6-8 June 2022 | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Speaker Sessions – 2021


Thank you to all growers, sponsors, exhibitors, industry members and attendees for your continual support of Hort Connections, further cementing it as Australia and New Zealand’s premiere horticulture event. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2022 for an even bigger, better event.


Event Highlights

Relive Hort Connections 2021!


Wednesday 9 June 2021

Concurrent Speaker Sessions – Supply-Chain and Consumers

State of the Industry

Toby Travanner – Moderator
Paul Turner, Woolworths Supermarkets – Panellist
Darren Keating, Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand – Panellist
Matt Brand, Hort Innovation – Panellist
Tristan Harris, Harris Farm Markets – Panellist

Macro – the bigger picture

Peter Hathaway, Macro Wholefoods Company – Speaker
Rob Mustow, Woolworths Food Company – Speaker

Simple, secure & strategic market access

Ben Reilly, Steritech – Speaker

Simple, secure & strategic market access

Mark Turner, University of Queensland – Speaker

New data management tools for supply chain decision-makers

Andew Macnish, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Speaker
Scott Ledger, Manbulloo – Co-presenter

Seeing things differently – how open innovation can produce efficiency and new business opportunities in the supply chain

Paul Levins, Beanstalk – Speaker

Concurrent Speaker Sessions – Vegetable Industry Seminar

Classroom to career

Prof. Jim Pratley, Charles Sturt University – Moderator
Luciano Mesiti, Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia – Panellist
Gemma Burger, Rimfire Resources – Panellist
Kerri-Ann Lamb, Wickham Farms – Panellist

Advanced Crop Protection: feeding people not pests

Ian Layden, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Moderator
Dr. Cherie Gambley, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Speaker
Dr. Siva Subramaniam, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Speaker
Dr. Ian Newton, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Speaker
John Duff, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Speaker

Vegetable Exports – international trade outlook

Brei Montgomery, Hort Innovation – Speaker
Dianne Tipping, Export Council of Australia – Moderator
Michael Coote, AUSVEG – Panellist
Trent DePaoli, DePaoli Orchards – Panellist
Ryan McLeod, Dicky Bill Australia – Panellist
Ryan Densley, Moffatt Fresh Produce – Panellist

Marketing Panel Session: Building Strong Category Brands

Matthew Dwyer, Hort Innovation – Moderator
Samantha Parker, Hort Innovation – Panellist
Cori Hodge, Fiftyfive5 – Panellist
Evan Roberts, TWBA\Australia – Panellist
Ashleigh Carter, Atomic 212° – Panellist

VegKIT: Can kids learning to love veggies drive future demand?

Claire Gardner, Flinders University Caring Futures Institute – Moderator
Tara Leong, Qualified Nutritionist – Panellist
Belinda Adams, Coastal Hydroponics – Panellist
Astrid Poelman, CSIRO – Panellist
David Cox, CSIRO – Panellist
Shadia Djakovic, Healthy Kids Association – Panellist
John Simonetta, Perfection Fresh Australia – Panellist

Plenary Sessions

Opening Plenary Session

The Hon. David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management Australia

The new era of “Naturally Smart Farming”

Jack Milbank, AgPro Technology

What consumes the consumer and how to help boost consumption and connection with the industry

Alice Zaslavsky, Cookbook author and Broadcaster

Emerging Opportunities in Alternative Proteins

Thomas King, Food Frontier

Mental Fitness: for Peak Performance & Burnout Prevention in 2021

Adele Spurgin, Peak Performance Coach & Profiler

Unlocking Produce consumer trends into 2021

Lewis Muscat, Fresh Analytics

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