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Young Engineers Australia together with the Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management are hosting the 2012 Engineering Leadership Conference (ELC 2012) from 30 May to 2 June 2012 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The conference promises a comprehensive forum of noted speakers, structured workshops and technical tours which will explore the theme of Passing the Baton - Engineering Australia’s Future.

The conference is now less than 12 months away so it’s time to make space in the diary.

Keynote Speaker Tim Fischer AC

Ex Deputy Prime Minister and now the Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, Tim Fischer has earned an enviable reputation as a prominent Australian with a passion for regional Australia. A noted ‘railfan’ he has a lifetime of interest in rail systems and engineering. In 2001 he was made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and served as Chairman of the ATSE Crawford Fund supporting international agricultural research from 2001 to 2006.

Mr Fischer will keynote at the ELC2012 and draw on his past experience when he imparts his thoughts on how the engineering community has faced the challenges of regional Australia and how engineers will continue to demonstrate leadership in facing the ongoing challenges of the 21st Century. Mr Fischer’s address will be particularly relevant in 2012 – the Year of Regional Engineering

An enlightening and engaging speaker, his address is not to be missed.

Invited Speaker Jillian Kilby

Jill was awarded the honour of National Young Engineer of the Year – 2010. In 2009, she served as Chair of the Civil and Structural Engineers Panel and is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prior to running her own company, Jill worked for Waterway Constructions as project manager of maritime construction on Sydney Harbour. With broad leadership experience and as a shining exponent of spearheading a successful start-up engineering practice, Jill is well qualified to speak on the sub theme of Transitions in Leadership especially for young engineers. Jill will speak of her career journey centred on leadership for the young engineer and regional infrastructure issues.

She will reflect on her passion for rural communities where she has invested countless voluntary hours as a Director of the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation. As an exponent of Engineering’s emerging leaders, Jill’s address will focus on the challenges emerging leaders will confront when they pick up the leadership baton.

The spirit of the 2010 conference and its outcomes have paved a path to this coming conference theme:

Passing the Baton – Engineering Australia's Future

Call for Abstracts: http://www.elc2012.org/abstract.asp

We have extended the deadline for Abstract submissions until Friday, 26 August.

As emerging leaders learn and develop their skills based on the experience of others, the growth of our industry relies more and more on substantial and robust business events such as the Engineering Leadership Conference.

Abstract submissions on the following sub themes are now being accepted:

Engineering a Better Society. Exploring engineering leadership and management in environmental and human endeavours, particularly in regional areas.

Pathways to Leadership. Exploring leadership training programs and career pathways which focus on technical leadership, project management or business leadership.
Transitions in Leadership. Covering career gateways and their implications. Exploring transitions between different careers or transitions into and out of leadership positions and acknowledging leadership between businesses.

Engineering Leadership in Industry. Encompassing engineering leadership and management in industry which include groupings such as mining, energy, construction, manufacturing, defence and consulting.

We also encourage abstract submissions focussing on transformative, regulatory and production processes.

Please refer the website for abstract submission guidelines and for further information - contact the conference office – engineeringleadership@icms.com.au or phone +61 7 3844 1138

Sponsorship Update: http://www.elc2012.org/sponsor.asp
Sponsorship opportunities for ELC2012 are still available.

New Sponsors

Along with Defence Materiel Organisation and engteam.com.au who were sponsors of ELC 2010 and now gold and silver sponsors of ELC 2012, more organisations have demonstrated their support of the conference by becoming official conference supporters.

Together with ASC Pty Ltd and Parsons Brinckerhoff as silver sponsors, we welcome Australian Rail Track Corporation and HDS Australia as supporters of ELC 2012


The commitment of these organisations as sponsors and supporters and their ongoing interest in leadership development clearly demonstrates the positive benefits which sponsorship of the Engineering Leadership Conference offers.

Contact the conference organising committee to discuss your involvement as a sponsor of ELC 2012

The organising committee welcomes further sponsorship enquiries for ELC 2012. A range of sponsorship opportunities including mentoring packages for young engineers has been developed and for more information please contact ICMS or the organising committee at engineeringleadership@icms.com.au

Add www.elc2012.org to your favourites and visit regularly for updates and information on conference content, keynote speakers, registration details and special announcements.

Phone: +61 7 3844 1138



Defence Force Materiel


ASC Pty Ltd


Parsons Brinckerhoff




Please download the Sponsorship and Industry Showcase Prospectus

For further information on sponsorship and industry showcase opportunities please contact the Conference Office on
+61 7 3844 1138 or email


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