Alison Copeman, has been appointed as the new NZ PCOA councillor

Ali portrait 2017-1-2Ali established akB in 1999. She is a leading Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) and an Australian/NZ Certified Event Manager.

Having been a director of the Otago Chamber of Commerce for a number of years, Ali has developed many competencies around good strategy. She is skilled and experienced in working with and leading multiple stakeholders to bring projects to completion. Being on both sides of the management and governance table Ali’s knowledge and practice around good governance is strong.

Ali has contributed to the University of Otago School of Medicine ambulatory course, through medical teaching of 3rd – 5th year medical students over the last 9 years.

Ali replaces Janet Matheson, Conferences & Events Ltd who recently retired from the position.

Join us for the 10th Annual PCOA Conference and Exhibition, to be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 26 – 28 November 2017

Hear from one of the Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry – Corbin Ball

I  just wanted to say congratulations on securing Corbin Ball. I met him many years ago and have been following his blogs and facebook ever since. Everyone will walk away from his session learning more than 3 years of university! He is fabulous – what a win for PCO.

He alone means I need to clear my calendar!

Well done
Kind regards
Jacqueline Murkins

Corbin Ball_HeadshotCorbin Ball, CSP, CMP is an internationally recognised expert on technology. His articles have appeared in hundreds of national and international publications. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USAToday and US News & World Report.

Corbin was recently named as one of “The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry” by Successful Meetings and MeetingNews magazines, the fifth time he has been so named.

He has spoken to groups in 33 countries, on five continents in a manner that is engaging, understandable and fun. Corbin is the only person to have received both MPI’s International Supplier of the Year and MPI’s International Chapter Leader of the Year award.

Corbin recently told PCOA, “I’m very much looking forward to participating in this year’s PCOA Conference on the Gold Coast. It has been three years since I have been to this part of the world and I always look forward to returning to Australia!

To me, the 2017 conference theme of MEETING Beyond Tomorrow identifies the need for event managers to embrace new technology and to understand how it can enhance the delegate experience, while increasing their own productivity.

My keynote will discuss a number of emerging trends including data analytics, the internet of things, virtual and augmented reality and wearable computing. I will be encouraging audience questions throughout the presentation and look forward to hearing from the Australian and New Zealand audience to get a sense of what’s happening in the industry down under.”

Take the opportunity to hear Corbin present live, register today for Australia’s leading Meetings Industry Conference

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PCOA Program Release – Meeting Beyond Tomorrow

PCO Web Banner FINALThemed ‘MEETING Beyond Tomorrow’, the PCOA Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, between 26 – 28 November 2017, the city where it all started 10 years ago.

The program, with two strong sub-themes of Innovation and Engagement, includes a variety of expert speakers, covering topics ranging from the latest technology and what impact it has on conferences to new ways to engage and influence audiences.

There is an ever-changing business and economic landscape and today, more than ever, we have to think beyond tomorrow to stay competitive and shape our future in the meetings and events industry.

This year’s program will include practical and personal development sessions for every level of event professional and networking opportunities for all PCOs, industry members and in-house event managers to connect with each other.

Delegates will be encouraged to discuss ways to take conferencing to the next level and continue the growth of the business events sector.

The PCO Association conferences have a history of being educational, motivating and where expectations are exceeded.

To view the Program click here

To Register for the conference click here