Discussion Forum: Dr Glen Richards in conversation with Professor Ian Atkinson
Students, staff and members of the public are invited to join Dr Glen Richards and Professor Ian Atkinson in a conversation about innovation, the changing nature of the workforce, and the diverse career paths that university degrees can platform. Glen and Ian will set the scene, before opening the forum up for an interactive Q&A discussion.
Dr Glen Richards
JCU Outstanding Alumnus, and a judge on Network Ten’s Shark Tank
Dr Glen Richards is the founding Managing Director of Greencross and was a co-founder and Director of Mammoth Pet Holdings Pty Ltd (Petbarn) before it merged with Greencross.
At 27, Glen bought a small vet practice in Townsville and within ten short years, had developed 5 vet clinics and a large format pet store in Townsville as well as two veterinary hospitals in China. From there, he went on to build a multi-million dollar integrated pet care empire, which now operates more than 150 veterinary hospitals in Australia and New Zealand and more than 220 large format pet stores.
Glen is currently a non-executive director of Greencross Ltd (ASX: GXL); a non-executive director of 1300Smiles (ASX: ONT); a non-executive director ofRegeneus Ltd (ASX: RGS); a non-executive director of US based SmartVet Pty Ltd; an advisory board member of Montserrat Day Hospitals; an executive director of myFootDr and a director of Rhino Hide Pty Ltd.
A devoted family man, Glen is married with his three daughters aged 16, 15 and eight, and still lives in Queensland. His love for animals continues with two dogs, two cats, and four horses to keep the family company.
Glen’s latest venture is on TV with Network Ten’s Shark Tank which went to air Sunday 8 May, 2016. Glen is the new shark on the show joining fellow sharks to mentor and develop the latest inventions and businesses by sharing their own expertise and investing their own money.
Professor Ian Atkinson
Professor of eResearch and Tropical Leader
As founding director of the James Cook University eResearch Centre, Professor Ian Atkinson has been driving developments in research information and communication infrastructure for over twenty years.
He serves on the national Research Data Services Node Head Committee, and acts as a Research Infrastructure Advisor to the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Ian is an Advance Queensland Digital Champion and an ALGM Innovation Award recipient for his work in remote sensor networks. In 2008 he was co-recipient of the University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Knowledge Transfer, for monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef using distributed sensor networks.
Ian’s current interests combine sensor networks, eResearch and high-performance computing to target the development of the regional economy in Queensland. He has been principal or chief investigator in over $9.4 million of recent industry focused research .
Date: 9 August 2016
Time: 10.00am – 11.00am
Venue: Nursing Sciences Lecture Theatre 25.002
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