A number of inspiring speakers from Australia and beyond have signed on to share their insights with our delegates. We are excited to hear about their innovations and transformations in relation to:

  • Belonging and inclusion in achieving outcomes
  • Embracing opportunities to thrive during change
  • Collaborating to enhance policy and practice.

Information about our speakers will be added to this page as the Conference approaches.

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Keynote speakers

Dr Catriona Wallace

Dr Catriona Wallace is a specialist in the field of Artificial Intelligence and the Metaverse. She has been recognised by The Australian Financial Review as the most influential woman in business & entrepreneurship and by the Royal Institution of Australia as a pre-eminent scientist.

Catriona is an Adjunct Professor and is one of the world’s most cited experts in Artificial Intelligence, Responsible Technology, the Metaverse and the Future of Work.

Dr Wallace is the Founder of the Responsible Metaverse Alliance, Director of the Gradient Institute, Chair of Venture Capital fund Boab AI, Director of the Garvan Institute and was the Founder of a Machine-Learning company based out of New York.

Catriona is a champion of women, diversity & inclusion and ethics and has a PhD in Organizational Behaviour.

In addition to these career accomplishments, Catriona regards her greatest achievement as being a mother of five!

Kurt Fearnley AO

Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley AO is one of Australia’s most well-known and respected athletes.Winner of the world’s most prestigious marathons in London, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. The latter two, five times.

In total, Kurt has 13 Paralympic medals spanning five games. He’s also a six times world champion from 800m to the Marathon. His Marathon personal best is 1 hour 18 minutes and 51 seconds, set in Boston in 2011.
Off the racing circuit, Kurt has been a winning crew member of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, taking line honours in 2011 on board the yacht Loyal. However, he is most well known for his amazing feat of crawling the 96km Kokoda track.

Kurt is actively involved in various charities as a board member, patron and ambassador. In 2016, his peers elected Kurt to be one of six Summer Paralympic Athletes to serve on the International Paralympic Committee’s Athletes Commission.

In 2005, Kurt was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia or OAM after winning a gold medal at the Athens Paralympic Games. In 2018 Kurt received an Officer of the Order of Australia or AO, and in 2019 was awarded the NSW Australian of the Year.

Program speakers - TBA

Meet and Greet

Matthew Pavlich

Fremantle’s most respected and admired player in its history, Matthew Pavlich was long
admired as one of the AFL’s biggest stars.

He starred in a number of roles for the Dockers over his 17-year career, becoming the first WA based player to play over 300 AFL games – ending on 353 AFL games.

Matthew was a six time Doig Medallist as Fremantle’s Best and Fairest player and was named as an All-Australian six times including in the midfield, fullback, half forward and full forward.

Appointed Captain at 24, he captained the Dockers for a record 9 years which sees him ranked 6th all time for games played as an AFL Captain.

Off the field Matthew obtained both a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from University of Western Australia while he was playing. He also completed a 3-year tenure as the AFLPA’s President and a member of their board of directors (9 years). During his career
he also spent time on the AFL Laws of the Game Committee.

He has been a brand ambassador for a number of corporate organizations and is now embarking on a blossoming career with Fox Sports and Channel 9.

Matthew is Patron of Youth Mental Health charity Zero2Hero.

Matthew is married to wife Lauren and they have three young children; Harper, Jack and William.

Glen Jakovich

With over 250 games under his belt, Glen Jakovich has become one of West Coast’s greatest of all time players. He debuted for the Eagles in 1991 and played for the club in the centre half-back position. Jakovich was selected in that position in the All-Australian team of 1994 and 1995. He was notable for his duels with rival centre half-back forward, North Melbourne Football Club’s Wayne Carey. Carey was considered to be one of the best of all time, and the contests between these two were highly anticipated events on the football calendar. Jakovich also had a rivalry with Geelong Football Club All-Australian centre half-forward Barry Stoneham.

After undergoing a knee reconstruction in 1996 he was unable to recapture his superlative form of the previous three years.

Glen Jakovich retired from football in 2004, kicking
three goals in a win over Sydney Swans in his last game.

Jakovich was an expert commentator on Fox Sports and 882 6PR, but now broadcasts from Western Australia for 1116 SEN Melbourne. In 2008, he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame and the West Australian Football Hall of Fame. He was an inaugural inductee in the West Coast Eagles Hall of Fame in 2011.

  • 2x Premiership player (1992, 1994)
  • 2x All-Australian team (1994, 1995)
  • 4x West Coast Club Champion (1993, 1994, 1995, 2000)
  • Australian Football Hall of Fame (inductee 2008)

Your Conference Hosts

Rebecca Harris

Rebecca, General Manager Regulatory Services at WorkCover WA commenced at the Agency in 2019. Rebecca has extensive experience as a public officer across a range of public sector agencies in policy, governance, compliance and regulation. Her previous roles include senior executive positions at the Department of Education, Department of Premier and the Cabinet and the Public Sector Commission. Ms Harris holds a Bachelor of Education, Master of Education and Master of Public Administration and Management.

Chris White

Chief Executive Officer, WorkCover WA

Chris White was appointed Chief Executive Officer in November 2019. Chris has more than 35 years’ experience in workers’ compensation and occupational safety and health policy in Western Australia. Mr White has held senior policy and management roles at both WorkCover WA and WorkSafe WA. Mr White holds a Master of Arts (Public Policy) from Murdoch University.