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Event Overview

The 11th PASA CPO Exchange on 19th & 20th March 2020 will provide CPO/Procurement Leader attendees with two days of insightful keynote presentations, relevant peer-to-peer round-table discussions and relaxed networking.

With the theme ‘Procurement Reimagined’ our speakers will focus on topics that challenge procurement to work in new ways and successfully drive change.

The opening address entitled ‘Procurement’s Future Reimagined’ will examine how procurement is changing, what it looks like in the future, and what you need to do to prepare for that change. This will be followed by a presentation on ‘agile’ and how it is reinventing the way many business’ operate.

Our third keynote speaker, Odelle Bell of 8 Consulting, will conclude the first day with a thought-provoking case study presentation demonstrating how they used the behavioural expertise of The Predictive Index to assess partners for a long-term collaborative partnership. 

Odelle will also lead a mini-workshop to kick of day two addressing how you drive organisational change. Very relevant,  given the previous topics.

However, the majority of your time at the CPO Exchange will be spent in round-table discussions. The main aim with these round-tables has always been:

·         To make them as relevant as possible

·         To keep them as relaxed as possible, so that all participants feel comfortable to speak up and share what they know

In the past we have done this by soliciting topics, issues, challenges and questions from attending CPO’s in the two weeks leading up to the event. These have then been organised into the eight available round-table slots in the programme.

However it is time to REIMAGINE how we do this!

Instead of one topic available for discussion at any one time, there will be two to three. In the month before the conference we will ask you to nominate topics for round-table discussion. We will then publish these for you to select which ones you want to participate in. Once we see where there is demand (and where there isn’t) we will publish the final programme. This may see people participating in round-table discussions in smaller groups, but will enable them to be focussed specifically on those issues that are most relevant to them.

Of course, the exchange format dictates that CPOs attending must commit to a minimum of six half-hour meetings with sponsoring supplier partners. Our previous experience with this has revealed that CPOs actually find the opportunity to meet with suppliers a valuable experience. Conducted in a very relaxed and informal way, the meetings provide an opportunity for both parties to learn more about each other and explore whether or not there might be value in working together.

The final element of the event, and one that always receives extremely positive feedback, is the opportunity for informal networking throughout the event. Whether it be with fellow CPOs or participating speakers, facilitators or suppliers, there is plenty of time scheduled within the programme to build real connections that deliver real value.

I trust you find this of interest and look forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast,

Nigel Wardropper
Managing Director

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Round-table sessions

Undoubtedly, one of the strongest benefits of attending for CPOs, is the opportunity to discuss key challenges with your peers.

The headline topics for the round-table sessions will be nominated by CPOs, with those selected to be discussed asked to chair their discussion. This format will allow even greater personalisation of the programme, enabling CPOs to draw on the knowledge and experience of their peers in search of solutions.

What is in it for you as a CPO?

• Complimentary attendance at the event, including the educational programme and networking functions • keynote sessions to open your eyes to new sources of value
• Up to ten intimate round-table sessions during which you can discuss your key procurement challenges with your peers
• Dedicated meeting time to meet potential new suppliers and discuss how they might be able to assist your business
• A Networking Dinner on Thursday evening, featuring a guest speaker
• A Networking Breakfast on Friday morning
• Free accommodation at the Sofitel Broadbeach for up to three nights
• Transfers back to Gold Coast airport if leaving at the end of the conference

Testimonials from previous CPO attendees

“The PASA CPO Exchange was a fantastic opportunity to engage with fellow senior Procurement executives to share thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing the profession across multiple industry sectors. The quality addition to the agenda of high performance business coaches and experts on emotional and cultural intelligence also created space for necessary introspection and future focus. I would thoroughly recommend
this exchange to other senior Procurement leaders.”
Rob Halsall | Director, Commercial Services, Operations and Property | Westpac Group

“It was a great experience delivered from an exceptional location. People are what make these events successful, and to be able to attract the level of calibre from such a wide array of industries is a credit to PASA, as well as the delivery, which was top class and professionally delivered. To be able to interact and network with likeminded professionals provided an excellent opportunity to discuss relevant topics affecting us every day. Scheduling allowed breathing space and if topics ran over time, it was able to made up.”
Shane Sherwood | General Manager Procurement | Westrac

“A great opportunity to step back from our day to day activities and remember that unless we take care of ourselves, how can we hope to deliver the best possible results for our organisations. Well done to Nigel and the team at PASA for another great conference.”
Matt Keegan | General Manager Supply Chain | Fleet Partners

“The 2016 CPO Exchange was a great opportunity to interact, swap ideas and learn from my peers. The event was extremely well managed and the location was great. I definitely recommend it to other CPOs”
Kellie Jess Chief Procurement Officer | The Australian National University

“This was my second PASA CPO Exchange, and was even more enjoyable and valuable than the first. I would recommend this event to any CPO looking to learn from industry peers, meet with innovative suppliers and be both entertained and challenged by some thought-provoking speakers. Well done PASA. “
Ian Griffith | Head of Procurement | DuluxGroup

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Sponsorship Opportunities

There are limited partner positions available for the CPO Exchange. This is in keeping with the exclusive and intimate atmosphere that we wish to create around this event.

To secure your partner position please contact:

Vanessa Preece
T. 0490 803 313



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