NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner congratulated Business Events Sydney’s (BESydney) Ambassadors for their assistance with generating almost $400 million in economic impact for New South Wales.
Speaking at the annual Ambassador Dinner and Investiture, Mr Stoner acknowledged the value of business events as a key driver of both the State’s visitor and knowledge economies.
“Business events benefit not only our economy, but our communities and our industries, through the opportunities they create for global networking, trade and investment, information exchange and innovation,” Mr Stoner said.
As Patron of the Ambassador Program, the Deputy Premier tonight formally announced 20 new Ambassadors and 4 new Future Leaders. The group included leaders who represented the NSW Government’s priority sectors, an initiative that forms part of the recently released NSW Economic Development Framework.
The NSW Government is collaborating even more closely with BESydney, the state’s convention bureau, to align business events to the Government’s priority sectors and international markets, which have recently expanded from 6 to 10.
“The NSW Government acknowledges that business events play a valuable role in helping us to raise the global profile of Sydney and NSW, collaborate to drive innovation and competitiveness and to demonstrate leadership,” Mr Stoner said.
“The Ambassador Program brings together some of Australia’s, and the world’s, industry leaders from a wide range of disciplines including medicine, science, agriculture, arts, and business. Their support is key to the success of business events in our state.”
Events secured with assistance from BESydney Ambassadors include:
The World Conference of Dental Traumatology 2016: secured with the assistance of Associate Professor Richard Widmer, Director, Department, The Children’s Hospital, Westmead. The conference will attract 1,000 delegates and have an estimated economic impact of more than $2.75 million to the State’s economy.
The 12th Congress of the International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement 2013: secured with assistance from Professor Jeremy Chapman, Director, Renal and Urology Unit, Westmead Hospital. The event will attract 400 delegates and have an estimated economic impact of over $1.5 million.
The International Bar Association (IBA) 2017: secured by a bid led by Mr Fred Chilton, Partner, Emil Ford Lawyers. The event is among the first that will be held in the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), and is expected to attract 4,000 delegates and have an estimated economic impact of approximately $18 million.
“Through their ongoing work with BESydney, these, and our new Ambassadors will drive collaboration, innovation and competitiveness for our state and will help to establish NSW as the first place in Australia to do business,” Mr Stoner said.
BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said that following last night’s investitures, the bureau now had 78 Ambassadors and 8 Future Leaders, with plans to expand the programs even further over the next year.
“Not only are our Ambassadors passionate about their work, they’re passionate about Sydney and NSW. Their expertise and esteemed reputations are absolutely invaluable,” Ms Lewis-Smith said.
“I have no doubt that, in 2013, our Ambassadors and Future Leaders will continue to help BESydney to secure a diverse mix of events across a growing range of industry sectors and cement our position as Australia’s premier business event destination.”
Indeed, it was also confirmed today that Sydney had jumped 10 places in the 2012 International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) global rankings to lead Australia as the number one business events city. This comes after the bureau was last week awarded top honours at the Meetings and Events Association (MEA) national conference in Darwin, winning the national award for Metropolitan Destination Marketing Organisation.
“These accolades are a credit to our hard-working global team, government and business partners, Strategic Partners and Members who tirelessly promote Sydney and NSW to the world,” Ms Lewis-Smith said.
“Sydney is well and truly established as a global meeting place. But to stay at the top of our game, we always need to be thinking about how to do things better.
Coordination and collaboration are the keys to BESydney’s success and ensure Sydney delivers a world-class event experience every time.”
Ambassadors invested into the program
- Professor David Black AO – Professor of Organic Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales
- Mr Joe Catanzariti – Partner and National HR Manager, Clayton Utz
- Mr Fred Chilton – Partner, Emil Ford Lawyers
- Dr Tim Entwisle – Director and Chief Executive, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
- Mr Jon Hutchsion AM – Business Events and Tourism Consultant, Dyland Pty Ltd
- Dr Adi Paterson – Chief Executive Officer, ANSTO
- Professor Jim Piper – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Macquarie University
- Professor Erik Schlogl – Director, Qualitative Finance Research Centre, School of Finance and Economics, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
- Professor Peter Schofield – Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Neuroscience Research Australia
- Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons – Director,Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology, UNSW
- Professor Ron Trent – Director, Department of Molecular and Clinical Genetics, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
- Professor Gordon Wallace – Executive Research Director, ARC Centre for Excellence for Electromaterials Science, University of Wollongong
- Mr Geoff Buckley – Director, China Ready & Accredited Pty Ltd
- Professor Doug Jones AO – Partner, Clayton Utz
- Mr Hael Kobayashi – Associate Director, Creative Industries Innovation Centre, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
- Mr Paul Levins – President, Intellectual Ventures Australia and New Zealand
- Dr Ian Oppermann – Director, Digital Productivity and Services Flagship CSIRO
- The Hon. Warwick L. Smith AM – Senior Managing Director Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) Banking Group Limited
- Dr Bruce Spivey – President, International Council of Ophthalmology
- Mr Timothy Walker AM – Chief Executive and Artistic Director, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Future Leaders (an extension of the Ambassador Program involving early career researchers and industry leaders) invested
- Dr Yvette Blount – Lecturer in Accounting Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University.
- Associate Professor Richard Payne – Lecturer of Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney
- Dr Pep Serow – Senior Lecturer, School of Education, University of New England (UNE)
- Ms Kate Fairlie – Chair, FIG Young Surveyors Network