Top Gun Training Systems, chief executive officer, Wayne Berry; Former World Champion Marathon Swimmer, Shelly Taylor-Smith; Marketing guru, Winston Marsh; Human Development Consultant and Author, Rosie Pekar, February 4, to speak at Blast Into 2004.

International Peace Academy – US, president, Dr David Malone; February 11, to speak at a free public lecture on the role of the UN Security Council.

South Bank Centre – London, chief executive, Michael Lynch AM; National Geographic Society, director of sustainable tourism, and National Geographic Traveller Magazine, geotourism editor, Jonathon B Tourtellot; Pacific Asia Travel Association, president and chief executive officer, Peter de Jong; Queensland Music Festival, director, Lyndon Tericini; Australian War Memorial, director, Steve Gowers; World renowned author, Kathy Lette; Queens University- Canada, geography professor, Professor Brian Osborne; Cultural Tourism Industry Group Victoria, president, Dr Sharron Dickman; Tourism Victoria, chairman, John Morse; Former Premier of Victoria, The Honourable Jeff Kennett; February 11-13, to speak at the Australian Cultural Tourism Conference.

Renowned social transformation specialist and Spiritual Dynamics Group Inc, chief executive officer, Dr Don Beck, February 19-21, to speak at the 6th Spirituality, Leadership and Management Conference.

Wuhan Iron and Steel Group Corporation - China, president raw materials supply company, Chen Xianwen; Ji’nan Iron and Steel Group - China, vice president, Wen Yanming; COSCO – China, director of research and development, Shicheng Yang; Guofeng Iron and Steel Group – China, general manager, Zhang Xiangqing; BHP Steel, president iron and slab industrial markets, Ross Murray; POSCO Research Institute – Hong Kong, senior economist, Yongdoo Cho; OneSteel, general manager corporate affairs and marketing, Mark Gell; Kumba Resources – South Africa, general manager iron ore, Matie von Wielligh; Samarco Asia, managing director, Jose Senra; February 23 -24, to speak at the 7th Annual Global Iron Ore and Steel Forecast Conference. 

Petronet LNG Ltd – India, chief executive officer and managing director, Suresh Mathur; The Institute of Energy Economics – Japan, senior adviser for research, Kazuya Fujime; China National Petroleum Group, market department manager, Liu Hequn; Department of Foreign Affairs – Office of PetroChina, deputy director of cooperation, Jia Yuzhong; Department of Energy – Philippines, natural gas office chief, Jesus Tamang; Tourism and Environment and Timor Sea Joint Commissioner, Timor-Leste secretary of state for investments, Jose Teixeira; LNG Shipping Solutions – UK, director, Keith Bainbridge; Tangguh LNG – BP Indonesia, senior vice president, Lukman Mahfoedz; February 25-26, to speak at the Australia – Asia LNG Review Conference.

Harvard Business School, professor of business administration, Professor Christopher Bartlett; Santa Clara University, dean of the Leavey school of business and professor of leadership, Professor Barry Posner; Australian Graduate School of Management – NSW, Professor Roger Collins; March 10-11, to speak at the Leadership in Action Seminar.

Leighton Contractors, Queensland mining manager, Ken Crichton; Newmont Tanami Operations, general manager, Leigh Taylor; Gympie Gold, chief operating officer, Peter Hayes; Henry Walker Eltin, chief executive officer, Bruce James; March 30-31, to speak at the AJM Contract Mining Conference 2004.

Federal Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, the Honourable Ian Macfarlane; World Gold Council, manager Asia Pacific, Albert Cheng; April 19, to speak at the 2004 Australian Gold Conference.



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

Employee Behaviour Seminar

On Friday January 23, SkillPath Seminars is conducting a seminar titled Dealing Effectively With Unacceptable Employee Behaviour, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The seminar has been designed for managers, supervisors or team leaders who want to learn proven ways to improve performance without damaging relationships, arousing hostility or incurring legal problems.

Areas that will be covered during the seminar include, identifying the root causes of performance problems; how to act not react in a negative situation; choosing the right intervention technique; how to offer constructive feedback; setting measurable performance standards and communicating them to employees; and determining when it is time to transfer, reposition or dismiss an employee.

Registration for the seminar can be made with SkillPath Seminars for $199 per person or $189 for four people or more, for further information or to register phone 1800 145 231 or log on to

Payment Gateways Workshop

The Internet Business Corporation is running a free workshop titled Payment Gateways, on Thursday January 29, at their premises at 116 Edward Street, Perth.

The workshop will provide participants with a basic overview of what exactly a payment gateway is and how they work and the processes involved in establishing and maintaining a successful payment gateway.

Topics that will be covered during the workshop include payment gateway options, security issues and requirements for payment gateways, how to utilise payment gateways successfully as an e-commerce tool and understanding the relationship between your payment gateway and your site.

The workshop is free of charge but registrations are essential, for further information or to register log on to

China Opportunities Presentation

On Thursday January 29, the Australia China Business Council in conjunction with the Department of Industry and Resources is holding a Chinese banquet to celebrate the Chinese New Year followed by a presentation titled China Opportunities for the Future at the China House Restaurant.

The evening will consist of an eight course Chinese banquet with beer and wine provided and will feature a presentation from Department of Industry and Resources director general Jim Limerick on the opportunities for business in China, followed by a panel discussion and question time.

Registration for the banquet and presentation can be made with the Australia China Business Council for $40 for members or $45 for non-members, for further information or to register contact Dr Desmond Williams on 9381 7498 or log on to Proceeds of this function will benefit the Cancer and Leukaemia Support Unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.


At Work

On Friday January 30, UWA Extension is conducting a workshop entitled Negotiation at Work, at the UWA Campus in Nedlands.

The workshop has been designed to provide participants with the principles and techniques of preparing and conducting negotiations that lead to success, as well as learning to take control and create solutions that benefit all paries involved.

Topics that will be covered during the workshop include strategies and tactics that can be used to achieve your objectives; planning concessions and selling their benefits; assessing the other side’s strengths and weaknesses; deadlocks and how to break them; and closing the negotiation successfully and maintaining a good ongoing relationship.

Registration for the workshop can be made with UWA Extension for $275 per person, for further information or to register contact Elisabeth Tilly on 9380 2433 or log on to


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