Introducing the Melbourne Committee   

The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) is a not-for-profit organisation whose focus is to build and strengthen trade and business connections between Australia and Canada.  The Chamber is pleased to present the volunteer members of the CACC Melbourne Committee. 

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Lesley Gillespie OAM, Bakers Delight


Lesley Gillespie is Director of Bakers Delight Holdings Ltd which oversees all bakery operations across 4 countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA) as well as a Director and co-owner of the grocery clearance chain, NQR based in Victoria Australia with 21 outlets.

Her achievements include being a finalist in the 2004 Prime Minister’s Award for Community Partnerships, receiving the 2002 Boroondara Citizen of the Year (shared with her husband Roger), an OAM in 2006 and a Fellowship from Monash University in 2013 (where she gained a Honours Degree in Science and a Diploma of Education).

Apart from the ongoing and active partnership of Bakers Delight and Breast Cancer Network Australia, Lesley is also the Patron of the Margaret Pratt Foundation which supports research into transplanted organ rejection, Patron of the Hawthorn Community Chest (an honour she shares with Josh Frydenberg, Ted Baillieu and John Pesutto) and she chairs the Business School Industry Advisory Board for Swinburne University.

Sophie Galaise, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra


Sophie Galaise joined the MSO as its first female Managing Director in April 2016. Sophie sits on the board of Symphony Services International and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Harvard Business Review, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and The CEO Institute. Prior to her appointment to the MSO, Sophie was Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Previous roles include Executive Director of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and Executive and Artistic Director of the Orford Arts Centre. 

A Winner in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2015, she is renowned for her extensive experience working with orchestras, not only at the executive level, but also as a professional musician and musicologist. 

Starting her career as a flautist in her native Quebec, Canada, Sophie has a PhD in Musicology from the University of Montreal and an Executive MBA from McGill University/HEC Montreal.

Andrea Pane, Piper Alderman


Andrea Pane is a Partner at Piper Alderman. Andrea’s primary focus since 1996 has been in the franchising sector, assisting clients across a diverse range of industries as they expand their businesses as they expand both in Australia and overseas, and advising them across a broad range of areas of commercial law.  

In addition to a Bachelor of Laws, Andrea also has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Communication Studies and Journalism.

Andrea regularly presents seminars and workshops to within the legal industry and the franchising sector, as a recognised franchising expert. She is also the author of Thomson Reuters’ Australian Commercial Precedents: Franchising Precedents.

Memberships: Law Institute of Victoria and Franchise Council of Australia

Angela Smith, Collective Intelligence


Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, Angela Smith is a Marketing-Communications professional with experience across private enterprise, government and non-profit (the Arts, Education and Health sectors). Professionally, Angela lives in two worlds. In the first, she is the General Manager of the Business Development (BD) consultancy, Collective Intelligence, which she owns and operates with her husband. In the other world, Angela is a 500-hour qualified Hatha Yoga instructor, offering individual and group classes. Fortunately, these two worlds, at times, harmoniously intersect.

Recently, Angela has been reacquainting herself with the French language and she continues to study the ancient yoga teachings. Many years ago, the Travel Bug bit Angela and so it is not surprising to receive messages from her while she is in some far off land.

Erik Denison, Monash University

Erik Denison is a researcher with Monash University’s Behavioural Science Laboratory. He is working with  sporting organisations and researching methods to change discrimination and prejudicial behaviour in sport. Prior to becoming a behavioural change researcher, Erik had careers as both a communication/marketing strategist and a national journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Erik has won multiple awards in both industries.

As a communication/marketing strategist, Erik worked primarily in health-care and with research-based companies including GSK, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, HCF Insurance, and CSL. He developed and then oversaw the implementation of a range of campaigns in the areas of public education or stakeholder/reputation management. As a national health and environment journalist, with the CBC, Erik reported across TV, Radio and Online. He also conducted numerous long-term investigations, including the health and environmental impacts of the oil & gas industry, the forced treatment of mentally ill people, and the lack of care and support for veterans.

Christine Furnell, WSP Australia

Christine Furnell is currently a Cost Controller for WSP Australia. Christine has worked for seven years in the same engineering firm in project accounting, management, marketing and events.  She's currently working on a major highways project.  Having family in Montreal, Christine sought out a role in the Toronto office and spent the last three years there as a Project Accounting Supervisor. This was an amazing opportunity not only to connect with my extended family and travel, but to broaden my industry knowledge working in another country.  

Alex Hamilton, Tennis Australia

Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Alex is a qualified lawyer and sports business professional with Tennis Australia where she is focused on the implementation of strategic and operational business initiatives. Prior to joining the CACC Committee, Alex spent six years as a Director and Commissioner of the Australian Ice Hockey League. Alex grew up in Ottawa, Canada and first set foot on Australian soil as a backpacker almost 13 years ago. She is passionate about all things sport, business, exercise and travel and, most importantly, being a mum to her little boy Jack. Alex is also a mentor in the Melbourne Law School Mentor Program and a Director of the Australian Tennis Foundation. Prior to joining the CACC Committee Alex spent six years as a Director and Commissioner of the Australian Ice Hockey League.

Carolyne Huber, CF APMP, Bidwrite

Christine Huber is a Bid Consultant at BidWrite. With over five years of professional tendering and project management expertise, Christine helps businesses concisely express their value proposition and win tenders. This includes bid writing, bid managing, and developing compelling win and differentiating strategies.

Christine has worked in Canada, France, and Australia, in sales teams and for clients as part of their BD Teams in industries as diverse as defence, aerospace, professional services, transportation, construction, oil and gas. She draws on her international experiences and broad industry knowledge to work to her clients advantage. As an expatriate originally from Montreal, Canada and now living in Australia, Christine find it's her duty to give back to her new found country. 

Bambi Price, Tron Systems

Bambi Price is a Director of Tron Systems. For over twenty years, as an owner-manager, Bambi has led multiple initiatives in the Information Technology and Communications industry. She has a recognised track record of success in evaluating and optimising technology projects for mature businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. Her primary focus in recent years has been actively assisting new ventures to develop innovative and sustainable early-stage start up initiatives. She also leads mature businesses in developing and furthering their growth by focusing on the introduction of new technologies. Bambi is passionate about the 21st century economy and the opportunities it provides.

She is a member of the AIIA (Australian Information Industry Association) Victorian Council, a member of the AIIA Victorian Health SIG (Special Interest Group) and the Victorian Advocate for the national iAwards. She is an Adjunct Industry Fellow at Swinburne University.

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