Young ones pipe up at Gas Speak

Gas Speak delegates and mentors.

Gas Speak delegates and mentors.

The Australian Gas Industry Trust (AGIT) welcomed 29 young members of the gas industry to take part in the Gas Speak Colloquium, a three-day forum designed to encourage awareness and knowledge of the gas industry in Australia.

Held at Old Parliament House in Canberra, Gas Speak provides a forum for young professionals in the gas industry to develop their presentation and session-chairing skills. Each delegate presented a paper on the topic of their choice, and received feedback from a panel of mentors.

As Gas Speak was held concurrently with the one-day Energy Networks Association (ENA) Gas Seminar, the event was opened by ENA Chief Executive Andrew Blyth.

Delegates spent Day One learning the art of effective presentations, in sessions designed to enhance and develop the presenting skills of the delegates, and enjoyed a tour of Old Parliament House, in the afternoon. Following the morning’s training, delegates were keen to get back to their computers and make some last-minute edits to improve their presentations.

Mentors provided their time and expertise to these very talented people and offered useful advice and tips on presentation and communication skills, as well as providing further insights into the gas community.

The Gas Speak 2010 mentors included:

  • Barbara Jinks – GHD
  • Andrew Creek – Australian Gas Industry Trust
  • Steve Davies – Australian Pipeline Industry Association
  • Chris Blogg – Rinnai
  • Shelley Reed – Australian Power and Gas.

Among the high calibre presentations, the following individuals took home the Gas Speak 2010 awards:

  • Ying Luo, Graduate Field Engineer with Santos, won Best Presentation with a talk on life at remote coal seam gas sites.
  • Michael Fox, Mechanical Engineer with APA Group, won the Encouragement Award.
  • Jared Brown, HSE Adviser with DrillTec Australia, took out Best Impromptu Speech.
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