Professional development scholarships have been awarded to three country shire council executives and a city-based corporate executive under a Perth Convention Bureau sponsored program.
The Bureau’s high profile “Convention Ambassadors” drawn from the corporate, arts and sporting communities were invited to nominate applicants for the scholarships which are worth $5,000 and designed to assist the winners to attend national and international conferences.
The winners of this year’s inaugural scholarships include Cassandra Stipanicev, Manager Business Economic Development with the Shire of Cranbrook, Rebecca McCall, Manager Community and Economic Development, Shire of Moora, and Richard Milloy, Economic Development and Marketing Officer, Shire of Dalwallinu.
All three were nominated by the Bureau’s Convention Ambassador Ms Ricky Burges, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Local Government Association.
Ms Stipanicev collects a $5,000 scholarship while Ms McCall and Mr Milloy share $5,000 as joint winners.
Ms Stipanicev plans to use the scholarship to attend the national conference of Economic Development Australia (EDA) in Adelaide in September where she will canvass support for WA to host the 2013 event.
Ms McCall and Mr Milloy plan to use the scholarship to attend the Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) national conference in Geelong later this year. They will lobby support for a potential WA bid to host the conference in 2013.
The other scholarship winner, Stewart Roberts, was nominated by Bureau Convention Ambassador John O’Connor, a Managing Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr Roberts, a Director at PwC, plans to attend the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s World Forum and Summit in Frankfurt in July.
At the conference he aims to promote WA as a destination for investment in the agribusiness sector as well as broaden his network of contacts and identify the potential for Perth to host a future forum and summit.
Bureau Chairman Ian Laurance said today’s announcement of the scholarship winners represented a new initiative designed to broaden the scope of the Bureau’s existing scholarship program and engage its Convention Ambassadors.
He added: “The main point of establishing the Ambassador Program in 1998 was to profile Western Australia as a business events destination as well as raising the profile and role of the Bureau and the significant economic contribution the sector makes to the WA economy.
“The Ambassadors in their normal business lives carry the message that Perth has the infrastructure and ability to successfully stage large national and international conventions.
“In particular, they promote the message that Western Australia is an innovative and progressive community at the forefront of global research and development in many industry sectors.”
Under the expanded Scholarship and Awards Program, originally launched in 1999, 15 scholarships worth a total of $80,000 are now available to applicants annually.
The Bureau – established in 1972 – is responsible for marketing WA as a business events destination encompassing conventions, exhibitions and incentive travel groups.