October 2018
Dear %%First Name%%,

AmCham regularly visits state capitals, Canberra, and Washington, DC, to engage with leaders on key issues affecting two-way trade and investment. This month we took four of our committees – Health, Defence, Innovation and Trade and Government – to engage with decision makers in the nation’s capital. Company representatives from two dozen firms accompanied Amie O’Mahony and me to call on both the new ministry and the shadow cabinet. We were invited to a reception in Parliament House one night and one at the US Ambassador’s residence the next night.

Our AmCham committees will again visit Canberra in March (pending the timing of the Federal election). Please let us know if you would like to join us. We will also again provide an opportunity to AmCham members to join me on the Washington Doorknock 14-18 July. This is a very special opportunity to meet high-ranking officials from the administration, senators and congressmen, think tank experts, pollsters, Australian Embassy officials, and many others. We will be joined by Directors and company representatives from AmChams all around the Asia-Pacific.

In the past month we also welcomed our counterparts from AmCham New Zealand. Executive Director Mike Hearn brought a dozen of his board members to Sydney to engage in a full day of meetings with the AmCham Australia Board. We were delighted to have NZ Minister for Trade David Parker with us as well as Australian Assistant Minister for Trade Mark Coulton. And we also took the opportunity of having everyone together to thank John Borghetti AO for his service to the Chamber as Chairman of the QLD Council of Governors over the past eight years.

This month we are gearing up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. AmCham Chairman Maureen Dougherty hosted a lunch with former NASA astronaut Pam Melroy, who also spoke at AmCham Adelaide earlier this year. And next month, I will lead a delegation of Australian businesses to the US to explore the American space industry. We will get you behind the scenes at Johnson Space Center, SpaceCom, and many special company presentations. The deadline to join this delegation has been extended to 25 October, so please click here to book in now if you are interested.

Looking ahead, be sure to book your place at AmCham’s first Diversity and Inclusion Conference on gender balance. Presented by Coca-Cola, with support from several other AmCham member companies, this conference will showcase data on AmCham member companies’ gender balance in their leadership. It will also start a discussion between large US-based multinational corporations and smaller Australian businesses. I’m pleased to report that new AmCham member McKinsey is working closely with us on the panel and workshops.

We look forward to seeing you soon, and thank you for your support,

April Palmerlee, Chief Executive Officer
American Chamber of Commerce in Australia
P 02 8031 9000 | E ceo@amcham.com.au

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Space Commercialisation

25-30 November 2018
To Houston, TX and Los Angeles, CA - USA

American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, together with Austrade, is hosting a mission of Australian space companies to the United States in November 2018. Led by Pamela Melroy, former NASA Astronaut and Director of Space Technology and Policy at Nova Systems, the purpose of the mission is to introduce Australian space organisations to the highly developed US space ecosystem. The mission will visit two of the key space hubs in the US - Houston and Los Angeles. Participants will be invited to take part in tours of major US space companies, startups, and research facilities, as well as to attend one of the anchor space conferences in the US calendar, SpaceCom, which will provide participants with opportunities to meet key industry players and investors.

To register your interest as a delegate for AmCham's Space Commercialisation Trade Mission to the United States, please contact:

Gerina Perez - Executive Assistant to CEO
P +61 (02) 8031 9000

OTC 2019

6-9 May 2019
To Houston, TX - USA

Join us to celebrate OTC’s 50th Anniversary of the largest Offshore Oil & Gas Conference in the world. Since 1969, OTC has made a USD 3 billion economic impact in Houston.

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) showcases leading-edge technology for offshore drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. OTC is the worlds foremost event for the development of offshore resources. The conference, this year celebrating its Golden Anniversary, attracts attendees and exhibiting companies from around the globe

In the current energy environment, the importance of innovation and technology is vital to meet the world's future energy needs.

To register your interest as a delegate for AmCham's OSEA 2019 Trade Mission, please contact:

Penelope Williamson - General Manager WA
P +61 (08) 9325 9540

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Cyber Security Trade Mission

3-8 March 2019
To San Francisco, CA - USA

Explore the world of cyber security and connect with the largest and most innovative cyber security companies in the US.

Join us for our second AmCham Cyber Security Mission to San Francisco and connect with cyber professionals, exchange ideas and learn of the latest trends in cyber security. In 2019 we will visit the RSA Cyber Security Conference.

The AmCham mission will provide a comprehensive schedule of company visits, conference time and expo access. The San Francisco Bay area is world renowned as a hub of innovation and technology - meetings with some of the world's biggest cyber security firms like HP, RSA Security, IBM, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec, FireEye and Salesforce are being arranged. Further, the RSA Conference draws the newest, most innovative companies world-wide.

To register your interest as a delegate for AmCham's 2019 Cyber Secutiry Trade Mission to San Francisco, please contact:

Ray Doyle - General Manager VIC
P +61 (03) 9027 5633
The following companies have come on board as new members since my last newsletter:

Donegal Holdings Pty Ltd

Weatherford Sister Cities International

Upcoming Events

AmCham with Adelaide Business School
WED 31 OCT | 12pm - 2pm | InterContinental Adelaide

Hon Rob Lucas MLC, Treasurer of South Australia

The Treasurer will speak about the recent budget and how the government will deliver on its commitment to ‘create more jobs, lower costs and provide better services for South Australians’.


Major Industry Briefing Series

FRI 9 NOV | 11.30am - 2pm | Hilton Brisbane

Dr John Gilmour AM, CEO, Ronald McDonald House SEQ
Robin Murphy OAM, The Murphy Family Foundation
Mary Jane Bellotti, Exec GM - Corporate Affairs, Suncorp
Hannah Frank, Public Policy & Gov Relations Mngr, Google

This is the perfect opportunity to host the people who are important to your business. Show them just how much you’re thankful for their support by bringing them along to what’s going to be an engaging afternoon over a traditional Thanksgiving Feast, thought-provoking discussion and friendly American cheer.


AmCham Conference Presented by Coca-Cola
THU 15 NOV | 8.30am - 2pm | Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Working together with the AmCham Governors Council and our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, AmCham’s Conference will bring together members of the Australian and American business communities to hear from industry leaders, engage in honest and open conversations, collaborate in hands-on case study workshops; and to examine the D&I challenges and achievements of AmCham member companies.

Business Luncheon
FI 16 NOV | 12pm - 2pm | The Hotel Windsor Melbourne

Keynote Speaker:
George Frazis
, Chief Executive, Consumer Bank, Westpac

We talk increasingly of the need for businesses to foster innovation. But what does this actually mean? George Frazis will help break down the fundamentals of building and cementing an innovative culture and explore why in today's environment, more than ever before, it's crucial for businesses to champion and embrace innovation.


Breakfast Briefing
FRI 14 DEC | 7am - 9am | Parmelia Hilton Perth

Vanessa Torres, CTO, South32
Denise Goldsworthy, Independent Director, Western Power
Dr Vanessa Guthrie, Non-Exec Director, Vimy Resources
Kristina Botsis, Manager - Commercial, Water Corporation
Dr Laura Boykin, Innovation Panel, UWA




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