In light of the evolving COVID pandemic, the Australian Steel Convention has been postponed until 1-3 December 2021.
All event sponsorships, registrations and accommodation bookings have been transferred to the new dates per our event COVID policy.
Please see our event terms and conditions for further details
Australian steel is vital to this country’s economy, stability, and growth. While the global stage is learning to adapt to an ever-changing landscape, Australia’s steel industry has an opportunity to thrive by delivering high-quality products through a robust and effective supply-chain.
As billions of dollars are being invested in both civil infrastructure and domestic homebuilding, the opportunities for the steel sector are immense. From research to design, manufacturing, and fabrication, through to installation and construction, the future of Australian steel looks bright. Brighter still when consideration is given to the ever-growing dependence on steel across sectors and the burgeoning of a new era of endless innovative uses to propel Australia towards a new economy.
In an everchanging global landscape, the Australian steel industry needs to be prepared to adapt to advancing technologies, sustainability, and environmental concerns and a rapidly changing economic outlook.
The Australian Steel Convention 2021 brings together key industry leaders and innovators to discuss opportunities, showcase industry successes and examine what the future can and will look like.
The Australian Steel Convention 2021 will feature sessions that cover:
Program and speaker information to be announced in the coming weeks. Stay up to date with the latest Convention developments by connecting with the ASI on LinkedIn.
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Adam Spencer | Author, comedian & radio announcer
Adam was completing a PhD in Pure Mathematics when he happened to win the national Triple J Raw Comedy championship in 1996. From there, a television and radio career beckoned and Adam completed 15 years as one of Australia’s most respected, wittiest and thought provoking breakfast radio commentators across Triple J and later ABC 702. Also a celebrated author, Adam’s latest books include The Little Book of Numbers, The Big Book of Numbers, World of Numbers, Time Machine, The Numbers Game, The Top 100 and Numberland.
Edwin Basson | Director General, World Steel Association (worldsteel)
With a background in banking, Edwin joined the steel industry in 1994 as Chief Economist at Iscor Ltd. in South Africa. In 1996, he became Business Unit Manager for coated steel products and flat steel products. He later headed Strategic Initiatives at the company.
Edwin relocated to Europe in 2004, working as a General Manager at Mittal Steel (now ArcelorMittal) responsible for Marketing Strategy. From 2006 until he joined worldsteel in 2011, he was Vice President, Commercial Co-ordination, Marketing and Trade Policy at ArcelorMittal.
Edwin received his PhD in Economics from Pretoria University, where he also previously taught economics.
Peter Blythe | Managing Director, Dynamic Steel Frame
Peter is a respected innovator, constantly pushing the boundaries of Light Gauge Steel. With a background in Mechanical Engineering and technical sales, Peter exudes a passion for steel framed construction.
He began building Dynamic Steel Frame in 2012 and was awarded the Steel Excellence Award by Australian Steel Institute in 2016.
Peter has been successful in securing many of Melbourne’s large builders through his practical and pragmatic approach to building optimisation, and has helped all his clients succeed in LGS framing with their landmark projects, always ensuring the best possible outcome is achieved.
Vik Bansal | Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Infrabuild
Vik is a seasoned industrial leader with a demonstrable history of creating value for stakeholders.
He has significant global experience, having lived and worked on four continents while managing complex, publicly listed industrial businesses with teams and assets across multiple countries. He is passionate about developing people, supporting leaders, and building talent pipelines to underpin long-term business success. Before joining InfraBuild, Vik was CEO/MD of ASX 100 Company, Cleanaway.
Vik is also an Electrical Engineer, has an MBA and has completed AMP from INSEAD.
John Nowlan | Chief Executive - Australian Steel Products, BlueScope
John was appointed Chief Executive Australian Steel Products in January 2018. He leads all major operations in Australia including the Company's key operations at Port Kembla (NSW) and Western Port (VIC), and is also responsible for leading manufacturing excellence across BlueScope’s global portfolio.
Previously Mr Nowlan was General Manager Manufacturing and General Manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands. He has over 40 years’ experience in the steel industry in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and has held executive roles covering all facets of steelmaking at BlueScope Steel.
Steven Bradbury | Australian former short track speed skater and four-time Olympian
Steven created history when he won Australia and the Southern Hemisphere’s first Winter Olympic Gold Medal. Steven’s honesty and humility, after his famously dramatic come-from-behind win, has won him fans worldwide.
Some have described Steve’s victory as lucky. However, as in business, Steve’s Olympic Gold success also took a great deal of work, strategy and planning.
He is now a motivational speaker was a television commentator for Australia at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He published his autobiography, Last Man Standing, in 2005. "Doing a Bradbury" has entered the Australian lexicon as the epitome of an unlikely success against all odds.
Dr Angus Hervey | Co-founders, FutureCrunch
Angus is a political economist and a journalist specialising in the impact of disruptive technologies on society. He is a co-founder at Future Crunch. He was the founding community manager of Random Hacks of Kindness, a global initiative from Google, IBM, Microsoft, NASA and the World Bank to create open-source technology solutions to social challenges. He was also the first editorial manager for Global Policy, one of the world's leading international policy journals. He holds a PhD in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, where he was the Ralph Miliband Scholar.
Tané Hunter | Co-founders, FutureCrunch
Tané is a cancer researcher, bio-informatician, and science communicator. He is a co-founder at Future Crunch. He has a Masters in Bioinformatics from the University of Melbourne, and has worked for the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases. He is currently completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, using molecular biomarkers in DNA and analysing them with artificial intelligence to improve treatments for people suffering from cancer. He's also a former United States mountain biking champion and an avid sailor.
Dr Paul Di Pietro | Director, Facility for Intelligent Fabrication - University of Wollongong
Paul re-joined the University of Wollongong in 2018 to lead the Facility for Intelligent Fabrication and industry engagement activities in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences. He is also the Defence Strategy Leader for the University and has established an Industry 4.0 Hub in the Shoalhaven region.
His previous roles include Head of Innovation and Integration at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and Managing Director of the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE).
A mechanical engineer with a PhD in manufacturing from the University of New South Wales, Paul has vast practical industry experience and is a respected researcher in his field.
Des Watkins | Director, Watkins Steel
Des has been director of Watkins Steel since taking over from his father in 2004,.
Possessing a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Science and Maths) and a Bachelor of Applied Science and Construction Mgt., Des has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the steel fabrication industry. In transforming the way Watkins Steel operates, he successfully implemented best practice lean manufacturing procedures in the factory. Passionate about innovation, Des has led the Watkins Steel team to new heights by overseeing the development of the “Watkins Steel Four Step Process”, an end-to-end digital workflow for steel fabrication and installation that is unique to Watkins Steel.
Mark Campbell | Chief Executive Officer, DBM Vircon
Mark Campbell is DBM Vircon’s Chief Executive Officer, leading the company’s strategic direction, growth, and operations.
Mark has previously worked in several executive roles, with a proven track record in building financially successful companies with improved processes, client relationships, and people engagement. Mark is a civil engineer with experience across a diverse range of industry sectors, including the built environment, water, transportation, construction, asset management, and more. Embracing the values of integrity, excellence, and collaboration, Mark and the senior leadership team steer DBM Vircon to meet its strategic and operational business goals.
Kerry Lindemann | Global General Manager – Commercial, DBM Vircon
Kerry Lindemann leads DBM Vircon’s Commercial Detailing division, including strategic development and business planning.
He started his career at DBM Vircon in 1979 as a cadet in steel detailing and in the early 80s, oversaw the implementation of early CAD systems into the company. Over the years, Kerry’s career progressed from manual drafting to project management, operations management and later to various executive roles. Under his leadership, DBM Vircon has worked on iconic projects around the world, including high rise buildings, stadiums, casinos, process plants, material handling facilities, wharfs, and ship loaders.
Gretta Stephens | Chief Executive Climate Change & NZPI, BlueScope
Gretta joined BlueScope as Chief Executive New Zealand & Pacific Islands in June 2018. She leads BlueScope’s mining, manufacturing and downstream businesses in New Zealand and the Lysaght and Acier manufacturing and distribution business in the Pacific Islands.
In February 2021 Gretta assumed the role of Chief Executive Climate Change, with responsibility for researching, developing and implementing the Company’s global carbon reduction strategies.
With a technical background in engineering and materials science, and having worked with government and wider industry to solve macro problems, Gretta has over 30 years’ experience in the mining and metals industry in Australian and New Zealand with Bluescope, Rio Tinto and Alcoa.
Stephen Porter | General Manager, Innovation and Trade, InfraBuild Australia
Stephen has worked in the Australian Steel industry for an extended period, both the Trading and Manufacturing environments.
His experience reaches across not only the Construction sector, but also those of Agricultural, Transport, Manufacturing and Resources
In his current role at InfraBuild, he is responsible for Strategy, Innovation and Trade.
A particular focus of his current work effort is on Sustainability, Digitalization and Trace-ability
Stephen is currently a Director of the Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia as well as a Director of the South East Iron & Steel Institute.
Bruce Wilson | Head of Division - Resources Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Bruce heads the Resources Division in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and is responsible for policy advice and regulation relating to the Australian Government interests in resource development.
He was previously Executive Director, Bureau of Resource and Energy Economics (BREE), leading both the Secretariat responsible for developing the Australian Government’s Energy White Paper, and the Secretariat for the Policy Transition Group working on the new Minerals Resources Rent and Petroleum Resource Rent Taxation arrangements.
He has worked on climate change, renewable energy and sustainable development issues, and is a former member and chair of the UNFCCC Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT).
Professor Veena Sahajwalla
Veena is an internationally acclaimed materials scientist, engineer, and inventor revolutionising recycling science. She pioneered the high temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials’ at the UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre, where she is Founding Director.
Veena is the inventor of polymer injection technology, known as green steel, an eco-friendly process for using recycled tyres in steel production.
In 2018, she launched the world's first e-waste MICROfactorieTM and in 2019 launched her plastics and Green Ceramics MICROfactoriesTM. Veena is also director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for microrecycling.