19-21 May 2024
58th ARI Annual Conference & Trade Show 2024

Sunday 21 May 2023

Welcome Drinks

Join us for an evening of casual networking and socializing with fellow attendees at the Two Doctors Whiskey Tavern, located at the stunning Fairmont Resort in the Blue Mountains from 6:00pm onwards.

Sponsored by LaMotte Pacific

About LaMotte

Monday 22 May 2023

Conference Welcome

Stephanie Brantz, Conference Master of Ceremonies

Proudly Supported By

9am Ballroom
About Stephanie Brantz

About The Y NSW
How to stay relevant in an evolving world – Unlock peak performance through community led growth strategies.

Hayley Evans, Serial Entrepeneur, Director of Tavistock and CEO of Surge Global, Co-Founder of Women Making Waves

9.15am Ballroom

About Hayley Evans
No one misses out – Using evidence-based practice to create innovative approaches to welcome, support and include everyone into aquatic and recreation experiences, so no one misses out.

Peter Wilson, Determined2 &
Jeff Walkley, Belgravia Foundation

10.00am Ballroom

About Peter Wilson & Jeff Walkley
Morning Tea

10.45am Exhibition Centre

CASE STUDY: Driven by data - a case study in more sustainable facility operations.
Todd McHardy, CEO, BlueFit

Cérge - A companion app, disability and mental health advocate. Removing social barriers and improving community participation through exceptional guest experiences in aquatic and recreation facilities.
Jeff Walkley, CEO Belgravia Foundation
Chris Kerrisk, Co-Founder Cerge

Facility health checks: optimising site performance
Michelle Nolland, Executive Director, LARCAN

11.05am Ballroom

About Our Speakers

Creating deeper relationships with industry to upskill and reskill.
Rob Bonner, Interim CEO, HumanAbility

Increasing the social impact of your facility
RJ Houston, Royal Life Saving Society - Australia

Industry Insights from our aquatics community – aligning our focus and collective input for future success
Scott Vanderheyden, ARI Director & Young Leader Adviser
Brad Vella, ARI Young Leader Chair
Nicholas Hoynes, ARI Young Leader
Mel Atkins, Former ARI Young Leader

Facilitated by Brooke Atkins, ARI Director

11.05am Breakout Room

About Our Speakers

1.05pm Exhibition Centre

Get to Know Our Trade Partners

1.50pm Exhibition Centre

Live interview with Graham Arnold

Graham Arnold, Soceceroos Head Coach to be interviewd by Stephanie Brantz

3.00pm Ballroom

About Graham Arnold
Networking Drinks

Proudly Supported By
Belgravia Leisure

5.00pm Exhibition Centre

About Belgravia Leisure

Tuesday 23 May 2023

Day 2 Commencement

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9.00am Ballroom
About Stephanie Brantz

About The Y NSW
Empowering your team to navigate their own journey

Kobi Simmat, CEO Best Practise Biz

9.20am Ballroom

About Kobi Simmat
CASE STUDY: Being data-driven – how data leads strategy

Craig Lambeth, Manager Community Recreation, Liverpool City Council &
Mark Taylor, Social Infrastructure Planner, Liverpool City Council

10.00am Ballroom

About Craig Lambeth & Mark Taylor
Morning Tea

10.45am Exhibition Centre

Third Place Design Thinking to Better Connect our Communities

Dion Gosling, Director + Founder, 106 Architects

11.05am Ballroom

About Dion Gosling
Managing contract facilities – Considerations for the future Panel Session with Q&A

Todd McHardy, CEO BlueFit
Nick Cox, CEO Belgravia Leisure
Simon Duck,Manager Inner West Council
Michelle Nolland, Executive Director LARCAN

Faciltated by Stephanie Brantz

11.55am Ballroom

About our Panellists

12.30pm Exhibition Centre


The Aquatic & Recreation Institute would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the significant contribution of it's members.

1.30pm Ballroom

Conference Close and Thank You

2.05pm Ballroom