Date: Wednesday 7 March 2018
Time: Registration from 11:30am–12:00pm, Lunch 12:00pm–2:30pm
Venue: Crown Palladium Melbourne, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC
Dress Code: Business/Smart Casual
Catherine McGrath Media
Catherine McGrath is an award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent. For 3 decades she has been one of Australia’s leading women broadcasters as Bureau Chief and Political Editor for SBS and ABC television, radio and online services. Earlier she was the ABC’s South East Asia Correspondent.She passionately believes it is important for women to be supported in developing speaking and communication skills and that Australia must broaden the number and scope of women who speak in the media and at conferences and events.In 2016 Catherine covered her last federal election leading the SBS political bureau and then opened her own business with a focus on communications training and events.
Catherine presents conferences and facilitates events Australia wide. She also works with some of the country’s biggest companies and public-sector organisations in media and presentation training.Catherine is a recipient of the Centenary of Federation Medal for Services to Society through Journalism. She is a member of the Canberra Convention Bureau, the Canberra Business Chamber and the National Press Club.Catherine lives in Canberra and is a graduate of the University of Sydney.
|PROFESSOR DONG RUAN
Professor Dong Ruan is an expert in mechanical and structural engineering. Her primary research fields include the dynamic properties of materials, energy absorption of materials and structures, and impact mechanics. Dr Ruan has secured over $2 million in research grants from the Australian Research Council, Defence Materials and Technology Centre, Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Automotive Technology, CAST CRC and Rail Manufacturing CRC, among others.
Dr Ruan received the 2013 Eureka Prize in the “Safeguarding Australia” category as a key member of DMTC Armour Application Program.
Project Director, Arcadis
Tania Wallace-Smith is a senior member of the project management team at Arcadis, based in Melbourne, and is currently focusing on building a market presence in Victoria for delivering Project Management Services in the building sector. Tania is MBA qualified and has a double Degree in Engineering and Science. She has 15 years’ experience working on a range of large and complex projects in Australia, England and the United Arab Emirates and has been responsible for delivery of projects in excess of $500M. Tania’s most recent project roles have been as Project Director for the development of a 72-storey tower and a hotel and resort in the UAE.
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Jacobs Asia Pacific & Middle East
Jacobs Inclusion Council Chair
Consult Australia Male Champions of Change ChairPatrick Hill is the Senior Vice President & General Manager of Jacobs’ Asia Pacific & Middle East region leading approximately 6,000 employees in the delivery of critical buildings, power, transport, water and environmental projects that shape our cities and communities.Patrick is a passionate and vocal advocate for gender equality and flexibility, and believes collaboration is key to accelerating change across the industry and society. This is reflected in his ongoing involvement with the Consult Australia Male Champions of Change (CAMCC) network which aims to bring about accelerated change in the built environment consulting industry.
Patrick also Chairs the Inclusion Council for Jacobs across Australia and New Zealand, setting the strategic direction of our Inclusion @ Jacobs portfolios: Gender Equality, Flexibility, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) engagement and LGBTI+, Life stages, CALD (Cultural and Linguistic Diversity) and living with a disability. He works with a dedicated Inclusion Manager to implement interventions to effect change within the organisation and ensure his leadership team is engaged with, and accountable for, action. These have included the introduction of a flexible working toolkit and education around our inherent bias’; establishing the ‘tipping point’ of women in leadership target of 28% across Australia and New Zealand over 5 years; extending our parental leave benefits; implementing recruitment interventions to attract more women to the business; and continuing to conduct annual pay equity reviews and action.
Patrick is also one of three CEOs and CAMCC member organisations involved in piloting a new ‘Sponsoring Women for Accelerated Success program’ – which aims to accelerate the progression of emerging talented women in the industry.He is active gender equality and flexibility advocate in the industry, helping to mature the conversation across numerous forums on the issues including; Engineers Australia, CEDA, Roads Australia and Consult Australia. Patrick is a Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Pay Equity Ambassador; and for the third consecutive year, Patrick is proud to have lead his team to be awarded the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation in Australia by the WGEA.Patrick is a happy and proud father in a family where the gender imbalance is real – he has three incredible daughters, an amazing wife and a doting dog who also happens to be female.
|FLTLT Belinda Pavlovic
Defence Force RecruitingBelinda Pavlovic is a Flight Lieutenant for the Royal Australian Air Force and is a trained aeronautical and mechanical engineering. She also works in the Specialist Recruitment Team for Women at Defence Force Recruiting.Read more about Belinda in this article published by the Australian Financial Review.
BRONZE SPONSOR – MELBOURNE
Deakin University’s School of Engineering is delighted to be a Bronze Sponsor of Engineers Australia’s International Women’s Day.
Under the leadership of our Head of School, Professor Karen Hapgood, we are successfully striving to meet our gender goals. This includes a continued focus to increase our female students. Our female academic staff numbers are anticipated to be at least 20% by the end of 2018. This is a significant increase from 11% in 2016.
Industry-focus and R&D activities are also important to our School of Engineering.
Industry-specific problems provide context and challenges for our talented staff and students. Using our state-of-the-art facilities within the Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training (CADET), we are able to tackle the toughest challenges of Australian industry. This assists in providing the solutions that will advance our society and strengthen our economy.
We have specialists in many areas of engineering; infrastructure and environment, energy management, automation, manufacturing, product design and development, materials, additive manufacturing and more. Our facilities are world-class, with laboratories for advanced CNC machining, high-level 3D printing, VR/AR, energy and high-voltage, water treatment, concrete and corrosion testing, robotics and automation. Facing problems with a holistic approach, we can deliver solutions unrivalled by any engineering school in the country.