At the 2018 Leaders Forum and Conference delivered Members of the association held a session, led by  New EEAA Board Member, and Chief Operating Officer, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Leighton Wood, aimed at establishing a shared commitment to creating a more responsible industry, which resulted in the development of a working group that will work on building a sustainability charter and sharing best practice.

The Committee compromises of :

  • Chair – Leighton Wood, MCEC and EEAA Board Member
  • Helen Mantellato, ICC Sydney and EEAA Board Member
  • Ross Ferrar, Gaming Technologies Association and EEAA Board Member
  • Pedro Gallo, Diversified Communications Australia
  • Luke Edginton, Adelaide Convention Centre
  • Cory McCarrick, Reed Exhibitions Australia
  • Jonathan Wilczek, Diversified Communications Australia
  • Michael Firman, Harry the Hirer
  • Adrian Slingsby, ICC Sydney
  • Heather Craven, Audited Media Association of Australia
  • Rodd Craig, Aerospace Maritime and Defence Foundation of Australia
  • Claudia Hunter, Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia
  • Joyce DiMascio, Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia


EEAA Young members gathered for two events, held in Sydney and Melbourne in February 2019 to test the  Sustainability Framework draft that was developed by the EEAA Sustainability Working Group in 2018. These events kicked off the consultation phase of the EEAA sustainability initiative. The Young Stars provided feedback on the Sustainability Framework and discussed next steps for the Association.

The Sustainability Framework includes drafting a charter, looking at best practise, mapping our current footprint and bench-marking.

The feedback was presented to the EEAA Board, who committed to progressing to the next stage. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months – stay tuned.

Thank you our EEAA Young Stars program partners, Tourism Australia and Ungerboeck. A big thank you also to ICC Sydney and MCEC, for hosting the events.

Young Stars Sustainability Forum Sydney – 25 February

Young Stars Sustainability Forum Melbourne – 26 February