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Brisbane – Aspire to Achieve: Navigating your own journey in Asset Management

29 November, 2023 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

In an ever-changing world, asset owners are balancing risk, expenditure, and asset performance to sustain assets over their life cycle, whilst working towards net-zero demands.

Does this excite you? How about industry sectors like Transport, Utilities, Health, Defence, Manufacturing, and Resources? These are just some of the sectors a career in asset management can take you to. How do you start a career in asset management, develop diverse industry experience, or take the leap from senior practitioner to executive? Join us to discover the world of asset management from the vantage point of industry-leading experts in an interactive session.

Together with expert panellists, we will explore:

  • The diverse opportunities a career in asset management could offer you.
  • Insights into navigating career transitions, excelling in academia, and innovating in practice.
  • Connecting industry leaders with evolving asset managers on an interactive platform.

Through their personal journeys and professional achievements, the panellists will provide practical advice and inspire you to forge your own path in this ever-evolving field. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect, learn, and grow with us.


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  • 4:30 – 5:00 pm: Pre-event networking
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Facilitated panel Q&A
  • 6:00 – 6:30 pm: Speed networking
Panellist biographies:

Michael Cybulski is a standout figure for young professionals in the industry, marked by his distinctive approach to his career. With an education in Civil and Construction Engineering, he developed his technical grounding and business acumen through roles in Structural Engineering and Project Management before embarking out to create something of his own, setting the stage for his entrepreneurial journey.

As the Founder and CEO of Retina Visions, Michael is dedicated to providing solutions that are not only insightful but are also easily understandable and actionable by his clients. Asset Management is intended to facilitate improved decision-making, and Retina Visions’ unique approach adds significant value to the asset management landscape, demonstrating how technology and innovation can streamline processes and drive efficiency. His expertise spans machine learning, data collection and analysis, complex problem-solving, and maintenance of road corridor assets.

For those aspiring towards a career in Asset Management, Michael’s journey and services offer us with a unique perspective. His pioneering solutions and entrepreneurial spirit showcase how leveraging technology and data can revolutionise asset management practices. Michael’s career is a tangible example of how innovation and a proactive approach can make a substantial impact in this dynamic field.

Peter Knights is a prominent figure in Asset Management and Mining, demonstrating a wealth of expertise spanning over three decades. With a Master of Engineering and a PhD in Mining Engineering, his educational foundation is robust and extensive, and for nearly two decades, Peter has held the role of a Professor at The University of Queensland, where he plays a pivotal role in shaping the future professionals of the industry.

Peter’s specialised expertise lies in Asset Management and Mine Maintenance, and has recently focused on the incorporation of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) concerns into early-stage mine design, as well as developing electrification systems for sustainable mine haulage. However, Peter’s true impact lies in his dedication to educating future generations in the Mining Industry, providing invaluable insights and leaving a permanent mark on the field of Asset Management. This commitment is further underscored by his numerous publications in prestigious international journals.

Peter Knights’ legacy in Asset Management and Mining education is profound. His rich experience and pioneering work in incorporating sustainability into mine operations make him an invaluable figure for aspiring professionals. Peter’s progressive approach, career in academia, and dedication to industry-relevant research offer a unique perspective for those looking to make a meaningful impact in the Asset Management field.

Michael Lehfeldt is a leader in Asset Management with an impressive career covering the fields of finance, government, defence, consulting, aviation, mining, and asset operation. With a foundation of civil engineering and a career spanning over three decades, Michael has gained a profound understanding of the dynamic Asset Management landscape.

This journey has led Michael to his current role as Head of Assets Engineering at Transurban, where he oversees large-scale Major Maintenance projects, leading with a visionary perspective that places a premium on sustainability and road user safety. His forward-thinking approach aligns with global sustainability goals, reflecting his dedication to both environmental well-being and end user satisfaction.

Michael’s trajectory is a testament to his adaptability to shift seamlessly from technical proficiency to dynamic leadership. For those aspiring to excel in Asset Management, Michael’s journey serves as a source of inspiration, demonstrating how determination, strategic thinking, and a forward-looking mindset can propel individuals towards transformative roles in this critical field.

Wendy McPate is an accomplished professional in the realm of Asset Management, backed by an educational background that spans Asset Management, Leadership, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. Wendy has over three decades of experience with roles that have encompassed electrical engineering, project management and currently as an Engineering Manager – Asset Management with Origin Energy, which reflects a deep-rooted proficiency in the field.

Wendy currently holds a pivotal position within the Asset Integrity and Assurance Leadership team of Origin Energy where her responsibilities are extensive, including the development and implementation of an Asset Management System and overseeing technical assurance by a team of specialised Principal and Process Safety Engineers. Wendy’s proficiencies are further complemented by her professional affiliations, which include being a Fellow of Engineers Australia, an Engineering Executive, and her role as Non-Executive Director for the Asset Management Council, contributing significantly to advancing industry best practices.

Wendy believes in the importance of loving what you do, lifelong learning, backing yourself, and most importantly, integrity. With her wealth of experience, technical acumen, and leadership roles, she is an invaluable example for those aspiring to excel in Asset Management and STEM, particularly for women, and those in the utility and energy sectors.

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29 November, 2023
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
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