Leading with Impact in 2023: Summit

Governors, Directors, CEOs and Senior Executives are invited to attend an executive breakfast and 1/2 day Summit covering co-operative, economic and ESG topics.

Leading with Impact in 2023: Summit

Given the upcoming election, this 1/2 day programme is an opportunity to come together and engage in critical discussions pertinent to how New Zealand’s member-owned businesses can continue to thrive. Starting with an Executive Breakfast delivered by the Institute of Directors, followed by a morning Summit with KPMG, the programme will cover various climate, social and economic topics.

There will also be ample networking time with other senior co-operative leaders and industry and business partners. Delegates can choose to attend the Breakfast only, the Summit only, or both events at a reduced rate. Virtual attendance is available for the Summit portion of the day.

The programme is ideal for Governors, Directors, CEOs and Senior Executives.


Co-operative business models are common around the world. Here in New Zealand they form a major part of our economy. Some of the country’s largest and most successful organisations are co-operatives, supporting both urban and regional New Zealand. These businesses generate approximately 20% of our GDP by revenue, with a staggering 13% being contributed by the top 30 alone.

The co-op model is highly sustainable and resilient, with many co-operatives at the forefront of innovation in New Zealand and globally. Getting the right skills and experience is critical for all boards, but it can be a particular challenge for co-operatives, including where elected members have similar backgrounds and expertise.

A diverse and experienced panel featuring David Jackson, Greg Gent ONZM and Janine Smith MNZM will discuss the similarities and differences between co-operatives and other business structures, including what is unique about co-operatives and the opportunities and challenges that exist. Chaired by Ross Buckley.

Click on the below panellists to learn more about their expertise and background.


The Summit portion of the day, presented by KPMG, will respond to hard-hitting issues that New Zealand businesses need to address in order to remain competitive, particularly in an international context. Featuring presentations, panel discussions and Q&A sessions.

Session One: State of the Nation
Led by Simon Wilkins (KPMG Partner; Head of KPMG Impact New Zealand), and tailored specifically for co-operative business leaders, this will be a critical scene-setting session for the year ahead, exploring our current economic and social environment, drawing on key insights from KPMG’s latest New Zealand CEO Outlook

Ian Proudfoot (KPMG Partner; Global Head of Agribusiness) will provide further context with the launch of the Survey of Sustainability Reporting results from 30 co-operative members, and how they compare against global best practice and New Zealand’s Top 100 companies.

A dynamic panel discussion, including Nicola Shadbolt (Food & Plant; Climate Commission; Massey University), Tim Gibson (Silver Fern Farms; LIC) and Angela Huxford (NZTE), will bring all these insights and callouts together and look at the priorities, challenges, and opportunities for 2023.

Session Two: Leading with impact
This interactive drill down session led by Charles Ehrhart (KPMG Partner; Climate Change, Decarbonisation & Sustainability Lead) will focus on what leading with impact, and building resilience, looks like for co-operative leaders – from a transformational, operational, and practical perspective, KPMG’s IMPACT team will explore:

Social Impact: Gemma Livingston
Climate change and the challenge of quantification: Alastair Marsden
Partnering to improve social outcomes: Kaapua Smith
Natural capital and biodiversity: Charles Ehrhart
Digital tools and transformation: Jeff McLuckie

A panel discussion will provide practical, on-the-ground insights from co-operative leaders, featuring Carrie Welch (Paper Plus), Todd Charteris (Rabobank New Zealand) and Mike Brown (Marlborough Grape Growers Cooperative).

This will be a valuable day for setting the scene for the business year ahead. If you have any questions or need assistance in registering your spot, please email us at info@nz.coop


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