ASPIRE 2017 - Guest Speakers

Aspire resilience

Kevin Biggar and Kyle Mulinder part of the line-up of the inspiring speakers confirmed for the 2017 Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Aspire conference.
Chamber chief executive Grant Kerr is excited to be able bring together a significant number of high calibre speakers for this year’s conference which will focus on the theme, “Resilience.”
Kevin Biggar co-presented the award-winning TVNZ documentary series
‘First Crossings’ and ‘Intrepid NZ’. Kevin participated in the trans-Atlantic Rowing race and he has also trekked unsupported to the South Pole.
Kyle Mulinder is the owner/founder and front man of
Bare Kiwi, with over 50,000 followers on Instagram, he is quickly becoming a household name.  Kyle has entered himself in the Toyota competition for the most interesting Kiwi.
Other speakers include John Palmer, Chairman Nelson Regional Development Agency, Fred Laury ‎Chief Information Security Officer at Air New Zealand, Dawn Baggley Head of Sustainability NZ Post,
Peter Townsend CEO Canterbury Employer’s Chamber of Commerce and Jimmy Walsh from Beca.
The topics planned for this year’s conference cover Crisis Management, Business Sustainability, Economic, Digital Disruption, Infrastructure and Regional Identity.
Peter Townsend CEO of the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in establishing support for all businesses impacted throughout the Christchurch earthquakes.  Peter is now providing an insight into his experience overseas and has just returned from a trip to Mongolia where he shared his experiences.
Fred Laury Chief Information Security Officer will speak on digital disruption which is very timely given the recent Ransomware attack.

The topic of Business infrastructure is being covered by Jimmy Little from Beca.

Digital technology has transformed how we communicate, NZ Post have felt the full impact of this and Dawn Baggaley Head of Sustainability will take us through their journey.
John Palmer Chair of Nelson Regional Development Agency which was established in 2016 due to the combining of tourism and economic development agency teams will provide the latest update on the regional identity and why it is so important to the region.
The full-day Aspire Conference will take place at The Rutherford Hotel on Thursday 27 July.

The Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency, BlueBerryIT and Beca are major sponsors, with Potton & Burton and Air New Zealand contributing sponsors.
Registrations have opened for this year’s event via the website Anyone can attend the conference although a discount applies for chamber members, particularly those who register before Monday 10 July