Eddie Fry is a Dagoman-Wardaman man from the Katherine region NT. He Chairs Indigenous Business Australia and the Indigenous Land Corporation. With extensive experience within the resource sector and a specialist in Indigenous and Native Title issues, Eddie Chairs the Indigenous Advisory Board at BroadSpectrum, is Deputy Chair of the Aboriginal Foundation of SA, Executive Director of Gimbulki Ltd, a native title land access company he established in 2002 and as Senior Executive Normandy Mining Ltd he established the Traditional Owner policy.
Based in Adelaide, Eddie holds a Diploma in Business Management from University SA, is a graduate of the International Lead and Zinc Study Group, Belgium. He Chairs Todd River Resources Ltd., is a member of the development team TNG Ltd ferro/vanadium Mount Peake project NT- a resource company in exploration, evaluation and development of a multi commodity resource portfolio in the NT & WA.
ILC & IBA
A Dagoman-Wardaman man, Eddie Fry Chairs ILC & IBA. Commercially focused, IBA has a vision in which First Australians own their future, are economically independent and are an integral part of the nation’s economy. IBA is a partner and investor alongside Indigenous individuals, communities and groups making ideas real by assisting to buy homes, succeed in business and invest in commercial ventures. IBA intersects public and private sectors to create and support change for Indigenous people through commercial solutions.
The ILC partners with Indigenous Australians to acquire, care, use and manage Indigenous-held land to maximise benefits - aiming to achieve economic, environmental, social and cultural outcomes through investing in commercial and social enterprises, employment and skills development. Key to successful economic development of the Indigenous Estate is leveraging significant tangible and intangible assets – land, waters, people, knowledge and intellectual property flowing from the unique heritage of Indigenous Australians.
Margret Campbell is a Dunghutti Djerrinjah woman with 45years working in her community social responsibility and governance, in Aboriginal Education, Environmental Heritage, and Aboriginal Cultural Tourism.
Margret in 1995 created Sydney’s first 100% Aboriginal woman owned commercial tour business: Margret Campbell’s Aboriginal Heritage Tour The Rocks. It was registered as a ASIC company 2007 - The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour, and as the business’s reputation grew Margret rebranded it in 2012, as Dreamtime Southern X Pty Ltd. But its key experienced remained the same.
In 2018 the company delivers 3 key experiences such as a DAILY 90minutes tour, a in advance GROUP ½ Day Coach Tour as a Welcome To Country, and a 1 Day Cultural Awareness Training out on Country. All experiences focus on Dreamtime – the cultures, history and heritage of Aboriginal people in NSW.
Conference Delegates will gain an understanding of:
- Cultural Identity inheritance and custodianship creates jobs and family economies.
- How it shapes positive and inspiring mindset for all people in Belonging to Homeland.
- Aboriginal Tourism is a an economic development opportunity, but is also a “peaceful weapon” to deal with violence and racial stereotypes in Australia.
Walter A. McGuire, Owner /Operator
Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences, Perth WA
Walter ‘Jindinyerr’ McGuire is a descendent of several Aboriginal tribal clans of the South West of WA. As a traditional owner of Whadjuk Boodja (Perth), Walter speaks for his Country with great reverence and pride. As co-owner and operator of Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences with wife Meg, Walter shares his Nyoongar heritage with the world, enlightening and inspiring others in the process. Whilst Walter’s long career in Public Service, Aboriginal community development and Governance equipped him for the pressures of business administration, his unwavering connection to culture and country ultimately qualify him for success in his current role.
Kia is a Gija woman from Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) in the East Kimberley of Western Australia. Her traditional Aboriginal name is Wadjbarreyal and her skin name is Nangala. Kia is
passionate about working to support the growth of profitable and sustainable organisations that serve a greater social purpose led by and with Aboriginal communities. Leaning on over 15 years of world-class leadership development and exposure to global business practices, Kia uses her expertise gained in Australia and the US to work with corporate companies and organisations to strategically build models of cultural connection that lead to business success and leadership development to achieve meaningful community impacts. With experiences including sports marketing in the US, working with a global mining company implementing Native Title Agreements in the East Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia, participating in the W20 Asia Pacific regional consultation and various roles on community and NFP boards, this experience saw her draw on her international business experience and leadership skill set to unpack traditional models of business and community connections to deliver a more culturally informed and led design and implementation process. Kia now works with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clients across corporate, government, industry and community sectors implementing fresh, new ways to grow strong connections between corporate companies and Aboriginal groups. Kia has also spent significant time with school, community and corporate audiences in the US, Vanuatu, Turkey, Mexico and across Australia sharing her experience, culture and lessons aimed at using business and leadership to create cultural connection. Her term began April 1, 2018.
Nick Henderson manages Tourism Australia's social media accounts which have amassed a following of more than 14 million people. In his role, Nick works closely with tourism operators from across the country to educate them on how social media can help grow their business. Prior to joining Tourism Australia in 2017, Nick was head of social media at Virgin Australia and has consulted to major brands in both Australia and the United Kingdom over more than 10 years of working in social media marketing.
Johnny Edmonds (Ngapuhi Maori) is the Director for the World Indigenous Tourism Alliance (WINTA), a global Indigenous organisation established in 2012 by national Indigenous tourism organisations operating in Australia, Canada, Nepal, New Zealand, Sweden and USA.
WINTA was established by Indigenous leaders in tourism, to promote the empowerment, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world, by advancing Indigenous human rights through tourism consistent with the standards articulated by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Johnny has managed Indigenous tourism associations in NZ and Australia and has worked with Indigenous peoples from a range of countries seeking to use tourism entrepreneurship as a vehicle to achieve their social, cultural, economic & environmental aspirations.
Mikaela Jade, a Cabrogal Woman from Sydney is the Manager of Community and Visitor Programs at ACT Parks and Conservation Service. She leads a dynamic team of change-makers who are forging a new tourism model that sees Aboriginal and other staff forming partnerships with the commercial sector to value-add to nature conservation programs and visitor experiences. In her other work life she founded and manages the Indigenous digital agency Indigital, who specialise in Indigenous digital storytelling using augmented and mixed reality.
WINTA Europe Agent based in France and operating from Geneva, Switzerland. Aurélie is a French consultant in indigenous tourism, a humanist photographer, independent researcher and storyteller. She is the founder of Native Immersion, a social enterprise mixing an E-Magazine and a Travel House that promotes indigenous immersive experiences as an educative tool for conscious travel and “decolonization of minds”.
For more than 10 years, Aurélie has been living among indigenous communities in Canada and the United States, particularly in boreal forest with the Atikamekw people to document their lives. Aurélie also directed Mayoke Photography for 8 years, an original photography company combining psychology, art and healing techniques.
Aurélie ensures a presence of WINTA in Europe in the tourism fairs and with the governmental agencies, to develop opportunities within the European market for indigenous tourism, as well as advocate the rights of indigenous peoples at the UN institutions within the International Geneva.
Damein Bell is from Gunditjmara Country in the far southwest of Victoria and the CEO of the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC. The Gunditjmara community in partnership with the Victorian and Australian Governments, have nominated the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape for UNESCO World Heritage status. To facilitate sustainable cultural tourism to the Budj Bim landscape, GMTOAC are implementing the Gunditj Mirring Commercial Tourism Program which will provide access by licensed tour operators to the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape. With multiple operators each engaging Gunditjmara cultural interpreters, the Gunditj Mirring model offers a variety of visitor experiences to several locations along the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape.
Yarraka was born in Sydney and currently resides in Brisbane with her 3 children where she manages BlackCard Cultural Tours alongside her sister Mundanara, managing director and co-founder of The BlackCard.
The BlackCard is a 100% Aboriginal owned business based in Brisbane, Queensland. Our staff include 4 generations of the Bayles-Watson family who are highly trained and very passionate about the important role they play in cultural preservation.
Yarraka’s Grand Mother Maureen Watson opened the first Aboriginal Peoples Gallery in Redfern in 1980 and later conducted cultural tours through her home gallery in Brisbane, where Yarraka and her siblings would often perform alongside their Grand Mother for international guests, tourists and school groups.
Through BlackCard Cultural Tours, Yarraka and family are continuing the family legacy by passing down ancient knowledge bestowed upon them, ensuring their family and cultural ties remain strong for future generations.
Jill has been involved in the cruise sector in Australia for 22 years. In 2005, she was appointed as General Manager of Cruise Down Under, now operating as Australian Cruise Association, and in 2015 was named Chief Executive Officer. Prior to her role with ACA, Jill held the position of Executive Officer of Cruise Tasmania and special events manager for Tasports.
The Australian Cruise Association is responsible for marketing Australia and our surrounding member destinations as a high quality, exciting, safe, and profitable cruise destination to attract more cruise lines and calls to our ports. The Association also provides a strong voice and development support for the many and varied businesses that deliver the vital services and experiences that are the backbone of a successful cruise industry.
Jill represents Australian Cruise Association on a range of Federal Government committees working with the whole of industry to address current and future issues and is also the secretary of the organisation.
Jill has a Diploma of Business (Tourism) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
I am an Aboriginal man with ties to the Lake Tyers community and the Wotjobaluk in western Victoria.
I have 20 years experience in government, sport and community, advocating education and understanding of the issues that impact on our people and addressing these appropriately regarding the cultural sensitivities required in program development and delivery.
Prior to my working experience I achieved a BSc with Honors majoring in Zoology and Botany and a Masters of Landscape Architecture. My Masters involved four years of work with the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust Community.
Currently I am Education Manager at the Koorie Heritage Trust. In this role I deliver cultural awareness and competency training to Government, private corporations, community organisations and the general public as well as providing consultation in regards to Aboriginal program development and Reconciliation Action Plans. I manage guided cultural tours through the Trust and along the Yarra River, providing an urban cultural experience for visitors to Melbourne.
Janine is a Wotjoboluk woman and Chairperson of the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations, Deputy Chair of Barengi Gadjin Land Council, a member of the National Trust Aboriginal Advisory Committee, a member of the University of Melbourne's Traditional Owner and Elders Reference Group, an adviser on Collingwood Football Club's Reconciliation Action Plan Committee, a Director of Barpa Construction and a member of the working group for Treaty in Victoria. Janine was one of 300 Indigenous leaders that gathered in Uluru in June 2017 to discuss constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Craig has worked as a senior executive and board member for blue chip international organisations in the airline and transport sectors. More recently, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer of a leading international law firm during which time he was actively involved in developing and delivering on its Reconciliation Action Plan.
In 2014 Craig became an IBA Nominee Director on the board of Wilpena Pound Resort, a position he retains today. Craig was also an IBA Nominee Director on the board of CME, a manufacturing business located in Inverell NSW, until the business was sold in late 2016.
Dr Damien Jacobsen is descended from the Bulgun Warra clan whose Traditional Land lies west of Cooktown and identifies with the “Black Cockatoo” group from inland areas. After working as an Aboriginal Ranger/Tour guide between 1993 and 1995, he spent over 20 years investigating the relationship between Aboriginal tourism and reconciliation, completing a Master’s degree and a Doctorate along the way. Between 2011 and 2017 he was research leader of a national investigation into Aboriginal tourism in remote Australia. This 6-year program included his work on ways that Aboriginal tourism enterprises create value for visitors in remote Australia, Aboriginal ways of enterprise clustering and groundwork to establish an Aboriginal tourism representative body in Queensland. As the founder of Aboriginal Tourism Intelligence, he continues his ongoing commitment to developing tourism pathways for the strong wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, country and culture throughout Australia.
Jeremy Clark is a proud Tjap/Peek Whurrong Traditional Owner from South West Victoria. He is a strong believer in Aboriginal people’s right to self-determination and passionate about developing and providing opportunities to his people to improve their economic and social outcomes
Jeremy has extensive experience in Indigenous Tourism through his work over the past decade as CEO of Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre in Gariwerd (The Grampians). Jeremy was also one of 300 Indigenous leaders that gathered in Uluru in June 2017 to discuss constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians and recently graduated from the Murra Masterclass Program run by the Melbourne Business School.He is currently the General Manager of Barpa Construction Services and works closely with the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations assisting it to achieve its goals as well as being a member of the Victorian Treaty Working Group and the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Board
Toby Biddick has been in travel industry management for over 25 years.
His career began managing hotels in the UK for a decade, before embarking on an ocean going career on cruise ships working in the hotel management department.
Upon leaving ‘shiplife’ Toby spent five years spent in the Head offices of Cunard and P&O as a cruise executive, receiving the Seatrade Cruise Environmental Initiative Award in 2011.
Toby relocated to Australia in 2012 to develop the cruise business sector for Abercrombie & Kent. Toby and his team were finalist’s for the Seatrade Innovation award in 2015 and went on to win the award in 2017.
Toby lives in Melbourne and is the author of 2 best-selling cruise travel novels on Amazon kindle.
Simon is known across the World as The Tourism Doctor. The name came from his numerous visits to struggling destinations, where he helped stakeholders diagnose constraints and develop interventions that enhanced the competitiveness and sustainability of tourism in the area. Simon has 20 years experience in special interest tourism planning, development and operations. He is renown for his ability to interpret social trends into unmet market needs and then into creative product development that meets these needs. He has created ecotourism and cultural tourism properties and businesses across the World, and now as a consultant helps others achieve competitive advantage. He has worked on many Indigenous tourism projects across the Northern Territory and Western Australia, and is currently finishing a major project in the Kimberley.
Born in Ingham North Queensland Jacob is Married with 5 boys and 1 girl. Jacob is a proud Nywaigi/Manbarra/South Sea Islander man.Jacob is a Nywaigi traditional owner of Mungalla Station and the lands around the Ingham region. A qualified Trainer Assessor Jacob teaches Tourism and Business to indigenous students from all over North Queensland.Jacob is the Managing Director of the Mungalla Aboriginal Business Corporation which has operated the multi award winning Mungalla Aboriginal Tours for the past 11 years on his traditional country at Historic Mungalla Station property near Ingham.
A strong advocate for Conservation Land Management Practices and indigenous employment and enterprise development Jacob is extremely passionate about helping change the way Aboriginal people think about business opportunities like tourism, employment & Caring for country.
Jacob has been on the Mungalla Aboriginal Business Corporation board since inception in 2005 when the Nywaigi people established the Corporation to manage the economic activities of the property.He has been instrumental in assisting the aspirations of his people in developing four economic pillars for the property including Cattle, Indigenous Tourism, Land Management and Indigenous Training and Education.
In 2016 the Mungalla corporation won the Queensland Premiers Environmental Award and was a finalist for the Prestigious National Banksia Environmental Awards for the corporations “Restoration of a Wetland” project on the property.For Jacob the vision continues, and in 2017 Virgin Australia has named their new plane after Mungalla and this year the corporation won the National NAIDOC Caring for Country Award all which has been a significant milestones in the 60 000 year story of success for the Nywaigi people of Mungalla Station.
Joining the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) in 2009, Victoria Pope is responsible for ensuring international business event organisers of conferences and incentives, are supported from bid win to delivery of their global events at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).
Victoria’s key role is to enable a seamless and memorable delegate and organiser experience of Melbourne, Victoria and Australia. The events she works on regularly deliver over 1,000 international delegates to the city.
As Director Convention Services, Victoria connects organisers of international business events with suppliers, destination marketing, visitor services, State Government of Victoria and City of Melbourne.
Victoria is passionate about Indigenous tourism and keen to learn more in order to explore a better connection of international business events with Indigenous businesses and experiences.Prior to joining MCB, Victoria spent 14 years in the film and television industry in Australia and Ireland.
Chris is currently employed by Visit Victoria as Head of Product and Familiarisations. Visit Victoria is the State’s tourism, business and major events company that leads the sector in creating, curating and communicating Victoria’s inspiring experiences to maximise visitation.
Prior to the establishment of Visit Victoria in 2016, Chris held several management positions with Tourism Victoria including Acting General Manager Regional Tourism, Group Manager, Product Marketing, Group Manager Product Segments and Familiarisations and Business Development Manager UK/Europe.
With extensive experience in product development, investment facilitation and product marketing, Chris has worked strategically with tourism businesses, investors and partners to grow the visitor economy in Victoria.
Chris was the chair of the Australian Cruise Association from 2010-2014 and a member of the ACA management committee from 2005-2010. She has extensive experience in the cruise sector and currently manages the portfolio in her role at Visit Victoria.
Chris commenced her career in the travel industry in London in 1991 working for a large inbound/outbound tour operator JAC Travel. Upon returning to Australia in 1993 Chris worked for a nature-based tour operator Australis.
She holds a bachelor of Social Work (Curtain University), Graduate Diploma in Tourism Marketing (Monash University) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Shannon has been in the Tourism Industry delivering Aboriginal Cultural Tourism for over 25 years. As a co founder of world acclaimed Cultural Performance group Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers he has engaged with Major Events such as Olympic Games Sydney and Greece, 2008 Rugby League World Cup and many more also travelling to Europe, Asia, Pacific Island and America to showcase the oldest culture on the planet and a collective 15 million viewers worldwide via Events, Conferences and TV appearances. Shannon is the Co-founder of two Tourism experiences based in South East QLD Riverlife Mirrabooka Aboriginal Experience based on the City's Riverbank in Brisbane, and Spirits of the Red Sand Dinner and Experience located halfway between Brisbane and Gold Coast, an Attraction that has recently launched this year and fast becoming an Australian Cultural Centre by demand.
Renata Lowe is Tourism Western Australia’s Director of Destination Development managing the team delivering a range of projects aimed at enhancing and building the State’s inventory of extraordinary tourism experiences. Current projects relate to Aboriginal tourism, caravan and camping, enabling tourism infrastructure and cruise shipping. Developing a new Aboriginal Tourism Action Plan to guide Tourism WA’s investment in Aboriginal tourism beyond 2018, is a key project for Renata and her team. Renata is a former CEO of the Australia’s Golden Outback regional tourism organisation and was a Tourism Policy Advisor for former State Tourism Ministers.
In Life Before Jasper Coffee, Wells was a lithographic artist and lecturer in painting and drawing.
In a change of creative direction, he and his partner started Jasper Coffee in 1989. He has since opened 5 Iconic Melbourne coffee stores and 3 Toy Stores.
In 2003 he put Fairtrade on the map by becoming Australia’s first Fairtrade Licensed Roaster and Organic Certified Roaster.
In 2007, he worked in partnership with World Vision to establish World Vision’s first commercial relationship. This was a hallmark partnership with Ethiopian coffee producers in Yirgacheffe, which has recently concluded with outstanding success and where Jasper Coffee contributed over $92,000 to help bring the Yirgacheffe families out of poverty.
After lots of stumbling and learning, he steered his company in 2009, to become Australia’s First 100% Carbon Neutral Coffee Company.
Wells has directed his company with many personal producer relationships where he regards his company as a conduit between the growers and the consumer, and demonstrated that these endeavours do pay.
For more than 30 years, Wayne has lived and worked in remote, rural and urban Indigenous communities documenting the essence of his people in a culturally appropriate and sensitive manner. Winner of NAIDOC Aboriginal Artist of the Year, Human Rights and Walkley Awards, Wayne is nominated as a Master of Photography by National Geographic and has created, curated and shown more than 280 exhibitions throughout the world including Berlin, London, Cairo, Paris, Havana, Moscow, Vienna, Tokyo and New York
Vince Coulthard is an Adnyamathanha man with more than 30 years experience in cultural/environmental tourism. He grew up learning his culture from his Elders and his dad always believed the only way to really make a difference in Australia was for Aboriginal people to share their culture. So Vince's family set up an Aboriginal tourism property in the Flinders Ranges which is their traditional lands, to share with visitors, their cultural knowledge and how to look after the land.
He has had a varied career including with National Parks, Councillor with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, CEO of Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association and CEO of the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association.
In his role at ATLA he has been instrumental in the purchasing the iconic Wilpena Pound Resort in partnership with Indigenous Business Australia. With his leadership assistance they have gone from 0% Aboriginal employment to currently 68%. They also now offer a range of cultural tours run by Adnyamathanha people.
Vince is very passionate about the role Aboriginal culture must play in eco-tourism. His culture underlies everything he does in both his work and family life.Whilst he doesn't look for recognition, he has received many accolades including the Local Hero Australian of the Year Award for 2015, The Slim Dusty Mateship Award 2011 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in the National NAIDOC Awards in 2010.
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