Major Event Business Forum


13 Apr

11:00 AM -

03:00 PM


Commonwealth House
Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach
Gold Coast, Queensland

Getting to Commonwealth House

Event Details

** Registrations are now closed  **

The event will be followed by networking event hosted by the Australian Government at Sofitel Broadbeach from 3:15pm – 6:00pm (invite only).

It has never been more important for major event hosts, local suppliers and international organisations to work together in changing global event market.

Major event planning is becoming more complex. Services have become more specialised. Host organisations face unprecedented pressure to capture more benefits at lower cost.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) has shown these challenges can be addressed through new ways to create and share value with corporate partners, suppliers and host location.

As the Closing Ceremony approaches, delegates from events across the UK, Americas, Middle East, Asia and Pacific will come together to explore change in the event market over the decade of preparations for GC2018, the future under the new Commonwealth Games Delivery Model ‘CGF Partnerships’, and the opportunities this presents for business.

Including keynote presentation on the future and new directions for Commonwealth Games:

• Mr David Grevemberg, CEO, CGF

Followed by discussion of GC2018 legacy and lessons for Birmingham 2022:

• Peter Beattie, Chair, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)
• Mr Andy Street CBE, Mayor of West Midlands Combined Regional Authority, a leading figure in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Other program highlights:

‘Creating Value With Event Hosts – holding events in a changing global market’

Morning panel, exploring the differing perspectives of event hosts from developed markets, emerging markets and markets aspiring to hold events for the first time, and the role of event delivery partners in the process.

• Mr Carlos Neahaus – President, Lima 2019 Pan American Games Organising Committee
• Mr David Koch – President of Port Adelaide Football Club, co-host of Seven Network Sunrise and advocate for taking Australian professional sport into China
• Mr David Leather – Chief Operating Officer of Lagardère Sports and CEO of CGF Partnerships

‘Creating Value With Event Suppliers – opportunities for business in a changing global market

Afternoon panel, exploring different new best practice models for partnership in an event environment including approaches to corporate-supplier innovation, adapting strategies for international markets; working with event sponsors; and sustaining opportunities after the event is over.

Speakers include:

• Mr Ian Smith – Vice President and Executive Lead for GC2018, Optus
• Mr Michael Kasprowicz – KPMG Sports Network and former Australian cricketer
• Mr Chris Paterson – Senior Principal, Populous and leader of the international award-winning Suncorp Stadium, Cararra Stadium and KL Sport City redevelopments
• Mr Stuart Ramlingam – Vice President, Dentsu Sport Asia (exclusive rights agency for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics) and former CEO of Super League Malaysia

This event is delivered in partnership between the Queensland Government, City of Gold Coast and Australian Government, with support from:
• Optus, Official Support Network for GC2018
• KPMG, Official GC2018 Professional Services Advisor and Supporter for GC2018

This event will run from 11am – 3pm on 13 April 2018 at Commonwealth House.


Thank you to all VIPs, presenters, delegates and guests for participating in the Games Time Trade & Investment Program in April 2018.

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