4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit

27-28 May 2021
Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, Australia
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Event Overview

It has been four years since the tragic events of Grenfell, and it seems like we have any scratched the surface of the combustible cladding issue in Australia today. The tragic sequence of events demonstrated the need for a coherent and international approach to fire safety.

In Victoria alone, an audit of more than 2,200 buildings in Victoria found cladding on hundreds of buildings posed a safety risk, including an “extreme risk” in 72 cases[1]. The urgency to resolve this risk has led the local government to work towards reforming Victoria’s troubled construction sector.

Recent times have seen several developments in Victoria – from the conception of Cladding Safety Victoria to budgets being assigned for building rectification programs and to fix insurance gaps in the market. In February 2021, the industry also witnessed a complete product ban of high-risk materials – a decision that has been met with mixed reception from industry insiders.

Whilst remediation works go underway, the goal for new builds is simple: upgrade building codes that will clear any gaps and set minimum levels of safety, and provide reassurance to building developers, occupants, and insurers.

Corpolinx, therefore, is hosting the 4th Annual Fire Safety and Cladding Summit, (27-28 May 2021 in Melbourne, Victoria) to bring together all the relevant stakeholders from the building construction sector for a truly exceptional learning and networking experience.

Key Reasons to Attend

Highly interactive event format involving all stakeholders from Regulators, Certifiers, Building Surveyors, Developers, Designers, Contractors, Manufacturers, Suppliers, Insurers & Lawyers

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Keynote Presentation on Victoria's Landmark Cladding Rectification Program by Cladding Safety Victoria's Chief Executive, Dan O'Brien

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International Keynote Presentation by world-renowned building professional, Dame Judith Hackitt

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The only cladding forum delivering the Regulators Panel Discussion featuring panellists from Cladding Safety Victoria (CSV), Department Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), City of Melbourne and the Victorian Building Authority (VBA - (invited)

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Solution-focused, interactive roundtable discussion sessions

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Key Takeaways

  • Get the most up-to-date information from the regulators on building reforms
  • Discussion on building remediation programs – partial and full cladding removals – whens whys and hows
  • Hear about the current insurance landscapes for risks
  • Examine the need for culture shift and competency of building industry professionals for safe building outcomes
  • Analyse various business and construction risks
  • Hear from world renowned experts on what could be the next steps in building and construction sector reform

Keynote Speakers

Expert Speaker Line-up

Dr Trevor Pisciotta

Executive Director Building
Planning - Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Dr. Jonathan Barnett

Managing Director
Basic Expert Pty Ltd

Andrew Cialini

State Building Surveyor
Victorian Building Authority (VBA)

Peter Jeeves

National Manager - Construction, State Manager – Queensland
Lockton Companies Australia

Steve Baxas

Municipal Building Surveyor
City of Melbourne

Arjunan Thangarajah

Senior Associate
Lander & Rogers

David Leggatt

Principal
Coterminous Legal

Melissa Herrmann

Industry Engagement Manager
Fairview

Mathew Freeman

Branch Manager - Technical Director
Holmes Fire LP

Enzo Palermo

Commercial Development & Building Code Consultant
Hendry

Craig Mills

Senior Fire Safety Engineer
RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd

Dirk van der Walt

Senior Fire Engineer
Sotera Fire and Risk Engineering

Adjunct Professor Kim Lovegrove MSE, RML

Senior Lawyer
LOVEGROVE & COTTON Current Chair of the International Building Quality Centre

WHO BENEFITS MORE Who should attend?

  • Government and industry regulatory bodies and associations
  • Building owners and asset managers
  • Developers and construction companies
  • Fire and rescue services
  • Certifiers, accreditors and surveyors

Attendees

  • Building material importers and suppliers
  • Designers and architects
  • Insurers, lawyers and strata bodies
  • Fire safety and risk officials, engineers and technical managers
  • Fire protection companies and solution providers

Don't Just Take Our Words See, What Attendees Say!

A great range of speakers and topics. I look forward to the next one.

Natasha Stojanovich, Special Counsel, Lander & Rogers

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:56:07+10:00

Natasha Stojanovich, Special Counsel, Lander & Rogers

Great line-up of industry greats

Pelle Zetterstrom, Technical Director, GHD

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:59:16+10:00

Pelle Zetterstrom, Technical Director, GHD

Highly informative and a must for any building industry professional

Simon Fletcher, Fire Safety Consultant, Red Fire Engineers

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:58:49+10:00

Simon Fletcher, Fire Safety Consultant, Red Fire Engineers

Very informative conference with a wide range of presentations.

Bruce Smith - Fire Services Engineer, Cundall

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:52:47+10:00

Bruce Smith - Fire Services Engineer, Cundall

Very informative and comprehensive.

Bruce McKenzie, National Manager Commercial Services & Major Projects, Sergon Building Consultants

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:55:17+10:00

Bruce McKenzie, National Manager Commercial Services & Major Projects, Sergon Building Consultants

Great event! Very informative.

Eoghan Pierce - Specifications Manager, Kingspan Insulated Panels

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:56:39+10:00

Eoghan Pierce - Specifications Manager, Kingspan Insulated Panels

The Summit provided an invaluable insight into an issue that is quickly becoming a crisis in the building industry.

Mark Norris, Operations Manager-Building QLD & PNG, CBP Contractors

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-09-13T17:09:02+10:00

Mark Norris, Operations Manager-Building QLD & PNG, CBP Contractors

This event had experts from all parts of the building industry. The networking opportunity was excellent!

Douglas White - Business Development Manager, Johnson Controls

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:57:12+10:00

Douglas White - Business Development Manager, Johnson Controls

Marvellous conference! All building practitioners, owners, insurers, and anyone with an interest in the building cladding safety should attend this conference.

Blair Stratton, Manager – Major Projects, Associate Director, Red Fire Engineers

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:54:45+10:00

Blair Stratton, Manager – Major Projects, Associate Director, Red Fire Engineers

Really interesting summit!

Sam Ciccia, Senior Project Manager, Shape Group

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:48:28+10:00

Sam Ciccia, Senior Project Manager, Shape Group

Great gathering of key experts and practitioners.

Stephen Kip, Fire Safety Engineer & Building Regulation Consultant, Skip Consulting

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-09-13T17:05:29+10:00

Stephen Kip, Fire Safety Engineer & Building Regulation Consultant, Skip Consulting

The Summit was very insightful and provided a great insight on where the industry has reached on dealing with existing buildings containing ACP and what the future is likely to hold

Vic Lilli, Director - Vic Lilli & Partners

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:58:22+10:00

Vic Lilli, Director - Vic Lilli & Partners

I have been to a few of conferences on this theme and this was by far the best one I attended. Holistic approach to fire safety and cladding issues in buildings

John Bordigan, Municipal Building Surveyor, City of Port Phillip

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:53:15+10:00

John Bordigan, Municipal Building Surveyor, City of Port Phillip

Very informative presentations from industry experts on the ground.

Gareth Gamble - Architectural Technologist ACIAT and Technical Author, NBS

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:50:09+10:00

Gareth Gamble - Architectural Technologist ACIAT and Technical Author, NBS

Good cross-section of speakers who gave insights into the complexities of the issue

John Wilson, Manager Building Surveying, Queensland Department of Housing & Public Works

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T10:00:44+10:00

John Wilson, Manager Building Surveying, Queensland Department of Housing & Public Works

The Corpolinx Fire Safety & Cladding Summit is an essential event for the industry to understand technical issues, solutions, and to understand where all state governments fit. Very helpful!

Nic Cox - Director, Focus Alliance Pty Ltd

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:59:50+10:00

Nic Cox - Director, Focus Alliance Pty Ltd

Another fantastic conference from Corpolinx!

Blair Stratton, Manager – Victoria, RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T10:00:16+10:00

Blair Stratton, Manager – Victoria, RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd

I found the Fire Safety & Cladding Summit held by Corpolinx to be very valuable and uplifting; with expert presenters and friendly environment for group discussions. Thanks to Corpolinx group and all presenters!

Sophie Fekri - Senior Structural/Façade Engineer, Pendyala Consulting

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:49:15+10:00

Sophie Fekri - Senior Structural/Façade Engineer, Pendyala Consulting

Great event! Industry leading speakers. Informative and current.

Steven Baxas, Municipal Building Surveyor, City of Melbourne

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-09-13T17:08:27+10:00

Steven Baxas, Municipal Building Surveyor, City of Melbourne

It was great!

Ben Wallis - Sales Director, Blue Chip Group

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:52:11+10:00

Ben Wallis - Sales Director, Blue Chip Group

Highly relevant and up-to-date.

Brad Malcolm, Project Manager, Johnstaff

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-09-13T16:58:06+10:00

Brad Malcolm, Project Manager, Johnstaff

Very Informative!

Brendan Sim, Project Officer, Cromwell Property Group

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-09-13T17:06:25+10:00

Brendan Sim, Project Officer, Cromwell Property Group

Excellent conference in regards to the issue of combustible cladding on buildings.

Steve Parrott, Manager Technical Assessments, Cumberland Council

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-03-25T09:55:45+10:00

Steve Parrott, Manager Technical Assessments, Cumberland Council

Another great Corpolinx event!

Blair Stratton, Manager – Major Projects, RED Fire Engineers

4th Annual Fire Safety & Cladding Summit
2019-09-13T17:09:37+10:00

Blair Stratton, Manager – Major Projects, RED Fire Engineers

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Past Key Speakers

The Hon. Ted Baillieu

Former Victorian Premier & Current Co-Chair
Victorian Government’s Cladding Task Force

The Hon. John Graham, MLC

Member
Legislative Council

MP David Shoebridge

MP
NSW Greens

Aaron Hemsley

Director Building Policy Program and Governance
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria

Natasha Stojanovich

Partner
Lander & Rogers

Nicola Grayson

CEO
Consult Australia

Andy Dean

Head of Facades
Middle East, WSP

Wayne Liddy

Director
Gardner Group

Fonda Zahopoulos

Director
Gallagher Jeffs

Jeanette Barbaro

Partner
MinterEllison

Professor Guan Yeoh

UNSW
Australia

Blair Stratton

Manager – Major Projects
RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd

Jamie Vistnes

Manager - Fire Safety Policy Unit
Fire and Rescue NSW

Dr. Kate Nguyen

Senior Lecturer & ARC DECRA Fellow
RMIT University

Nathan White

Fire Engineering Team Leader
Infrastructure Technologies and Testing Services CSIRO

Sam Hogg

Senior Project Manager
Gallagher Jeffs

Ms. Sue Eddy

CEO
VBA

Charles Fortin

Managing Director
CM+A

Brett Bassett

Commissioner
Queensland Building and Construction Code (QBCC)

Alex Webb

Group Leader
CSIRO Infrastructure Technologies

Volker Raedel

General Manager
CASA Systems

John Tansey

Executive Director, Regulatory Policy
NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

Hank Van Ravenstein

Principal
LCI Consultants

Dr Simon Lockrey

Senior Lecturer
Industrial Design RMIT University

Dr. Kate Nguyen

Senior Lecturer & ARC DECRA Fellow
RMIT University

Pelle Zetterström

Technical Director
Olsson Fire & Risk

Kim Lovegrove

Consultant Lawyer
Lovegrove & Cotton

Lisa Mitchell

FL Major Loss Examiner and Construction Claims Specialist
AIG

Luke Exell

Deputy Head
Victorian Building Authority (VBA) State-wide Cladding Audit

Dr Nicole Johnston

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin Business School

Christina Knorr

Director / Accredited Fire Safety Engineer
CJK Fire & Safety Pty Ltd

Craig Carpenter

Assistant Director General
Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works

Dr Giorgio Marfella

Lecturer in Construction Management and Architecture
Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture

James Thomson

Senior Adviser
Standards and Regulation Ai Group

Victoria Blidman

Barrister
Victorian Bar

Darren Pavic

Broking Manager
Bovill Risk & Insurance Consultants (BRIC)

Peter Hofstetter

Director/Senior Building Certifier
Certis Group

Phil Dwyer

National President
Builders Collective of Australia

Ashley How

Technical Manager
Fairview Architectural

Ari Akritidis

Managing Director
Akritidis Group Building Consultants

Steven Baxas

Municipal Building Surveyor
City of Melbourne

Dr Trivess Moore

Lecturer School of Property - Construction and Project Management
RMIT University

Charles Thornley

Partner
Lander & Rogers Lawyers

Michael Stuckings

Operations Chief Engineer
FM Global

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