South Australia's competitive advantage

South Australia's competitive advantage

Nov 28
CEDA is delighted to welcome Bernard Salt AM as he leads the discussion around positioning South Australia as the place for business, focussing on its strengths including liveability, affordability, entrepreneurship culture, and digital infrastructure.


Bernard Salt AM, Managing Director, The Demographics Group
Jane Danvers, Principal, Wilderness School
Joe Thorp, Chief Executive , TechInSA
Dr Alex Grant, Chief Executive Officer, Myriota

Event overview

CEDA welcomes back to the lectern Bernard Salt AM to lead a discussion on how it is time for South Australia and Adelaide to “shake the shackles” of the Eastern Seaboard and position ourselves globally as “the place to do business”, delivering the jobs, prosperity and lifestyle within a global economy of the future. 
South Australia is undergoing significant economic transformation, with the recent end of car manufacturing in Australia when General Motors Holden’s Elizabeth Plant rolled its last Australian made vehicle off the line.  Renewable energy solutions and innovation are generating continued discussion and putting South Australia on an international stage.
South Australia has now risen to fourth within CommSec’s quarterly State of the States, driving strength in the jobs market. Over recent years it is clear that there are significant opportunities and competitive advantages within the advanced agriculture, higher education, ageing, defence and innovation sectors.  Combine this with its liveability, high levels of affordability and its entrepreneurship culture, South Australia must seize the opportunity right now, with business, government, academia and the broader community working together to drive the State’s future.
This event will provide key South Australian leaders the opportunity to hear how we can leverage South Australia’s competitive advantage right now, as we look forward to change the narrative around South Australia, away from the burden of old industries, infrastructure and population, to a vision of innovation, opportunity, diversification and long term sustainability.  Ensuring South Australia is a place where people do great business and live here for the lifestyle.

Meet the keynote speaker

Bernard Salt AM
Managing Director, The Demographics Group

Special Adviser, Demographics, KPMG

Bernard Salt AM is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community.

Bernard heads The Demographics Group which provides specialist advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for business. Prior to that Bernard founded KPMG Demographics.

He writes two weekly columns for The Australian newspaper and is an adjunct professor at Curtin University Business School. Bernard also holds a Master of Arts degree from Monash University.


Meet the panel

Jane Danvers
Principal, Wilderness School

Joe Thorp
Chief Executive , TechInSA

Dr Alex Grant
Chief Executive Officer, Myriota

Professor John Spoehr
Director, Australian Industrial Transformation Institute, Flinders University

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