In celebration of Engineers Australia’s 100 Year anniversary, we are taking the chance to reflect on what our 100th year means to engineers in the State of Queensland and beyond.
Join us and the hundreds of budding young engineers and established professionals at our annual Executive Breakfast, celebrating the theme of Past, Present, and Future. Our keynote speakers, Gavin Blakey, Todd Battley and Merryn York, will be speaking on each of these themes, sharing their experiences, and discussing what they see for the future of our industry.
Past: Reflecting on the past 100 years of engineering and seeing how that has shaped and set the foundation of our industry of today, we take a moment to reflect and appreciate the value of our work in our local communities and Australia wide.
Present: Taking a look at engineering and its contribution to the development of society at the present time. We’ll also discuss what values and qualities both young professionals and leaders should be focusing on to be ready for the future.
Future: The importance of encouraging more students into STEM has never been more prominent than it is now to shape our future engineers. Hear about what role you can play in educating, supporting and connecting students into STEM.
In addition to hearing from these inspirational speakers, emerging engineering professionals will have the opportunity to sit with and ask questions to our most senior executive engineers and leaders in our industry over breakfast. Each table will include a minimum of two senior executives followed by dedicated networking time.
About our Speakers
Gavin Blakey OAM - FIEAust CPEng APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
OAM Chair of Board, Engineers Without Borders Australia
Gavin’s engineering career has spanned private enterprise, local government and the not-for-profit sector.
During his time in engineering consultancy, Gavin was responsible for civil and geotechnical engineering investigation, design and construction.
Gavin also has a host of experience in government roles at a local level, undertaking tasks such as geotechnical engineering, flood management, sustainable water use, planning, budget management, business development and strategic asset management.
Aside from being the first Australian to be International President of Toastmasters International, Gavin was the recipient of the Order of Australia Medal in 2004 for his contributions to communication and leadership development throughout the world, in particular through his work with Toastmasters International.
In 2015 Gavin worked as the In-Country Manager for Cambodia and Vietnam with Engineers Without Borders Australia a for-purpose organisation that connects, educates and empowers people through humanitarian engineering. He has been on the EWB Australia Board since 2014 and Chair of the Board since 2016.
Todd Battley - FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Chief Executive, AECOM
Assuming the position of Chief Executive in 2017, Todd leads a team of over 3,500 designers, engineers, planners, scientists, and project managers in over 20 offices across Australia and New Zealand.
The traditional engineering consulting firm he joined as a James Cook University civil engineering graduate in 1996 has changed significantly, during which time he held a number of senior leadership roles including Managing Director for the Northern & Western Australia region with responsibility for Queensland, West Australia and the Northern Territory.
Todd’s relentless focus on staff and client service excellence has enabled him to build a resilient and dynamic business, riding the highs and lows of the resource driven markets of Northern Australia. Most recently, Todd has led the cultural change that has made flexible work the norm at AECOM and speaks regularly as a male champion of change to improve diversity and inclusion in the sector.
Merryn York - FIEAust, CPEng, NER, APEC, Engineer, IntPE(Aus)
Chief Executive, Powerlink Queensland
Merryn has more than 25 years’ experience in the Queensland electricity industry, 16 of which have been spent in senior leadership positions. An Electrical Engineer by profession, Merryn has worked in all facets of transmission network service delivery including asset management, regulation, capital investment and governance, customer engagement and business development, and network planning and performance.
As Chief Executive of Powerlink Queensland since 2011, Merryn is leading the business in its transformation to align with the changing external environment and better meet customer and shareholder expectations.
Merryn is a Board Member of Energy Networks Australia (ENA), and also Chairs the ENA Policy and Strategy Committee.