Held on the 11 April 2018

Wagga Wagga Council Chambers

Corner of Baylis & Morrow Streets

This panel discussion provided insight into Data – what it is, what it means and how we can use it to change the way we do business, communicate and live our lives.

From Agriculture to Logistics, Health to Communications, data is fundamentally changing how we do things – from making decisions, caring for one another, working with the environment and doing business around the world. The proliferation of digital data has changed many aspects of our lives, but it’s still a mystery into how it really works, how it’s being used and how it could be used into the future. uImagine assembled a panel of local experts keen to share what data means to them, how it’s being used in their industry and what the future might hold.

Our panel session was run by Pennie Scott (editor of the Wagga Weekly) and included:

      • Deb Blackwell – Agriculture
      • David Bardos  – Logistics
      • James Howell – Information Technology
      • Dr Tim Caton – Health.

The event was co-sponsored by the Wagga Weekly and Wagga Wagga City Council.

From left to right: David Bardos, James Howell, Tim Caton, Lyn Hay, Pennie Scott and Deb Blackwell.

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David Bardos – Business Development Manager, Port of Melbourne

David BardosDavid is the Business Development Manager for New South Wales at the Port of Melbourne (PoM). David is based in Wagga Wagga regional New South Wales and manages a wide selection of work concerning all aspects of international trade which includes financial, commercial, strategic analysis, planning and marketing. David is responsible in developing trade and business opportunities as well as maintaining effective and high quality relationship with all stakeholders involved in supply chain and logistics. This includes but is not limited to; exporters, importers, transport service providers, all layers of Government and various peak body associations in Australia.

David graduated from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science and Commerce degree (major in Business Administration) and has pursued additional studies in the United States and in Australia specifically in the fields of supply chain management and project management.

In his free time he devotes his time to his family (plus three dogs and a cat). He is a member of the Charles Sturt University Regional Consultative Committee and is currently the President of the Police-Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) Wagga Wagga. David is also a strong advocate against Domestic Violence and to date has impacted more than 1,500 women who attended his programs.

Deb BlackwellDeb is a fifth generation grazier, at Sunnybrae, Mundarlo on the Murrumbidgee River. Deb and her husband, Prof. John Blackwell, specialise in native grass fed Charolais – Red Poll cross beef. They also own Pentland Wines, vineyard at Yenda, NSW, where they specialise in only one French grape variety, Petit Verdot.  Working in isolated locations whilst competing commercially within a global market requires a great reliance upson technology and a source of accurate data.  From weather predictions to beef markets and wine trends, our daily lives are intrinsically reliant upon global data.  Keeping up with these trends, is complex and difficult, as well as potentially risky from a security and privacy perspective.

Deb is a past Chairman of the Livestock Health and Pest Authority, where her interest was in the pursuit of a sound Bio Security regime for Australia. Deb has a BA LLB from the University of Sydney and is involved in charity fundraising and maintains a strong interest in agri politics and environmental health.

Dr Tim Caton – Medical Director and CEO, Complete Skin Wagga

Dr Tim CatonDr Tim Caton is a local GP, running both a skin cancer focussed business and an aesthetic medical practice. He has a background in hospital emergency medicine, medical education and military medicine.

He has had experience across a wide variety of information systems in the health sector. Prior to doing medicine he was a Health Information Manager, involved in various projects to do with electronic medical records and also the running of Medical Records Services in Public Hospitals in Western Sydney. He has an ongoing interest in information, collection, distribution, protection and use.

When he is not hard at work he can be found – not hard at work………..

James Howell – Managing Director, Professional Data Kinetics

James HowellJames is passionate about building information technology solutions. He believes in an Australia in which where you choose to live and work is no impediment to opportunity, whether in your business or family. He created PDK to bring global technology solutions to regional Australia. Establishing PDK as the preeminent technology company in the Riverina, NSW and now throughout Australia.

James’ technology career started in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Communications and Information System Controller (CISCON), managing the advanced communication systems that keep the Air Force connected internally, with the other services, and with allied military forces worldwide. James active defence career saw him undertake several ‘tours of duty’.

His commercial acumen was honed through various roles with Dell, a stint at Austrade and with the KAZ Group (now Fujitsu).