Australia’s Global Supply Chains: Risk & Resilience


When: September 16th, 2021

Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm (AEST)

Where: Online via Zoom (see registration link at the top and bottom of the page)

Professionals In International Trade (PIT) is proud to present a discussion about GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN, this webinar will feature findings from the Productivity Commission’s Report presented by Catherine de Fontenay and Jonathan Coppel.

Followed by, a panel discussion lead by Professor Susan Freeman, Professor of International Business, Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies at the University of South Australia, exploring with industry experts their experiences with supply chain issues arising from Covid 19 disruptions.

At the conclusion of the formal discussions, the webinar attendees will be able to network in small breakout rooms. These breakout rooms will be led by a number of industry leaders so that everyone will have a chance to have their say, meet other participants and continue the discussion about supply chain.

This event has been put together in conjunction with BDO, University of South Australia and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Catherine de Fontenay and Jonathan Coppel will present findings from the Productivity Commission’s report on Vulnerable Supply Chains. The Commission was asked to identify vulnerabilities in essential supply chains for Australia. While many have raised the alarm about supply chain risks, the Commission found that only one-in-five imports were vulnerable, in the sense of having few alternative sources. Of those vulnerable imports, only a subset are used in essential industries such as health, or key export industries. And not all of these imports are critical to the essential industry’s functioning.  The Commission also looked at vulnerabilities in Australia’s export supply chains; aside from iron ore, 1.5% of exports are vulnerable, in the sense of having few alternative markets.

The Commission looked at what the government’s role should be in shoring up supply chains. Government should  facilitate an international rules-based trading system, and consider how regulation may be preventing firms from managing their risk and responding to shocks. Government may need to intervene if there is market-level risk (rather than firm-level risk) in essential industries, and if firms’ appetite for risk differs from society’s.

CATHERINE DE FONTENAY | Commissioner | Productivity Commission

Catherine de Fontenay commenced as a full time Commissioner with the Productivity Commission on 1 July 2019.

After completing her PhD in 1998 at Stanford University, Catherine taught at the University of New South Wales. She joined the University of Melbourne in 2001, and held roles in the Business School and the Economics Department. She has held visiting positions at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Stanford University, and the Stern School of Business, New York University. Most recently she was an Associate 

Professor of Economics at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. Her research has been published in a number of international journals, including the American Economic Review, the RAND Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Industrial Economics. Catherine is currently working on the  Firm Entry and Credit Research as well as the Bequest research study.

 JONATHAN COPPEL | Special Adviser | Productivity Commission

Jonathan Coppel was appointed as a full-time Commissioner from July 2011 to July 2021, and is currently a Special Adviser. Jonathan is an economist with extensive international and domestic experience advising governments on trade, investment, energy, environmental, regulatory and macroeconomic policy.

Prior to his appointment, Jonathan was Head of the OECD G20 Sherpa office. During his OECD career he held senior roles as Counsellor to the Chief Economist, Executive Manager of the NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative, Head of the EU and UK Desks and analyst at the International Energy Agency. In Australia he has held senior management positions at the Reserve Bank and started his career at the Commonwealth Treasury.



Susan Freeman is Professor of International Business, Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies at University of South Australia. Susan holds a PhD (Monash University, Australia) in international business (IB) and international marketing with over 25 years of experience working with managers, government and industry bodies in IB. Her industry experience focuses on key organisational drivers, especially market opportunity recognition of global start-ups across global supply chains in innovation and new product development in the high-technology sectors. She advises on the Asian region with leading service providers, especially Australian professional service organisations, exporters in strategic thinking needed to address rapid changes, long-term cycles, and implications for senior management decision making and company performance. She consults with larger industry organisations such as the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and UK Trade & Investment on key business challenges, providing data driven reports and policy recommendations to drive strategic change management processes in global supply chains.

Susan is the lead author of the ‘2021 ACCI National Trade Survey’, Industry Report commissioned by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI). Professor Susan Freeman will moderate the discussions in regards to global supply chain issues faced by business owners, who have participated in this survey.

Areas for discussion:

 Australian businesses have had to quickly change their business models to adapt to the changing conditions.

  • Imports – the forgotten side of trade
  • Shipping and logistics – service, costs, and reliability
  • Costs of freight
  • Bilateral trade by country
  • Border closure impacts



In 1997 Annette started her legal career as a litigation lawyer at a top tier law firm in Melbourne working on a wide range of commercial matters. 

In 2004 Annette then made a move to the Victorian Bar and commenced practising as a commercial barrister in most jurisdictions. During this time Annette obtained her Master in Laws at the University of Melbourne. Although Annette does not practice anymore she still holds a current practising certificate.

In 2015 Annette co-founded Scoot Boots, which manufactures and exports equine hoof boots across the globe. Since Scoot Boots was founded Annette has taken this global business from the start-up phase into growth. Scoot Boot has approximately 500 active stockists across the globe and is growing. Scoot Boot has won the following awards:

2018 – Telstra Tasmanian Business of the year

2019 – Tasmanian E-commerce Export Winner

2019 – Annette Kaitinis – Finalist – Telstra Women’s Business of the Year Awards (Small Business)

2021 – Exporter of the Year Winner – TASCIT (Tasmania Information, Communication and Technology)

Annette was born and raised in Tasmania, Australia and after spending 18 years in Melbourne Victoria has now settled back in Tasmania enjoying the quiet, uncomplicated life the island has to offer. 


David oversees sales, marketing and product development for RxMx across our global markets. David previously acted as the founding CEO at RxMx for four years where he spearheaded and managed the expansion of operations to ensure the company could capitalize on Australian, European and U.S. opportunities. He was instrumental in the company’s rapid growth and cultivated an internationally collaborative culture amongst employees. He has a wealth of pharmaceutical industry experience, previously responsible for developing brand plans for international adaptation as well as driving the introduction and success of blockbuster drugs and therapies. 

LIZ HOLLINGDALE | CEO | Pool Controls |

Liz Hollingdale is CEO and majority owner of Pool Controls, a West Australian manufacturer of swimming pool sanitation equipment. Pool Controls sells its products across Australia and New Zealand, and has been attempting to develop export markets in Europe and South East Asia. Liz is also currently President of the Swimming Pool & Spa Association of WA.

Prior to Pool Controls, Liz worked as a lawyer, first with Kingwood Mallesons and then in-house with BankWest when it was part of HBOS Australia. She has a BSc (Organic Chemistry) and LLB (hons) from the University of Western Australia.”

RICHARD DOLAN | Managing Director | Bec Hardy Wines |

A Yorkshireman by birth and an Australian by choice, Richard Dolan is Joint Managing Director at Bec Hardy Wines with his wife Bec. Before joining his wife in the wine industry in 2011, Richard worked for 20 years in financial services across two continents where he gained experience in finance, operations, sales and branding. In 2020, Bec and Richard took over the ownership and running of the iconic Pertaringa brand in McLaren Vale.


BILL COLE | Head of International Policy at  Professionals In International Trade (Member since 2018)

Partner, BDO | International Trade | BDO ( EVENT PARTNER )

Bill is experienced in government and industry consulting. He is an international trade expert with a history of delivering successful outcomes for business in the international trade sphere.

Skilled in all aspects of trans-national commerce, Bill has particularly strong skills in the analysis of border regulation as it affects business models and cost outcomes. Drawing on his experience in all trade related sectors, Bill has delivered outcomes that have reduced import duty and GST, provided certainty to business via successful submissions to government on valuation and Free Trade Agreement status and successfully conducted litigation to confirm the application of import concessions to the energy sector.

BINH REY | Events Lead, Melbourne for Professionals In International Trade (Member since 2018)

Principal, Trade Mark Attorney | Pointon Partners

Binh Rey is not your average Trade Mark Attorney, she is known in the industry for her brand marketing and trade mark knowledge. 

She has helped clients overcome infringement issues and protect new brands for long-term success. She has worked with clients across a broad range of industries including: building and construction, FMCG, retailing, consumer products, transport, education, fashion, engineering, trades, not-for-profit, NDIS service providers, telecommunications, finance, medical, fitness, age care and health & wellness industries.


Bryan Clark | Director – Trade & International Affairs

Bryan leads the Australian Chamber’s International Chamber of Commerce Policy Unit. This Unit has primary carriage of our policy development and advocacy for free trade along with the responsibilities of managing our responsibilities as a National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce in Australia.

Bryan has over 25 years experience in international policy development and a demonstrated record of achievement in industry advocacy, particularly in international trade, agriculture and climate change. Bryan is frequently invited to speak at national and international events regarding free trade and rules of origin.



Professor Nancy Arthur is the Dean Research for UniSA Business, University of South Australia, and she also served as Dean Research for the Division of Education, Arts, and Social Sciences at UniSA. 

Her prior academic career at the University of Calgary, Canada, include appointments as a Canada Research Chair in professional education and Professor Emeritus. Prof Arthur’s program of research focuses on diversity and social justice in professional practice and the career development of international students and workers. 

Her current research includes refugee and migrant youth transitions, funded by the Australian Research Council. Prof Arthur is a Registered Psychologist (AB Canada) and elected Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, and she served as Vice-President of the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance.

Prof Arthur’s recent edited books include Counseling in Context: Identities and Social Justice (Springer), Contemporary Theories of Career Development: International Perspectives (Routledge), and Career Theories and Models at Work: Ideas for Practice (CERIC).

BREAKOUT /NETWORKING ROOM LEADERS – Alphabetical Order (first name)

ALLAN O’CONNOR | Associate Professor, Enterprise Dynamics | UniSA Business

Allan O’Connor is Co-Executive Director for the Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies (C-EDGE). Alan has worked closely with South Australian entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders to contribute research on South Australian entrepreneurship and innovation by leading the establishment of the Australian Cluster Observatory in 2014, being instrumental in establishing South Australia’s annual Entrepreneur Week program, publishing an edited volume on Integrating Innovation in South Australia in 2015, and pioneering research on entrepreneurial ecosystems during 2015/2016. Stemming from this work Allan is considered an expert on entrepreneurial ecosystems recognised on the international stage. Allan’s leadership in the field of entrepreneurship research from 2015-2020 was publicly recognised by The Australian newspaper.’Connor#About-me

ARTHUR BLAQUIERE | Managing Director | Technitemp Australia Pty. Ltd. 

Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry. Skilled in Gas, Petroleum, Onshore Operations, Mining, and Contract Negotiation. Strong professional with a MBA focused in International Marketing from The University of Western Australia. Technitemp designs and manufactures industrial temperature sensors.  Technitemp has supply contracts with Alcoa of Australia, BHP Nickel-West, South 32 Worsley Alumina, TRONOX, Outotec, and several other companies.  The focus is to re-build and grow this business.

BOBAN TOMIC | Managing Director | tomic & company

tomic&company is a management consulting firm which supports companies to expand internationally, trade globally and to successfully achieve growth and profit objectives. With significant international experience and a global network of connections, tomic&company is well-positioned to assist businesses to achieve their export, trade and investment ambitions.

Boban Tomic is an Advisory Board member, International FMCG Executive and held the Managing Director role with the Toyota Tsusho Corporation. Substantial P&L management and global brand building experience across Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa.

Demonstrated results collaborating with global brands including Remy Cointreau, Campari, Carlsberg, Nivea, Ferrero, BIC, Katlenburger, Capri-Sun, Distell portfolio, Lucas Bols, Savanna Cider, Faxe beer, Powermalt, Hunters Dry, McDowell’s No.1 Whisky, SKYY Vodka, Amarula, Nederburg, Marlboro and Davidoff trademarks.

BRIAN KEENAN | National Business Manager – Wholesale & Export | TASSAL

He is currently the Senior Manager for Tassal (Tasmanian Salmon) with the key responsibility for category growth in International markets.

Brian Keenan have been working in sales positions across the Australian FMCG industry for the past 30 years.

28 years of strategic sales implementation and successful budgetary outcomes within the domestic retail, food service, industrial, wholesale and export channels. Servicing specifically the FMCG and fresh chilled seafood sectors. /


We are the founders of Smitten Merino. We started the business in 2007. Carl’s background is Environmental Science, Nicola’s is Psychology, Art and Design.

It is a family business, Carl is Warehouse/Office Manager and Logistics, Nicola is Design and Photography,  we do marketing jointly and our daughter Holly is Social Media manager.

Our guiding principle is to do good for Tasmania by creating jobs, supporting farming and being an ethical business.


Mike has been the Managing Director of Devings Fine Foods, an importer and distributor of food products based in Perth WA, since 1999.  Devings sells wholesale to independent supermarkets and the food service sector across the state.  Unlike many such businesses, Devings does not use 3PL services and brokers, and handles all logistics, sales and administration with its own team of staff.  In such a competitive industry, efficiencies and continuity are critical to maintaining position in the market.


Neil McLagan is a fully licensed and accredited Customs Broker with over 20 years’ experience in the Freight Forwarding and Logistics Industry. Neil is responsible for ensuring clients meet their border regulatory and tax obligations, as well as assisting with post transaction audits and consultancy services.

 Neil has extensive experience serving clients from specialised industry sectors such as subsea, mining and oil and gas, advanced manufacturing and motor vehicles.

 With compliance as a core focus, Neil assists clients in reducing the cost, time and risk of doing business overseas

SEAN MAHONEY | CEO | International College of Advanced Education (ICAE)

Sean Mahoney is the CEO of the International College of Advanced Education (ICAE) based in Darwin, Australia ( Sean established the College in 1997, and has overseen the growth from inception to now being
an International Institution with both Australian and International students.

ICAE offers courses in Hospitality, Cookery, Business and Management for International students. Sean has completed in 2017, 7 years as a National Board member for the peak body in the private education sector, Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET), and is still an active member of the International Education sub committee. Sean has been a member of the International Business Council (IBC) of the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce, and has been Chairman since 2005. The IBC is a strategic advocacy group for international trade – including for business to and from the Northern Territory.

Sean hold postgraduate qualifications in Management Development (Education and Training) and Australian Migration Law and Practice. He is a Registered Migration Agent registered with the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (#1279210), and provides visa advice and processing services to clients including students.

SHRUTI SARDESHMUKH | Associate Professor, Enterprise Dynamics | UniSA Business

Shruti Sardeshmukh is the executive co-director of the Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies (C-EDGE). Her research revolves around people aspect of innovation and entrepreneurship in small and large organisations.

Her current research projects focus on identifying and mitigating barriers to Space Startups and SMEs to participate in the high technology global defence supply ecosystems and around gender issues in male-dominated sectors. She focuses on the people aspect of entrepreneurship and how people interact with the broader entrepreneurial context. 

Shruti has collaborated internationally with researchers from the US, Australia and India. Her research has been published in Organizational Research Methods, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Human Resource Management, and Journal of Small Business Management.

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