Appita is delighted to announce that this year’s 2020 New Speaker Competition will be held as a virtual event. This year the COVID19 pandemic has changed the way we are all conducting our business, but this by no means has diminished the significance of the Appita New Speaker event.

The purpose of the Appita New Speaker Contest is to provide an opportunity for first-time presenters to develop their presentation skills and present in front of a large audience as part of their ongoing career development. This year, the audience will be logging on to watch this competition!

Entrants must be members of Appita (non-members are invited to join to become eligible) and have not previously made a formal presentation to an industry peer audience outside their own company.

As a lead up to the final event, Appita holds run-off competitions in New Zealand and Australia to select a representative from the Australian and New Zealand pulp and paper industry to compete for the final award. 

The winners of the run-off competitions will receive a plaque; a cash prize, and a chance to compete for the 2020 New Speaker Award. Runner-up/s will receive a cash prize.

Held in conjunction with the Appita Young Professional Conference 
Proudly sponsored by


Tuesday 1st Dec, 2020
12:00 pm AEDT and 2:00 pm NZDT by Zoom


Louise Van Tiel, Plant Engineer, Oji Fibre Solutions Kinleith, New Zealand - “Kinleith Mill Liquid Chlorine Filling Bay Improvements”.

Rhiannon Mathers, Graduate Process Engineer, Kimberly-Clark, Australia - "Waste Reduction in Rolled Converting"

We hope our Australian and New Zealand members will join us at the finals, to support our new speakers and see who will be crowned the 2020 New Speaker Competition winner. The winner will receive an educational grant for career development in the pulp & paper industry and a plaque.