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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2012
50 Sydney's prestigious Ivy Room was the location for the ALC Annual Dinner, which attracted more than 250 people for an evening of fine food, wine and conversation. The Dinner, which was proudly sponsored by Isuzu Trucks, began with guest speaker The Hon. Tim Fischer AC speaking lightheartedly on 'Lobbying Hard for Holistic Logistics!' As anticipated, the Former Deputy Prime Minister and Ambassador to the Holy See gave an entertaining and incredibly interesting perspective on the freight transport industry, whilst incorporating amusing anecdotes from his time in Rome. Following Mr Fischer's speech was a particularly special part of the evening, when long-serving ALC Treasurer and Deputy Chairman Ian Murray was made an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Logistics Council. During the ceremony, ALC Chair Don Telford paid tribute to Ian's enormous contribution to ALC. 'Ian has been a foundation member of ALC, having been appointed to the Board by the then Deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, in 2002,' Mr Telford said. 'Since that time, ALC has benefitted greatly from Ian's experience and skills, particularly his financial acumen, and he is now the ALC Treasurer and Chairman of the ALC Finance Committee. 'Much of ALC's success and influence today can be traced directly to the role Ian has played over the past 10 years, growing and developing the Council from a start-up industry association to a major and recognised voice for Australia's freight logistics industry. 'In the early days, Ian's business and government contacts were invaluable as ALC worked hard to make its mark as the national body for companies across the entire supply chain. 'Ian has, of course, a wide and successful business career outside of the ALC. 'He is the Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Export, the Director of Tradegate Limited and Director and Treasurer of the European Australian Business Council. 'Before these current roles, Ian spent 25 years in senior management positions with Johnson and Johnson, which took him to a number of parts of the world, including Indonesia, where he was responsible for marketing in the Pacific region. 'Ian's services to international trade were recognised formally in 2008 when he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to international trade. 'Like many of you, I've relied many times on Ian's wise counsel, particularly as it relates to international business. 'He brings to our Board, and to our industry, a high degree of knowledge and skill, and for that we're all grateful.' Ian joins four other industry luminaries who have been recognised for their enormous contribution to the industry -- these are Paul Little, Peter Gunn, Ivan Backman and David Williams. ANNUAL FORUM DINNER FORUM 2012