Future leaders arrive in Bendigo

Bendigo’s civic, financial, education and business leaders are working together to host 13 future leaders from Latin America and Australia when they arrive in the city as delegates of the Australia Latin America Leadership Program. 

An aeroplane zooms through the sky.Acting La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus Director Robert Stephenson said he is delighted to have been involved in featuring Bendigo as a destination for the Victorian field trip.

‘We are very pleased to be playing a part in presenting our city to the world when 13 delegates from the ALALP visit Bendigo’ said Mr Stephenson.

‘ALALP participants come from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay and other Australian states and our local institutions have opened their doors to present some of the very best that Bendigo has to offer.’

Mr Stephenson said that the ALALP selects participants on the basis of their leadership potential within their organisations or communities over the next five to 10 years.

‘These are outstanding individuals with great leadership potential and our aim is to ensure that they take home with them the very best impressions of Bendigo as a successful, world class regional city encompassing innovative, forward thinking organisations.’

ALALP delegates will arrive in Bendigo on Sunday 6 October, when they will attend a welcome dinner at La Trobe University’s Nancy Long Dining Hall.

The delegates will be introduced to senior staff and academics from La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus, who will highlight the range of programs and research activity that is being undertaken here.

‘ALALP delegates are the leaders of the future and this is an exciting opportunity for us to highlight the world class businesses operating in and from our city, and to showcase the importance of deep and innovative partnerships to realise future opportunities,’ said Mr Stephenson. 

La Trobe University’s aspiration to develop a medical school in Bendigo will be flagged as another way that the University hopes to contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of people living in rural and regional locations.

Mr Stephenson said ALALP delegates will get a taste of some of Bendigo’s most successful and innovative enterprises during a tour on Monday. 

‘The participants will visit the City of Greater Bendigo, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Keech Castings, Industrial Conveying, the Australian Turntable Company, Bendigo Art Gallery and the Bendigo Inventors Awards,’ said Mr Stephenson.

‘It’s great to be able to showcase some of the most innovative organisations in Bendigo to future leaders from Latin America and interstate.’

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