How Smart Infrastructure and the IoT
will lead to a better quality of life.

Heard of smart infrastructure, smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT)? But now sure what it all means and more importantly how it will change our lives…for the better?

Join us for an interactive session to learn, network and envision the new Canberra – the smartest little capital in the world. You will have the opportunity to explore, dissect, and challenge the future of our smart city.

Thought leaders from across Australia will present the latest world trends in smart technologies and big data, and discuss what Canberra needs to do to get ahead. Speakers include:

  • Brook Dixon, ACT Government, Director Smart City and Regulatory Reform
  • Catherine Caruana-McManus, Founder of Giant Ideas, IoT and Smart Cities thought leader
  • Colette Munro, AECOM, Chief Digital Officer, Australia & New Zealand
  • James Rosenwax, AECOM, Market Sector Director – Cities
  • Jeff Ward, NEC Australia, National Solution Manager, Safer Smarter cities
  • Paul Francis, KPMG, Director, Smart Cities Lead

Date: Tuesday 7th March 2017
Time: 5.30pm for 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Venue: Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia

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Speaker Profiles

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Brook Dixon
ACT Government, Director Smart City and Regulatory Reform

Mr Brook Dixon is a senior executive of the ACT Government, leading the government’s smart city, smart regulation and digital service innovation agendas.

Brook developed the ACT Government’s Digital Canberra Action Plan, delivered CBRfree wifi (the biggest single network in Australia), implemented smart parking in Manuka (real time parking availability and mobile payment), and spearheaded the ACT Taxi reforms, seeing Canberra become the first Australia city to legalise and regulate Uber and other ridesharing services.

For his achievements Brook was awarded a 2015 Churchill Fellowship, to study the drivers of digital transformation in leading global cities.

Brook is an experienced leader, strategic planner, digital city exponent, public administrator, economist, and policy analyst. He has a passion for public service, innovation and leadership, and holds degrees in Economics (Hons.), Commerce and Arts (Ancient Greek and Classics) from the Australian National University.


two circle Catherine Caruana-McManus
Founder of Giant Ideas, IoT and Smart Cities thought leader

Catherine Caruana-McManus is a global expert in smart cities and digital transformation and the founder of Giant Ideas for Smart Cities a Director of Meshed an internet of things integrator. Recently, Catherine has been recognised by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Knowledge Nation initiative as one of Australia’s leading thinkers and innovators in big data and smart cities.

Prior to Giant Ideas, Catherine was the Director of IBM’s Smarter Cities business for ANZ and has held other executive positions for PMP Limited, Telstra and MC2 Consulting. Catherine is on the Board of Hypercat Australia, on the Advisory Board for UoW SMART facility, is the Chairperson of the IoT Alliance Australia Smart Cities and Industry Engagement Work Stream and is an advocate for STEM with qualifications in urban planning, economics and finance.


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Colette Munro
AECOM, Chief Digital Officer, Australia & New Zealand

Colette Munro is Chief Digital Officer for AECOM’s 3,000 person Australia and New Zealand practice. She leads AECOM’s Digital by Design strategy across the region. Her team uses a combination of agile and lean methodologies to develop, test and host digital solutions for clients and create new digitally enabled career paths for AECOM staff.

Prior to joining AECOM, Colette led architecture and software development for the digital customer experience team at Schneider Electric, where she worked across Australia, the US, Europe and South Africa. Colette holds a Masters of Business Administration from La Trobe University. She originally graduated as an electrical engineer from Newcastle University (New South Wales) and started her career in the local mining industry.


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AECOM, Market Sector Director – Cities

James Rosenwax leads a team of dedicated specialists who connect the best ideas and insights from across the globe to help cities overcome their challenges and build brilliant futures. 

James’ background in landscape architecture, environmental management and business leadership gives him a unique point of view when providing strategic advice and direction on multidisciplinary urban development, city shaping infrastructure and public realm projects, at local and international scales. When required James draws on the diverse skills across AECOM to help make cities better places in which to live, do business and coexist with nature.

James’ philosophy is rooted in his desire to reframe the questions arising when solving the most complex challenges faced by our urban metropolises. Efficient transport, equitable access to essential infrastructure, governance and collaboration, resilience, place and connectivity are his current focus areas when optimising urban environments – after all when all these elements combine, we don’t just create smart cities; cities become visibly vibrant and delightful. They shine.


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NEC Australia, National Solution Manager, Safer Smarter cities

Jeff Ward leads the Safer Smarter Cities business nationally at NEC Australia.  In his current role Jeff brings decades of experience from technology management roles at senior levels in businesses focusing on the Government, Defence, and Financial Services sectors.  In this dynamic, rapidly advancing innovative sector, Jeff contributes thought leadership and customer advocacy in the marketplace, and develops concepts for new smart solutions and subject matter guidance to NEC smart systems designers and implementers.


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KPMG, Director, Smart Cities Lead

Paul Francis is a Director in KPMG’s IoT Practice, heading up the ‘Smart Cities’ service line within Australia. Paul works with clients to tap into the $120 billion uplift in annual economic impact forecast from IoT, drawing on the Firm’s deep industry, technology, policy and analytics insights, to assist organisations to better deliver sustainable and effective solutions.

Paul is actively involved in the IoT community, and is a member of the IoT Council, a think tank for IoT.  Paul is also active with Australian IoT and Smart City organisations, including ASCA and IoTAA. Prior to joining KPMG Paul was a Director with another Big 4 consulting firm. Before that his roles have included CTO at a global Industrial Internet organisation as well as Director for a leading Digital agency in the UK.