Ben Pratt Mossman Gorge Centre

Ben has been working with Voyages now for over 10 years , holding various general management and resort management roles across Australia including Kings Canyon Resort , Ayer’s Rock (Uluru) Resort , Home Valley Station in the Kimberley .
Currently the General Manger of Mossman Gorge Centre in Far North Queensland ,one of the most successful and awarded Cultural based tourism and training centres in Australia. Ben has been involved in the extremely successful training academies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in all three of the Voyages Properties right across Australia and is extremely passionate for the opportunities Tourism presents for Indigenous Australians in the future.

Che Cox Cyril Jackson SHS

​As a young Aboriginal man, I live in the Perth metro area with my Nan and Pop who are the biggest influences in my Life.
I have been in the cooking course at Cyril Jackson for over a year now. I really have enjoyed the opportunity to cook various seasonal foods and learn more about the hospitality industry.

In 2015, I had the privilege of working with students and teachers from a number of other schools around Western Australia at the Kambarang culinary camp and event. This is where I met Josh Whiteland, and Mark Olive who showed me how to take the next step in incorporate city life and our blended culture.

For me the highlight of Kambarang was using some of the ingredients that I have never heard of before, and to experience the beauty of the country I live in.

I know that this culinary experience is really important to me, as it has opened my eyes to the possibilities and opportunities in the hospitality industry. I have always been keen to travel and see the world, and I look forward to new adventures this career path may take me.

Clinton Walker Ngurrangga Tours

Clinton is a descendant of the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi people, who are the Traditional Owners of the coastal and inland areas of the West Pilbara region encompassing areas such as the City of Karratha, Dampier Archipelago, Murujuga National Park and Millstream-Chichester National Park.

Clinton has spent his entire life learning from his Elder's and family about the traditional ways of his people including speaking Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi languages, he has also been initiated in his people's Aboriginal Law Ceremony (Birdarra) and is an active member in his cultural responsibilities of looking after his ngurra (country).

Dale Tilbrook Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery

Dale Tilbrook is a Wardandi Bibbulmun woman from the South West of Western Australia.

Her tourism journey started in 1996 with a small company with her brother Lyall Tilbrook, making returning boomerangs and other artefacts. They were proud to awarded an Olympic swing tag for the sale of their boomerangs during the 2000 Games in Sydney.

In 1998 Dale and Lyall opened their first Aboriginal gallery and gift shop in the Swan Valley. This quickly grew in popularity and Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery moved to larger premises in the Swan Valley in 2004.

Dale often jokes that the beautiful artwork is only a device to entice people into the gallery, so that she can talk to them about local Aboriginal culture, history and language. Education is an important part of the cultural experience offered at Maaalinup. As well as offering talks and activities in the gallery, Dale also works extensively with students of all ages through school incursions, Kings Park education programmes and corporate groups. She is a sought after cultural awareness speaker.

Damien Jacobsen Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation

Damien is descended from the Bulgun Warra clan who’s Traditional Land lies west of Cooktown and identifies with the “Black Cockatoo” group from inland areas. Raised on the outskirts of Bundaberg, a move to the Gold Coast in his early teens eventually saw him working for Qld National Parks as an Aboriginal Interpretation Ranger delivering talks and tours to tourists. This work sparked his devotion to understanding how we can achieve Reconciliation through tourism. More than 20 years later he accumulated 3 degrees (including a doctorate) spanning more than 12 years of tertiary research into this very important issue in areas like Cape York and Central Australia.

Daniel Levine Avant - Guide Institute

About Daniel Levine

Daniel Levine (DanielLevine.com) is one of the world's best-known trends experts. He is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines around the world and is often on television and radio, including CNN, NBC and others. Daniel started his career writing 10 of the world's top-selling travel guidebooks.

Darren 'Capes' Capewell Wula Guda Nyinda Eco Adventures

Darren "Capes" Capewell is a proud and passionate descendant of the Nhanda and Malgana People of Gutharraguda (the traditional name for Shark Bay, meaning “Two Waters”). Gutharraguda is located in the Yamaji region of Western Australia.

Capes, is the owner and operator of Wula Guda Nyinda Eco Adventures and conducts tours around Gutharraguda. As a descendant of the land’s Traditional Owners, Capes feels it is his duty to be an ambassador for both his people and his country.

Donna Moritz Socially Sorted

Donna Moritz is the founder of Socially Sorted based in Queensland, Australia. As a visual social media strategist, she helps businesses, bloggers and entrepreneurs use visual social media and content strategy to drive shares, traffic and sales. She is a contributor to Entrepreneur Online, Social Media Examiner and Social Fresh, and has been featured in Forbes, NBC and Yahoo!

Dr Kim Hames Government of Western Australia

Dr Kim Hames is Deputy Premier of Western Australia, with responsibility for the portfolios of Health and Tourism.

Before entering Parliament in 1993, Dr Hames was a family general practitioner. He was elected Member for Dianella in 1993 and later Yokine, before being elected as the Member for Dawesville in 2005, a seat he still holds.

Dr Hames has been a strong advocate for WA increasing overseas visitor numbers, and has actively supported aviation and marketing initiatives to grow markets such as China.

Graham Harvey

Professional Speaker, Service Designer and Business Coach, Graham Harvey is the bestselling author of Seducing the Vigilante Customer: 101 winning strategies to attract and retain happy customers and healthy profits. He is recognised as one of Australasia’s foremost thought leaders on Service Design, Customer Experience and Relationship Marketing. Graham is a Certified Professional Speaker (CSP) with Professional Speakers Australia, placing him in the top 10% of the speaking profession in Australasia. He is currently WA State President of Professional Speakers Australia and in 1999 was awarded Western Australian Professional Speaker of the Year.

Jamie Thomas Wayapa Wuurrk P/L

Jamie Marloo Thomas is a respected cultural leader for his Peek Whuurrong Gunditjmara and Gunnai communities. He understands the pain of disconnection from culture, which is why he has devoted the last 20 years to culturally mentoring young men from Victoria, and in particular from his community in the Western Districts of Victoria.

Combining 23 years of vast professional experience in Men’s Health, Well-being, Drug and Alcohol Support, Family Violence Prevention, Indigenous Youth, Cultural Heritage and Ancestral Remains Repatriation, with a Post Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy from Latrobe University to develop an innovative approach to healing and wellness programs. Jamie is the Executive Director, Wayapa Wuurrk Pty Ltd and Chairperson of the Wayapa Wuurrk Aboriginal Wellness Foundation Ltd.

John Barrett WINTA

John Barrett is managing director of Kapiti Island Nature Tours and Kapiti Nature Lodge, a family tourism operation based on Kapiti Island Nature Reserve-New Zealand.

Through the family Nature tourism business, and other interactions with Nature based and community based tourism in New Zealand, the Pacific, Australia, USA, Canada and South America, John has experienced a wide range of Nature based and Indigenous tourism activities and initiatives.

John’s Iwi and Whanau whakapapa connections with Kapiti Island has led to a strong bond and relationship with that place and its people.

Josh Whiteland Koomal Dreaming

“Koomal” is the traditional name of Wardandi man Josh Whiteland. Koomal is the Wardandi word for brushtail possum and the totem chosen for him by his Wardandi Elders. Josh was born in Busselton, Western Australia and grew up surrounded by family, culture and a deep understanding of connection to country.

Julie Hillier Mila Foundation

Julie is a proud Scottish woman who is now an Australian Citizen. She spent her high school years in the Pilbara and has worked professionally in Perth Metro, Goldfields and in the South West for close to a decade. As professionally accredited coach, trainer and facilitator she delivers MBA for the Australian Institute of Management and has over 20 years’ international experience in heavy industry as a Senior Leader working in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Julie also owns and runs her own tourism based business in Collie.
Currently Julie co-designs and co-facilitates the Mila Youth Program and has developed the Corporate & Adult Cultural Immersion programs in conjunction with respected local Elders and advisors.

Marissa Verma Bindi Bindi Dreaming

Marissa Verma is the Managing Director of a successful 100% Aboriginal owned and operated business called Bindi Bindi Dreaming. Bindi Bindi meaning butterfly in the Noongar language.

Mark Olive aka the Black Olive Outback Tastes of Australia Pty Ltd

Mark Olive, aka ‘The Black Olive’, has been a chef for over 25 years and has become a well know Australian celebrity with his charismatic style and creative approach to food, starring in his own television series ‘The Outback Cafe’ and a host of cooking, lifestyle and travel shows nationally and globally.

Master of Ceremony for AITC 2016 - Ms Malarndirri McCarthy NITV News

Malarndirri McCarthy, is a Yanyuwa woman from Borroloola in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory, and works as a Journalist for NITV News and Host of Week in Review in Sydney.

In 2015 the NITV News team received its first Logie nomination this year for 'Most Outstanding News Coverage' for its coverage of child removals in Moree and across Australia and In 2014 Malarndirri won Journalist of the Year at the Multicultural & Indigenous Media Awards.

She also received two Walkley nominations in 2013 for her story on a car company that filmed its advertisement on Wave Rock in Western Australia, a place of deep cultural significance to Aboriginal custodians.

Robert Taylor WAITOC

Robert Taylor has spent the last 28 years in the hospitality industry. Beginning in the back of house Roberts journey began in the kitchen where he qualified as a chef. He became executive chef for ALH in 1999, where he had a number of his recipes published in publications such as Table Magazine. In 2000 Robert and his partner went into hospitality property management and in 2003 formed a management company Forte Hospitality of which he was managing director of for the past 14 years.

Mr Taylor a Nhanda man has become the new CEO for WAITOC after a successful 14 months as the Association’s Chairman becomes WAITOC’s first ever Western Australian Aboriginal CEO. With Mr Taylor’s migration from the Board table to become the chief administrator. His business experience, together with the knowledge he obtained during his time as the WAITOC Chair will be used to ensure the (ATDP) Aboriginal Tourism Development Program delivers outstanding tourism and economic outcomes while creating strong business enterprises for Aboriginal people and communities.

Rosanna Angus Kooljaman at Cape Leveque

Rosanna Angus is a proud Bardi – Jawi woman from Ardyaloon Community in the Kimberley. Currently serving as Chairperson for Kooljaman Cape Leveque, Rosanna is passionate about tourism and the opportunities tourism can provide to benefit Community through both economic development and the promotion of Culture.

Rosanna has been involved in some way or other in tourism for her entire adult life. She has been a Cultural tour guide on Coral Princess Cruises, educated school and university groups on bush tucker and bush medicine and she is now developing a business – Rosanna’s Cultural Talks, that will assist tourists to understand the local history and living culture of Cape Leveque and Surrounding areas.

Simon Phillips NZ Māori Tourism

Simon is one of those people who make you smile every time you meet with them. He is a natural when it comes to relationship building. Simon’s current career path is multifaceted and includes roles as the Director for Regions for NZ Māori Tourism, sitting on the board for NZ Māori Rugby League and a trustee for Parihaka Papakainga Trust.
This husband of a passionate Aussie (Leesa) and father of two growing boys has had a very interesting journey to date.
Born in Hamilton, Simons Mum (Pakeha) and Dad (Maori) moved to Hawera when he was 6 months old. His parents were entrepreneurs always involved in businesses, whether that would be retail, hospitality or farming and Simon credits much of his business interest to those memories of family business interests in the early days.
Over the past decade Simon has immersed himself in his passion for Māori economic development and through his latest role, as Director of Regions at NZ Māori Tourism, he has gained a real understanding for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the tourism space.

Stephanie Buckland Tourism Western Australia

Stephanie Buckland is the Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Western Australia. Tourism WA promotes travel to and within WA through marketing campaigns in cooperation with the industry and develops, attracts and promotes major sporting, cultural and business events. Tourism WA also works with government and private partners to bring about the development of tourism infrastructure such as airline routes, caravan parks, and attractions.

Tahn Donovan Max's Black

Tahn is a Wardandi Yok from Busselton and has a deep understanding of the Western Australian bio diversity values and wide variety of landscapes, people and experiences.

She started work in the hospitality industry at the age of 12, helping at CWA wedding catering events in Busselton. Diversity is a key characteristic of Tahn’s career path, where she has gathered a wide range of skills and experiences in the farming, transport, environmental, disability employment, and hospitality/tourism industries.

“Tourism offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples the opportunity to tell our stories, care for our country and culture and build economic independence for our families and communities”.

Taylor Hayward Mila Foundation

Taylor Hayward is a proud Noongar man who was born and raised in Collie. Taylor’s family ties link back through the Katanning, Broome Hill, Bremer Bay and Albany areas. After successfully completing a dual trade qualification via an apprenticeship, with the then BHP’s Worsley Alumina, Taylor has transitioned into studying a Bachelor of Engineering Science at the University of Western Australia. Taylor has worked in heavy industry in the Collie, Perth and North-West regions. Taylor is a qualified industrial electrician and instrumentation technician.

Currently Taylor co-designs and co-facilitates the Mila Youth Programs and Events. Taylor also co-facilities the Mila Foundation Cultural Immersion Programs.

Teagan Climo Governor Stirling SHS

My journey with food is quite unique. It started four years ago when I was asked to come on a culinary camp with my teacher Ms Laker. It was in Manjimup that I worked alongside Mark Olive and met Josh Whiteland who are now my mentors and friends. I have a new appreciation for my culture, the foods that we eat and the importance of promoting and sharing culture to my peers.

Now four years on, I am able to be a mentor to students at Kambarang which was held for the first time in 2014 in Margaret River WA. The program is special to me, as I can see a lot changes in myself and the students that participate in this culinary camp. I have recently been given an opportunity to mentor young Aboriginal offenders with a program that promotes cooking.

I really look forward to creating a life that helps other young Aboriginal people to live happy and healthy lives.