The New Pilbara Economic Conference
The New Pilbara Economic Summit


8.00am Welcome to Country

Matthew McGuire, Traditional Owner, Whadjuk Boodja

8.10am MC Welcome

Kitty Prodonovich, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry of WA

SESSION 1: PULSE CHECK: ECONOMIC OVERVIEW - Sponsored by City of Karratha & Town of Port Hedland
8.30am Opening Address

Hon. Alannah MacTiernan, Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food

9.00am Panel: Game-changers for the region


  • Chris Adams, Chief Executive Officer, City of Karratha
  • David Pentz, Chief Executive Officer, Town of Port Hedland
  • Allen Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, Shire of East Pilbara
  • Dale Stewart, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Ashburton
  • Tony Friday, Chief Executive Officer, Pilbara Regional Council
9.45am Economic Overview: A spotlight on the Pilbara Rick Newnham, Chief Economist, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia
10.05am Morning Tea
Session 2: New Innovation and Investment in the Resources Industry - Sponsored by Woodside Energy Ltd
10.30am Human creativity and innovation driving opportunity

Kellie Parker, Managing Director, Planning, Integration & Assets, Rio Tinto Iron Ore

10.50am Opportunity for LNG as a transport fuel Michael Utsler, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Woodside Energy
11.10am New innovation and technology in mining Nicole Roocke, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA
11.30am Project Update Edward Mead, Executive Director, Artemis Resources
11.50am Lunch
Afternoon Session Opening
12.30pm Federal Government Support for the development of the North West Melissa Price MP, Federal Member for Durack
Session 3: Unlocking Potential in New Energy - Sponsored by Horizon Power
1.00pm Innovating to meet future energy needs Evette Smeathers, Manager Pilbara Retail and Generation, Horizon Power
1.20pm The Pilbara Powerhouse – The North West’s Renewable Energy Export Potential Dr Matthew Stocks, Australian National University, College of Engineering and Computer Science
1.40pm Developing Industries to Support New Uses for Materials Shaun Triner, General Manager - Western Australia, ECOMAG
Session 4: Opportunities in Agriculture & Aquaculture - Sponsored by Pilbara Ports Authority
2.05pm Rejuvenating livestock exports from the Pilbara

Jon Giles, Landside Operations, Manager Port Hedland, Pilbara Ports Authority

2.25pm Project Update: Edible Oyster Pilot Project

John Hutton, Managing Director, Maxima; and

Raelene Cooper, Chairperson, Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation

2.45pm Tony McRae, Chief Executive Officer, IBN Corporation and Chairperson, Pilbara Aboriginal Corporations and Enterprises Inc
3.05pm Afternoon Tea
session 5: Destination Development & Marketing of the New Pilbara - Sponsored by Pilbara Regional Council
3.30pm Panel: Leveraging the arts, attractions and cultural heritage of the Pilbara


  • Peter Sharp, Director Parks and Visitation, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
  • Glen Chidlow, Chief Executive Officer, Australia's North West
  • Gabrielle Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Art Code
Session 6: Building a Vibrant Business Community - Sponsored by Pilbara Regional Chambers
4.00pm Nigel Oakey, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dome Cafe Group

Panel: Outlook 2030 - Building better business in the Pilbara


  • Kitty Prodonovich, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry (WA)
  • Doug Grewar, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Gumala Aboriginal Corporation
  • John Lally, Chief Executive Officer, Karratha & Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Jason Varcoe, Acting President, Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Adrian Hatwell, Vice President Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Barbara O’Driscoll, President, Newman Chamber of Commerce and Industry

4.45pm Closing Address

Jim Henneberry, President, Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and Industry

4.55pm Sundowner Sponsor Address

Chris Rijksen, General Manager, Yara Pilbara Fertilisers

5.05pm Official Close

Kitty Prodonovich, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry of WA

5.10pm Red Dog: True Blue featurette
5.15pm- 7.00pmNetworking Sundowner; Sponsored by Yara Pilbara Fertilisers

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