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A Fifth Estate event in collaboration with CitySmart

Tuesday 27 March, 7.30am (for 8.00am start) – 12.30 pm

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Level 42, 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane

The world is moving at breakneck speed. We face challenges still barely imaginable. Where we work, how we work and how we collaborate to carve out the future we want has never been more important.

Join us for an exciting workplace forum & workshop and discover 

  • How beautiful and creative spaces can stimulate a better version of yourself
  • Why healthy interiors are so critical and what the science tells us
  • How to turn the theory into practice and make a business case for change that works for your boardroom
  • Earn 5 green star CPD points

(Full program below)

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The Fifth Estate’s ebook Healthy Offices, Why Wellness is the New Green, published in August 2017 in collaboration with the City of Sydney national CitySwitch program.

Who should attend?

You can’t afford to miss this forum if you are a property owner or adviser, interior designer or supplier, government or private workplace/HR  adviser, engineer or HVAC professional, leasing or tenant rep, or if you are one of the growing numbers of people intrigued by the healthy workplace phenomenon

How it works

Like all our exciting boutique events this summit is designed for collaborative learning in a friendly environment, spiced with humour and plenty of opportunity for engagement.

You’ll be seated among  70+ peers and industry leaders, at friendly table settings.

Our engaging MC Howard Parry-Husbands, CEO of strategic consultants Pollinate, is brilliant at creating a great atmosphere.

Comments from previous guests include: “I’d go to anything he’s MC at”, “Best I’ve ever seen” .

Towards the end of the summit, Howard will lead a workshop for the team at your table to craft a Happiness Index for the best workplaces, using the skills you’ve learnt. (CPD points available). Winners will be proudly reported in The Fifth Estate.

An ebook distributed through all our channels

The Fifth Estate will cover the event in an ebook – your chance to contribute to further insights for our premium readers  – 50,000 unique visitors per month,  13,000 subscribers (22 per cent government) and 12,000+ social media followers.

The speakers and panellists include:


General admission: $135, Members 50 per cent discount

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The Fifth Estate, in collaboration with CitySmart, presents…


Registration, light breakfast, coffee, tea and networking



Tina Perinotto, Managing editor and publisher, The Fifth Estate

Neil Horrocks, CEO, CitySmart

8:15am Introduction by your MC, Howard Parry-Husbands, CEO, Pollinate

The macro context for your business, the trends shaping consumer demands, and how your business can drive a creative response.

Session 1: The software – the science and the theory

How does our physical space affect our behaviour at work? The science is in. What are the human centred programs that encourage better productivity, staff retention and stronger team bonding.

Libby Sander, Founder, Future of Work

How companies use experience design to attract and retain talent, trends in offices design, how the workplace is being engineered for immersive wellness; connectivity, technology and design.

Kellie Payne, Studio Director, Bates Smart.

Evidence based design and large scale fit-out to improve how people work/learn/collaborate.



9:20 am

Session 2: Are we there yet?

What’s really going on and is the green building movement actually delivering results or not?

Provocation: Tone Wheeler, Director, Environa Studio. Why green codes don’t work and why you should never use the words sustainability, water or energy if you want to change the profile of our buildings.

Loreta Brazukas, Senior ESD Consultant, Floth. The experience of WELL certification and why it’s hot with corporates and property owners. 

Christian Criado-Perez, Research Student, UNSW, CRC for Low Carbon Living. Connecting the evidence that exists for high- performance buildings with policy makers to promote healthier, more productive workspaces.

Laura West, Associate Director, CBRE. Leasing and what the tenants want.


Morning tea and networking


Session 3: How to keep the C- Suite sweet? Making the business case

You have the tools, now to prove the business case for change with your decision makers. Your CEO and CFO will need a tight evidence- based argument to get their attention…

Audience spotlights

Elevator pitch to convince the C-suite to embark on two programs. One for lighting and one for energy and better airconditioning.

T2 on how to retrofit your office with LED at very low cost

Roger Walker, National Director, Facilities Management, Incorp.

Axl Driml, Principal Sustainability Manager, Dept of Housing & Public Works

How to create better healthy internal air quality

Brisbane office buildings in summer with banks of heaters on full blast to warm up?! It’s all about mould. The solution is cheaper than anyone thinks.

Grant Finlay and Jack Bartlett, Branch Managers, Johnson Controls

Investor Panel Q&A:

11:00am What will investors pay for, and what are the big picture trends they’re

working toward?

Deborah Bishop, Asset Manager, Dexus

Craig Rodgers, Innovation Lead, Charter Hall

Liam Timms, Fund Manager, Lendlease

What are the major trends that Australia’s biggest property owners will pay for, and what not?

What are the major drivers and tools to creating happy healthy offices?

How deep will owners go in making sure the customers are happy as well as healthy? And where are the limits?



A team based friendly competition to design the best happy healthy office for the future and a Happiness Index for Great Offices . This is a team based approach. Get together with the people at your table, or briing your own team.

Led by MC Howard Parry-Husbands, this session will ensure the learnings from the day have an outcome.

Prizes awarded to the winning team.


Event close. Coffee, tea and networking

Contact or (02) 8084 2291 

Collaborating partner

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Lead sponsors

Bates Smart logo

Supporting sponsors

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