2017 Queensland Economic Development Forum

2017 Queensland Economic Development Forum

Jul 13
CEDA's annual Queensland Economic Development Forum presents leading ideas for whole of state growth, focusing on the development of regional Queensland and strong policy for the future.


Cr Paul Antonio, Mayor, Toowoomba Regional Council
Peter Crone, Chief Economist, Coles Group
Andrew Harding, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Aurizon
Peter Lock, Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Bank

Event overview

In 2017 the Queensland Economic Development Forum examines the changing structure of regional economies and provides a forecast for economic growth across key sectors and key regions.  Leading speakers will:

  • Discuss the investment, policy and reform required to maximise potential across the State;
  • Analyse domestic and global factors and trends with implications for the Queensland economy; and
  • Identify those industries and opportunities we must look to next if we are to have prosperous and connected regions.

Gather your colleagues and join leaders from business, government, academia, community and industry from across the state in Brisbane for CEDA’s 2017 Queensland Economic Development Forum.

The Queensland Economic Development Forum runs from 10am to 2pm. Morning speakers will be followed by the Deputy Premier’s keynote address, lunch and a moderated panel discussion with questions. 

Meet the speakers

Cr Paul Antonio
Mayor, Toowoomba Regional Council

With current and projected investments estimated at over $11 billion, Mayor Antonio leads council at a time of significant growth within the Toowoomba region.  He is the founding Chair of the Darling Downs South West Queensland Council of Mayors and Deputy Chair of the Council of Mayors South East Queensland.

Peter Crone
Chief Economist, Coles Group

Peter has advised on economic and public policy at senior levels of government and business.  As Coles first ever Chief Economist Peter examines data to map consumer sentiment, identify retail trends and consumption patterns across the country and examine the productivity of services, production and manufacturing.

Andrew Harding
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Aurizon

Appointed in December 2016, Andrew will lead Aurizon’s next phase of its transformation program. He has previously managed the world’s largest integrated portfolio of iron or assets and held leadership roles with Rio Tinto including as Chief Executive Iron Ore.

Peter Lock
Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Bank

Peter Lock has over 30 years’ experience in financial services.  He has held senior roles within banking and insurance and managed his own corporate advisory firm.  Based in Toowoomba, Peter leads Australia’s largest mutual bank.

Chris Mills
Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Airports Limited

Chris has worked in tourism, leisure, retail, finance and property and served in senior executive roles in Australia and the UK. He oversees a significant investment program in QAL airports to better connect regional Queensland nationally and globally.

The Hon. Jackie Trad MP
Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Minister for Transport and Minister for Trade

Jackie Trad has long been interested in how public policy shapes and forms our cities, our communities and the lives of Queenslanders. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Premier Jackie held Shadow Ministerial portfolios in Transport and Main Roads, Environment and Heritage Protection, Small business and Consumer Affairs.

Laurie Walker
Chief Executive Officer, Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)

Laurie has advised the public and private sector on infrastructure financing and has held leadership positions in banking and financial advisory. She has worked on transforming lending processes and systems, the privatisation of Sydney airport and led teams across Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and London.

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