This week in Events, WA Business News previews some of the functions that are on in May in Perth.

Hydrogen Economy Seminar

On Monday May 26, the Perth branch of the Australian Institute of Energy is conducting a special presentation seminar entitled The Hydrogen Economy, at the Piney Lakes Environment Centre in Winthrop.

The seminar is an opportunity for the Australian Institute of Energy’s Hydrogen Division convenor, Lui Bonadio, to present his views and the outcomes from an Australian government sponsored study into the potential role of hydrogen as a fuel of the future.

The other keynote speaker for the seminar will be Department of Planning and Infrastructure, Alternative Transport Energy, director, Simon Whitehouse, who is also the Project Director of the Perth Fuel Cell Bus Trial known as Sustainable Transport Energy for Perth (STEP). Mr Whitehouse will present an overview of the STEP program and the opportunities that could arise from hydrogen as a fuel of the future.

Attendance to the seminar is free of charge, but as spaces are limited registration is essential. To reserve your seat, email Murray Meaton at

Intellectual Property Seminar

Austrade, in conjunction with the Department of Industry and Resources and the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are holding a seminar entitled Managing Your Intellectual Property in China, on Monday May 26, at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Function Centre.

The seminar will provide practical advice on areas such as, outlining the facts about developments in the fast changing intellectual property scene in China; provisions for protection of patents, trademarks, designs and copyright; developments in the protective framework for intellectual property and software; processes for technology licensing; the options available to companies to protect themselves; and the consequences of infringement.

Keynote speakers for the conference are People’s University Beijing, Professor Guo He; Dadi Law Office, Head of Division and Senior Foreign Lawyer International Division, Wei Xin: ArmorGroup Asia Pacific, regional business development and operations manager, Greg Rumney. They are all in-market China intellectual property specialists with a unique blend of policy development, advisory and risk management expertise.

Tickets for the seminar are available from Austrade for $75 per person. For further information or to register phone Annelie Mitchell on 02 6201 7695 or email

Corporate Leaders Conference

From Wednesday May 28 to Friday May 30, the WA Division of the Property Council of Australia is conducting the Inaugural WA Corporate Leaders Conference, at the Cable Beach Club Resort in Broome.

The conference is aimed at directors and senior level executives within the property sector and related industries, and aims to keep attendees up-to-date with the latest strategic drivers for business in Western Australia, with insights into national and international trends.

Keynote speakers for the conference include, WA Deputy Premier, Treasurer, and Minister for Energy, the Honourable Eric Ripper MLA, who will speak about WA’s tax competitiveness; Westfield Limited, regional general manager WA and NSW, Glyn Williams, whose topic is retail sector strength – how long can it continue; Stockland, general manager, Nick Perrignon, who will discuss new land development trends and environmental sustainability; Mirvac Hotels, chief executive officer, Andrew Turner, who will be speaking about growth sectors in hotel and leisure property markets; and BankWest, managing director, Terry Budge, who will be presenting Western Australia’s outlook – an economist’s prognosis.

Tickets for the conference are available from the WA Division of the Property Council of Australia for $520 for members or $620 for nonmembers, which includes conference notes, attendance to all sessions, attendance to the cocktail party, lunches and refreshments. For further information or to register phone Lydia on 9426 1200 or email

Professional Intelligence Officers Conference

The WA membership of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers, are conducting Analyse2003, Perth’s inaugural conference for intelligence professionals, at the Hyatt Hotel from Wednesday May 28 to Friday May 30.

Analyse2003 will be an opportunity for the entire spectrum of intelligence professionals and intelligence consumers to gather together and expand their collective understanding of the intelligence profession.

The conference will consider issues such as executive expectations of the intelligence investment, the corporate opportunity – leveraging intelligence as a profit multiplier and the challenges and opportunities of computer forensics.

For those seeking software solutions the following companies will be exhibiting for the first time in Western Australia, Xanalys, Odyssey Development, Security Solutions Australia and Superstructure of New Zealand.

Registration for the conference can be made with the Conference secretariat Congress West for $405 for AIPIO members, or $515 for nonmembers, to register or for further information phone 9322 6906 or log on to

Management Workshop

On Wednesday May 28, Centrecare Corporate are holding a one day workshop entitled Solution Focused For Management, at their premises at 456 Hay Street, Perth.

The workshop will provide a clear and practical framework for supporting and helping colleagues solve difficulties in an empowering and helpful manner, and will also provide attendees with 'must have' strategies for dealing with personal, relationship or workplace issues for a range of problems in a brief period of time.

Tickets for the workshop are available from Centrecare Corporate for $175, for further information or to register phone Danielle Smith on 9325 6644.


Hyogo Prefectural Government Japan, director, Masaaki Akagi; Osaka Prefectural Government, director, Hironori Harimoto, May 22, to speak at a Break Into the Japanese Market seminar.

Commonwealth Attorney General, The Honourable Daryl Williams; Federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer and Manager of Government Business in the Senate, Senator The Honourable Ian Campbell; former Australian Prime Minister, The Honourable Gough Whitlam; Commonwealth Bank, chief financial officer, Stuart Grimshaw; St George Bank, chief financial officer, Steve McKerihan; Australian Securities and Investment Commission, acting commissioner and Financial Services Regulation, executive director, Ian Johnstone; Economic and Social Commentator, Dr Keith Suter; Motivational Speaker and former Olympian, Kieren Perkins, May 21 – 23, to speak at the CPA Congress 2003. 

People’s University Beijing, Professor Guo He; Dadi Law Office, Head of Division and Senior Foreign Lawyer International Division, Wei Xin: ArmorGroup Asia Pacific, regional business development and operations manager, Greg Rumney, May 26, to speak at an Austrade China IP Seminar.

Australian Institute of Energy, Hydrogen Division, director, Lui Bonadio, May 26, to speak at a Hydrogen Economy Seminar.

Minerals Council of Australia, president, and former Rio Tinto, managing director, Barry Cusack, June 19, to speak at an Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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