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Trop Links 2011 Presentation March 2011

  1. 1. TropLinksPresentation Graham Poon CEO TropLinks Inc. March, 2011
  2. 2. What is TropLinks Inc?TropLinks Inc. is an independent, not for profit incorporated association established to grow its members under the umbrella of: Tropical Expertise The Expertise that members have developed from living and working in the Tropics• Though not a government body, TropLinks is initially funded by the Queensland Govt• TropLinks is a key mechanism in Qld Govt Tropical Expertise Strategy 2008-2012• Joining with WA, NT /International to be a Nth Aust./International initiative
  3. 3. Vision and Mission StatementVision• To grow the Tropical Economy of AustraliaMission StatementTropLinks will maximise the capacity to develop, commercialise and export Tropical Expertise (science, knowledge and innovation) in:• Tropical Environmental Services• Tropical Agriculture• Tropical Health• Tropical Living (including built environment, education, tourism, services to mining)
  4. 4. MembershipBasis: Those with a desire to develop, commercialise and export tropical expertise (science, knowledge and innovation)• Membership-base includes: • Private sector businesses • Businesses and industry groups • Individuals • Research bodies • Educational Institutions • International members• Membership will be fee-based though free initially
  5. 5. TropLinks Current Board• Mr Geoff Plante - Chairman, Planpac Group (President & Secretary)• Ms Debra Burden, GM 1300Smiles (Treasurer)• Prof Geoff Garrett AO- Qld Government Chief Scientist• Professor Sandra Harding - Vice-Chancellor & President, James Cook University, Townsville/Cairns• Mr Brad Webb – Managing Director, BM Webb Group• Mr Mario Pennisi - CEO, Queensland Clinical Trials Network• Dr Ian Poiner -CEO, Australian Institute of Marine Science• Mr Frank Dallmeyer, Director, Tropical Energy Solutions• Dr Ian Watson- Site Leader, CSIRO Townsville
  6. 6. TropLinks Staff Graham Poon CEO Brett HendersonBusiness Development Specialist, based in Townsville Jodie Dollery Office Manager Supported by Industry Team Leaders
  7. 7. Services to MembersAssistance with Critical Issues for Members:• Business matching/Opportunity Identification: especially collaborative bids/alliances• Stakeholder engagement: build critical mass to pursue larger projects• Promotion of “Tropical Expertise” branding• Advocacy and coordination• Funding and capital raising: investment for projects, industry development
  8. 8. Services to MembersOpportunity Engagement with Members:• Distribution of Business Opportunities to Members: Free of Charge, Benefit of Membership• Initial Information and Advice: Free of Charge, Benefit of Membership• Targetted Assistance, Market Research: Fee for Service• TropLinks Participation in Projects, Tenders: Fee for Service, Equity Participation
  9. 9. Strong support from Qld & Federal Government business unitsQld GovernmentDepartment of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation• Trade and Investment Qld• Agriculture, Food, Tourism and Regional Services• Environmental Technologies• Technology and Commercialisation• HEAT initiative (Creative Industries Unit)• R&D Forums and Tech Clinics (Commercialisation & Innovations Networks Team)• Regional OfficesDepartment of Environment and Resource ManagementFederal Government• Austrade• AusIndustry
  10. 10. Alliances Working Partnerships and Alliances• Advance Cairns• Cairns Regional Council• Townsville Enterprise• Townsville Chamber of Commerce• Cairns Institute• Qld Tropical Health Alliance• Regional Development Australia (RDA)• Pacific Power Association• Cairns Chamber of Commerce• Mareeba Chamber of Commerce• Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce• Australia-PNG Business Council
  11. 11. International MarketsThree Current Focus Areas: - PNG - Guam/Micronesia - The Pacific with a focus on energy & renewables
  12. 12. Highlight Activities 2009-2010• Treasurer’s Trade Mission to PNG• Member’s Trade Mission to PNG• Trade Mission to Asian Development Bank• Pacific Power Association Annual Conference• NT Engagement Mission• TropLinks International Symposium• Inaugural Sponsor Tropical Innovation Awards• 2 Trade Missions to Guam
  13. 13. Some countries where TropLinks has pursued projects to date• Fiji• Solomons• Guam• Maldives• PNG• Philippines• Tuvalu• Nepal• Japan• Kazakhstan• Australia
  14. 14. TropLinks International Symposium Vision: Become the event focal point for Tropical Expertise in Australia and InternationallyInaugural Event: Held Aug 21-24, 2010 in Cairns270 participants, high level recognition of Tropical Expertise
  15. 15. Symposium- 4 Components• The Business of Tropical Expertise - Winning Projects in the Asia-Pacific Region• Torrid Zone II - At Home in the Torrid Zone• Neglected Tropical Diseases -Multi-sector Interventions• Australasian Life Sciences Tropical Investment Forum -Investing in the Tropics - It’s Hot
  16. 16. Industry Groups Formed from Symposium• Education & Training• Health• Energy• Environment• Built-environment• Business Services
  17. 17. The Future• Trade Missions to PNG, Guam/Micronesia, the Pacific• Pursue opportunities with Industry Groups• Build engagement with NT and WA actively• TropLinks International Symposium, Townsville• Commercialisation Initiatives
  18. 18. Join TropLinks Today!Join as a member on-line Click on: “Become a Member”
  19. 19. CEO: Graham Poon Office Manager: Jodie DolleryBusiness Development Specialist, Townsville: Brett Henderson Ph: (+617) 4771-4935/(+61-421-761 838) TropLinks Office Phone: (+617) 4041 0955 Fax: (+617) 4041 0633 212 McLeod St, Cairns, Queensland, Australia 4870