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Wed 16 Oct 2019 - 5:00 pm
Event Date
Wed 16 Oct 2019 - 5:45 pm to
Wed 16 Oct 2019 - 8:00 pm

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Cardno Level 11, 515 St Paul's Terrace Fortitude Valley Queensland Australia
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Engineers Australia Thought Leaders Series: Avoiding Digital Disappointment (QLD) Register

All organisations need to innovate in order to provide a quality service or product. But what process do you need to avoid the mistakes, and unearth the successes?
How do you identify the innovations to leave and the ones to adopt, and then turn them into reality with the right return on investment.

Innovation is something that can and should be embraced by everyone in the organisation. Plus innovation is not a digital “thing”…’s a state of mind.

This session is about listening to organisations share their experiences of trying something new, what has worked and what hasn’t.
You will then hear a panel discussion about the process of innovation and we will be answering some of the following questions:

  1. What are the key success factors for a good innovation process?
  2. How do bring the innovation process to life? – Leadership, time, resources, investment
  3. What is the value to the client? They are the reason we’re going through these changes. How do they handle the increased data for example?
  4. Innovation is only valuable if it’s scalable – recognising that it can’t just work in pockets of your organisation, or for one particular client, project or stakeholder
  5. Continuous improvement verses light bulb innovation – how to avoid the firework problem where you have one bright idea and then the impact or enthusiasm fades away

Preliminary Program

1745: Registration for a 6.00pm sharp: event start 
1800 - 1805: Welcome Address
1805 – 1825: Presentations
1825 – 1915: Panel discussion
1915 - 1930: Audience Q&A
1930 - 2015: Networking & Refreshments

Guest Speakers

Nicole Doring

Nicola Dorling
Chief Digital Officer | Cardno Engineering Consulting

Nicola Dorling is the Chief Digital Officer at Cardno Engineering Consulting and is responsible for delivering a Digital Transformation for Cardno. Focusing on driving changes in front office, middle office and back office.

Nicola has held a number of roles that drive strategic change and transformation, from strategy development and execution, where Nicola has lead the development of very successful corporate and operational strategy delivery in the fast moving consumer goods sector including Unilever, BAT and Pacific Brands, through to large scale system integration where Nicola was the Technology Director at Sydney Trains implementing the Enterprise Asset Management SAP system.

Nicola has a strong finance background, as a chartered accountant and has held positions as divisional CFO, for GrainCorp’s trading business, where she supported the strategy work related to the Archer Daniel Midland (ADM) takeover and significantly transformed the trading business into a 24/7 global operation.

Nicola is a former management consultant and has worked with both government and private sector clients to drive strategic change and transformation, including Caltex Australia supporting the company wide transformation and eHealth NSW, supporting the development of the eHealth NSW ICT Strategy, which can be found on the eHealth website.

Nicola holds a Certificate IV, in Training and Assessment and is a Associate Director of FinanceTalking Ltd, a global financial training company, specialising in training non financial people in financial concepts

Nicola is currently the Chairman of the CIO Executive council and is passionate about enabling strategic change with leading edge technology applications.

Nicola holds memberships as a fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants

Stephen Walker

Stephen Walker MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Business Leader - Asset Strategies | Cardno Engineering Consulting

Stephen is a charted engineer and economist and is Cardno’s Business Leader for Asset Strategies in the Asia-Pacific Region. Stephen works across the water, transport and Defence sectors, and has a particular interest in the use of data for decision making across the asset lifecycle as well as in financial analysis to support infrastructure investment and management.

Panel Facilitator

Natalie Muir
General Manager - South East Queensland | Cardno Engineering Consulting


Canapes and refreshments will be provided.



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