Chris Head - Toast Ale

Toast Ale are a brewery in the UK on a mission to prove that the solutions to food waste are delicious. They brew award-winning beer with fresh surplus bread and pour all profits into the environmental charity Feedback to end food waste.

Chris manages all Toast Ale brewery collaborations. He has an operations background and was previously a foreign languages teacher. He is the most passionate craft beer lover you'll ever meet.  “At Toast Ale, we’re reviving one of the oldest traditions in the world by using surplus bread as a grain for beer. In the UK, (an estimated) 44% of bread is never eaten. We’re on a mission to change that by working in partnership with breweries and bakeries all over the world to create great-tasting beers that are better for the planet.”

Chris will be talking about his experiences with brewing with bread, and their progress so far to reduce food wastage. Chris will also be discussing Toast Ale’s charitable contributions, and community engagement, as well as the road to B-Corp Certification.

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Bryce Holloway - Apex Environmental

Bryce joined Apex Environmental in January 2017. Apex Environmental are a design build company who consult on brewery wastewater sustainability and compliance with large and small breweries throughout NZ.

Bryce has a background in process and fluid engineering as well as working in design and prototyping. Bryce has also been involved in project management. He has studied business management at Auckland University focusing on business, commercial law, economics and accounting.

Bryce will be talking about the uniqueness of brewery wastewater compared to other industries, and sustainability as part of a brewery’s brand. Bryce has valued information around the many forms of water treatment and the potential pitfalls to be aware of.  

Through his insightful talk he will be informing brewers so they can recognise that brewery wastewater treatment comes in many forms and many has potential pitfalls. "Hopefully at the end of the presentation, the brewers will at least know what they don’t know and avoid some of the pitfalls of the ill informed."

Another item of value in his presentation is about managing cashflow, upgrading at the right stage of growth and not getting stung with a lemon wastewater treatment plant. "This is a common theme with the breweries I visit through out NZ."

Brewers will also see some NZ food and beverage sustainability thought leaders in the case studies presented. "I think this will demonstrate sustainability does not come at the cost of profitability if it supports your brand (especially in export markets)."

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Sand Hall - The Resilience Institute

Sandy Hall has extensive HR Leadership experience as a member of a Senior Leadership and Exec Team within businesses throughout NZ & Australia. She has helped Executive Teams bring clarity to their employee engagement survey results and planning to build high performance cultures building flexible workforces that are able to transition to meet performance and market demands. As the Best Workplaces Director for IBM she is experienced at employee engagement and employee experience and how this can drive high performance, improve customer experience, absenteeism and improve tenure. She coaches senior leaders, and the C-suite on Leadership, Resilience and how to inspire. Sandy has a real passion for both Employee Experience & Engagement, seeing them as being intimately connected and critical to the wellbeing of employees and a key driver of commercial success of all businesses.

Sandy will be talking about employee wellbeing, and presenting case studies around isolation and working long hours. Sandy has a real passion for employee engagement and experience, and sees them as being intimately connected and critical to the wellbeing of employees and a key driver of the commercial success of all organisations.  

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Matt Claridge - Cheers

Matt Claridge from Cheers will be talking about promoting sustainability through the lens of moderate and safe consumption of alcohol in New Zealand. Cheers is a social change initiative to create a healthier, safer and more responsible drinking culture in New Zealand. They’ve recently completed a significant research study that has revealed more about the drinking habits of New Zealanders than we’ve seen before.

Cheers is a social change initiative to create a healthier, safer and more responsible drinking culture in New Zealand. Their mission is to strengthen safe and sociable drinking behaviours. Lead by Executive Director Matt Claridge and a Board of Directors, they aim to tackle New Zealand’s problem drinkers through evidenced-based, targeted interventions that address the real reasons behind problem drinking.

Prior to  this role, Mr Claridge was Chief Executive at Water Safety New Zealand – the organisation charged with reducing drownings in New Zealand – where he headed public campaigns that contributed to a reduction in overall drowning figures and a greater awareness of the importance of keeping safe around the country’s beaches, pools and waterways. 

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Kris Herbert - Content NZ

Kris Herbert was a freelance journalist for 20 years before shifting into content marketing. She is a founder and current chair of Content NZ   the New Zealand Content Marketing Association, which provides connection and training for story-driven marketers. She also runs two content consultancies - Co-create and Creative Agent  Last year, Kris collaborated with comedian Shay Horay to create a storytelling platform for brewers and tourists. The Keith Preene Craft Beer Tour of New Zealand is an audio guide that lets brewers provide self-guided brewery tours to visitors anytime - using the powers of the smart phone!

Join Kris for a practical and insightful dive into the power of brand storytelling. Learn how to flesh out your unique and authentic story and how to use it to stand out at every touch point - from your beer labels to your Instagram feed.

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Vicki Yarker-Jones Otago Polytechnic

Vicki is a part-time Senior Lecturer within the School of Nursing. She began working for Otago Polytechnic in 2009 and holds a Master of Arts (Applied in Nursing). Her areas of expertise are professional supervision/clinical supervision, primary health and mental health. She lives in Tapanui, enjoys living a rural lifestyle and is also an award winning craft beer brewer. Vicki’s main claim to fame is a pioneer for formalising beer education in NZas well as fundraising by brewing beer.

Vicki’s studies asses the effectiveness of Hop Pillows for the treatment of insomnia in staff at an aged care facility.Insomnia is a highly prevalent disorder frequently associated with loss of productivity, poor health outcomes, and higher healthcare utilization. Commonly used drugs to treat insomnia can be ineffective, side-effect prone, and expensive. In this prospective study, the female flowers of Humulus lupulus, commonly known as hops, and predominantly used as a beer ingredient, are assessed. Final results of this perspective study will be presented at the ANEC conference 2019 in Dunedin if the abstract submitted is successful. 

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