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2021 INFINZ virtual CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

28 October 2021

REGENERATE - building an even better New Zealand

Addressing Covid recovery, environmental sustainability and the social of ESG, attended by close to 700 delegates from New Zealand's financial sector eco-system.

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8.45am

Welcome and Mihi
Ren Blair, Ngati Whatua and Tim Olphert, INFINZ Conference Chair

8.55am

Opening with Fran O'Sullivan
Editorial Director - Business, NZME

9.05am

Hon Grant Robertson MP Minister of Finance

HE WAKA EKE NOA - PUBLIC/PRIVATE COLLABORATION TO BUILD A BETTER NZ WITHIN A WELLBEING FRAMEWORK.
We are all in this together. Budget 2021 described the foundational challenges facing New Zealand as being; housing affordability, child wellbeing and climate change. How can the public and private sectors work together to address these challenges?

9.45am

CEO Panel
Jolie Hodson Spark, CEO
Ross Taylor CEO, Fletcher Building
Alison Andrew CEO Transpower

ADDRESSING THE INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIT WHILST ADVANCING SUSTAINABILITY
Whilst New Zealand's economic activity has now recovered to pre-pandemic levels, over the last 18 months there has been an acceleration of trends evident pre-covid such as digital transformation, a much greater focus on climate change and more concern around inequality. What investment mix does NZ need to make to build back better and what conditions policy settings are required to provide the confidence to overcome the "infrastructure deficit?"

10.30am

BREAK

11.00am

Carl Tannenbaum Chief Economist, Northern Trust (USA)
interviewed by Sharon Zollner Chief Economist NZ, ANZ

PONDERING POST-COVID POLICY.
Governments and central banks have played key roles in supporting economies through the Covid era, but what is the appropriate policy response going forward as economies open up? Are central banks risking their inflation-targeting credibility in the face of a stagflationary shock? And what is the role of Government in stimulating productivity growth, not just inflation, in a severely supply-constrained world? Join Sharon Zollner, ANZ NZ Chief Economist as she interviews Northern Trust Chief Economist and Vice President, Carl Tannenbaum.

11.45am

Kristen Kohere-Soutar Director at Ngai Tahu Holdings
Warwick Tauwhare-George CEO, Parininihi Ki Waitotara Incorporation
Tama Potaka, Tumu Kaimahi CEO, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Trust
KAITIAKITANGA - EXECUTING IN THE PRESENT TO GROW A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE.
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION OFFERING A MAORI WORLD VIEW ON BALANCING CULTURE, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, SUSTAINABILITY, AND FINANCIAL OUTCOMES.
What insights can be drawn from the governance of Māori enterprises for the role of Boards and management across Aotearoa in terms of balancing the need to deliver outcomes today whilst building the sustainability of their organisations?

12.30pm

BREAK

1.30pm

Adrian Orr Governor, Reserve Bank New Zealand and
Rob Everett CEO, Financial Markets Authority (FMA)

REGULATORS FIRESIDE CHAT WITH FRAN O'SULLIVAN
Looking to 2022 and beyond, what are the expectations of regulators for financial services participants in building fair and efficient financial markets and providing good outcomes for customers?
How will a principles-based approach to conduct regulation work? How can the financial services eco-system support climate change goals?

2.15pm

MAJOR BANK CEO PANEL

Antonia Watson CEO ANZ
Vittoria Shortt CEO ASB
Dan Huggins CEO BNZ
Steve Jurkovich
CEO Kiwibank
Simon Power Acting CEO Westpac

FINANCIAL SERVICES AS AN ENABLER.
Banks have played an important role in supporting customers in the economic recovery and have robust levels of capital so are well placed to continue this assistance. Banks provide significant capital to the economy so they will play a pivotal role in facilitating the reshaping of New Zealand's economy. How can financial sector participants facilitate building back better, including shifting NZ's economy to net carbon zero emissions by 2050? And what is their role in advancing inclusiveness?

3.15pm

BREAK

3.45pm

Rosemary Vilgan Chair, Commonwealth Bank Officers Superannuation Corporation

THE INVESTMENT GOVERNANCE LANDSCAPE, GLOBAL TRENDS AND WHAT THEY MEAN FOR AUSTRALASIA?
The investment governance landscape from the perspective of different entities (NZ Super, major Australian super funds, family office investment committee etc) and how issues such as diversity, culture and values alignment have been coming to the fore. Where has this come from and what global trends are likely to impact Australasian boards the most over the next five years? What adaptation is required to address these issues and how can investors and managers lead this? Is there a role for a Stewardship Code such as that in the UK?

4.30pm

THE GREAT DEBATE
Moot: "In building back better and achieving net zero emissions by 2050, should NZ focus on developing its traditional industries rather than creating new ones?"

What contribution will the transition of our "traditional" industries make to our emissions targets relative to that from "new" industries based on renewables and digitisation?

FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE
Catherine Savage Independent Director and Investor
Mary-Jane Daly Director, Kiwibank
Malcolm Johns CEO, Christchurch International Airport

FOR THE NEGATIVE
Te Pūoho Kātene Executive Director, Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust
Joanna Kelly Interim CEO, Centre for Sustainable Finance Aotearoa NZ
David Darling CEO, Pacific Edge

5.30pm

Fran Sullivan Conference wrap up
and Jim McElwain INFINZ Executive Director



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