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Nova Systems SME summit to grow sovereign Australian defence capability

Adelaide-based Nova Systems will host its inaugural SME Summit for Australian owned and operated companies at Indo Pacific 2022 on Wednesday 11 May at 1000.  The Summit will be held in The terrace Room at the nearby National Maritime Museum.

The SME Summit will see prominent defence and industry leaders share their insights into how sovereign SMEs can drive better performance and capitalise opportunities to become more resilient and relevant in the Australian defence industry landscape.

“Australian SMEs have the advantage of being innovative and incredibly nimble, with the ability to make fast decisions, a massive advantage when it comes to implementing new technology and capability,” Nova Systems CEO, Jim McDowell said.

“As a sovereign industry leader, bringing together a concentration of Australian defence capabilities creates opportunities for SMEs to grow and creates more choice for the defence client.

“Having grown from a two-person start-up to a global organisation, with a supply chain of more than 350 local suppliers, 90 per cent of whom are Australian owned and controlled, we understand the challenges SMEs are facing, having experienced them ourselves.”

Speakers include:

  • Jim McDowell, CEO, Nova Systems
  • RADM Wendy Malcolm, Head of Maritime Systems, CASG
  • Team Norsta representatives, including Norship, Tropical reef Shipyard and secora
  • Ms Bec Humble, Chief of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Nova Systems

Sessions include:

  • The current state of play
  • Partnering with CASG
  • How to create and build an effective team
  • How to grow from a small to a mid-tier entity of scale in the Australian defence landscape

“Post-pandemic, and with an increasingly uncertain global climate, it’s as important as ever that Australia builds sovereign capability and becomes more self-sufficient,” Mr McDowell said.

“A truly sovereign Australian enterprise’s profits that are generated from Australian defence projects to deliver capability to our forces stays in-country and is reinvested in future defence capability, contributing to the national economy and jobs for Australians – for the benefit of this generation and beyond.”

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