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Shadowlands: Adversity as Advantage for CMEs

I’m delighted to invite you to attend the 4th BCCM Leaders’ Summit, Shadowlands: Adversity as Advantage for CMEs, and proud of the thought provoking program we have assembled for our Members and their guests.

The strong performance experienced by the co-operative and mutual sector in recent years has not been without challenges. Many challenges relate to persistent, systemic issues such as access to capital. But other challenges are of a cyclical nature, such as the threat of demutualisation.  These challenges are not unique to Australia, as the similar experience of CMEs around the globe shows.

It is likely many of our businesses will face the same issues in the coming months and years and our businesses need to position themselves to deal with established and emerging threats.

This year’s Summit tackles the hard questions head on with a stimulating program with international and national thought leaders and the sector in conversation. The 2017 Leaders’ Summit continues the unique format of plenary discussion and board room conversations where we will challenge sector leaders to share strategies for tackling adversity and turning it to advantage.

Highlights of the program include an insiders’ take on the ‘near death’ experiences of some iconic CMEs both here and abroad and a panel discussion with key regulators for their take on whether the operating environment for CMEs in Australia is fair. The global business development phenomenon, “Smart Simplicity” will be explained by its founder, Yves Morieux (Boston Consulting Group, Global) and Bill Wilson (Farm Credit Council Services, USA) will explain how the issue of farm lending was fixed by the co-op sector in the US, decades ago. On the eve of the Summit, Kitchen Cabinet doyen, Annabel Crabb, will delight us with witty repartee with surprise political guests at the annual Taste of Australia dinner.

We are delighted to announce we will hold our second Breakfast on the Hill at Parliament House in Brisbane, in response to sector demand after last year’s oversubscribed inaugural breakfast at Parliament House in Canberra.

I urge you to take advantage of the Member-only early-bird offer in June 2017 and book early to avoid disappointment as this event has sold out every year. I especially wish to thank our generous Summit sponsors.

I look forward to your company on 9-10 November at the gracious surroundings of the Stamford Hotel in Brisbane.

Melina Morrison


BCCM Leaders Summit

9-10 November 2017 - Stamford Plaza Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland

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