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Leaders' forum 2021: co-operatives, capital and climate

Leaders forum
4 May 2021
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The Cooperative Business New Zealand Leaders' Forum 2021 is an annual event for Chairs, Directors and C-Suite Executives to discuss issues and opportunities, identify what is needed to thrive in the changing business environment and connect with peers in the co-operative sector.

MC for the day is Rawdon Christie and featured speakers and facilitators include:

  • Hon Grant Robertson, Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of Finance
  • Dr Ganesh Nana, Chair, Productivity Commission
  • Fraser Whineray, Chief Operating Officer, Fonterra
  • Rob Hewett, Co-Chair, Silver Fern Farms Limited; Director, Silver Fern Farms Co-operative; and Chair, Farmlands
  • Julia Jones, Head of Analytics, NZX
  • Annabell Chartres, Partner PwC, Sustainability and Climate Change Leader
  • David Cunningham, CEO, The Co-operative Bank
  • Greg Doone, Partner, PwC
  • Professor Nicola Shadbolt, Professor in Agribusiness and Farm Management, Massey University
  • Janine Smith, Principal, The Boardroom Practice
  • Sarah Minhinnick, Head of Issuer Relationships, NZX
  • Richard Westlake, Managing Director, Westlake Governance
  • Becky Lloyd, CEO, Toitu
  • Blake Holgate, Head of Sustainable Business Development, Rabobank
  • Katie Vickers, Head of Sustainability and Land Use, Farmlands

Presentations and discussions will include:

  • New Zealand co-operative economy update
  • Co-op’s and capital – providing an equity and debt perspective
  • Governance for growth and ESG
  • Accelerated transformation post Covid-19
  • Sustainability
  • Frontier Firms – an update from the Productivity Commission

The full programme is available here.

This forum will coincide with the IOD 2021 Leadership Conference, being held the following two days in Auckland on 5 and 6 May, to encourage those Directors travelling to attend both events.