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Defence Industry Day 2023

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Event description

You’re invited to join us at the City of Playford’s Defence Industry Day on Wednesday 22 November.

Defence Industry Day will provide businesses with the opportunity to hear from and network with some of the world’s largest defence firms, organisations responsible for developing the defence supply industry, and training providers, including:

  • ASC
  • Boeing
  • BAE Systems
  • Defence SA
  • Hanwha Defense Australia
  • South Australia Space Industry Centre (SASIC)
  • Department for Education
  • Edinburgh Industry Alliance
  • Bluerydge
  • Aimpoint RPL
  • Levett Engineering
  • Redarc

Who should attend?

  • Companies that are newly considering opportunities in the defence industry
  • Established defence supply companies that are looking to grow and find out about upcoming opportunities
  • Other organisations looking to supply to the defence industry
  • Associated organisations and stakeholders

The key details

  • Cost: $140 + booking fee
  • Time: 9am – 5pm, Wednesday 22 November | Registrations open from 8am
  • Location: Playford Civic Centre, 10 Playford Blvd, Elizabeth

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Local accommodation
Quest Mawson Lakes are offering all attending guests who require accommodation an exclusive 12% off their best nightly rate. The promotional code DEFENCE23 is available to use between 20 & 25 November when bookings are made through


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Defence Industry Day 2023 will be emceed by Mike Callen, Managing Director at Callen Consulting. Mike is a highly respected defence industry professional, having spent more than six years as the Director, Defence & Industry - Attraction & Development at Defence SA and four years as the Director - Industry on the SEA 1000 Future Submarine Program. 

Including Welcome to Country by Cliffy Wilson
Opening address
Matt Burnell MP, Member for Spence
Welcome to the City of Playford
Mayor Glenn Docherty
Edinburgh Industry Alliance
Trish Pollock, Marketing Specialist at AML3D and member of the Edinburgh Industry Alliance

Panel session - Systems & cyber

  • Ben Shepherd, Senior Consultant at Bluerydge
  • Reg Carruthers, Executive Director, Defence and Space at Defence SA
  • Brett Sander, Cyber Security Strategy Manager at BAE Systems
11am - 11:30amMorning tea
City of Playford defence strategy
Sam Green, CEO at City of Playford
Panel session - Delivering on the workforce requirements of the north
  • Thomas Nowak, Industry Engagement Consultant at Department for Education
  • Nick Howie, Director Strategic Industry Partnerships at TAFE SA
  • Kara Prichard, State Manager (SA) at Mas National
Panel session - Opportunities in land
  • Ilona Horan, Director Corporate Services at Defence SA
  • Andrew Ezis, Defence Bid/Project Manager at Redarc
  • Richard Merjan, Manager Australian Industry Capability at Hanwha Defense Australia
1pm - 2pmLunch
The Journey of Century Engineering
David Heaslip, Managing Director of Century Engineering
Panel session - Opportunities in maritime
  • Andy Semmler, Head of Australian Industry Capability at ASC
  • David Eyre, Director, Maritime at Defence SA
  • Scott Robinson, Head of Supply Chain Maritime Acquisition at BAE Systems
Panel session - Opportunities in air
  • Michael Clark, Head of Industry Engagement at Boeing Defence Australia
  • Dave Lander, General Manager at Levett Engineering
  • Dr Catherine Grace, Director Space at South Australian Space Industry Centre
Closing address
Hon Susan Close MP, Deputy Premier of South Australia and Minister for Defence and Space Industries
Drinks and canapes

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