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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.

Regional hub events will be hosted in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay for members and stakeholders to network and view a livestream of the panel discussion, with thanks to Arup in Cairns, Townsville City Council and Mackay Regional Council. Virtual registration is also available.

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Anna Jackson 1Anna 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
Venue TBC


Registrations for the Brisbane event include a plated hot breakfast, panel discussion and networking. Corporate tables of 10 guests are available, please purchase 10 individual tickets by selecting the "or add multiple" option displayed under a ticket type during the registration process, and "10" in the quantity required. 

Registrations to attend regional hub events in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay are also available. Online participation is available for individuals or organisations via a Boardroom Pass.

Discounted registration is available to those participating in the 2023 Queensland Mentoring Program. Contact csargent@awa.asn.au for your special registration code.

To find out more about AWA's membership benefits, please contact membership@awa.asn.au

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 events@awa.asn.au 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. If Government restrictions impact your ability to attend, or AWA's ability to hold the event, an AWA team member will be in touch to discuss your registration.

Brisbane Event

Member - $75 

Non-Member - $100

Concession - $60 

Mentoring Pair - $100


Brisbane Registration
Regional Hubs




Hub Registration
Virtual Registration

Member - $40

Non-Member - $60

Boardroom Pass - $200

Livestream Registration

Thank you to our Breakfast Sponsor



Thank you to our Regional Hub Hosts

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Townsville City Council



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