2018 Sponsors

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Platinum Sponsors

BHP Billiton


BHP Petroleum is the oil and gas exploration and production business of BHP; one of the world’s top producers of major commodities including oil, gas, iron ore, metallurgical coal, copper, uranium and energy coal. BHP extracts and processes oil and gas and minerals from production operations located primarily in the Americas and Australia. Its products are sold worldwide, with sales and marketing lead through Singapore and Houston, United States, and global headquarters in Melbourne, Australia.

BHP prioritizes its people’s health and safety and strives to create an environment free from fatalities, injuries and occupational illnesses. Its size and scope allows BHP to make meaningful contributions to communities, and the long-term nature of its operations means it is able to build collaborative community relationships. BHP aims to maximize the social and economic benefits of its operations, contribute to economic development and minimize its environmental footprint through innovation, productivity and technology.

BHP’s Petroleum business comprises conventional and unconventional oil and gas operations, and includes exploration, development and production activities. Its high-quality resource base is concentrated in the United States and Australia, with core production operations consisting of conventional assets located in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Australia and Trinidad and Tobago, and unconventional Onshore US assets. BHP Petroleum produces crude oil and condensate, gas and natural gas liquids. It conducts an international exploration and development program focused on the commercialization of gas resources, exploration and development of high-margin oil projects primarily in deepwater, and securing access to discovered resources through the development of enduring alliances with host governments and their agencies.

United Airlines

United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 744 mainline aircraft and the airline's United Express carriers operate 518 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook.

Since 1986, United has been committed to Australia by offering nonstop service from its West Coast hubs in the U.S. to Sydney and Melbourne. United offers daily nonstop service to Sydney from its hub at San Francisco International Airport and daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport and Sydney and Melbourne. United operates all flights between the U.S. and Australia with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. And now United is proud to offer daily nonstop service between Houston and Sydney. United is the only nonstop service to Australia from Houston and offers customers from Houston as well as from hundreds of cities across the U.S. the opportunity to conveniently travel to Sydney.

Gold Sponsors



The Australian Trade Commission – Austrade – contributes to Australia's economic prosperity by helping Australian businesses, education institutions, tourism operators, governments and citizens as they:

  • develop international markets
  • win productive foreign direct investment
  • promote international education
  • strengthen Australia's tourism industry
  • seek consular and passport services.

Working in partnership with Australian state and territory governments, Austrade provides international investors with the information needed to establish or expand a business in Australia. Services for international investors include:

  • initial coordination of investment enquiries and assistance
  • information on the Australian business and regulatory environment
  • market intelligence and investment opportunities
  • identification of suitable investment locations and partners in Australia
  • advice on Australian government programs and approval processes.

Our services for international companies are free, comprehensive and confidential.

Ernst & Young


The oil and gas industry is constantly changing. Increasing regulatory pressures, price fluctuations and geopolitical complexities all present significant challenges. Ernst & Young’s Global Oil & Gas Center brings together a worldwide team of professionals to help you achieve your potential — a team with deep technical experience in providing assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The Center works to anticipate market trends, identify the implications and develop points of view on relevant industry issues. Ultimately it enables us to help you meet your goals and compete more effectively.

It’s how Ernst & Young makes a difference.

Playtpus Brewing

Platypus Brewing

Proud to be a 2018 AACC Gold Sponsor.

Silver Sponsors



Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company’s success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of its employees and their application of the most innovative technologies in the world. The company explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. In Australia, Chevron is developing the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG and domestic gas projects. Gorgon will be a global leader in the application of greenhouse gas storage technology.

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated


Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated or JLL is a professional services and investment management company specializing in real estate. Since March 2014 it has officially marketed itself under the acronym, JLL.

For more than 250 years, JLL has been a trusted partner to organizations who want more value from the commercial real estate they own, use and invest in. We focus on what we do best, and that’s helping our clients achieve their ambitions.

We are a professional services firm, with specialists whose common passion is real estate. Our knowledge runs deep, with experts in every property type and every facet of transaction, management and advisory services.



Macquarie Energy is the North American energy marketing and trading arm of Macquarie Group, specializing in short- and long-term energy supply, asset optimization and management, hedging solutions, sophisticated risk management tools, and structured transactions for various natural gas and electricity producers, utilities, industrial users and other energy sector participants in North America.

Bronze Sponsors

Energy Conference Network

The Energy Conference Network was established in response to a growing disenchantment with traditional conferences. Your average conference is boring, there are too many sales pitches, it is difficult to meet the right people, they’re not focused on industry challenges, and there is poor customer service.

We believe conferences should be better than this – and they can be! With 100% focus on the energy sector, a small team with a commitment to excellence in research and customer service, and a determination to deliver the absolute best experience onsite, the Energy Conference Network is just what the industry has been waiting for. Whether it is resource efficiency, supply chain optimization, technology implementation or production enhancement, energy companies need solutions now more than ever. Presentations, discussions, debates, contacts, and ideas are all elements of conferences that make them priceless.

The FerVID Group

Key to The FerVID Group’s success is its reputation for having a 95% retention rate after two years on executives that have been placed in the past few years. If we compare that to the average of 70-75%, we are 20% above average. 20 hires at a cost of $312,500 is saving FerVID’s clients $6.25m. Employees that are a good cultural fit with an organization are also more productive. A strategic way of recruiting gets you the best long-term results and even sets you up for succession planning.

The centerpiece of The FerVID Group is Expert-Led Recruiting.

The FerVID Group employs independent industry-expert consultants to screen and qualify candidates to deliver ideal candidates based on the evaluation of real-world technical qualifications, experience and cultural fit. Our highly regarded industry-expert consultants help clients articulate the job requirements accurately – a significant yet often overlooked part of the hiring equation. Then, our industry expert participates in the candidate screening process, designs technically challenging interview questions, leads probing interviews, qualifies the candidate’s actual experience and recommends individuals for placement.

The FerVID Group consultants actively mentor and share knowledge with candidates during the recruitment process to increase the probability of matching candidates with positions, and to improve the satisfaction of all involved in the client partnership. Perhaps most important, The FerVID Group’s unique recruiting process allows experienced, seasoned experts to leave a legacy to their industry, and be a part of its continued growth and excellence.


From its headquarters in Australia’s largest composite manufacturing facility in Henderson, Western Australia, Matrix Composites & Engineering (‘Matrix’) manufactures and supplies engineered products, functional additives, and advanced materials to the Energy, Resources, Civil and Infrastructure, and Defence sectors. Matrix has an established reputation for developing and utilising advanced composite and polymer materials and technologies to develop products and systems that are easier and safer to use, improve productivity, and are more durable.

Matrix established operations in Houston in early 2012 to support its range of Max-R Advanced Polymer Low Friction Centralizers as well as its Drilling Riser and SURF Buoyancy products.

Squire Patton Boggs

As a full-service global law firm, Squire Patton Boggs provides insight at the point where law, business and government meet, giving our clients a voice, supporting their ambitions and achieving successful outcomes. Our multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in 46 offices across 21 countries provides unrivaled access to expertise and invaluable connections on the ground.

Our client base spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies, and from individuals to local and national governments. We also serve the regional needs of the countries and cities we call home. It is a seamless service that operates on any scale – locally or globally. It encompasses virtually every matter, jurisdiction and market. www.squirepattonboggs.com

Trade Investment Queensland

TIQ is the Queensland Government’s dedicated global business agency, with a charter to help potential investors find and take advantage of the endless opportunities this great state offers. We understand the complexities of investing, and provide the information you need to make good investment decisions using a coordinated approach that will save you time and money. Our specialist investment team offers a range of business and investment services to interstate and international investors, including: - providing detailed industry knowledge about business costs - preparing business cases - arranging site visits - arranging introductions to industry and service providers - liaising with government agencies - researching market intelligence - partnering with local councils, economic development agencies and private service providers to identify ‘investment ready’ projects.

Winchester Energy

The Company is an Australian incorporated oil and gas exploration company which was founded in March 2014 by Messrs Peter Allchurch, Neville Henry and John D. Kenny for the primary purpose of acquiring oil and gas leases and working interests in areas situated on the Eastern Shelf of the Permian Basin in Texas, USA, a location which offers prospective Cline Shale unconventional oil opportunities at shallow depth together with attractive conventional oil targets in the Ellenburger Formation at slightly greater depth. Winchester Energy is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and its ticker code is WEL. The company has drilled I horizontal well and one vertical well. Both wells are in a testing phase. The company’s headquarters are in Perth Australia and the operational office is in Houston.