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Mid Canty Rural Business Network with Sir Graeme Harrison


Thu 26 Nov 2015, 6:45pm

Where: Methven Resort, 51 Main St, Methven, Ashburton District

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: daile4kx

Sir Graeme Harrison is our guest speaker for November. Your $10 ticket includes nibbles and a complimentary drink.

Sir Graeme has worked in various roles associated with the New Zealand meat industry since 1973, spending more than one third of his time resident overseas. From a Mid Canterbury farming family and as an MA (Hons) graduate, he was briefly with the Department of Trade and Industry before joining the New Zealand Meat Producers Board. There he became a Deputy Chief Executive, before founding what is now ANZCO Foods, in 1984. After 20 years as Managing Director, he became ANZCO’s Chairman in 2004.

Outside the ANZCO Group, Sir Graeme, in his early career, was a member of joint industry missions to the Middle East and North Africa. He served on leading industry organisations, including the Council of the Meat Industry Association, and as a director of Meat & Wool New Zealand, the New Zealand Meat Board and the consortium New Zealand Lamb Company in North America.

He has also, since their establishment, been Managing Director of ANZCO’s two joint ventures with Itoham Foods, Five Star Beef and Itoham New Zealand. A natural entrepreneur, Sir Graeme actively champions New Zealand agribusiness, and sees a huge potential for the agricultural, forestry, seafood and mineral sectors. In addition, Sir Graeme’s commitment to developing export opportunities involves being an independent director of Westland Milk Products, a board member of Sealord, and chairman of the New Zealand International Business Forum. In 2010, Sir Graeme was named Federated Farmers’ Agribusiness person of the year.

The RBN provides an opportunity for rural based business people to participate in professional development to grow their businesses through networking and learning. The RBN aims to connect bright, innovative, ambitious people with successful like-minded businessmen and women. This creates an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by others. Through the RBN, businesses are connected across different sectors of the primary industry to share ideas and identify innovative opportunities.

The RBN operates through a network of locally based Hubs throughout New Zealand. At quarterly meetings, people can meet motivated, innovative rural business people who understand that collaboration and cooperation builds successful businesses.

The RBN aims to deliver four key outcomes at each meeting:

- Interesting, relevant key note speakers
- Question and Answer sessions for in-depth understanding
- Networking
- Socialising