Top dairy chiefs to spearhead discussion

Australia’s top dairy processor chiefs will spearhead leadership discussion and debate at the Australian Dairy Conference (ADC) to be held 19-21 February 2019 in Canberra.

In an industry first, four executives from international and Australian-owned processing companies will sit side-by-side for a panel discussion hosted by Rabobank’s Senior Analyst Michael Harvey to explore what is happening in the processing sector and long-term implications for the Australian dairy industry.

The four dairy processing executives on the panel include:

  • Renè Dedoncker, Managing Director, Fonterra
  • Barry Irvin, Executive Chairman, Bega
  • Greg McNamara, Chairman, NORCO
  • Lino A. Saputo, Jnr., Chief Executive Officer, Saputo Inc.

The hour and a half session including question time will take place on Day Two of ADC – Thursday 21 February 2019 at 9.00am, Hotel Realm, Canberra.

2019 ADC Programming Chair Susan Wearden outlined the intention to bring together the chiefs of major processing companies to gain their insight and opinion for robust debate and discussion.

“The Australian dairy processing sector is really under the microscope at present and we are emerging from a period of unprecedented change. At the same time, the global dairy landscape is also really evolving so there is a lot happening.”

“What better way to better understand the implications for our industry and farmers than hear parallel perspectives from those in charge of companies navigating their way through the dairy environment,” she said.

“In an intriguing start to the session, each executive will have five minutes to outline ‘what keeps them up at night’which should prove quite insightful,” said Mrs Wearden.

“This session is shaping up to be a highlight on the second day of Conference and we are confident this collaboration will ignite the interest of Australian dairy farmers,” she said.

Mrs Wearden said the Australian Dairy Conference always strives to bring the most relevant topics and exclusive speakers to the national dairy farming audience.

“The formation of the dairy processing panel is a first in combining an elite group of executives to primarily discuss the processing sector and bigger picture,” she said.

“There have been panel discussions before but perhaps not quite so pointedly delving deep into the insights of the dairy chiefs in this manner. We look forward to what evolves out of discussion.”

Registrations for ADC Canberra 2019 are now open. Register now.

Farmer registration is $880 including two days of Conference proceedings and social functions.

Visit ADC Program and Registration for more information.