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Inspire Canterbury brings you the incredible stories of outstandingly successful members of Kea's World Class New Zealand Network. The World Class New Zealand Network has more than 350 leaders of industries and professions who want to help Kiwi businesses succeed internationally faster and smarter. They want to share their experience and insights with us. The Inspire Series is becoming renowned for its events that showcase outstanding Kiwi achievers, connect businesses to experts and share knowledge on how to do business globally.
Inspire Canterbury is part of the annual World Class New Zealand (WCNZ) Inspire Presentation Days series, held in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland in the lead-up to the Kea WCNZ Awards presentations. The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce (CECC) has partnered with Kea, New Zealand’s Global Network for the past three years to bring this event to the region.
A San Francisco based Kiwi and entrepreneur, Victoria has founded three companies since her early twenties, including Wildfire Interactive, which employed 400 people when it was acquired by Google in 2012 for a reported $350 million. Prior to that, Victoria obtained her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she co-founded a global adventure travel company, Access Travel, Ltd., that operates today in 16 countries. Victoria was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2012, has been honoured at the White House with other world class “immigrant innovators”, and is #19 on Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40 list.
Since being elected as a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by The World Economic Forum in 1995, Audette has been one of the youngest women in the world to run a publicly-traded bank, and been recognised by Forbes as a "Hero of Philanthropy". Audette is the founder of the Adara Group, and has raised millions of dollars for communities in Nepal and Uganda to deliver essential services, as well as helping rescue hundreds of children from child trafficking. In 2012 she was one of The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in Australia and named NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the Year. Audette was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for service to humanity in 2013.
Dr Swee Tan
Dubbed by the Dominion Post as a modern day miracle worker, Dr Swee Tan is the Executive Director of the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, dedicated to researching the cause of disfiguring and life-threatening conditions such as birthmarks and cancer, and regenerative medicine. He is highly regarded internationally for his research into vascular birthmarks and head and neck cancer, and was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit by the Queen among other prestigious honours.
Taking his winning attitude into environments that encourage others to achieve their personal best, Cam Calkoen is the founder of the Carabiner Mentoring Programme which helps young people living with extraordinary challenges realise their own dreams. In 2006 Cam became one of the youngest recipients worldwide of a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary, an award that he has now received twice. Cam has pushed through the limitations of Cerebal Palsy to achieve his goal of representing New Zealand in athletics.
Melissa Clark-Reynolds is a highly successful self-made entrepreneur and millionaire with the ability to create, motivate and build an organisation from 'potential' to successful. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and, among her illustrious list of accomplishments, has represented NZ at the APEC Forum on encouraging Women Entrepreneurs and was named as one of the 150 most powerful women in NZ Business by Unlimited Magazine.
Since graduating from the University of Canterbury only a few years ago, 23 year old Alex Reese has become an author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and founder of the Cricket Live Foundation - a NZ based non-profit organisation that uses sport as a medium to enrich the lives and skills of underprivileged children in Sri Lanka and India. In partnership with Dilmah Tea, he plans to expand to Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan and Africa. Alex published his book One Foot Forward, which he wrote to inspire youngsters to challenge themselves and pursue their dreams. His long-term goal is to help develop businesses’ understanding of philanthropy.