AACS Convenience Leaders Summit 2019

Wednesday 14 August  – 8.30am – 12pm
Thursday 15 August – 8am – 10am

AACS are currently finalising the program for the AACS Convenience Leaders Summit 2019. Here’s a recap on the incredible line-up of speakers from the 2018 Summit.

Matt Thornhill
Managing Partner, Institute for Tomorrow  USA
Matt Thornhill is founder and managing partner of the research-based think tank, SIR’s Institute for Tomorrow, based in Richmond, Virginia. Matt is a futurist, author, and provocateur. He helps leaders in the convenience and fuel retail categories learn what’s coming and what to do about it today. For over 50 years SIR has researched and studied the key trends that are shaping the future. And the people who are making it happen.


Nicolas Georges
Director, Food and Agriculture Innovation, Industry Professor
In the decade prior to working at Monash, in addition to expanding category channels and driving efficiency transformations from manufacturing areas through to head office functions, Nicolas has led many breakthrough innovations, launching more than 500 new products in four countries whilst working for companies such as Nestle, Mondelez, Godfreys and Vitasoy – some of these include Cadbury Marvellous Creations, Drumstick Loaded, Hoover Range and Vitasoy Café for Barista. Uniquely experienced across all functions (manufacturing to sales, marketing, strategy and R&D) in FMCG and Retail, including general management and P&L responsibility in both industries, he focuses on expressing people’s potential and creating new paths.


Dylan Alcott OAM
One of Australia’s most recognised Paralympians
He was the winner of the 2017 Australian Open quad wheelchair title for the third year running. In 2016 Dylan was awarded Paralympian of the Year, the Newcombe Medal (the first wheelchair athlete to win the highest individual award in Australian tennis history) and GQ Sportsman of the Year. Dylan was a Gold medal winner of both the wheelchair singles and doubles tennis at the 2016 Rio Paralympics and won basketball gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic games. He is ranked 1 in the world as a quad competitor in wheelchair tennis and is a four times Grand Slam winner.


Angus McKay
CEO – 7-Eleven Australia
Angus McKay joined 7-Eleven as CEO in 2016, and is responsible for leading the 7-Eleven team, growing the 7-Eleven brand in this market, and maintaining the company’s position as Australia’s first choice in convenience. Angus’ former roles include MD and CEO of The Skilled Group, MD of Pacific National Rail, CFO for Asciano Limited, and various senior roles at Foster’s Group, including CFO.


Brett Barclay
Director, Convenience Measures Australia
Brett Barclay is the founding Director of Convenience Measures Australia a business focussed on providing research, insights and support to the Convenience Channel in Australia. This is done through the delivery of 2 main programmes: CMA Shopper Report – providing insights into the Convenience shopper, in which he uses his 12 years of Shopper Research experience; and Covin 360° – a relationship benchmarking programme liaising with both Retailers and Suppliers in the Channel. Brett has been a Director of the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) since 2008.


…and of course the ever popular finalists in this year’s AACS PJ Convenience Award who will win a trip to China as part of the AACS Overseas Study Tour. The AACS Summit is free to attend for members, and $50 (inc GST) for non-members. Click here to register now!