21–23 September 2015

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre • Western Australia

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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers of international standing.

Dr Denis A Saunders, AM

Dr Denis Saunders AM was the former Chief Research Scientist at the CSIRO Divisions of Wildlife Research, Wildlife and Rangelands Research, Wildlife and Ecology and Sustainable Ecosystems where he spent 30 years, and the former president of WWF Australia. His research interests include the integration of nature conservation in agricultural landscapes; the ecology, behaviour and taxonomy of black cockatoos and the effects of development on their distribution and abundance; and state of the environment reporting on biodiversity.
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Dr Saunders received the ‘Individual in Government Award’ from the Society for Conservation Biology, the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the International Association of Landscape Ecology and the D.L. Serventy Medal from the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union.

In 2005, he was made a member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘service to nature conservation, particularly through the study of Australian birds and the development of landscape ecology in Australia’. He is on the editorial board of Biological Conservation (2002–present), and was editor of Conservation Biology (1994–2002), chair of Birds Australia Emu Review Committee and has convened multi- and inter-disciplinary conferences on wildlife conservation.

He has written 2 books and more than 130 scientific papers, chapters in books, reports or other publications. He has also edited eight scientific books including four in Surrey Beatty and Sons influential Nature Conservation series.

Winthrop Professor Carmen Lawrence

After training as a research psychologist at the University of Western Australia and lecturing in a number of Australian universities, Dr Lawrence entered politics in 1986, serving at both State and Federal levels for 21 years. She was at various times W.A Minister for Education and Aboriginal affairs and was the first woman Premier and Treasurer of a State government.
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She shifted to Federal politics in 1994 when she was elected as the Member for Fremantle and was appointed Minister for Health and Human Services and Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women.
She has held various portfolios in Opposition, including Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Industry and Innovation and was elected national President of the Labor Party in 2004.
She retired from politics in 2007. She is now Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Change in the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia and Chair of the Australian Heritage Council.

Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson

Dawn is the Managing Director of Emu Consulting. She has a background in natural resource management, social studies and community engagement. She has, over the last 20 years, worked with communities, not-for-profit organisations, farmers, industry and individuals throughout South Australia.
Her business Emu Consulting specialises in Environmental Management, Aboriginal Cultural Awareness, Communication and Community Engagement.
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Verity James – Master of Ceremonies

Verity James was a broadcaster with the ABC for 25 years both in the Eastern States and in WA. She has presented all manner of radio shows from current affairs to lifestyle to specialist language, political and music shows.
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Verity also presented ABC Television news for 10 years and been a panel member and reporter for the Logie nominated ABC show ‘Can We Help’ for 2 years. Verity has been the voice for a number of documentaries and for 3 years fronted the ABC’s series on the Festival of Perth.

During the last 5 years as a freelancer Verity has owned and run a fresh produce business, been co‑partners in a scuba diving business, been MC for many conferences, seminars, workshops and award nights, including at least 10 return visits for The Royal Australian Institute of Architects, SPASA awards, TAB, Social Workers Assoc, Industry and Export Awards, as well as Leeuwin Estate Concerts featuring Kiri Te Kanawa and Tom Jones to name a couple, plus a huge variety of private and Government events including the Similcast of the Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic concerts over that time.

Verity was chosen to host the visits of the Dalai Lama which involved managing 18,000 people. She has recorded voice-overs for a variety of events and some commercials (notably she is the face of Bailey’s Fertilisers), has become a funeral celebrant (which she loves!) and has just finished a 2 year contract writing for ‘The Sunday Times’ newspaper. She was a core writers for the WA Spice Magazine which came to a close in July and continues on a casual basis in radio for the ABC. Her professionalism and warmth mean that Verity is a very busy person. Verity also has continued much of her charity work with The Australian Red Cross with whom she is an augural Ambassador, Lifeline WA, Vision Cambodia and numerous others. Last year Verity began tutoring students at Edith Cowan University in broadcasting and took on the role of Program Director of the Mundaring Truffle Festival.
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