The Supply Chain Forum is firmly established as the premier strategic event for supply chain executives.

Supply chains are becoming more responsive to changing consumer demands whilst maintaining operational efficiency. New levels of connectivity, transparency and social mobilisation are amplifying end-to-end risks and creating opportunities for businesses operating across increasingly diversified markets. Traditional supply models risk sliding into irrelevance.

Executives are navigating this increasingly complex circumstance to forge a new business reality. Thrust to the strategic forefront, effective supply chain management has become the critical driver of value and advantage.

The Supply Chain Forum is the most senior gathering of supply chain executives in Australia. It is the ideal platform from which to formulate strategies to successfully overcome the challenges of the future and enhance business performance today.

Why attend?

This event features an ambitious, outcome-focussed agenda with over 40 C-suite perspectives from the highest levels of supply chain management in Australia. In a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from the leaders of all the major industry stakeholders from across the nation.

  • Gain insights from the experiences of the nation’s most influential organisations and executives
  • Be Inspired by the most distinguished minds in supply chain and logistics
  • Learn lessons of exemplary management practise from high-performing teams
  • Uncover what it takes to change the game in supply chain logistics
  • Determine what the future holds for your supply chain sector
  • Network effectively at dedicated lunches, breaks and drinks events with world-class executives

Gain access

// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ industry speakers
// 200+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment


Nir Ten Bosch
Venture Chief Executive Officer, Connected Freight
Shell (SGP)
Neal Tomblyn
Director of Strategy and Business Development
Lockheed Martin (USA)
Molly Harriss Olson
Chief Executive Officer
Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand
Paul Retter AO
Chief Executive and Commissioner
National Transport Commission
Dr John Gattorna
Global Supply Chain ‘Thought Leader’
John Harney
Group Chief Procurement Officer
Domino’s Pizza
Shaun Toussaint
National Supply Chain Loss Manager
Simon Rowe
Supply Chain Transformation Manager
Kimberly-Clark Australia
Andrew Spence
National Manager Operations and Supply Chain
Jeremy Goodman
Director - Supply Chain
Carnival Australia
Krishna KNG
Director Supply Chain ANZ
Castrol Australia
Len Blackmore
Deputy Executive Director - Procurement
Transport for NSW
Ingilby Dickson
Industry Board Director
Dr Rodolfo Garcia-Flores
Research Scientist
CSIRO Data61
Nick Gothard
Director of Supply Chain Management
Boeing Defence Australia
Ron Hurley
General Manager Supply Chain
Fuji Xerox
Adel Salman
Head of Supply Chain
Bega Cheese
Elizabeth Kaneyson
Supply Chain Program Manager


Tuesday 18th September 2018
  • 08:30Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:50Opening Remarks from the Chairman

  • 08:55Ministerial Welcome

  • 09:05Keynote

  • 09:40Outlook Session

    Global Movement: Obstacles and Opportunities for Modern Supply

    Deepening fissures in globalisation, cautious scepticism on free trade, a drift towards isolationism—all signs of a global paradigm shift impacting the movement of goods. Combined with reduced automation costs, consumer demands for seamless service delivery and renewed attention to sustainability, supply chain managers are revaluating their priorities for continued success in the digital age. How can executives account for international risk and political fluctuations in their supply chains? What competitive forces are challenging traditional thinking about supply? How are Australian companies faring compared to global agents?

  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:05Keynote

  • 11:35Leadership Session

    Courageous Leadership: A New Domain for Supply Chain Management

    From the sheer pace of digital discovery to radical changes in consumer preferences, the complexity of modern logistics is thrusting supply chain leaders to the strategic forefront. Leaders who find a path through this volatility are shaping organisation-wide strategy and forging a new business reality. What does courageous leadership in supply chain strategy look like? How are supply chain leaders working across interior portfolios to build internal capabilities? Can the supply chain function evolve to become synonymous with a company’s reputation? How do you build your legacy as a supply chain executive?

  • 12:25Partner Keynote

  • 12:50Lunch & Networking

  • 13:50Keynote

  • 14:15Strategy Session

    The Art of Motion: Supply Chains as a Strategic Advantage

    Supply chain strategy is crossing into a new business threshold. No longer confined to the logistics of executing business strategy, supply chain leaders are becoming determinative in how the enterprise chooses to compete. How can leaders assess the limitations of their existing supply networks? Is visibility through integrated supply an imperative for shaping business objectives? How has the supply chain evolved to unlock new business opportunities for companies?

  • 15:05Keynote

  • 15:30Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 16:00Risk Session

    Security Over Supply: Addressing Vulnerabilities in Volatile Markets

    There is no claim of ignorance in supply. Whether it be the ubiquitous risk of social media or cyber threats intensified by attacker footholds in the pipeline, a comprehensive risk and security strategy is crucial for seamless supply.  Are cloud-security and cyber-resilience developing in pace with technology in integrated supply chains? Should supply chain executives assume greater responsibility for a company’s risk portfolio? What systems are in place to transform supply chain vulnerabilities into opportunities? How can managers cultivate a risk appetite to remain competitive in a dynamic market?

  • 16:50Keynote

  • 17:25Closing Remarks from the Chairman

  • 17:30Close of Day One

Wednesday 19th September 2018
  • 08:40Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:00Opening Remarks from the Chairman

  • 09:05Keynote

  • 09:40Customer Session

    New Supply Pathways: Reaching Consumers Faster

    Inspired by customisation, enticed by cost, and motivated by ethical consumption—the contradictory interests of today’s consumers are disturbing long-standing distribution models. Organisations that mould their product pathways on consumer preferences are gaining the competitive edge. How are supply chain managers reconciling diverging customer preferences? Will further consumer empowerment disrupt long-standing distribution models? How are novel distribution pathways bringing consumers closer to their products, and brands closer to their consumers?

  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:10Platinum Keynote

  • 11:35Sustainability Session

    Held to Account: Ushering in a New Era of Supply

    From responding to investor demands for transparency to vying for consumer allegiances, sustainable practice plays a central role in contemporary supply chains. As the dimensions of sustainability shift, from purely environmental arguments to social and economic cases, it is critical that supply chain managers build their sustainability knowledge. How should leaders assign priorities within the expanding sustainability agenda? How would anticipated regulatory developments impact the commercial landscape? Will leaders be able to market sustainability as a point of distinction once regulation becomes prolific?

  • 12:25Keynote

  • 12:50Lunch & Networking

  • 13:50Keynote

  • 14:15Innovation Session

    Simplicity from Complexity: Unleashing Innovation in the Future of Supply

    Whether born of necessity or from ambition, innovation is an undeniable force in modern supply. Blockchain remodelling and the Internet of Things are converging, animating an abundance of dormant data in supply chains. Robotics technology and artificial intelligence are simultaneously absorbing rapid consumer-driven change. How can executives create a culture of innovation to discern realistic applications for hype-cycle technologies? Are leaders effectively leveraging the innovative power of suppliers? A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so how do leaders advance the entire supply chain? How can managers identify unnecessary complexity in supply? What does the future hold for supply chain leaders?

  • 15:05Closing Remarks from the Chairman

  • 15:10Close of Forum




Westpac Institutional Bank (WIB) delivers a broad range of financial services to Commercial, Corporate, Institutional and Public Sector customers with connections to Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and USA markets. We take a supply chain perspective of our customer’s business, providing innovative risk and financing solutions designed to add value to our customers’ and their strategic trade counterparts business.

Celebrating its 4th year, the Supply Chain Forum is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

From knowledge sharing, to brand exposure and lead generation, sponsors have an effective platform to engage this decision-making audience, before, during and after the event.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with senior supply chain professionals, the Supply Chain Forum offers unrivalled cut-through.

Tim Lockwood – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8004 3172
Email: timl@cmgroup.com.au


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68 Market Street Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
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To receive a discount on rooms, contact reservations directly on +61 (2) 9238 8870 or groups.sydney@swissotel.com and quote CE0917

Packages Early Bird Price Per Delegate (ends 8 June) Standard Price Per Delegate (from 9 June)
Supply Chain Professional: 1-2 Delegates $1800 + GST $2200 + GST
Supply Chain Professional: 3-5 Delegates $1620 + GST $2020 + GST
Supply Chain Professional: 6-9 Delegates $1440 + GST $1840 + GST
Supply Chain Professional: 10+ Delegates $1260 + GST $1660 + GST

Please note if you are a Service Provider to supply chain professionals, email timl@cmgroup.com.au to register.

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    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

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    All prices quoted are in AUD. Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. Group discounts will only be applied on the original order – added delegates will not receive a discount once registration in processed. All prices quoted exclude GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

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    Cancellation Policy:
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  • FAQ

    What’s included in my delegate pass?
    A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount?
    Yes – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact team@cmgroup.com.au

    Can I transfer my pass?
    A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to team@cmgroup.com.au

    How do I receive my delegate pass?
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    Is media registration available?
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    Cancellation Policy
    A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Will there be a delegate list available?
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