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Canberra Business Chamber Annual Gala Dinner

Thursday 2 November 2017 – 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm


Canberra Business Chamber invites you to our 2017 Annual Gala Dinner.

The Gala Dinner is the Canberra business community’s pre-eminent annual event.

The Gala is an opportunity to hear from speakers of international significance on issues critical to industry as you position your business to navigate a dynamic and changing economy.

This year our keynote speaker is Professor Ian Williamson, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce at Victoria University of Wellington.

Realising the Potential of Disruption
In the last 10 years we have witnessed several major technological, demographic and social-political disruptions that have had a dramatic impact on numerous sectors. In theory major disruptions can create new and often bigger opportunities for organisations. Yet, in reality not all organisations are equally able to take advantages of these new opportunities.  In his presentation Dr. Williamson will discuss the barriers organisations face when attempting to realise the potential created by disruptions. In particular, he will discuss the important role that people management decisions play in helping firms develop the capabilities needed to realise the opportunities available in the current market.

Join us as we celebrate the successes of 2017 with delicious food from award winning Chef Nikhil Jain and excellent Canberra Region wines at the ‘New Look’ National Convention Centre.

Don’t miss this spectacular event – book your tickets today!

DRESS CODE: Cocktail

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With thanks to our Sponsors and Partners:



Prof Ian Williamson | Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Dean of Commerce
Victoria University of Wellington

Professor Ian O. Williamson is the Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Business School at Victoria University, Wellington (New Zealand). He is also a research fellow of the Melbourne Business School (Australia).

Prof. Williamson’s research focuses on how the development of effective “talent pipelines” can enhance organizational and community outcomes In particular, his research focuses on how human and social capital influences firm operational and financial outcomes, talent management in the context of new ventures and growth-oriented firms, the role of human resource practices in driving firm innovation and the impact of social issues on firm outcomes.

Prof Williamson has worked with executives in over 20 countries across six continents providing consulting services in the areas of strategic human resource management, managing organizational change and innovation, employee recruitment and retention, and executive coaching. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) and a bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio USA).


Thursday 2 November 2017
7:00 pm to 10:30 pm


Canberra Business Chamber
02 6247 4199


National Convention Centre Canberra 31 Constitution Avenue Canberra, ACT 2601
31 Constitution Avenue Canberra
Canberra, ACT 2601 Australia
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