The Work Smarter Summit connects trades and construction business owners with key industry experts.
You will be provided with straightforward, relevant information across 6 key aspects of owning a trades business.

Special Guest Speaker

Shane Webcke - Rugby League legend

During his stellar Rugby League career, Shane Webcke played 254 matches for the Brisbane Broncos, represented QLD on 24 occasions, and played 26 Test matches for Australia. He was honoured as Dally M ‘Prop of the Year’ 3 times.

Since retiring, Shane spends his time as an author, speaker, business owner and media personality and, at this year’s Work Smarter Summit, Shane will draw on his experience, presenting Leadership Principles to Bring Out the Best in Your Team.

For most trades business owners, working long hours and forgoing quality time with family and friends is far too common.

Business owners are often stretched to keep up with the increasing demands of managing multiple projects, quoting/estimating, team supervision and cash flow headaches.

Now, there is nothing wrong with working hard - it's admirable and often times necessary, however imagine instead that you are simply working smart.

Discover how to streamline your business to all but banish paperwork, empower your team so that you can reduce your hours on the tools, all whilst growing your business to have a strong future.


Hear from industry leaders who will guide you in streamlining your trades/construction business, giving you more time to focus on what matters most.


Continuous Innovation to Drive a Better Business Year After Year

Jon Mailer


As a business owner, do not underestimate the importance of being creative and injecting innovation into your business. This can come from a new product/service, tweaking something that already exists in your business or looking at internal processes and asking the question “How do we do it better?” During this presentation, Jon will show you how innovative strategies can ensure your business has reliable, steady growth each year.


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Managing your Financial Risk & Protecting your Ass-ets

Jonathan Mamaril

Principal & Director - NB Lawyers

It’s often not until something goes wrong that you start to understand the unnecessary risk and liability you’ve exposed yourself to by not having proper or up-to-date contracts in place. Jonathan will show you how to mitigate risk through concise employment contracts & work agreements – prevention rather than cure.



Stand Out from Your Competitors -
9 Simple Ways to Promote your Brand

Chris Byrnes

Managing Director - Klyp

There are many options and methods to promote businesses these days. It can be difficult to decide what steps you should take in creating a foundation to build your marketing efforts on. During this session, Chris will give you the knowledge and tools you need to make informed decisions in planning your business’ marketing journey and give you the building blocks to feel confident and in control.

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Prepare Yourself & Your Business
for a Strong Financial Future

David Southwood

Executive Officer - Skylight Financial Solutions

Being in business can be a challenge, especially when keeping up with the everyday and unpredictable changes you may face. David will challenge your thinking and open you up to ways to enhance both your personal and business financial future. Plan now to achieve the lifestyle you want.

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Navigating the Human Factor for Positive Software Implementation

Kevin Vellnagel

National Sales Manager - simPRO

In this session, you will learn how to automate and empower your organisation through software solutions. Kevin will also take you through common barriers that may prevent this from being successful to ensure your team and your business can embrace new technology.

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Leadership Principles to Bring Out the Best in Your Team

Shane Webcke

Shane draws from his experience as a Brisbane Bronco and, as a business owner himself, will present ways to empower your team to step up in their roles and how you can identify the future leaders in your business. He will provide valuable insights on motivation, discipline and how together, you and your team can achieve successful outcomes.



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Business Owners

Trade/ construction business owners searching for an even better way to run their business to create consistency of results and long-term stability.

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Key Team Players

Managers and leaders that are assisting to fulfil on the vision and drive of the business, holding influential positions such as Foreman, Operations Manager, Team Leader, etc.

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Trade/Construction Business Suppliers

Those who support or supply to the trades industry will find relevant information and great networking opportunities.
Want to get more involved?
Apply to be an event exhibitor.


  • Manage time and efficiencies within your business and your team

  • Attract and convert quality leads

  • Manage the growth of your business

  • Create consistent cash flow and increase profits

  • Reduce paperwork and work from anywhere

  • Get off the tools faster


Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets
South Bank, Brisbane

Best parking can be found on Merivale Street. Car Park One has a clearance of 2.3m.
To enter Merivale Street side of the building use lifts from Car Park.

Special Event Rate: Purchase your parking ticket at the discounted rate of $16 with your Work Smarter Summit ticket.

BCEC is also located close to South Bank Busway and South Brisbane train stations.


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