Events Best Series

The Business Excellence Series in the Tropics ('Best') is brought to you by James Cook University.

'Best' features a series of presentations by prominent community, industry and government leaders who share their knowledge and experience on a range of topical themes, issues, challenges and trends.

'Best' engages a high calibre of speakers, recognised both nationally and internationally. 'Best' provides a unique opportunity for business networking and keeps you up to date with the latest developments at JCU.

This series is proudly sponsored by:

Who attends 'Best'?

These events are always well attended by prominent regional business leaders, high ranking Defense personnel, regional political and public figures and interested members of the general public, business community and education sector.

Features and format

Each 'Best' event is held over breakfast and features a keynote presentation, followed by a panel discussion with the guest speaker and local industry leaders. 'Best' events are held twice a year in Townsville with events held around May/June and October/November each year.

Previous speakers


  • Nic Marchesi & Lucas Patchett - Co-founders, Orange Sky Laundry
  • Holly Ransom - CEO, Emergent


  • Mia Freedman - Co-founder of Mamamia Women's Network
  • Lieutenant General David Morrison AO - Australian of the Year 2016


  • The Hon. Tim Fischer AC - Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister
  • Ita Buttrose - Australian journalist, businesswoman, television personality and author


  • Kristina Keneally - former Australian politician
  • Phil Ruthven - founder and director of IBISWorld, an international corporation providing online business information, forecasting and strategic services


  • Jeff Kennett - former Australian politician who was the 43rd Premier of Victoria and a current media commentator
  • Tom Potter - founder of pizza chain Eagle Boys


  • Bob Ansett - founded the Budget Rent A Car System


For more information about 'Best' please contact the JCU Events team by emailing

*James Cook University reserves the right to alter venue locations without notice.