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July 17, 2023 | Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane

Brisbane Big Breakfast.

Our Big Breakfast events are back following the tremendous success of our sell-out 2022 & 2023 series. We’re hosting seven Big Breakfast’s in seven cities throughout the region in 2024.

Connect and learn over breakfast.

We’re bringing an expanded program in 2024 to bring more procurement networking and knowledge over a tasty breakfast. Centre to each event is how best procurement can navigate today’s key challenges in the profession.


Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane


July 17, 2024

The Theme.

Each event will follow a similar theme, allowing key differences specific to each region.
Key challenges facing the procurement profession will be explored, including:

Mitigating the effects of high inflation – refocussing on value creation over cost savings

Delivering on stakeholder demands for raised ESG standards from the supply side

Rebalancing sourcing decisions based on risk management as well as cost advantage

Capturing the true benefits now available from eProcurement technology and digitalisation work

Reviewing the future of global sourcing from Australia & New Zealand in the face of deglobalisation worldwide

Understanding local needs and differences

Why you should attend.



Hot Breakfast Served


Responsible Procurement

Lesley Wardropper, Managing Director, PASA


Responsible procurement in mining support services does not just mean decarbonisation, as important as that is. It also means supporting the mining operation much as a manufacturing business supports the criticality of the production line. How does BHP balance these core priorities?

Jane Davies, Head of Procurement, Mining Services, Labour Hire, MRO at BHP


Why do some procurement functions thrive and others die?  What has this got to do with coffee shops? And what actions can you take today that will increase engagement and funding for procurement almost immediately?  

During this presentation, Simon drills down on the old adage of “anyone can buy” and parallels it to “how hard can it be to make coffee” with THREE key lessons for procurement people to take away.  

Simon Thompson, Director, Acquire Insights


Today, perhaps unexpectedly,  corporate travel agents thrive – partly to provide a service that is often difficult and time-consuming to do yourself, but mostly to help ensure a real ‘duty of care’ for your travellers. In our world of heightened awareness of ESG questions, duty of care is the principal concern of the corporate travel buyer in 2024.

For ground transportation, Cabcharge today offers customers a safer, more cost-effective, and sustainable approach to business travel that uses technology such as GPS tracking of your riders, in-car cameras as well as mandatory police checks and driver training.

Cabcharge also offers a state of the art integrated billing platform which delivers true spend control and obviates traditional cash, paper or even plastic payment methods – for better expense tracking and convenience for both corporates and their travellers.

Daniel Lawlor, A2B Head of Government & Corporate Sales


Coffee Break and Networking


Exactly how the new CPO for Brisbane 2032 is planning to tackle the challenges of the biggest event procurement program in Queensland’s history.

And how the local procurement and business community can maximise this once in a generation opportunity to move Queensland forward.

Plus, how responsible procurement can and must be delivered in a cohesive way when tackling a project with international attention with a fixed and immovable deadline.

Robert McRuvie, Director of Procurement, Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee (Brisbane 2032)


Human-like capabilities and disruptive potential across industries. Over the past year, significant strides have been made in the application of Generative AI in procurement to drive improvements in cost, speed, and decision support. GEP’s presentation will outline the transformative potential of generative AI in procurement, a range of use cases, and approaches to advancing generative AI adoption within your procurement organization.

Tom Zielinski, Senior Director – Consulting, ANZ at GEP


The Covid pandemic brought the risks and realities of global supply chain processes sharply into focus publicly. International bottlenecks continue to be a feature of international logistics and shipping prices are again forecast to increase after dipping in the post-Covid era. With inflation rates, insurance costs and oil prices still volatile and sharply affecting prices and availabilities, what should professional buyers expect in 2024? How reliable is global logistics going to be in supporting your DIFOT KPI’s in the coming months and well in to 2024? What strategies should you be employing and thinking about to manage your procurement activities effectively and assure your inbound supply chains to ANZ?

Travis Brooks-Garrett, VP Commercial – Oceania, DP World


Lesley Wardropper, Managing Director, PASA


Event Ends

Secure your ticket.

Book for this event and pay online with a credit card.

Standard tickets are $93.50 inc GST and $71.50 inc GST per person including GST for PASA Connect members.

Alternatively, you can request an invoice for yourself, or your team attendance directly
from  lesley@pasa.net.au  T: 0413 029 709

**Please note that tickets are only available to procurement professionals on the “buy side” and not vendors, consultants or unofficial sponsors.

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What people say about our events.

The PASA conference was the best conference I had attended in many years – many practical advice and applications that my team and I can put to use straight away, a great investment of our time.

Procurement Professional

It was great to hear a wide range of presentations from a diverse mix of speakers, especially in person.

Procurement Professional 

I very much enjoyed the depth and variety of skills experience of the presenters.

Procurement Professional

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Headquartered in Clark, New Jersey, GEP has offices and operations centers across Australia, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas. To learn more, visit www.gep.com.


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