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Climate Change & the Economy Speakers Forum
October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm$10
The Economy and Climate Change are interlinked. So how do we move forward, what are the opportunities and what do we need to keep an eye on? Hear from a panel of experts facilitated by Rod Oram to discuss the future of Climate Change and the Economy.
Rod Oram (Business Journalist & Envirohub Patron)
Business journalist Rod Oram contributes weekly to Newsroom, Nine to Noon, and Newstalk ZB. He is a public speaker on deep sustainability, business, economics, and innovation. Rod is a member of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, which brings together people from here and abroad who seek to contribute to global change from Aotearoa.
In Citigroup’s annual global journalism awards, Rod was the winner in 2019 in the General Business category in the Australia and NZ region for his columns in Newsroom on Fonterra; and he was the NZ Journalist of the year. In the 2018 New Zealand Shareholders’ Association Business Journalism Awards, Rod won the Business Commentary category for his Newsroom columns.
Rod was a founding trustee and the second chairman of Ākina Foundation, which helps social enterprises develop their business models in areas of sustainability. He remains actively involved with the foundation and the ventures it supports.
In 2016, Bridget Williams Books published Rod’s most recent book, Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene, details at bwb.co.nz/books/three-cities
Mike Chapman (Horticulture New Zealand – CEO)
Tāmati Kruger (Tūhoe Te Uru Taumatua – Chairman)
Fraser Whineray (Fonterra – COO)
Fraser Whineray joined Fonterra in March 2020 as the Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for our New Zealand manufacturing site and global supply chain operations, sustainability, innovation and R&D, IT and safety, quality and regulatory teams.
Fraser joined the Co-op from Mercury, a 100% renewable electricity retailer and generator, where he was the Chief Executive from 2014 and held executive roles since joining the company in 2008.
Fraser is no stranger to the dairy industry. He started his career as a graduate of the New Zealand Dairy Board’s technical training programme and spent time at the manufacturing sites that are now part of the Co-op and also in Fonterra’s export markets. He has also worked in the investment banking and forestry industries, both in New Zealand and internationally.
Fraser is a keen advocate for astute long-term decisions that leverage New Zealand’s competitive advantages, including its people and sustainable economic growth.
He served as a Non- Executive Director of Opus International Consultants from 2008 – 2016 and of Tilt Renewables and Chaired the Prime Ministers Business Advisory Council. In 2019 he was named the Deloitte Top 200 Chief Executive of the year.
Fraser holds and MBA from the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Canterbury University and a Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology from Massey University.
James Trevelyan (Trevelyan’s – MD)
Having missed out on School Cert English and with a house full of dismantled torches and small devices James’s parents sent him off to Engineering school in Auckland. After completing a Bachelor of Engineering and gaining work experience in Auckland and offshore, James returned to join the team at Trevelyan’s Packhouse.
James is currently the manager director of Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool. Kiwifruit and avocado growers across the Bay of Plenty have relied on Trevelyan’s to provide world-class packing and fruit storage facilities for nearly 40 years.
The business has a reputation as a strong, independent, family-run business.
Trevelyan’s operates four export packhouses and one local market packhouse and 33 state-of-the-art coolstores on a 20ha site at No.1 Rd, Te Puke. Employing up to 1600 people at the height of the season.
Like many other kiwifruit businesses in New Zealand Trevelyan’s felt the pain of the devastating incursion of PSA-V in late 2010 and continue to live with it today. The business has used a process of continuous improvement to see it through those tough years.
The last four years have seen Trevelyan’s reporting their business performance against the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. Trevelyan’s have embraced the sustainable journey with teams changing the way the business moves forward.
Elspeth McRae (Scion – Chief Innovation & Science Officer)
Currently the Chief Innovation and Science Officer, she led definition of Scion’s recent 2030 strategy reshape on transitioning NZ to a Circular Bioeconomy. This includes growing different trees for biorefinery, bioenergy, biodiscovery and bioplastics, packaging, 3 and 4D printing, clean technology, wood and fibre and biotech/omics activities from discovery to commercialisation. She maintains strategic relationships with a range of key clients both locally and internationally.
She is on the management team for the National Science Challenge in Science and Technology for Industry focussing on materials, design and manufacturing. She is on the International Advisory committee for the Global Bioeconomy Summit, and cochairs the International Bioeconomy Forum forest bioeconomy working group with Canada. These recent global initiatives focus on replacing the petroleum/mineral/chemical/energy manufacturing activities with biobased substitutes and alternative approaches to manufacturing.
She reviewed the Royal Society Publication on Plastics in the Environment and was on the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisors Rethink Plastics panel. She is currently a member of Fisher and Paykel Healthcare Group’s Ecoadvisory Panel and is a member of the New Zealand Packaging Council governance group. Some recent 2019 presentations have been on Disruptions in Manufacturing and Genetic Technologies to PEFC (Zurich) as well as NZ Ministers (Royal Society Speakers Programme), Hugo Group at their CEO retreat, Plenary Panel on Bioeconomy at the Alpbach Forum in Austria and NZ-Japan Business Council meeting in Tokyo in 2019 and in Wellington in February 2020.
Andrew Sliper (Pamu Farms – GM Forestry & Horticulture)
Andrew joined the Pāmu team 5 years as GM of Commercial Development and Strategy. As part of this role, he led the strategic expansion into horticulture and expanding the forestry operation and has recently taken on a newly established role of GM Forestry and Horticulture.
Prior to Pāmu, Andrew was Head of Macquarie Bank’s Asian Agriculture Funds business based in Hong Kong and Aquila Capital’s NZ and Australian business based in Melbourne.
Farmers do more than people realise to improve the environment where we operate and understand the impacts of farming. Andrew is passionate about the agriculture sector and contributing to how New Zealand can continue to excel.