Victorian economic development forum

Victorian economic development forum

May 13
Victoria has weathered a number of economic challenges in recent years. But with a lower dollar, burgeoning international export markets and a number of natural comparative advantages, can new-found optimism about the state's future be translated into economic success?.


Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer of Victoria
Paul Adams, Managing Director, Jemena
, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Australia
Professor Dale Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Event overview

Victoria has weathered a number of economic challenges in recent years. But with a lower dollar, burgeoning international export markets and a number of natural comparative advantages, can new-found optimism about the state’s future be translated into economic success?

This event will provide:

  • Economic updates: What is the current economic position and forecasts for the state, key growth sectors, and megatrends shaping local and global demand?
  • Industry panel: A panel of leading CEOs in significant and growing sectors of the state economy outline their vision for the state, the evolution of comparative advantage, and opportunities for growth, investment and innovation.
  • Keynote address: Treasurer Tim Pallas will share details of the government’s policy and investment priorities, budget announcements, infrastructure program, industry and regional development policy, and vision for the state’s economy.

Meet the keynote speaker

Tim Pallas MP
Treasurer of Victoria

Tim was elected to the Victorian Parliament in 2006 and is the State Member for Werribee. Following the election of the Andrews Labor Government in November 2014, he was sworn in as Victoria’s 50th Treasurer – a position he holds to this day. He is also currently Minister for Economic Development; and Industrial Relations. Tim previously served in the Bracks and Brumby Governments as Minister for Roads and Ports, and later added Major Projects to his responsibilities. He was also previously Minister for Resources in the last term of the Andrews Labor Government, overseeing a period of significant growth.

Meet the speakers

Paul Adams
Managing Director, Jemena

Paul was appointed Managing Director of Jemena in 2008, and has had more than 30 years' experience in the Australian energy sector. Jemena owns and operates a diverse portfolio of energy and water infrastructure assets across the east coast of Australia worth more than $9 billion.

Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Australia

Jeff Connolly has held numerous Director and Chairmanship positions with extensive international management experience. He has lived and worked extensively throughout Australia and overseas, particularly in Germany, USA, Austria and most recently China, as the CFO of Siemens North East Asia.

Professor Dale Fisher
Chief Executive Officer, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Dale Fisher is Chief Executive of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia's only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer treatment, research and education and home to Australia's largest cancer research program. Dale will lead the relocation of Peter Mac's East Melbourne site to its new home in Parkville in 2016, as part of the $1.1 billion VCCC Project.

Professor Linda Kristjanson AO
Vice-Chancellor and President, Swinburne University of Technology

Appointed Vice-Chancellor in May 2011, Professor Linda Kristjanson's academic career spans three decades across Australia, Canada and the US. Professor Kristjanson is a non-Executive Director of the Australian Synchrotron Holding Company Ltd, chairs AuScope Ltd, a national company formed through NCRIS funding to deploy earth science research infrastructure, and is a member of the Board of AARNet.

Dr. Jim Minifie
Productivity Growth Program Director, Grattan Institute

Dr Jim Minifie is a leading economist and writer, with a strong grasp of the Australian policy landscape. A graduate in applied economics from Stanford University, he worked closely with Australian corporate leaders during his seven years as Chief Economist of the Boston Consulting Group.

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