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2018 PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
21 November 2017
11.00 - 1.00pm
2.00 - 4.00pm

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND | SENIOR IR DINNER
21 November 2017
6.30 for 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Open to Heads of Investor Relations and practitioners with
10+ years experience
INVITES TO BE SENT OUT CLOSER TO THE DATE                                                                                                  

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2018 AIRA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
22 November 2018
8.45am - 5.00pm (registration 8.15am)

CONFERENCE  VENUE: 
Westin Hotel, No.1 Martin Place, Sydney  NSW  2000 (Ballroom)

 

   

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

At a time when trust in business is at an all-time low, it is essential to develop a clear view of the path ahead. Seeing the challenges, and planning how best to deal with them, define effective leadership.

Execution at a global level has never been more important for investor relations professionals. At the core of the post-MiFID II world is the need to embrace new ways to communicate with investors. Targeting those you need to engage with – institutions, passive funds and activists – and planning when and how best to do that. Sorting out who can provide tactical advice. Ensuring that you have the resources on hand.

The shoals ahead harbour activist resolutions, a sharp focus on ESG issues, shifts in technology and growth in artificial intelligence. It is imperative that companies are well versed in Best Practice Investors Relations so that tighter regulation and global headwinds can be effectively charted.

AIRA’s 2017 annual conference was attended by 170 industry professionals, who emerged with new ideas to develop their own careers, to inspire their performance from sharing ideas with the most influential leaders in the IR world.

This event remains at the forefront of professional development activities run by the AIRA. It provides an insightful and informative program that focuses on contemporary investor relations, market-related and regulatory issues delivered through a series of key-note presentations, panel sessions, and roundtable discussions. In addition, the event also provides excellent network opportunities. 

THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2018

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

(Please note times are subject to change)

 

Time

Topic

Speaker

  Conference Registration  
8.45 - 8.50am Welcome and Opening Comments FRAN VAN REYK
Head of Investor Relations, Qantas Airways Limited and Chairman, AIRA Conference Committee
8.50 - 9.20am

Interview

THE REGULATOR’S VERDICT: IS MiFID II HITTING ITS INTENDED GOALS?

ASIC and the FCA will be quizzed about the impact of MiFID II in Australasia and in its place of origin, the UK. It is causing plenty of confusion for issuers, but is it all worth it? Introduced this year, the new rules are upending years of effective shareholder engagement between listed entities, global fund managers and stockbrokers. The FCA monitors the new regime, and knows how well it is working. ASIC has its eye on the impact in Australia’s capital markets. Has the strong link between corporate access and research ended? How have the ties between brokers and fund managers changed? How are Australasian listed entities coping?

CATHIE ARMOUR
Commissioner, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

ADAM WREGLESWORTH
Technical Specialist, Markets Policy Department, Strategy & Competition Division, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) (UK)

Moderator: MICHAEL HUFTON
Managing Director, ingage

9.20 - 10.20am

Panel Discussion

HOW MiFID II IS WORKING OUT FOR AUSTRALASIAN COMPANIES IN THE FRONT LINE

The questions are many. How are IROs being impacted by MiFID II? How are Australasian listed entities adapting to the new rules of engagement with fund managers and stockbrokers? What practices have they scrapped, and what new ones are cutting through? What are the most effective means of engaging with your shareholders, and hunting for new ones? Are fund managers opening their doors to direct communication and do they still attend conferences around the world? What benefits can stockbrokers now provide to listed entities? Does MiFID II need to be reviewed to overcome unintended consequences?

JAMES FITZSIMMONS
Head of EMEA Corporate Access
Goldman Sachs (London)

WILL JACKSON
Senior Investor Relations Officer, National Grid PLC

GENEVIEVE MURRAY
Head of Australian Equities & Co-PM Systematic, AMP Capital

FRASER THORNE
CEO, Edison Group

Moderator: MICHAEL HUFTON
Managing Director, ingage                                     

10.20 - 10.35am Morning tea  
10.35 - 11.25AM

Panel Discussion

THE FUTURE OF INVESTOR RELATIONS: WHAT EVERY IRO NEEDS TO KNOW

Global trends impacting the practice of investor relations are driven by a changing market, regulatory and technology forces.  Markets have become more global, a greater percentage of investment has become passive, individuals are taking greater control of their investments. Increases in regulation mean greater responsibility on listed entities to provide clarity around ESG issues when dealing with activism and activist shareholders.  This session will explore some of these developing trends and how they are shaping investor relations practice.

MICHAEL BLOMFIELD
CEO, Investment Trends

WARWICK BRYAN
Consultant, Warwick Bryan Consulting

DAVID CHASE LOPES
Managing Director EMEA, DF King

FRANK GIGLIO
Head, Depositary Receipts – APAC | BNY Mellon

Moderator:  JAMES HALL
General Manager, Capital Markets, AGL Energy Limited

11.25 - 11.40AM

Presentation

INCREASING THE FOCUS ON THE LONG TERM

Evidence suggests, companies that plan for the long-term outperform others.  Join this session to hear global leader Sarah Williamson discuss how IR can help communicate long term strategies to the market and move away from a focus on the short term.

SARAH WILLIAMSON
CEO, FCLT Global

Moderator: IAN MATHESON, CEO, AIRA

11:40 - 11:50

Presentation

OWNERSHIP TRENDS IN AUSTRALIA

JUSTIN ELLIS
General Manager, Orient Capital

11.50 – 12.40pm

Fireside Chat

MANAGING MARKET EXPECTATIONS: WHAT THE BUY AND SELL-SIDE REALLY WANT

Q&A with the Buy and Sell-side on topics you need answers to including what expectations are changing from buy and sell sides and how can you get best results from for your organisation?

DEAN FERGIE
Director & Portfolio Manager, Cyan Investment Management

SIMON GRESHAM
Director of Equity, Asia, MFS

MARCUS RYAN
Senior Investment Manager, Yarra Captial Management

CHRIS WILLIAMS
Co-Head of Equities, Australia & New Zealand, UBS Securities Australia Limited

Moderator: JUSTIN McCARTHY 
Head of Investor Relations, Lendlease Group Limited

12:40 - 12:50

Presentation

THE LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE IRO AND THE ANNUAL REPORT: THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH IT

ERWIN GROENENDAL
Co-founder | Tangelo Software B.V.

12.50 - 1.45pm

Lunch

NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK…

 
1.50 – 2.20pm

Fireside Chat

BUILDING THE BRIDGE BETWEEN IR, THE C-SUITE AND THE BOARD

Back by popular demand… Leading Australian CEO’s will talk about the emphasis they place on the investor relations function within their respective companies and how they anticipate the IR will evolve over time. Uncover which catalysts; whether they are capital markets, economic, political or other influences, they believe may impact future of IR practice.

PAUL FLYNN
CEO, Whitehaven Coal Limited

MARGARET KENNEDY
Managing Director, Viva Energy REIT Limited

Moderator: GAIL WILLIAMSON
Chief Growth Officer, WiseTech Global

2.20 – 3.20pm

Panel Discussion

SHAREHOLDER COMMUNICATION:  HOW IS TECHNOLOGY INFLUENCING BEST PRACTICE?

Artificial Intelligence, Digital Disruption, Blockchain, Immersive Technology - are they JUST the latest BUZZ words?  Industry experts discuss the challenges and opportunities that new technologies bring in delivering a best practice shareholder communications program.   Learn about Artificial Intelligence and how it is being used for investor relations. Discover augmented reality and more forward-thinking technologies such as immersive technology and how they can support investor relations. 

RADEK BARNERT
Chief Executive Officer, WeConvene

JOHN DALY
Chief Executive Officer, ListCorp

GREG DOOLEY
Managing Director, Computershare Investor Services Pty Limited

KEVIN LANGDON
Senior Director – APAC Corporate Solutions, Nasdaq

CLIFF RICHARDS
Executive General Manager, Equity Post Trade, ASX Limited

Moderator:  MARNIE REID
Head of Shareholder Services, AMP Limited
3.20 – 3.40pm Afternoon Tea  
3.40- 4.15pm

Interview

Q&A WITH ACTIVIST MANAGERS: WHAT DRIVES ACTIVISM?

Activism in Australia is undergoing a transformation as shareholders look to the recent successes of local and offshore activists.

We discuss what drives a shareholder to take an activist stance, the difference between a dedicated activist fund manager and the ‘occasional’ activist shareholder, the tactics employed, and whether Australia is developing its own style of activism

 

NICK PARIS
Director & Portfolio Manager, LIM Advisors

GABRIEL RADZYMINSKI
Managing Director And Portfolio Manager,
Sandon Capital

DR GARY WEISS
Chair, Ridley Corporation | Estia Health Ltd | Ardent Leisure
Executive Director | Ariadne Australia

Moderator:
VICTORIA GEDDES
Director, FIRST Advisers Pty Ltd

4.15 - 5.00pm Panel Discussion

SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS ARE RISING:  MANAGE YOUR AGM IN THE AGE OF ACTIVISM

The AGM is fast becoming a common platform for activist shareholders to raise concerns and issues particularly around ESG and board remuneration - whether it’s by voting “against” the re-election of director(s) or through requesting a resolution to change to a listed entities' constitution. Hear the latest on this topic, in particular:

  • Current trends in institutional activism
  • Superannuation Funds and their views on ESG
  • The current legal environment and the likelihood of a constitutional change that will bring Australian legislation in line with the US and UK that allows non-binding resolutions to improve company disclosure on risks associated with sustainability, climate change, labour and human rights
  • How listed entities should respond when a shareholder resolution is called

 

QUENTIN DIGBY
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

LIZA MCDONALD
Head of Responsible Investment, First State Super (FSS)

NATALIE WORLEY
General Manager Investor Relations, Rio Tinto Limited

Moderator: 
IAN MATHESON
CEO, Australasian Investor Relations Association (AIRA)

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