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Queensland Industry Breakfast 2023

Icon of a calendar 22 Feb, 2023 | Small clock icon 7:00am-9:00am AEST | Icon of a map pin Victoria Park, Brisbane

Water plays a fundamental role in our health, culture, environment and economy, but the water sector faces a number of challenges to deliver a sustainable water future. The Queensland Industry Breakfast will feature a panel of water leaders to discuss these critical issues:

  • What are the pressures, trends and opportunities for the water sector to take a leadership role?
  • What are the skills we need to develop, maintain and retain?
  • What can the water sector learn about the experiences of other essential service providers? 
  • How do we maintain fairness and equity in the way we access, use and pay for water?

Thank you to Jacobs for their continued generous sponsorship of the annual breakfast.

The Brisbane event has sold out! Registrations are still available for regional hub events thanks to Arup in Cairns and Mackay Regional Council.

Virtual registration is also available along with Boardroom passes for those who would like to host their own corporate networking event and view the livestream .


Anna Jackson 1

Anna Jackson, Unitywater
Anna Jackson is the Chief Executive Officer at Unitywater. With previous executive experience in customer and commercial, business strategy, water security and quality, innovation, customer engagement and environmental and social governance, in the water sector and through Asia Pacific in international development. Anna is active in industry leadership through Australian Water Partnership Advisory Committee and the Water Services Association of Australia’s Liveable Communities Committee, supporter of WaterAid Australia.

Paul Arnold-1Paul Arnold, Urban Utilities
Paul joined Urban Utilities as Chief Executive Officer on 1 September 2022. Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the resources and energy sectors, spanning operations, project development and execution, stakeholder relations, Indigenous engagement, business development, technical governance, and strategy. Prior to joining Urban Utilities, Paul had a successful career with Rio Tinto and BHP, most recently as a Managing Director at Rio Tinto, based in Brisbane, and prior to that as Chief Executive and Managing Director of Energy Resources of Australia, based in Darwin. 

Stuart - headshotStuart Wilson, Water Services Association of Australia
Stuart is the Deputy Executive Director with the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA). He oversees WSAA’s policy development and advocacy on regulatory and institutional reform. He was previously the Principal Economist and Manager, Regulatory Strategy and Pricing at Sydney Water where he oversaw a number of regulatory price reviews and was heavily involved in commercial transactions such as the lease to the private sector of the Sydney Desalination plant. Prior to that he held a variety of economic policy and research positions in the Australian Public Service and he has an Economics Degree from Sydney University.

Kanavoutsos_Mary_MED_002-1Mary Kanavoutsos, Jacobs
Mary Kanavoutsos is Jacobs’ Executive Director for the water market across Australia and New Zealand. Mary is an experienced business leader with over 28 years’ experience in the development and delivery of water infrastructure solutions across Australia, New Zealand and has spent about half of her career working on water infrastructure projects overseas. Mary is passionate in working with clients and stakeholders to collaborate and innovate in the pursuit of water solutions that create sustainable outcomes and deliver a positive community legacy. Mary will facilitate the 2023 panel discussion.

Event Details


Wednesday, 22 February 2023
7.00am-9.00am AEST
Brisbane Event: The Marquee, Victoria Park, 309 Herston Road, Herston
Pullman Hotel, Boardroom 2, 17 Abbott Street, Cairns
Reception Room, Mackay Regional Council Administration Building, Gordon St, Mackay


Registrations for the Brisbane event have sold out

Registrations to attend regional hub events in Cairns and Mackay are still available.

Online participation is available for individuals or organisations via a Boardroom Pass.

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COVIDSafe Event Guidelines 

The Australian Water Association has closely followed Government recommendations to develop COVIDSafe Guidelines for AWA events going forward. These guidelines will be in place at this event and have been developed to ensure attendee health and safety. Your support is also essential to keep this event COVIDSafe. We ask that delegates observe good hygiene and physical distancing at the event, where possible. If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend the event. Please email at least 48 hours prior to the event if you are unable to attend due to illness. Under these circumstances a transfer of your registration to a colleague will be accepted at no cost and are encouraged now that the event has sold out.

Brisbane Event

Member - $75 

Non-Member - $100

Concession - $60 

Mentoring Pair - $100


Brisbane Sold Out
Regional Hubs



Registration Closed
Virtual Registration

Member - $40

Non-Member - $60

Boardroom Pass - $200

Registration Closed

Thank you to our Breakfast Sponsor



Thank you to our Regional Hub Hosts

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