of the mining boom in WA, Dave has held procurement roles in construction, mining, health and now the technology industry with Microsoft. Dave is passionate about using procurement as a tool to create a more inclusive economy, driving innovation and changing the way procurement enable their business through the use of technology, simplification of policies and procedures and driving business led procurement.

Simon Robinson

Director, Corporate Citizenship

Simon is a specialist in measurement and benchmarking of corporate community investments and impact assessment using the LBG methodology. Simon has been a CSR professional, connecting business and communities, since the early 1990’s. He has held a range of senior positions including Deputy Regional Director for Business in the Community (UK) moving to Australia in 2004 he has held positions as GM for Corporate Responsibility at Sensis and inaugural CEO of Melbourne / Australia Cares. Simon has been working with LBG now for over 10 years. In that time Simon has led the introduction of LBGOnline, member results sharing and impact assessment. He was voted into the top 25 of the most influential people in the social sector in Pro Bono’s inaugural Impact 25. Simon now heads up Corporate Citizenship in Australia, that manages LBG globally and is part of a global management consultancy specialising in sustainability and corporate responsibility, with offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Santiago, Singapore and Melbourne. Simon has a Bachelor of Science degree from Liverpool University and postgraduate certificate in management from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Mikey Leung

Creative Director, Digital Storytellers

To change the world, we must change the story. This is the mantra that Mikey and his team live by at Digital Storytellers, a film-making agency and impact storytelling community based out of Sydney. By drawing on the deep and spiritual roots within the ancient art of storytelling, the team creates impactful stories and films that showcase and scale the positive solutions already here in the world today. Our clients range from the grassroots campaigners (think Greenpeace) to corporate procurers such as the West Gate Tunnel Project, ING Bank and several NSW government departments. We also work hard to demystify the craft and the technology of storytelling for impact changemakers and have just released the beta version of our Stories For Impact online workshop program, based on our face-to-face workshops that have reached thousands around the world. As a social enterprise, the Digital Storytellers team uses its profit to support the development of storytelling work in the social impact sector, and directly discounts its agency work for fellow social enterprises and changemakers. We have also trained a thousands of aspiring impact storytellers through our training programs, which help impact creators to attain new opportunities and funding with their work.

Jason Webster

Operations Manager, Broadspectrum

Jason has more than 20 years’ experience delivering various State and Federal Government contracts including Roads and Public Housing in both operational and management roles, Heavily focused on providing accurate delivery to clients’ needs whilst ensuring his teams are encouraged and supported in developing and achieving their own career goals.

Lisa Waldron

Senior Advisor, Westpac Foundation

Lisa leads the Westpac Foundation Employment Partnership Program that provides collaborative funds and support to help Social Enterprises create jobs and employment pathways for Australians who need it the most. Lisa has deep experience in corporate philanthropy and has played a key role in building a strong reputation and profile for the Westpac Foundation as one of Australia’s leading and innovative foundations.

Aurora Elmes

PhD Candidate and Senior Research Assistant, Centre for Social Impact Swinburne

Aurora Elmes is a PhD Candidate and Senior Research Assistant at the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne. Aurora’s PhD research is focused on understanding the effects of a social enterprise on economic participation, health and wellbeing, through a longitudinal evaluation of Australian social enterprise Vanguard Laundry Services. Since joining CSI Swinburne in 2016, Aurora has co-authored the Philanthropy and Philanthropists report as part of Giving Australia 2016, and assisted with research focused on the resilience and resourcing of social enterprise. She is currently part of the Social Enterprise Impact Lab research team.

Rajiv Ramanathan

Director, Social Value, Capability and Inclusion, Major Road Projects Victoria

Rajiv is the Director, Social Value, Capability and Inclusion for MRPV. Prior to this role, Rajiv led the Inclusion and Social Procurement team for the Level Crossing Removal Project which saw investments in Aboriginal businesses and social enterprises rise to $90 million within two years. With over 25 years of experience in inclusion, capability and sector capacity building, Rajiv is passionate about assisting industry to create lasting social value legacies beyond the realised infrastructure benefits.

Felicity Roberts

Manager Procurement Practice and Assurance, VicRoads

Felicity is an experienced procurement professional and has been championing the application of social procurement at VicRoads for a number of years. She is responsible for development and implementation of the VicRoads Social Procurement Strategy and has made significant impact in changing the way VicRoads undertakes procurement activities. Felicity is passionate about the benefits of social procurement and considers its application to be essential in delivering the best value for money outcomes for the Victorian community.

Jacqueline Gava

Associate Director: Capital Procurement, University of Melbourne

Jacqueline has over 15 years supply chain experience in public and private construction sectors. Before joining the University she managed the Supply Chain for oil & gas projects in Papua New Guinea where she found her passion for supporting local businesses and upskilling the national / local teams. In her current role as Associate Director for Capital Projects at the University of Melbourne she is taking the lead to champion and embed social procurement practices within construction projects with the vision to change mindsets and approach to consider social outcomes as part of value for money.

Sue Boyce

CEO, Ability Works Australia

Ability Works Australia CEO, appointed Oct 2017

Ability Works Australia CEO Sue Boyce, has a track record building commercial and not for profit organisations.
Prior to Ability Works Australia Sue was General Manager, Fundraising and Community Engagement at beyondblue, and on the beyondblue Executive Management team. She led the beyondblue fundraising team to grow revenue at 36% per annum over 4 years.
Sue’s experience spans 25 years with commercial organisations such as Nestle, Primo Moraitis Fresh, Merck and The Micromarketing Group (TMG) in business development and business management functions.
She was joint Managing Director, of TMG, a marketing services firm, built from a green fields operation to $20 million with 75 staff at head office and 1200 in the field.
Earlier in her career she was a nutritionist / dietitian working in hospitals in Sydney and Melbourne and for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) working with Afghan Refugees in Baluchistan Province, Pakistan.
Sue has a Master of Public Health, from the University of Sydney; a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration, from Swinburne; a Postgraduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics, from Flinders University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne.

Marco Martini

Team Leader, SPC Team, Deptartment of Treasury and Finance

Marco Martini is a Team Leader in the Whole of Government procurement Team at the Department of Treasury and Finance, Victorian State Government. Prior to joining DTF in 2014, Marco worked in the travel industry and in management consulting in London and Sydney.

Sarai Tuuga

QLD Services Manager, yourtown

Sarai has over 20 years experience in program and service design/delivery in training and employment services to young people. She has been managing yourtown’s QLD based social enterprises for the past 5 years and is a founding member of the Social Enterprise Network Logan.

Loes Westerbeek

Community Engagement Manager, Broadspectrum

Loes is responsible for enhancing corporate sustainability across Broadspectrum operations, focusing strongly on Community Engagement and Indigenous Participation. Loes holds a PhD from Deakin University, Melbourne and a Masters from the University of Groningen, Netherlands. Prior to her position with Broadspectrum, Loes worked as a Research Fellow at the Corporate Citizenship Research Unit, Deakin University. Since 2016 Loes is Director of two not-for profit organisations in Victoria

Sam Edmonds

Principal, Buyer Services

Sam facilitates social procurement deals between buyers and social enterprise suppliers, by providing strategic advice on linking social enterprises into existing business and government supply chains.

Working with business and government buyers Sam increases awareness of social enterprise and practical social procurement knowledge and expertise in buyer organisations through communications, training and engagement. Sam is instrumental in working with buyers to translate their social enterprise procurement spend into a social impact report that informs how procurement spend has affected a beneficiary group.

Sam has worked in environmental & parks planning with Parks Victoria, started a coffee wholesale and retail business, and worked as the CEO of the Victorian Farmers’ Markets association. Sam has an honours degree in Planning and Design from the University of Melbourne.

Timothy Beasley

Non Executive Director, Cape York Partnership

Tim is a Finance Executive starting his career at Perpetual before Co-Founding Cape York Enterprises – an Indigenous business incubator. Tim is currently Head of Growth Projects at LongView – a property management start-up in Melbourne and is a non-executive director of Cape York Timber.

Jess Moore

CEO, Community Resources

Jess is the CEO of Community Resources, a national community development organisation that works to create jobs that make communities better. It runs three environmental repair social enterprises (Green Connect, Soft Landing, and Resource Recovery Australia), and provides a range of community services. Jess has worked in leadership positions for the past 15 years in environment and social sector organisations. For the past 7 years, this involved environmental social enterprises that create employment opportunities for people experiencing disadvantage’ particularly former refugees and young people.

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