Annual Indigenous Business Breakfast

  • Breakfast
    June 27, 2014
    7:00 am - 9:00 am

BB-SEQICC-500WX72ppiThe Annual Indigenous Business Breakfast has been held each year for the past five years, and is a must attend for those committed to the growth of Indigenous Business in South East Queensland.

This year, the theme of the breakfast is Fostering Trade. Our speakers, Ms Hayley North, Kevin O’Brien and keynote Al Mucci, will explore issues of procurement and other matters related to fostering trade in Indigenous business.

The breakfast will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, on the 27th of June. Registrations and informal networking open at 6.30am, with the breakfast commencing at 7am.

Guest speakers include:


Welcome to Country, Aunty Carol Currie

Welcome to Country – Aunty Carol Currie, Elder

Distinguished Community Elder, Aunty Carol Currie, was born in the 1940s as one of 11 children living off the land at Fingal. Each day they would gather fresh sea food, sharing their meals with elders and their large extended family. At age 13, Aunty Carol moved with her family to Wacol.

They experienced a great deal of racism and moved to Rocklea Camps. At school the racism they experienced was so bad, she was forced to leave school early.

Despite this Aunty Carol has gone from strength to strength and the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce are very honoured to have her be part of the Annual Indigenous Business Breakfast.




Indigenous Procurement Speaker, Al Mucci

Al Mucci, Dreamworld

Al Mucci has been in the zoological industry for over 18 years and has held the position of General Manager of the wildlife department at Dreamworld for the past 9 years.  Al has broad based experience with a wide variety of animals which has included senior positions in non-government organisations, private and public institutions.   Al is President of the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA), Queensland Branch (ZAAQ).  Al is a director of the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF), Save the Bilby Fund Inc., 21st Century Tiger/Zoological Society of London. Under Al’s leadership, DWF is the world’s largest contributor to tiger conservation. Al is an invited member of the Biosecurity Queensland Ministerial Advisory Council. Al has been working with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community locally and across Australia for the past 6 years.  Under the leadership of Al, Dreamworld was the first leisure based attraction in Australia to launch a Reconciliation Action Plan. Al dreamt-up the Corroboree project and was successful in obtaining a STIG grant from the Federal Government to integrate a current wildlife attraction into an authentic and credible Indigenous experience with wildlife. Dreamworld Corroboree won the Queensland Premier’s Reconciliation Award, 2014.


Growing Business Speaker , Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien Architects

Kevin graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1995, and a Master of Philosophy (in the field of architecture) in 2006. He was a Churchill Scholar in 2000 and established Kevin O’Brien Architects in 2006 (now entering its 8th year of practice). He was appointed Professor of Design at QUT in 2013.

In 2012, Kevin directed the Finding Country Exhibition as an independent and official Collateral Event of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy. The project received the Karl Langer Award for Urban Design at the Queensland State Awards and an International Architecture Award from the Australian Institute of Architects in 2013. The project sought to conceptually erase 50% of the Australian city in order to reveal Country. Other projects completed by Kevin O’Brien Architects received residential, commercial and public architecture awards from the Australian Institute of Architects in 2013.

Kevin is currently working on a new building for the Casino Aboriginal Medical Service in New South Wales; and a set design for ‘The Button Event’, a play for the Queensland Theatre Company opening at the Brisbane Festival this September.



Emerging Business Speaker, Hayley North

Hayley North, Synergy Education

Hayley has continued to give her parents sleepless nights with antics like jumping off the 3m high-board at age 3, only partially making up for it by working as a swim-coach from age 12 for free.

She favours practical experience over academia.  Once securing a major contract with a box of Helium balloons, she is now one of the youngest owners of a Registered Training Organisation specialising in a fresh delivery stylefor First Aid/Occupational Health & Safety courses; like all truly smart people, she has recruited competent staff to whom she can delegate with cavalier abandon.

Synergy Education Group seeks to revolutionize the way First Aid has been delivered for the last 100 years through technology and industry specific training.

Her motto? “Never underestimate the power of balloons”.

Additional information about the event

Tables – each table seats 10

Early Bird Special – ends Friday 13th of June  Monday 16th of June

Sponsorship – we have a number of sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Damien (

Registration – commences at 6.30am with informal networking prior to 7am start.

Payment methods – our preferred payment method is PayPal. If you’re not sure how to use PayPal, please read our Paying with PayPal guide.

Additional information about the venue

The venue for the Annual Indigenous Business Breakfast is the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The closest train station is within walking distance to Southbank train station. There is paid parking at the Centre. Please see the BCEC website for information about parking.