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Introducing the Full Program: Family Business Conference

Introducing the full program for the Family Business Conference 2024: Asia Pacific! A jam-packed program tailored specifically for family businesses, aimed at achieving sustained harmony and growth for both the business and family.  

6 March, 2024
The Family Business Conference, Conference, Article, About Us, Queensland
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Introducing the full program for the Family Business Conference 2024: Asia Pacific! A jam-packed program tailored specifically for family businesses, aimed at achieving sustained harmony and growth for both the business and family.  

With a focus on providing practical tools and takeaways, our program covers important topics such as effective communication, sustainability, acquisition, expansion, governance and navigating generational differences.

Our program includes a diverse mix of sessions and networking events, from engaging keynote presentations to interactive workshops, there’s something for everyone to look forward to and benefit from.

Join us in Cairns from 30 April to 3 May to learn from global experts and local family business leaders, and connect with peers who truly understand what it means to be in family business.

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Your Conference Program

Discover what's in store across this jam-packed 4 day program in Cairns and build your conference experience your way.


Welcome Function

Kick off your 2024 Family Business Conference experience at Hemingway's Brewery Cairns Wharf. With drinks and canapés in hand, meet your fellow conference attendees. Catch up with old friends and make some new ones too. 



Two tailored masterclasses on offer:

  1. Family Business and Emerging Generation Masterclass

  2. Advisor Masterclass

Longest Lunch

Join us for the Longest Lunch - a true highlight each year! Engage in meaningful connections over a delectable 3 course lunch featuring local specialties, highlighting the region's rich culinary diversity at the Sugar Shed Cane Farm.

Emerging Gen Longest Lunch

A longest lunch event to create meaningful connections with other Emerging Generation members who can relate to your situation and offer advice, support and inspiration. Indulge in a 3 course lunch at Nu Nu Restaurant.


B2B Speed Networking Breakfast

B2B Speed Networking works a lot like 'speed dating' without the 'dating'. A structured opportunity to meet accomplished businesses just like yourself, face-to-face, one business professional at time. 


Empires of Kin: Mastering Family Business Acquisitions
Klark and Brooke Quinn, Directors, Sara Lee

Parallel Sessions

Unplanned Inheritance a Blessing in Disguise
Penni Donato, Managing Director, Kylie Walden, Director, Allin Towbars

A Family That Eats Together, Ventures Together!
Assoc. Prof. Chris Graves, University of Adelaide Business School and panel

The Blueprint for International Success: The Secret to 10xing the Value of Your Family Business
Cynthia Dearin, International Business Strategist, Dearin & Associates

The Power of Story: Building Your Brand Identity for Growth
Misha Horsnell, Marketing Director, Luke Carson, Creative Director, Scooter

Harmonising Generational Perspectives
Alix Doherty, Director at Alix Doherty Advisory

Are you Growth Ready? From Friction to Harmony
Vanessa Fudge, CEO and Founder, Leading Well


Sustainable Sustainability: Why ESG is Not Enough
Rajeev Peshawaria, CEO, Stewardship Asia Centre


The Wagner Family: From Concrete Roots to
Paving the Way to Growth and Success

Denis Wagner, Director, Wagner Corporation
Facilitated by Brad Scott, Founder, CEO and Managing Director, EWM Group

Closing Session  

The Foti Family DYNAMICS!!
Tino Foti, Accounts Manager, Georgia Foti, Project Manager, Foti International Fireworks
Facilitated by Neil Montagnana-Wallace, Director and Author, Hyphen

Family Business Excellence Awards

A highlight of this year’s event will be the Family Business Awards evening. Join your fellow conference delegates and guests to enjoy a superb 3 course meal, whilst raising a glass to congratulate all our award winners.


Women in Family Business Breakfast

Open to everyone, this breakfast shines a spotlight on successful women in family business. This year, we are delighted to be celebrating Roz White from White’s IGA Group.


The Quest for Legitimacy: The Bridge Between Generations
Dr Jamie Weiner, Russ Haworth, Co-Directors, The Quest for Legitimacy


Board and Governance Strategy for Brewing Success
Rae-Lee Fleming, Director, John McLean, CEO, Glenn Cooper AM, Independent Director, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks. Facilitated by Andrew Barter, Director, Tough Problem

Parallel Sessions

The Vital Role of Family Businesses in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals
Prof. Naomi Birdthistle, Griffith University and panel

Survival, Success and Stewardship: SSS Strawberries Story
Gina Dang, General Manager, Victor Dang, CEO, SSS. Strawberries
Facilitated by Grant Menzies at Adina Watches

The Journey of Growing Successful Family Businesses: An Insider Perspective
Richard Turner, Author and Founder, The Essential Entrepreneur

Navigating Shareholder Exits in Family Businesses
Adele Levinge, Director, Dennis Family Group, Elizabeth Guerra-Stolfa, Partner, Rigby Cooke Lawyers

How to Prepare for External Investors
Jonathan Warrand, Founder and Managing Director, Greenwich Capital Partners and panel

Doing the Basics Brilliantly: Finding Your Rhythm as an SME
Anesan Naidoo, Managing Director, Organisational Coaching Solutions

Plenary Session

Conversation and Communication Basics… Yes, We Also Mean Conflict
Natalie M. McVeigh, Managing Director, Eisner Advisory Group LLC

Plenary Session

Love, Loss, Crises and Family Resilience
Pip Woodward, Michael Woodward, Ben Woodward, Peter Woodward, Directors, The CaPTA Group. Facilitated by Patricia O’Neill, CEO, Cairns Chamber of Commerce


Shaping Future You
Andy Fell, Founder, GiFT631

Farewell Drinks

The perfect way to wind down after a jam-packed week! Join us for post event drinks and nibbles, as we gather to reminisce about the week and farewell our mates and new found friends … until next time!

Explore the full program



For more details on each session, select the relevant day tab and click on a session, a pop up will provide more information.

To read more about each speaker, click on their name to reveal the bio.

Early Bird Pricing only until 14 March.

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Thank you to all our Conference Sponsors

Gold Sponsor


Longest Lunch Sponsor


Emerging Generation Longest Lunch Sponsor

Meeting Place Sponsor

Conference Supporter


Keynote Speaker Gift Sponsor