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July 2019

Message from AmCham CEO April Palmerlee

Most people spend hours every day performing monotonous tasks. And so many of these tasks are performed behind a screen -- whether at home, at work, or at school – that human interaction becomes all that more important. And, yet, elusive. So, on the rare occasions when large groups of people have a reason to congregate, we feel an especially high level of energy and excitement. The French sociologist Emile Durkheim called this collective effervescence. And it’s what I felt at the various Fourth of July events I attended around the country over the past two weeks. In Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane: Australians, Americans, and their friends and colleagues, gathered to celebrate America’s birthday. We commemorated the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon – and the role Australia played in beaming that great step for mankind to televisions around the world – and we looked ahead to a future where our countries can build further on the cooperation and collaboration we enjoy in a range of sectors.

Looking ahead at the second half of 2019, there are numerous opportunities to experience collective effervescence with AmCham wherever you are. We will have two big conferences: in Melbourne in October and the Diversity and Inclusion Conference in November. We have two trade missions: in Houston and a Board trip to in September. There are two galas: one in Sydney and one in (focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility). And we have a business delegation going to the US to look at in October. These are all in addition to the numerous business luncheons we are famous for, as well as our Doorknocks to Canberra, state capitals and Washington DC. We are expecting more high-level visitors, and we want you to meet them with us.

I encourage you to choose a date – right now, pick just one before the end of the year – when you promise to make time to get away from behind your computer and join us. In fact, bring a friend or colleague. Bring that American from down the hallway who you just met. Come on your own with the goal of meeting three new people. Whatever you do, just come along. There is nothing like the connections that happen when we come face-to-face and interact over issues that are important to our businesses, our families, and our countries.


I look forward to seeing you all soon.


April Palmerlee, Chief Executive Officer

American Chamber of Commerce in Australia


P 02 8031 9000


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Upcoming Events


AmCham with Adelaide Business School

Trade and Investment Business Luncheon

Driving inbound investment and creating new opportunities for South Australian businesses through opening direct routes and establishing a local office in the US.


Growing South Australia’s economy on a Global Scale – hear from our industry leaders on how SA Businesses can unlock new opportunities through international investment and opening greater export capacity.


Panel of Speakers:

  • Megan Antcliff, Deputy Chief Executive, Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment
  • Mark Young, CEO, Adelaide Airport
  • Michael Kleine, US Consul General


Thursday 24 July 2019

12pm - 2pm



Adelaide Convention Centre



Adelaide Business School



Global Intertrade | Grant Law



Join AmCham to hear from Woodsides Chief Operations Officer and Executive Vice President Meg O'Neill as she discusses her previous experience and her work at Woodside Energy Ltd.


About the Speaker


Meg O’Neill is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Woodside Energy, based in Perth, Australia. She assumed this position in May 2018 and is responsible for Woodside’s global logistics, drilling, production, HSEQ, reservoir management and the operations of all Woodside producing facilities.


Prior to joining Woodside, Meg held the position of Vice President, Africa for ExxonMobil Development Company based in Houston, where she was responsible for ExxonMobil’s major projects across Africa, including Angola, Nigeria, Tanzania and Mozambique....


Monday 29 July 2019

12pm - 2pm



Parmelia Hilton Perth



C.H. Robinson






Innovation is the lifeblood of the new economy. It's more than just a buzzword - it's transforming how we do business in every sector at an incredible pace. What's more, you need only look around right here in Melbourne to find large and small players at the cutting edge of applied innovation.


On Tuesday 30 July, you are invited to join us as we explore some of the leading lights of Melbourne's innovation ecosystem. With a full day of site visits to a variety of visionary spaces in Melbourne, from innovation to sustainability, this is an unparalleled opportunity you won't want to miss!


You will be guests for the day with pioneering players such as:

  • GM Holden Design Centre
  • Visy Industries
  • La Trobe University
  • Two Bulls


Tuesday 30 July 2019

8am - 6pm






$599.00 Members

$799.00 Non-Members



$699.00 Members

$899.00 Non-Members



Expected increases in infrastructure projects around the world to accommodate growing populations and increased urbanisation may come at a significant impact to the natural environment requiring innovative products and new techniques to build more sustainably. There is a need to balance the potential gains from introducing innovative solutions with offsetting the risks or unexpected consequences. In this context, the industry and authorities must work together to accommodate the increasing demand on the use of sustainable materials and the application of innovative solutions.


On our panel of speakers:

  • Dr Belinda Wade, Lecturer in Strategy, UQ Business School
  • Greg Lennox, Manager - New Markets, Rock Trade Industries
  • Julieanne Alroe, Chair, ERM Power | Chair, Infrastructure Australia
  • Dale Connor, CEO Building & Engineering, Lendlease

Join facilitator, Kristin Devitt, Director, KDPR and our panel of industry leaders in a unique discussion as we take an in-depth look at Building for Tomorrow.


Friday 2 August 2019

11.30am - 2pm



Stamford Plaza Brisbane



ConocoPhillips | KDPR | KPMG | Mater Foundation | UQ Business School | Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines



to enquire about sponsorship.



Pushing the boundaries: How can Australia and the US collaborate to secure a safe future supply of resources in the Indo-Pacific?


Peter Botten, Managing Director of Oil Search, will be joined by Tania Constable, CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia, to assess resource investment opportunities in the Indo-Pacific, sovereign risk, and public-private partnerships. Moderated by Robert Skeffington, FTI Consulting.


The opportunities from investing strategically in the region and engaging strongly with local communities can be significant. But more than this, in a climate of shifting reliability of resource supply, such regional investment strategies can reduce the sovereign risk for high demand resources which are critical to the development of innovative technology in renewable energy, electronics, semiconductors and military equipment.


Thursday 8 August 2019

12pm - 2pm



Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Sydney NSW 2000



to enquire about sponsorship.

Premium Network News

Virgin Australia and Delta Airlines

AmCham's 2019 Official Travel Partner


Virgin Australia is proud to partner with award-winning airline, Delta Air Lines – one of the world’s largest airlines. Together we proudly serve more than 204 million customers annually through our extensive and integrated network of destinations.


Operating 25 flights per week, connecting over 40 destinations in Australia and New Zealand with 250+ cities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.


Together, Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines offer an unrivalled experience, with a seamless and consistent journey to Los Angeles and beyond. Stay connected with our in-flight connectivity services and enjoy the benefits of the most rewarding frequent flyer program for Velocity and Sky Miles members.


Service that goes 'above and beyond' is the Virgin Australia - Delta way.



International Convention Centre Sydney

ICC Sydney Recognised for Pioneering Sustainable Operations


A new global report and online database released by UFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry – reviewing the industry’s contribution to sustainable development, has recognised International Convention Centre Sydney’s (ICC Sydney) for its exemplary practice.


Launched to track progressive initiatives and projects in the exhibitions business in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (UN), 20 global submissions were accepted including three from ICC Sydney – the most of any venue....



Lendlease Wins Big at the PCA Innovation Awards


Lendlease’s International House Sydney took out the top gong winning Australian Development of the Year at the Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards.


International House Sydney at Barangaroo South is Australia’s first timber engineered office building and provides a new innovative approach to sustainable development.


Lendlease won a total of five awards including....


PwC Australia

Tax Cuts


The Government's new tax package is a win for Australia's workers, but will it help Australia hold up in the long-run?


to hear what PwC's Australian Tax Leader, Pete Calleja has to say about the recent tax cuts.


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