Notice of Annual General Meeting

Canberra Business Chamber Ltd
ACN 600 390 538


NOTICE IS GIVEN that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017 will be held at Ground Floor, 216 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon on Monday 20 November 2017 at 4:00 p.m.


  1. Apologies
  2. Chair’s Report
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. CEO’s Report
  5. Election of Directors
  6. Other Business


Archie Tsirimokos
Date: 30 October 2017



A Member may appoint a proxy to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting.

A Member must submit the attached proxy appointment form at least 48 hours before the General Meeting of Members to the Secretary at either or Ground Floor, 216 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon ACT 2612.

Please note that only financial Members are permitted to vote at the General Meeting of Members and each financial Member is entitled to one vote only.


30 October 2017

Under Clause 9.2 of the Chamber’s Constitution, three Board Members will retire at each Annual General Meeting and an election will be held to fill the vacant Board positions. Accordingly, nominations have been sought for candidates suitable to be elected to these three vacant Board positions at the Annual General Meeting to be held on Monday 20 November 2017.

The nominations are as follows:

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Jure Domazet
Managing Director
MD Doma Group

Jure is the Managing Director of the Doma Group, with interests in property investment and development (including residential, office, retail, hotel and car parking), hotel operations and management (including all food and beverage operations) and private equity.  Predominantly based in the ACT, the Group has property interests along the eastern seaboard, including Jervis Bay, Sydney and Newcastle.  Its private equity interests span both local, national and international businesses in retail, manufacturing and software, encompassing both established businesses and start-ups.  

 Jure attended the ANU, where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce,        Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.  Upon completing his professional qualifications, Jure worked in commercial finance with a national bank and as a commercial lawyer with a national law firm. 

As well as private company directorships, Jure currently holds the following positions:

  1. Director and Interim Chair of the Canberra Convention Bureau;
  2. Director at Canberra Girls Grammar School (and Chairman of the Development and Planning Committee);
  3. Member of the ANU Campus Planning Committee.

Jure is a former director of the Property Council of Australia ACT and was President from 2011-2015.


Reasons for standing

Doma Group is a multi-disciplinary business and has historically had its emphasis in property.  As the Group has grown, the operations of the business in hotels, food and beverage operations and private equity have created a large footprint for the Group outside of direct property.  The Group has over 300 direct employees (full-time, part-time and casual) and has significant annual investment in the ACT affecting employment of many other Canberrans.   

In nominating for the Board, I bring my interest, experience and exposure across all these sectors in assisting the direction of the Canberra Business Chamber.  My view is that the CBC best serves its membership when it appreciates policy impacts across the whole of ACT industry and I would aim to assist with this understanding. 

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Michael Heather
Managing Director

In July 2017, I was appointed as the Managing Director for CBRE for its ACT business and in addition lead CBRE’s Canberra Capital Markets team. I have approximately 10 years’ experience in the Canberra commercial property market and have been involved in many of the notable transactions to occur in that time including the recent $321 million sale of 50 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra City.


I feel that my extensive and successful track record in the Canberra commercial property industry would be of significant benefit to Canberra Business Chamber Ltd as the property industry is a significant contributor to the growth and strong performance of the ACT economy and is one of the largest industries for employment in Canberra.

I have been an active member and supporter of Canberra Business Chamber Ltd by way of attending networking and industry events and recently I have joined the International Business Taskforce to further my involvement. I am also passionate about the growth and success of local Canberra businesses and now wish to take a more active role in helping local businesses succeed in an increasingly competitive environment.

Another reason for nominating is that I would like to give back to the Canberra business community that provides career opportunities for so many Canberran’s, like myself. If appointed, I will bring to this role strong leadership qualities and an understanding of the issues that are of interest to a wide range of members of Canberra Business Chamber Ltd.

I am highly regarded and trusted within the local business community as well as having extensive professional relationships with many of the Canberra Business Chamber Ltd members. I am actively involved in the wider Canberra community and have been involved in fundraising efforts for many charities including Special Olympics Australia, Hartley Lifecare and the Canberra PCYC.

I am currently a Director of Canberra CBD Limited trading as In the City Canberra until November 2017 when I am required to stand down at the next Annual General Meeting. This organisation was responsible for administering the Canberra City Centre Marketing and Improvements Grant to deliver a vibrant, attractive, safe and livable Canberra City Centre. From 1 January 2018, Canberra CBD Limited will be winding up as the ACT Government Grant will now be administered by the City Urban Renewal Authority. Hence, I will not be re-nominating for a further term at the November annual general meeting. I have gained valuable Board experience and knowledge through this position which I can bring to Canberra Business Chamber Ltd.

My personal qualities of integrity, honesty, drive, passion and enthusiasm combined with the highest level of ethics will be of benefit to Canberra Business Chamber Ltd if elected. I will act in good faith and for the best interests of the Canberra Business Chamber Ltd members.

I look forward to the election process and the positive contribution I will make to Canberra Business Chamber Ltd if elected.

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Jessica Mellor
CEO & Executive Director
Aquis Entertainment

Jessica is a member of the executive board of Aquis Entertainment Limited and associated companies, including Casino Canberra Limited. She is also on the board of Lifeline Canberra and the Physical Activity Foundation. Jessica gained a Bachelor of Sustainable Development (Construction Management) before moving on to study Law.

Jessica is the Chief Executive Officer of the Aquis Entertainment Group, including the ACT’s own Casino Canberra. She is an experienced project executive with a strong focus on strategy and delivering innovative solutions. Her experience spans major infrastructure projects, residential and commercial development, as well as funds management.

Jessica joined the greater Aquis group in 2013, where she played a key leadership role in the groups’ ambitious tourism-centred Yorkeys Knob project in Cairns, and following the acquisition of Casino Canberra, has become a dedicated advocate for Canberra’s international tourism potential.

With invaluable experience in the entertainment and tourism industry, Jessica has a thorough understanding of how international and national tourism markets work and knows what it takes to create a successful business that leverages off these markets to contribute to growth in the local economy. Focused on the lucrative markets out of China and South-East Asia, Jessica has been establishing networks within these countries since 2013 to better facilitate international distribution and identify opportunities well into the future.

Jessica is passionate about the Canberra Business Chamber and genuinely values what it stands for as an organisation. She has been a member since moving to Canberra from Queensland in 2015 and believes that with her unique skill set, she can make a significant contribution to delivering fresh ideas, connecting people in the local community, and helping local businesses overcome barriers to success.

With her background in tourism and infrastructure, outside of market experience and her determination to see Canberra gain its share of inbound tourism, Jessica is well placed to contribute to, and advocate for, Canberra’s future as a memorable tourism destination, and prosperous city.

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Jo Metcalfe
ACT and Southern New South Wales Manager

Jo Metcalfe is the ACT and Southern New South Wales manager for GHD, a global professional services firm. She has a strong relationships with government and twenty years of consulting, professional services management and industry peak body employment history. Jo makes significant contributions to the organisations for which she plays committee, council and board roles, a commitment that she is eager to continue with Canberra Business Chamber. She has been an active member of the Property Council of Australia since 2004, was a Director of Consult Australia, the peak body for design companies in the built environment. Jo’s past roles include State Manager of the Australian Institute of Architects ACT and Managing Principal of peckvonhartel Architects.

“I am passionate about issues affecting the business community of Canberra and the region and its role servicing the private and public sectors locally, nationally and internationally. I am committed to supporting the Business Chamber advocate for optimal environments for business through strong relationships with government and other stakeholders and the resulting value proposition for Chamber members.”

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Sarah Rajic
Capital Recruit

Sarah Rajic is the co-founder of Capital Recruit and General Manager of Staff Check.  She is also the 2017 Canberra Business Chamber Future Leader which provides her an opportunity to observe the CBC board meetings and contribute to the business community through the board.

Capital Recruit specialises in corporate recruitment including accounting, human resources, marketing and communications, sales and administration across government and the business community in the ACT. Since its inception over three years ago, Capital Recruit has grown significantly and recently broadened its services delivering managed volume recruitment processes and assessment design within the Federal Government environment.  Staff Check is a leading supplier of security vetting services, providing personnel security services to government and business.

Sarah commenced her career in 2000 in accounting recruitment in Canberra.  For the past 10 years, she has managed recruitment teams and branches across Canberra and Sydney.  In August 2014, Sarah founded Capital Recruit with Glen Heward.  In addition to Capital Recruit, Sarah was appointed General Manager of Staff Check mid 2016 to focus on client management, strategy and leadership.

Sarah is currently undertaking the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Course in Canberra, has a Diploma in Business and is accredited with the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA).  She regularly presents for CPA Australia and other industry bodies on recruitment best practice, industry updates, leadership and career development.

Sarah Rajic is the 2017 Future Leader with the Canberra Business Chamber.  Over the past 10 months, she has immersed herself in the Chamber and board activities, including contributing to minister meetings, the inquiry into insecure workers, the finance and audit committee and other working groups.

This year, Sarah received the Best New Business Owner award from Canberra Women in Business for the success of her business, Capital Recruit and her contribution to the Canberra business community.

Sarah is keen to continue her contribution to the Canberra Business Chamber and increase opportunities for business to thrive, innovate, and handle the challenges ahead such as cyber security, government procurement, business stability and workforce growth.  The past 10 months has been instructive for Sarah, in particular the business support, connections and advocacy work the business chamber delivers in Canberra.

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Vikram Sharma
Founder and CEO

Vikram Sharma is the Founder and CEO of QuintessenceLabs. Recognising the potential of quantum cybersecurity in the early 2000s while in California, Vikram sought to commercialise the technology, returning to the Australian National University to work with the Quantum Optics Group. QuintessenceLabs emerged from the award-winning research conducted by the group, and is today positioned at the forefront of the cybersecurity sector. The company’s capabilities have been recognised at several Australian and international events, most recently: global runner-up from a pool of 2,500+ companies in IBM’s SmartCamp competition in 2013, named by the Australian Information Industry Association as Australia’s most innovative small company in 2014, and selected by the Security Innovation Network as a SINET16 Cyber Security Innovator in 2015. In 2016, Cybersecurity Ventures named QuintessenceLabs in its Cybersecurity 500 list of the world’s most innovative cybersecurity companies. In 2017, the company was selected as of one of Westpac’s 20 high potential Businesses of Tomorrow.

Prior to QuintessenceLabs, Vikram founded two successful start-up ventures in the information technology infrastructure and services spaces – a consulting company providing IT services to the Federal Government in Australia, and one of India’s first private ISPs. He began his career as a programmer analyst, and subsequently worked as a consultant with a number of companies and government agencies in Australia.

Vikram holds a master of science in computer science from The Australian National University, a master of science in management (Sloan Fellow) from Stanford University, and a doctorate in quantum physics from The Australian National University. He was presented the Pearcey State Award for Entrepreneurship in 2013. In 2014, Vikram was invited by the UK Government to join an expert panel for its flagship Quantum Technology Hubs programme, and presently serves on the Industry Advisory Boards of AusCyber and the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University, and the Cybersecurity Technical Committee of the Australian Computer Society.

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