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Hear from topic experts about investment opportunities, technology, foreign investment, industry trends and economic outlook all with a specific focus on the commercial property industry.  

Wednesday 30 August 2017

Hear from our speakers

Keynote speaker

The Honourable Mr John Howard, OM, AC

Former Prime Minister of Australia

John Howard served as Australia's Prime Minister between March 1996 and November 2007. He is the nation's second longest serving Prime Minister, was a Member of Parliament for 33 years, and was Treasurer in an earlier government.

Under his leadership Australia enjoyed continued economic growth averaging 3.6 percent per annum. His government delivered major economic reform in the areas of taxation, workplace relations, privatisation and welfare. $96 billion of government debt was repaid during the time in office of the Howard Government. When it left office in November 2007 the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia had no net debt, and its budget was in surplus.  

Under John Howard's leadership Australia strongly supported the United States and other nations in the fight against terrorism. Australia contributed military forces to operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Australia also led the United Nations sanctioned Interfet force following East Timor's vote for independence.


Mid-Morning to Afternoon



Dr Nicola Powell, Domain Group

Commercial landscape: 

Insights into the commercial property market

9:00 am - 9:20 am

Panel discussion - Andrew Butler, Mirvac || Sean McMahon, Charter Hall || Mark Kirkland, AMP || Sara Pratt, Colliers International

Looking glass into office, retail and industrial assets

10:30 am - 11:20 am

Panel discussion - Stephen McNabb, CBRE || Anneke Thompson, Colliers International || Andrew Ballantyne, JLL || Martin Lakos, Macquarie Bank || 

Chris Freeman, Savills 

An economic outlook on the changing property market

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Dean Venturato, Burgess Rawson

An agents perspective: Distilling yield trends and leading asset classes

9:20 am - 9.40 am

The Honourable Mr John Howard OM, AC, interview with Mark Wizel, CBRE

Keynote: Foreign investment, Asian markets and the impact on the commercial property industry 

11:20 am - 12:20 pm

John Preece and Kimberley Paterson, Knight Frank

The coworking revolution

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

Panel discussion - Peter Hogan, SMSF Association || Steven Bennett, Charter Hall || Kerri Leech, Charter Hall 

Unlocking the investment potential in commercial property 

9.40 am - 10:00 am


12:20 pm - 1:15 pm

Afternoon tea

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm

Susan Duong, Facebook and 

James Rogers, Google

Search and Social: Targeting your audience through digital channels

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm

Morning tea 

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking drinks and canapés

4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Panel discussion - Adrienne Ravei, JLL || Dean Firth, Macquarie Bank || John Kenny, Colliers International || Scott Gray-Spencer, CBRE || Alice Stolz, Domain

Evolution of the agent in today's changing marketplace

3:40 pm - 4:15 pm

Keynote: Sustainability and wellness in Buildings 

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Romilly Madew, GBCA and Reini Otter, Fraser Property Australia

Other speakers

Martin Lakos

Martin Lakos has been with Macquarie for 23 years, and acted as one of Macquarie’s leading media spokespeople for more than 12 years. Known for his ability to clearly explain complex economic issues and market trends, Martin is passionate about a broad spectrum of issues and can confidently address an extensive range of topics

Division Director

Macquarie Wealth Management

Andrew Butler

Andrew is responsible for the operation and performance of Mirvac's $4.5B office portfolio which owns many of Australia's leading office towers. With over 26 years experience in property investment, development, acquisitions, valuations and property funds management, Andrew has extensive knowledge in commercial, retail, industrial and hotel throughout Australia and the USA.

Group Executive, Office 

Mirvac Property Trust

Susan Duong

Susan Duong is the Client Partner supporting the partnership between Facebook, Instagram and Domain. A seven-year veteran at Facebook, Susan has worked across multiple verticals including travel and insurance before joining the eCommerce team.

Client Partner eCommerce


Dr Nicola Powell

Nicola's key objective is to create factual data driven conversations across all media channel, translating data to digestible consumer friendly columns. Within her career she has published numerous academic and interest papers, and is quickly establishing herself as a notable property commentator in Australia.

Data Scientist

Domain Group

Dean Firth

Dean currently leads the Business Banking division at Macquarie Bank, which provides a full range of deposit, lending and payment solutions – as well as tailored business services – to a range of clients. He has over 27 years’ experience in banking and financial services.

Head of Business Banking

Macquarie Bank

Anneke Thompson

Anneke leads the Australian Research team for Colliers International, and has a particular focus on office markets. Beginning her property career in 2004, Anneke has gained experience across many facets of commercial property including leasing, consultancy, research, feasibility analysis, forecasting, and financing. 

National Director - Research

Colliers International

Peter Hogan

Peter Hogan is one of Australia’s foremost SMSF specialists, having worked in the sector over many years for some of Australia’s largest financial institutions to work in key superannuation, investment and taxation roles. 

Head of Technical 

SMSF Association

Mark Wizel

Mark is one of Melbourne’s most notable Commercial Property agents and is responsible for leading a core team of over 50 specialist agents, with a key focus on Melbourne’s premium development sites, retail assets and landmark Melbourne CBD buildings. 

National Director of Retail Investments


Sean McMahon

Sean is responsible for the Group’s strategy and balance sheet investments, mergers and acquisitions, with over 27 years of property and investment banking experience in the real estate sector. He brings a wealth of experience across investment markets, diversified across office, industrial and retail sectors.

Chief Investment Officer 

Charter Hall

Steven Bennett

Steven is Head of Charter Hall Group’s Direct Property business and Fund Manager of the Fund, responsible for overseeing asset management and tenancy matters, managing the financial structure of the Fund. With a career spanning 16 years, with 7 years at Charter Hall Group

Head of Direct

Charter Hall

Mark Kirkland

Mark oversees a team of over 300 people responsible for centre, asset, property and development management, leasing and marketing across Australia and New Zealand. He brings 28 years of major project experience in the property sector, with 24 years focused on retail.

Managing Director

AMP Capital Shopping Centres

Stephen McNabb

Stephen has 20 years of expertise in financial markets economics and the interpretation of the key economic drivers of macro-economic, financial services and property markets.

Senior Director/Head of Research


John Preece

John brings a unique blend of commercial property experience, having operated in project management, occupier solutions and office leasing, as well as running Knight Frank’s multi-disciplinary North Shore business in Sydney. With this background and broad experience, there can be no more rounded property professional.

Head of Occupier Solutions

Knight Frank

James Rogers

James's is responsible for driving sales, performance strategy, and operations across the Automotive, Media & Entertainment, and CPG industries and works closely with some of Google's most senior clients on how they can use technology and data to focus on profitable growth by being customer centric

Team Lead: Media & Entertainment, CPG, Automotive, Google

Dean Venturato

Dean has an extensive career spanning over a 35 years in real estate with exposure to just about every facet of commercial property, and a heavy focus on the sale of investment properties to private and institutional investors. He is a director and shareholder in Burgess Rawson.


Burgess Rawson 

Andrew Ballantyne

Andrew is a well-respected commentator and analyst in the commercial property industry, and is currently the Head of Research – Australia at JLL. He is responsible for the production of thought leadership papers, client engagement and management of the Australian Research team. 

Head of Research Australia


Chris Freeman

Chris runs Capital Strategy at Savills which focuses on research outputs to client portfolios in order to identify and transact opportunities. He has over 17 years’ experience in the commercial property industry, spanning both agency and property funds management.

National Head – Capital Strategy 


Kimberley Paterson

Kimberley has 13 years’ experience in commercial real estate with exposure to research, consultancy and office leasing having worked in London, New Zealand and Australian property markets. Kimberley is responsible for leading the Victorian research team at Knight Frank focusing on office, retail and industrial sectors.

Associate Director – Victoria Research

Knight Frank

Reini Otter

Reini is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of Frasers Property Australia’s commercial and industrial development business. He has an impressive property career spanning over 20 years working across the industrial and commercial sectors.

 Executive General Manager, Commercial & Industrial & IP, Frasers Property Australia

Romilly Madew

Romilly is passionate about creating sustainable buildings,

communities and cities. Since 2006, she has led the Green Building

Council of Australia, and has a global reputation as an influential advocate and change agent. Romilly is also a vocal advocate of diversity and flexibility in the workplace

Chief Executive Officer

Green Building Council of Australia

Kerri Leech

Kerri Leech is the Head of Finance for the Charter Hall Long WALE REIT (CLW) and Charter Hall’s unlisted Industrial platform. CLW holds a diversified portfolio of industrial, office and retail assets valued at $1.3B. Kerri has 17 years of listed and unlisted experience across a broad range of industries in Australia, the United States and Canada. 

Head of Finance

Charter Hall Long WALE REIT (CLW)

Adrienne Revai

Adrienne has been COO since 2010, prior to that she held multiple roles during her first tenure at JLL (1997 to 2007) including General Counsel and Head of Operations for Capital Markets Asia Pacific. Internationally, Adrienne has held senior roles in both the Asian and American markets. 

Chief Operating Officer


Scott Gray-Spencer

Scott is the Executive Managing Director of Capital Markets, Institutional Investments team. Scott joined CBRE in 1989 as a Senior Investment Sales Negotiator, has held multiple roles within the business and has been sitting on the AUS/NZ Executive Committee since 2002. In the last 24 months Scott has been involved in over $1.7B worth of transactions.

Executive Managing Director, Capital Markets


John Kenny

John Kenny joined Colliers International in 1991 and has held the role of CEO, Australia and New Zealand since 2006. His leadership has been instrumental in the growth and diversification of the

Colliers business. He is a Director of the Property Council of Australia and the Property Industry Foundation and member of the PCA Property Male Champions of Change.

Chief Executive Officer

Colliers International

Alice Stolz

Alice Stolz is the national managing editor at Domain. She oversees Domain's magazine titles as well as teams within the digital editorial and trade division. Alice began her career as a journalist at The Age newspaper before moving to consumer magazines in Australia and more recently in Paris. She joined Domain three years ago.

National Managing Editor

Domain Group

Sara Pratt

Sara has worked in the real estate industry for more than 30 years across both commercial and residential. She has experience in client management, business development and leadership. As Chief Operating Officer she is focused on delivering the tools and platform to accelerate the success of Colliers’ people and clients.

Chief Operating Officer

Colliers International

Event partners

Event Details

Who should attend?

• First time investors to experienced investors

• Operation teams

• Commercial agents

• Technology experts

• Directors

Why should I attend?

Learn about current and future opportunities in commercial property investment from the industry experts. Maintain your edge as an agent in an ever changing landscape preparing yourself for disruption within the industry.

Wednesday 30 August 2017

Date & Location

Domain Group Head Office

Ground Floor, 55 Pyrmont St, 



8.30am - 6.00pm


 $280.00 per person + GST