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In the global contest for investment and talented people, how does Canberra promote itself as a centre for innovation, creativity and art? Join us as we hear from ACT Commissioner for International Engagement, Brendan Smyth, how the ACT Government's international engagement strategy promotes Canberra as an open and diversified city with a knowledge-based economy, as well as a being an attractive place to visit, study in and work in. He will explain the approach government, industry, peak bodies, diplomatic missions and other organisations pursue to connect the ACT with overseas markets and opportunities in order to realise the 2050 Vision for Canberra.

Join us from 5:30pm for complimentary pre-presentation drinks and nibbles! We look forward to seeing you there.


Drinks + nibbles
Presentation by guest speaker
Brendan Smyth
  • Brendan Smyth (ACT Commissioner for International Engagement)

    Brendan Smyth

    ACT Commissioner for International Engagement

    Brendan Smyth is the inaugural Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) Commissioner for International Engagement for the ACT Government, taking the position on 1 August 2016.

    During his 18 year service to the ACT, Mr Smyth has held various portfolios. From 1998-2001 he held Ministerial portfolios for Business, Planning, Urban Services, Tourism, Arts, Environment, Industrial Relations and Police and Emergency Services. Mr Smyth was also elected as the Deputy Chief Minister from 2000-2001.

    From 2002 to 2006 Mr Smyth was the ACT Leader of the Opposition and from 2002 to 2016 held multiple Shadow portfolios including Shadow Treasury, Shadow Minister for Business and Economic Development, Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations, Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Shadow Minister Gaming and Racing, Shadow Minister Emergency Services and Shadow Minister the Arts and Tourism. Mr Smyth was on multiple committees including the Public Accounts Committee (Chair), Select Committee on Estimates 2013-2014, Select Committee on Estimates 2014-2015 (Chair), Select Committee on Estimates 2015-2016 (Chair), Select Committee on Estimates 2016-2017 (Chair).

    Mr Smyth is married to Ms Robyn Devin and has twin daughters, Amy and Lorena and son David. His interests include reading, whiskey, bushwalking and astronomy.

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32 Thesiger Court
Deakin, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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