By Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia, 10 November, 2020

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is delivering an important end-of-year program, featuring three key events that will be broadcast live on Tuesday, 8 December from the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

Claudia Sagripanti, EEAA Chief Executive said “Following a turbulent year for the exhibition and business events industry, we recognised the importance of bringing together industry leaders and the wider events community to cement our strategic framework for moving forward in 2021 and to provide a platform for industry members, where possible, to meet in-person.”

“We have designed an event program that will feature international guest commentators and senior leaders from the exhibition and business events community, to honour the important achievements of 2020 via the EEAA Awards for Excellence and celebrate the return of face-to-face events in 2021.” said Claudia Sagripanti.

The event program includes:

  • The EEAA Annual General Meeting and election of the EEAA Executive Committee
  • An invitation-only CEO Forum – with CEOs of venues, suppliers and organisers taking a strategic look at the global and local issues and structural changes across all the sectors of the industry;
  • The 2020 EEAA Awards for Excellence (featuring two award categories) and end-of-year celebration

The event program will run in a hybrid format and include in-person attendance at ICC Sydney and a live broadcast via the ICC Sydney world-class production facilities – offering the option for virtual attendance by EEAA members and non-members across Australia.

Schedule of activity:

1 to 2pm: Annual General Meeting – The EEAA AGM will take place at the ICC Sydney Parkside Ballroom for current EEAA Members only. The Agenda will include a report from the EEAA President, Election of Members for the EEAA Board, receipt and adoption of the EEAA Financial Statements and the EEAA Gold and Platinum Partner presentation. There are five EEAA Executive Committee positions up for nomination this year, made up of two Organiser positions, two Venue positions and 1 Supplier position. Nominations for these positions are currently in progress.

2 to 5pm: CEO Forum – The CEO Forum will bring together senior executives and key decision makers from the business events industry to provide a platform to discuss the issues and opportunities for the sector. The meeting will include high-level panel discussion around the potential structural changes, industry trends and rebuilding the industry in 2021 and beyond. The CEO Forum is by invitation only.

CEO Forum speaker line-up:

International guest speakers:

  • Denzil Rankine, Executive Chairman, AMR International
  • Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director/CEO, Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI)

Industry panelists:

  • Geoff Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer, ICC Sydney
  • Libbie Ray, Co-Director, Connected Event Group
  • Richard Ireland, Managing Director, Asia, Clarion Events
  • Gab Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Harry the hirer
  • David Longman, Managing Director, Diversified Communications Australia
  • Jane Ford, Chief Executive Officer, Exhibitions and Events Australia

5.30 to 7.30pm: EEAA 2020 Awards for Excellence and end of Year Celebration – The EEAA 2020 Awards will feature two categories only this year: the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award and Scholarship and the Unsung Hero Award, focusing on the people who have made a significant contribution to their company and the industry. The end of year celebration will feature the awards presentations and the opportunity to network with the industry.

“The category eligibility and criteria for the 2020 EEAA Awards for Excellence is designed to showcase the exceptional work of our young members via the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award and the Unsung Heroes of our industry. The Awards will recognise those EEAA Member individuals who have delivered innovation, shown resilience, remained optimistic and garnered business confidence amongst the industry.” said Claudia Sapgripanti

The EEAA have secured a line-up of industry experts to judge the two award categories. Chaired by John Trevillian AM, the panel will be scoring against the criteria and looking for the outstanding contributions made by the Young Achievers and Unsung Heroes in 2020.

The 2020 EEAA Awards judging panel:

  • Melinda Brown, General Manager – Skills IQ
  • Emily Elkington, Partnership Marketing Manager – Tourism Australia
  • Jenny Lambert, Director of Employment, Education and Training – Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Ruth Lillian, OAM, for outstanding service to the events industry
  • John O’Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer – Experience Co
  • Chris Porter, Head of Operations and Industry Development – VTIC and Executive Officer – Business Events Victoria
  • Mary White, General Manager – Membership, Adelaide Convention Bureau
  • Chair: John Trevillian, AM for outstanding contribution to the development of Australia’s major event industry

Registrations to attend the three events are open now via the Eventspass ticketing platform here.

In-line with Covid Safety Protocols, registration to all three events is essential.

The EEAA thanks their supporting partners International Convention Centre Sydney, Coleman Group, Eventspass, Sprintr by AV1, Tourism Australia, Skills IQ, Ungerboeck, TMC Productions and Orlando Sydney.


Source: Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia