Day 1 - The 5 Pillars of Productivity and the SME Ecosystem

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Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Time Presentation
8:30am - 9:00am Registration (tea and coffee available)
9:00am - 9:30am

Welcome and Introduction:

Mr Kean Selway, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Deakin University

Prof Andrew Conway, IPA Group CEO

9:30am - 10:30am

Plenary: The SME ecosystem explained
Mr Eugene Cornelius Jnr

  • The rationale for a dynamic SME ecosystem approach
  • The 5 Pillars of the SME ecosystem
Keynote Speaker:
  • Ms Kate Carnell, The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
10:30am - 11:00am Morning Tea
11:00am - 12:30pm

Financial capital pillar
Mr Eugene Cornelius Jnr

  • SME funding models
  • Building capital access programs
  • Financial wellbeing and financial literacy
  • Open Forum


  • Dr Winslow Sargeant, ICSB President Elect, Managing Director of S&T and former Chief Counsel for Advocacy appointed by and reporting direct to President Obama, USA
  • Dr Gianni La Cava, Senior Research Manager, Head of the Micro Analysis and Data Research Unit, Reserve Bank of Australia
  • The Hon Bruce Billson, Chair IPA Deakin SME Research Centre, former Minister for Small Business
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch (Deakin Downtown)
1:30pm - 2:15pm

Plenary: SME ecosystem - government perspective
The Hon Bruce Billson, Chair IPA Deakin SME Research Centre, former Minister for Small Business

Keynote Speaker:

  • The Hon Michael Sukkar MP, Minister for Housing & Assistant Treasurer
2:15pm - 3:15pm

Innovation pillar
Mr Eugene Cornelius Jnr and Dr Winslow Sargeant

  • Innovation as the driver of business growth and competition
  • Innovation as a diffusion process
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship in the Australian economy
  • Open Forum


  • Dr Abrie Swanepoel, Senior Economist, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Mr Mark Burgess, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Quickstep Holdings Ltd
  • Mr David Salisbury, General Manager, Consumer Small Business Strategies, ACCC
3:15pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Tea
3:30pm - 4:45pm

Regulation pillar
Mr Eugene Cornelius Jnr

  • Creating the right regulatory environment
  • Taxation imposition models globally, comparisons and implications
  • Competition laws and SMEs
  • Best practice regulatory models for SMEs
  • Open Forum


  • Ms Karen Payne, Inspector- General of Taxation & Taxation Ombudsman
  • Ms Su McCluskey, Director, Commissioner and business owner
  • Dr Craig Latham, Deputy, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
4:45pm - 5:00pm Wrap-up and feedback - Day 1 by Mr Eugene Cornelius Jr
5:00pm - 6:00pm Networking cocktail reception - Deakin Downtown
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