Speakers 2018

Tahira Endean

Event Producer, #BCTECH Summit Author, Intentional Event Design, Our Professional Opportunity

A curious event producer, passionate about how technology enhances the human experience, Tahira is continually creating meaningful and creative event environments. She has worked as a corporate, agency and DMC based Event Producer and understands how to sell creative value to internal stakeholders and potential, nervous, clients.

Among other awards, Tahira has been named one of MeetingsNet Changemakers of the Year 2016,  was one of the “Top 5 Women in Event Technology” and was inducted into the Meetings Canada Hall of Fame in the Big Idea category. She has recently produced a book titled ‘Intentional Event Design’ which has received high accolades.





Presentation Overview - Opportunities & Differentiators in the Events Sector

Tahira will consider the implications of disruption on the broader event sector drawing on case studies of success and adaptation globally

Presentation Outcomes

  • Insights into disruptors being seen/experienced in the events sector globally
  • Examples of events that have been disrupted
  • Applying differentiators for competitive advantage and how this can be done

Kim Skildum-Reid

Power Sponsorship
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Kim Skildum - Reid is one of the sponsorship industry’s most influential thought leaders. She has a blue chip list of consulting and training clients spanning six continents, is author of global industry bestsellers, The Sponsorship Seeker’s Toolkit and The Corporate Sponsorship Toolkit , and commentates to major business media around the world. She is also the brains behind industry hub, PowerSponsorship.com. 







Presentation Overview - Disruption from the Commercial Sector: Sponsorship, Marketing and What Events Need to Know

The commercial sector have more and better marketing options than ever before. There are big implications for events, as sponsors seek out ever more sophisticated partners. Get it right, and attract great, engaged sponsors. Get it wrong, and watch your bottom line shrink.

  • What are the marketing disruptors in the corporate sector?
  • How does this impact their sponsorship decisions?
  • Where do events fit into the future corporate market?

Workshop Overview - Top Ten Changes to Make to Thrive in a Disrupted World

The “approach” to sponsorship isn’t changing – the bones of best practice are exactly the same as they’ve been for a decade – it’s the application of that approach in the face of fast-changing, disruptive marketing that’s the issue. This fast and furious workshop will provide participants with ten critical changes they need to make to harness the power of disruptive marketing, create compelling offers, and make sponsors want to work with you.

Kalia Colbin

Ambassador & Faculty

Kaila Colbin spearheaded the hugely successful SingularityU New Zealand and Australia Summits, introducing more than 2,000 people to exponential technologies and their impact on humanity.

She is also a co-founder and Chair of the non-profit Ministry of Awesome, the starting point for early-stage entrepreneurs in Christchurch; the Curator and Licensee for TEDxChristchurch in New Zealand and TEDxScottBase in Antarctica; Chair of the New York-based culinary school Natural Gourmet Institute; Deputy Chair of CORE Education; and a Director of ChristchurchNZ.

Her purpose in life is to be an uplifting presence.

Please welcome Kaila Colbin.




Presentation Overview - An Overview of Disruption & Exponential Change

Kaila will present the major disruptors changing business and market environments, in particular the impact of these on the event sector in the broadest sense. She will give insights into how these disruptions will create exponential change us all and discuss the opportunities and challenges that change will bring. Followed by Facilitated discussion

Presentation Outcomes

  • Awaken delegates to the disruptors facing all businesses & communities 
  • How these disruptors will change the environment we operate in 
  • Consider how this disruption might impact directly on the event sector
  • Grow awareness of need to monitor and adapt.

Stuart Turner

Head of Major Events
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED)
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Stuart joined the ATEED team in February 2018, coming to Auckland from Scotland where he headed up the team at EventScotland from 1997 to 2017. He was responsible for EventScotland’s events portfolio, leading its event impact measurement and the overall strategic approach. Prior to working with EventScotland, Stuart was Performance Director with the Scottish Golf Union.

Stuart was greatly involved on developing the Edinburgh Festival. In addition, he has also worked with the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland on the last six Commonwealth Games including working as Director of the pre-games Team Camps for both the 2006 and 2018 games as well as being an Attaché to Team Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Stuart worked with the British Curling Association in the build-up to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and was part of the Great Britain Holding Camp team for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He was also part of the Sport Advisory Group for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and has worked with Festivals Edinburgh on the development of the Edinburgh Festival

Stuart’s aim is to continue to make a significant contribution to the development of the events, sports and tourism industries in New Zealand as he has done so successfully in Scotland. 

Stuart has a wide variety of cultural interests including film, music and whisky.

Presentation Overview - NZ Events Sector Meeting the Disruptive Challenges

Three themes explored;

  • Collaboration – How do we work better together as a sector?
  • Integration – How can we create a sector approach to events that generates authentic experiences for tourists and the locals?       
  • Internationalisation – How can we take the best of what is happening around the World and apply it in a New Zealand context?

Presentation Outcomes

  • Understanding ways to work better as a sector to deliver great  events
  • Considering the links and connections with the tourism sector
  • Insights into the New Zealand Event Sector through a wider global lens