Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers 2017

Confirmed Keynotes

Jack Archer, CEO, Regional Australia Institute

Jack Archer has been with the Regional Australia Institute (RAI) since its inception in 2012, and developed the RAI’s policy and research program including major products such as [In]Sight: Australia’s Regional Competitiveness Index and [In]Form: Australia’s Online Library of Regional Research. Jack took up the role as Chief Executive Officer on 1 July 2015.

In previous roles as a consultant and public servant, Jack contributed to major regional reforms in water, climate change, indigenous issues and industry.

Jack holds a Bachelor of Natural Resource Management (Hons 1) from the University of New England and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Originally from Paterson in the lower Hunter Valley of NSW, he now lives in the hills west of Canberra.

Cr Col Murray, Deputy Chair, Regional Capitals Australia & Mayor, Tamworth Regional Council


Invited Keynotes

  • Minister John Barilo, Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW, Minister for Skills, Minister for Small Business, NSW Government
  • Andrew Crane, CEO, Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals
  • Terry Rawnsley, Principal & Partner, SGS Economics & Planning

The Conference Program Committee would like to thank our 2016 keynotes.

  • Dr David Fleming, Research Economist, CSIRO
  • Mr Sean Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Ms Nicky Ison and Jarra Hicks, Founding Directors, Community Power Agency
  • Mr Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, Australian Logistics Council
  • Associate Professor Simon McArthur, Deputy Chair, Australian Regional Tourism Network
  • Mr Warwick Powell, Founder and Chairman, Sister City Partners Ltd

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