Meat Business Women and the Australian Meat Industry Council have announced the two delegates from 2023 Intercollegiate Meat Judging (ICMJ) program that will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with industry leaders at the Meat Processing and Export Conference.

Prize Details

AMIC donated two tickets and covered travel expenses for two delegates to attend the Meat Processing and Export Conference scheduled for October 31 to November 1. Meat Business Women reviewed applications and selected the two winning delegates.

About ICMJ

The ICMJ program aims to bring young professionals into the red meat industry and has significant backing from the Australian meat sector.

Competition Question and Criteria

Entrants answered the question: “What at the 2023 ICMJ conference made you most excited to pursue a career in the meat industry?” Sixteen candidates participated, with the two winners chosen for their focus on diversity, sustainability, and food security.

Winners and Their Quotes:

Sonya Moyes of Murdoch University and Shania Gough from the University of Queensland, stood out for their compelling visions for the future of the meat industry.

Moyes’ win was attributed to her understanding of the diverse opportunities within the meat sector, as well as the industry’s commitment to sustainability, technological innovation, and global mobility. Gough impressed the judges with her focus on the calibre of emerging talent in the meat industry and the collective goal to advance sustainability and technological innovation. Both winners expressed their eagerness to contribute positively to the meat industry.

Sonya Moyes, Murdoch University:

“Receiving the opportunity from Meat Business Women to attend MPEC 2023 is a tremendous honour. I am excited to join industry leaders and discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Shania Gough, University of Queensland:

“Being selected to attend MPEC is an honourable opportunity to network with and share ideas with passionate members of the meat industry. I look forward to gaining further insight into the industry.”

Organiser Statements

Stacey McKenna, Chair of MBW:

“We had excellent entries by all 16 entrants but Shania and Sonya’s answers stood out above the rest.”

“Attendance at events such as this play an important role in nurturing female talent throughout the sector by providing networking, education, and mentoring opportunities.”

 “Meat Business Women in conjunction with AMIC are very excited to send both these ladies to MPEC,

 2023 and hope it helps further develop their careers.”

Tim Ryan, General Manager, Industry Affairs AMIC:

“AMIC is very proud to partner with ICMJ and offer two of the industry’s rising stars an opportunity to attend MPEC 2023.”

About MPEC 2023

The Meat Processing and Export Conference (MPEC) 2023 is the must-attend event for professionals in the meat industry. Hosted by the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC), the conference will take place from October 31 to November 1 at the Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast. This year’s program is designed to tackle the most pressing issues facing the sector, offering in-depth discussions and actionable insights. The speaker lineup includes a who’s who of industry experts and thought leaders, including Stan Grant; The Hon Murray Watt, Minister for Agriculture; Patrick Hutchinson, CEO of AMIC; Peter Hartcher; Su McClusky, Special Representative for Australian Agriculture; Joel Fitzgibbon, Former Politician; and, Richard Mussell, CEO of RSPCA. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, learn, and shape the future of the meat processing and export industry.

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The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC), is the sole Peak Industry body representing the post-farm gate meat industry, including processors, smallgoods manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors through to independent retail butchers and exporters.

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