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Welcome to the second edition of our monthly delegate newsletter, covering activities leading up to the 2012 Engineering Leadership Conference.  ELC 2012 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia from 30 May to 2 June next year.

The ELC 2012 conference theme of “Passing the Baton – Engineering Australia’s Future” is generating significant interest.  ELC 2012 is expected to provide an exciting and challenging forum in which engineering leadership issues affecting our profession and the contribution of our profession to industry and society can be openly debated.  Those of you who attended ELC 2010 would also agree that the biennial Engineering Leadership Conference is a great opportunity for networking amongst other leading engineering professionals.

The emergence of social media (LinkedIn and Facebook) as a major communication tool in our business and social lives is being actively embraced by the ELC 2012 Organising Committee.  We have set up an “Engineering Leadership Community” group on both sites to provide direct communication with delegates and potential delegates.  We think it will be a great medium for rapid communication and instant feedback, particularly amongst Young Engineers.  There will also be “social media only” promotions in the lead up to the conference, with first announcements of speakers as they are locked in and delegate competitions.  I encourage you to sign up now.

A special request to potential conference sponsors.  As mentioned in my first delegate newsletter, there will be a number of delegate scholarships and mentoring packages offered later in the year, which will be announced through this newsletter.  Special thanks to ARTC and HDS Australia who have already signed up to support the initiative.  However, we are looking for more sponsors in this area.  If your company might be interested, visit the conference website at www.elc2012.org, contact our conference administrator via email to elc2012@icms.com.au or send me an email at chair@engineeringleadership.org.

I look forward to seeing you at ELC 2012.

John Olson
Chair, ELC 2012 Organising Committee



Speaker Announcements

The Honourable 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 be a keynote speaker at ELC 2012 and draw on his past experience when he imparts his thoughts on how the engineering community can assist in solving the key challenges faced by regional Australia in the 21st Century.  Mr Fischer’s address will be particularly relevant in 2012 – the Year of Regional Engineering.

Jillian Kilby

Jillian Kilby was National Young Engineer of the Year in 2010.  Following previous employment with Waterway Constructions, working as project manager of maritime construction on Sydney Harbour, Jillian took the significant step of starting her own project management and engineering services company, based in rural NSW.  With broad leadership experience and as a shining exponent of spearheading a successful start-up engineering practice, Jillian is well qualified to address the sub-theme of “Transitions in Leadership”, especially for young engineers.  Jillian will speak about her career journey, centred on leadership for the young engineer and regional infrastructure issues.

Jillian will also reflect on her passion for rural communities where she has invested countless voluntary hours as a Director of the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation.


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


The deadline for abstracts is 26th August.  However, we don’t want those of you with last minute ideas for a paper to miss out.  The abstract submission page will remain open at www.elc2012.org for a few more days, but you will need to be quick.

A reminder on the themes:

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, as well as acknowledging the difference in leadership experiences between businesses.

Engineering Leadership in Industry.  Encompassing engineering leadership and management in industry including groupings such as mining, energy, construction, manufacturing, defence and consulting.  We also encourage abstract submissions focussing on transformative, regulatory and production processes.

Engineering a Better Society.  Exploring engineering leadership and management in environmental and human endeavours, at both a global and regional level.

Please refer to the conference website for abstract submission guidelines.

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



Defence Force Materiel



ASC Pty Ltd


Parsons Brinckerhoff





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