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EduCON 2019

The future of the industry was a focus for the 500 people who attended Rapid Solutions EduCon at RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast 8 to 11 August 2019.

With the support of AEPMA, BASF, Syngenta, GreenZone, PestIT, Weepa, Morray and Agnew, Gilchrest Connell, FMC, Pest Register, Bayer, Sherwood Chemicals and IQumulate, EduCON 2019 provided an excellent opportunity for delegates and exhibitors to look ahead.

This year, Rapid Solutions developed a program in partnership with sponsors, speakers and exhibitors to cover areas that would help pest managers and building inspectors prepare for the future. Keynote speaker, futurist Craig Rispin, kicked off this theme which was then followed by 32 sessions focussing on technical advice and information to help grow and support business.

Importantly, events like this are as much about opportunities for delegates and suppliers to meet and create opportunities for business. We received plenty of very positive feedback from delegates and exhibitors. Many of the exhibitors and speakers used the opportunity to promote and speak about innovations in products for the industry, but this year we also included a range of business service experts and services focussed on adding value to business.

This year the team at AEPMA used the conference to announce the winners of the Pest Manager of the Year Awards. At the gala dinner in partnership with BASF, AEPMA announced category winners with Dawson's Australia taking out the major award. On the night PWAPm also announced the winner of the inaugural women in pest award. Congratulations to Kylie Enwright from CPR Pest Management in Singleton.

Events like these don’t just happen, and we are incredibly grateful to the sponsors, more than 35 business that exhibited and hundreds of delegates. Many travelled long distances to attend and we are most grateful to everyone who made EduCON 2019 a success.

Some of the photos and videos taken at the event will be posted to Facebook.

Meet Our Speakers

Craig Rispin
Key Note Speaker and MC

Craig Rispin

Key Note Speaker and MC

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Cam Knight
Comedian and MC

Cam Knight

Comedian and MC

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Tricia Mackie-Smith
General Manager and Co-founder of BuildingPro

Tricia Mackie-Smith

General Manager and Co-founder of BuildingPro

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Mark Wilson
Professional & Specialty Solutions Technical Services Manager - BASF

Mark Wilson

Professional & Specialty Solutions Technical Services Manager - BASF

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Nicky Turner
Founder of Professional Women in Australian Pest Management (PWAPM)

Nicky Turner

Founder of Professional Women in Australian Pest Management (PWAPM)

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Andrew Mackie-Smith
Managing Director and Co-founder of BuildingPro

Andrew Mackie-Smith

Managing Director and Co-founder of BuildingPro

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Brad Wynter
CEO of Infestation Tracking Systems and the Pest Register

Brad Wynter

CEO of Infestation Tracking Systems and the Pest Register

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Don Dixon
D&D Dixon Pty Ltd

Don Dixon

D&D Dixon Pty Ltd

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Daryle Swarz
National Market Manager (Pest) Bayer

Daryle Swarz

National Market Manager (Pest) Bayer

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Paul Commerford
Director of Green Zone Pty Ltd

Paul Commerford

Director of Green Zone Pty Ltd

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Andrew Usher
Director Catand Advisory Pty Ltd

Andrew Usher

Director Catand Advisory Pty Ltd

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Peter McCarthy
Director Pest IT Pty/Consultant Cre8tec Australia

Peter McCarthy

Director Pest IT Pty/Consultant Cre8tec Australia

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Phil Ridley
Owner BD Publications

Phil Ridley

Owner BD Publications

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Program

Our 2019 program showcases an exciting line-up of Australian and International talent.

Do not miss presentations covering a diverse range of topics to enhance your skills and expand your knowledge.

Rapid Solutions Conference 2019 will blow your mind!

About Rapid Conference

We are excited to officially launch Rapid Solutions’ bi-annual conference, EduCON.
Developed specifically for the pest management and building inspection industry, EduCON will bring together experts, professionals, suppliers and supporters to connect, inspire and learn from each other.
The Rapid Solutions conference is unique in the Asia Pacific region, providing the pest management and building inspection industry from Australia and beyond with an exceptional opportunity to grow and develop networks while providing unparalleled learning opportunities all set in a tropical paradise.
In 2019 we will welcome more than 500 delegates in our biggest and best event to date.

Conference Events

For EduCON 2019 we have put together an exciting selection of events to help you relax and unwind as you enjoy the conference.

With three new events added to the program, you are sure to find the perfect opportunity to reconnect with old acquaintances and make new ones.

  • Welcome Reception
  • Gala Dinner
  • Key Note
  • Golf
  • VIP Event - NEW!
  • Saturday Afternoon Social Event - NEW!
  • Champagne High Tea and Pamper Sessions - NEW!

RACV Royal Pines and the Gold Coast

In 2019 we return to the stunning RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, with its world class conference facilities including amenities for our social and recreational activities.

The Gold Coast has an amazing array of attractions on offer to ensure that our trip is a memorable one.