Plenary Sessions


Opening Plenary Session | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • Welcome Remarks
    • David O’Brien, RWTA & IARW Chairman
    • Nick Pedneault, WFLO Chairman

Keynote Presentation: Consumer Trends That Will Disrupt Your Business
Mark McCrindle, Founder & Principle, McCrindle Research

Mark McCrindle is a demographer, futurist, social researcher and recognised leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. McCrindle will share information relevant to the 3PL, processor, and retail community about the impact of demographic changes in the world – looking at social, consumer trends and segments and what that means for business to thrive in this world of disruption. Key trends he will focus on include changing consumer habits and flows of socioeconomic growth – especially due to urbanisation, the growth of middle class, and generational change.

Industry Perspective: Global Cold Chain Update
Corey Rosenbusch, President & CEO, GCCA

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) has conducted research with its members’ customers – food processors and retailers – to determine the strengths of the industry and to help third-party logistics companies better serve their customers and create a stronger global cold chain. GCCA President and CEO Corey Rosenbusch will deliver preliminary results from this research and share how our industry is viewed by important stakeholders; our customers.

Plenary Session | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Retailer Perspective: State of the Food Industry
Kevin Gunn, General Manager, Supply Chain, Coles

A global retailer will deliver big picture food trends impacting the Australian food industry through their lens. Through this session you will also learn how food trends are impacting the supply chain; and ultimately, how the cold chain operates in Australia. Finally, the speaker will cover challenges to meet consumer demands in the retail supply chain, and how consumers are impacting changes in the food industry overall.

Processor Perspective: Managing the Cold Supply Chain
Mark Olson, Distribution & Logistics General Manager of Supply Chain, Primo Smallgoods/JBS

Olson will provide an overview of Primo’s supply chain including capacity, unique features and logistics challenges, as well as share his perspective on trends impacting the food logistics industry including the growth of e-commerce and changes in consumer preferences and shopping behaviours. Come hear how 3PL companies can help food processors tackle their toughest supply chain challenges and capitalise on emerging trends.

Primo is the largest manufacturer of ham, bacon, salami and deli meats; supplying quality smallgoods under several brands including Primo Smallgoods, Hans, Beehive, Hunter Valley Quality Meats, and Primo Quality Meats to major retail groups across Australia. Their five manufacturing plants, seven distribution centers and 30 retail stores employ more than 4,000 people.


Lunch & Closing Plenary Session | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Frank Vale Award – Candidate Presentations

  • Ashlee Arnall, Customer Engagement Manager, Swire Cold Storage
  • Lars Clements, Infrastructure Manager-Australia & NZ, Americold
  • Mathew Reiffel, Operations Manager, Americold

The Frank Vale Award is given out annually to acknowledge talented young professionals within the industry who have demonstrated to their employers that they have the potential to become future leaders, and make a positive contribution to the development of the Australian Cold Chain Industry. Hear from the three candidates vying for this year’s award.

In addition, Graeme Lee, 2016 Frank Vale Award Winner & 2017 GCCA NextGen Award Finalist, will discuss his experience as last year’s Frank Vale Award Recipient and the impact receiving that award has had on him as a young professional.

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Keynote Presentation: Daring to be Vulnerable
Peter Sharp, Viral Media Specialist and Altruistic Explorer

Peter Sharp has many titles to his name, he’s a World Peace Leader, Viral Media Specialist and Altruistic Explorer who strives to unlock humanity’s hidden potential. Perter has been at the forefront of organising collaborative global flashmob events that involve the world inspiring acts of unity.

Peter has produced viral videos of the global happenings that have been viewed over 100 million times. He recently presented at TEDx Perth, where he received a ‘dancing’ ovation. Fiercely optimistic,

Peter combines his heart-warming life stories with explosive insight that is relevant to all businesses and inspires authentic trust and human connection to flourish in the workplace. Peter is a strong believer of the power of altering one’s perspective and becoming the change they wish to see.

  • Closing Remarks
    •  David O’Brien, RWTA & IARW Chairman