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As we approach the end of the year most of us have an opportunity to slow down just a bit leading up to Christmas and the New Year. This gives us time to reflect on the year that has been. For my last President’s report of the year I also feel reflective.
Looming large in reflection is the LESI Annual Meeting held in Auckland in March/April. By any measure this was a very successful event and well run by Simon Rowell and his committee. The meeting generated a small surplus for LESANZ and LESI. I was recently at the LES USA/CAN Annual Meeting in Toronto and received numerous comments complimenting LESANZ on the programme content and general organization.
I cannot comment on the last annual meeting without thinking about the next one. Preparations are well advanced for the LESANZ Annual Meeting to be held in Brisbane in March 2013. The website is operational, www.lesanzconference.org.au, and registrations are open. The conference theme is Resourcing the Future. We have a very strong programme so this is one not to miss.
I have been very pleased with the level of activity in the regions over this past year. We have had a steady stream of good quality events. Our local seminars are one of the great strengths of LES and noted by many of our members as a major reason for membership.
If there is any area of disappointment this year it is our membership number. We currently have about 460 members. I would be much happier if we could reach and maintain a membership of 500. Our best strategy for membership growth is referral so I ask all members to please promote membership to your colleagues so we can crash through the 500 barrier.
Throughout the year the Executive has worked hard to engage in the IP community on significant issues. We have made submissions to the productivity commission, engaged with IP Australia in the IP Forum, cooperated with sister bodies to reach common positions on proposed legislative changes and generally sought to promote the views of our membership. Many of these things have been mentioned in previous reports but please give me a call if you want to know more about our activity in any particular area.
I wish our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Brisbane in March. Register now
LESANZ warmly invites you to attend the 2013 Annual Conference at the Stamford Plaza, Brisbane - March 14-16 2013 and are pleased to announce the following updates.
Programme and speakers
The full programme is now live on the website and we are delighted to announce the following highlights:
The social programme kicks off with the Welcome Function, sponsored by FB Rice, on Thursday 14 March at the River Room of the Stamford Plaza. This will be followed by the Young Members’ Congress function and Trustees Dinner. The following evening, the Conference Dinner, sponsored by Gadens, will be held at Victoria Park – make sure you bring your dancing shoes. After the formal conference close on Saturday afternoon, an informal BBQ and drinks will be served in the courtyard of the Stamford Plaza so we hope you would like to stay and enjoy the Queensland hospitality a little longer than usual. Family tickets are available to all social functions and may be purchased at the time of registration.
Registration for the conference is open through the website so we hope you will take advantage of the Early Bird savings and sign up now!
15 February 2013 – Early Bird Registration Closes
After 15 February a standard registration fee will apply so we invite you to register early to take advantage of the significant savings
We look forward to welcoming you to Brisbane next March for LESANZ 2013 “Resourcing the Future”! @LESANZ2013
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