CMA Innovation Seminar & Supplier Expo, Annual Conference and 18th Annual Industry Awards Dinner Wrap Up
CMA would like to thank over 450 delegates who attended the 2017 Innovation Seminar & Supplier Expo, Annual Conference and 18th Annual Industry Awards. Your continued support has allowed us to not only establish the conference as a highlight of the complementary medicines industry calendar, but host an all new industry event in the Innovation Expo.
It was our pleasure to host the events this year at the iconic venue of Dockside. With its easy access to the Sydney CBD, and sparkling water views stretching across Darling Harbour, Dockside offers a superb venue that is ideally positioned and able to meet the needs of a large industry event such as ours. The events were hugely popular again this year, and exceeded our expectations with over 200 in attendance at the Innovation Expo, 250 at the Annual Conference and 400 at the Industry Awards.
This year, we were delighted to welcome a delegation from China, led by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines & Health Products (CCCMHPIE), with the aim of promoting greater engagement between our professional networks. CCCMHPIE has expressed their gratitude to CMA and our members for making the delegates feel welcome and for making their visit a great success. The delegation met with the CMA Board, attended the conference and awards dinner and enjoyed a number of site visits during a packed few days. The presentation by Mr. Zhang Zhongpeng exceeded all expectations, providing attendees with a comprehensive update on the market and regulations in China.
Innovation Seminar & Supplier Expo
The program focus for this inaugural event was The Next Big Thing. Delegates heard from 15 Australian and International speakers, who covered Innovation from all angles including ingredients, research, manufacturing and international innovations.
We are excited to announce that the Innovation Seminar & Supplier Expo has been confirmed for 2018. The event will be held at Dockside Darling Harbour on the 2nd of May. Please save the date in your diary, and look out for more information to come.
The conference gets bigger and better each year, and this year’s event sponsored by Swisse Wellness was no exception as we expanded on the program theme The Science in the Story.
Dr Sue Read, Director of Life Unlimited Psychology was the Master of Ceremonies for the conference program of seven exceptional plenary speakers. Once again, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to our speakers for sharing their time and expertise, and for making the conference an informative and engaging event.
Presentations for both the Innovation Seminar and Annual Conference have been made available to delegates via email. If you did not receive this email and would like to view the presentations, please contact us.
The Annual Conference has also been confirmed for 2018; please lock in the date of 19 September at Dockside, and keep an eye on your email inbox for updates.
Sponsors, Exhibitors and Prizes
CMA would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all our sponsors, supporters and exhibitors at the events – in particular our major conference and industry awards sponsors, Swisse Wellness and DSM Nutritional Products.
Delegates were encouraged to get on social media with the promise of Google Home prize to the person with the most retweeted tweet using the hashtag #CMAConference.
We would also like to congratulate the winners of the CMA Passport Competition, and thank On Q Recruitment and Insurance Made Easy for providing additional prizes.
18th Annual Industry Awards
An excellent day of conferencing was again topped off with the Welcome Reception, kindly hosted by Aker BioMarine, and the Annual Industry Awards, which were proudly sponsored by DSM Nutritional products. The Awards evening is a fantastic opportunity to network with industry colleagues and celebrate the outstanding success of our greatest contributors. With panoramic views of Darling Harbour, Dockside is the perfect venue to host this event.
The awards are ever evolving, and in 2017 we saw the addition of the Innovator of the Year and Exporter of the Year award categories. As always, all categories were highly contested and we congratulate all the winners, in particular the winner of the Lady Cilento Award – Judy Jacka.
True to form, CMA CEO Carl Gibson appeared in yet another costume – this time a Sumo Wrestler, in response to his loss of the charity weight loss competition between himself and CMA Board President, Dusko Pejnovic. Combined, the two lost over 20kg and raised over $10,000 in donations.
It was our pleasure to host comedian Cal Wilson as the entertainment for the evening, who provided a hilarious comedy set to close the formal proceedings.
Click here to view the photographs from the Awards Dinner.
Industry Award Winners
Wholesaler/Distributor of the Year Award
Winner: Complementary Medicines Group
The Vince Russell Retailer of the Year Award
Winner: Go Vita Springwood
Social Selling Award
Winner: Herbalife Nutrition
Exporter of the Year Award
Winner: Swisse Wellness
Innovator of the Year Award (Sponsored by Lipa)
Winner: Aker Biomarine
Quality Raw Material Supplier of the Year Award (Sponsored by Network Nutrition)
Winner: DSM Nutrtional Products
High Quality Manufacturer of the Year Award (Sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products)
Winner: Lipa Pharmaceuticals
Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign (Sponsored by Foodsource)
Highly Commended: Integria Healthcare for the Eagle: Formulated Life Campaign
Winner: Vitaco for the Nutra-Life Campaign
Most Outstanding Contribution to Research, Education or Training
Winner: Integria Healthcare - Mediherb
Industry Contributor of the Year
Winner: Chistine Holgate
The Judges Choice Award
Winner: The Australian Homeopathic Association for the Your Health - Your Choice Campaign
The Lady Cilento Award for Lifetime Achievement
Winner: Judy Jacka