20 Oct 2016

2016 AIPM Conference Wrap

National Conference
2016 AIPM Conference Wrap

The recognition of project management as a profession was the hot topic at the Hilton Sydney recently, as almost 600 project professionals from across the Asia-Pacific region converged for the Australian Institute of Project Management’s Inaugural Regional Conference in conjunction with IPMA.

Both presenters and delegates were wowed by some of the industry’s leading voices discussing the importance of the profession and the pathway to recognition of the profession across four riveting days at the landmark Sydney venue.

The theme was first highlighted in the Conference Opening, which was delivered by the AIPM’s Patron and the Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d). His Excellency was quoted as saying “I am passionate about project management from my personal experience in the Defence Force understanding the criticality of delivering the appropriate quality equipment on time and of course to cost” immediately after taking the stage on the opening morning.

Indeed it was during a keynote presentation from Steve Wake, the Chairman of the Association for Project Management (UK), that it was announced that the UK’s Privy Council had considered the APM’s application for Chartered status and had issued an Order of Grant as a result. This is a significant step in the APM’s goal of achieving Chartered status, as it triggers a process which will see the association awarded a Charter, which will be printed on vellum and sealed. Once the Charter has been sealed APM will implement the procedural, legal and accounting transition to re-constitute itself as a Chartered body during 2017.

Delegates at the event were treated to a world-class line-up of keynote speakers, which included the visiting International Project Management Association President, Reinhard Wagner, 2016 Australian Olympic Commission Chef de Mission, Kitty Chiller, the Chancellor of Western Sydney University, Professor Peter Shergold AC, the Secretary of the Department of Human Services, Kathryn Campbell and Country Director and Chief Executive Officer, Thales Australia & New Zealand, Chris Jenkins.

Outside of the keynote speakers, delegates moved swiftly through the halls of one of Sydney’s iconic hotels to hear from a robust program of concurrent session speakers who focused their industry and academic presentations on the key themes of the conference, which were:

  • Strategy implementation

  • The project managers toolbox

  • Future proofing  project management through enhanced resilience and sustainability

  • Building individuals’ capabilities to help them stand out from the crowd

It wasn’t just the speakers who entertained those in attendance, the exhibition area was also a popular space for delegates to meet and network as some of our event partners provided highly engaging presentations and give-aways, with the coffee cart and Get Healthy at Work’s smoothie station amongst the most popular. Other event partners included Business Events Sydney, Microsoft, CA Technologies, EPM Partners, Ensemble Consulting Group, DDLS, Human Systems International, IIL Australia, Barringtons Flight Centre Business Travel, the University of Sydney, APMG International, ILX Group, vCare Project Management, MeetingQuality, IPA, Adair Leadership Australia, UNSW Canberra, Newforma, Bovill Risk & Insurance Consultants, Terra Firma, Palisade, Australasian Project Planning, Yellow Zero and PMWeb. PMWeb also supplied the highly sought-after prize for our conference app leaderboard competition, a half-ounce gold bar!

Alongside the mornings and afternoons of project management chat, there was a social program which was not for the faint of heart. There were welcome drinks and happy hours, but the highlight was the National Project Management Achievement Awards Gala Dinner which was hosted on a stunning Sydney spring evening at the Dockside Pavilion on Darling Harbour. The night culminated in the awarding of the National Project of the year, and you can see a list of all the award winners here.

Some of the photos taken by the event photographer have now been posted on the AIPM Facebook page, so head there today and get tagging!

The conference closed with the announcement that the 2017 AIPM National Conference will be returning to Australia’s event capital in Melbourne. Stay tuned to www.aipm.com.au for more information on how you can make the most of the early bird registration when it becomes available.