Resilient communities through a crisis

Resilient communities through a crisis

Jul 9
CEDA welcomes leaders from Government and the corporate sector to review Australia’s crisis response 2020, from bushfires, floods and COVID-19 and priorities for coming back better.

Event overview

2020 has unfortunately been defined by devastating social and economic impacts on our communities.  

While floods and bushfires blazed across Australia in early new-year resulting in the immediate physical destruction of homes, businesses and community infrastructure; COVID-19 has more recently challenged communities in unexpected ways as burdens have been placed on critical services, supply chains and jobs relocated to homes.  

Bringing together leaders from across CEDA’s membership, this event will examine: 

  • What citizens expect from a modern, resilient, Australian community and the critical services that support it
  • The impact of social dislocation and future social infrastructure needs supporting the health, education and prosperity of local communities 
  • Understanding a crisis through data analysis and preparing for the next challenge – what can we learn from recent examples to inform the government, corporate and community response to the next challenge?
  • Collaboration with the community sector, corporates and a whole-of-government approach to lead recovery and prepare and prevent future disasters where possible.
Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 12.00pm
WA: 10.30am

Opening keynote address

Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM
Commissioner, Resilience NSW

Shane Fitzsimmons was appointed as the inaugural Commissioner for Resilience NSW and Deputy Secretary, Emergency Management with the Department of Premier and Cabinet from 1 May 2020. This appointment followed a distinguished career with the NSW Rural Fire Service of over 35 years.

Meet the panel

Davina Rooney
Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia

Davina has led the Green Building Council of Australia since June 2019. Davina is a property professional with a broad range of sustainability experience, from environmental projects, not-for profit boards and overseas community development work, spending 8 months working in the Indian Himalayas on the construction of a school which won multiple international awards. Career highlights include a decade at Stockland which was a global leader in sustainability and therefore understands how the GBCA’s global leadership translates into real-world outcomes. Stockland was recognised in 2016 and 2018 simultaneously holding the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Global Property leader, GRESB Global leader (Retail/Office) and recognised on the CDP Leaders A-list.

Guy Templeton
President and Chief Executive Officer A/NZ, WSP, WSP

Guy leads WSP in Australia and New Zealand and is a member of the global executive team. Prior to WSP’s acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff from Balfour Beatty, Guy led services and construction businesses across Asia, Africa and Australia/NZ.Guy was previously CEO of Minter Ellison Lawyers and a Managing Partner at PA Consulting Group where he led global practices in telecommunications and media, financial services, manufacturing, strategy and marketing, from a base in Hong Kong. He is the Chair of the BCA’s Infrastructure and Growth Committee, a Member of the Australian School of Business Advisory Council at UNSW, an Adjunct Professor and Member of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Board at UTS.

Mark Wallace
Manager, Esri Disaster Response Program, Esri Australia

With over 25 years' industry experience, Mark has worked at both local and state government levels to deliver innovative geospatial technology solutions to some of Australia’s most challenging natural disasters and crises. As the head of Esri Australia’s disaster response and recovery program, Mark has provided hundreds of government and community leaders with access to cutting-edge technology, maps and apps to support their COVID-19 response and recovery strategies. An authority in the Australian public safety sector, he has also held leadership roles with the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, where he oversaw the award-winning technical response to the 2011 Queensland floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi.

Meet the facilitator

John O'Brien
Partner, Energy Transition & Decarbonisation, Deloitte

John joined Deloitte in 2018 with over 20 years’ experience in the Australian and Asian clean energy and clean technology sectors. He is a strategic advisor to industry, government and investors on energy transition, decarbonisation, renewable energy and the clean technology sector. His expertise includes strategy development, commercial and financial analysis, project development, project financing, risk and opportunity assessment and policy and acquisition advice. John was previously a member of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) Technical Advisory Panel. John started his career in the oil & gas industry in Scotland and Syria, engineering roles in London and Adelaide before joining Origin Energy in operations and corporate development. In 2007, John established Australian CleanTech, a strategic and corporate advisory firm focussed on the growth of energy and environmental technologies.

Sponsorship opportunities available:

Align your brand with CEDA and communicate with hard-to-reach business, government and policy leaders by sponsoring this event. Contact Louise Claridge on 02 9779 9751 or email
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