Reconciliation Week - More than a word, reconciliation takes action

Start Time: 12:00pm AEST. Please join the Chair of the Indigenous Engineers Group as they discuss the value and process of developing a reconciliation action plan.
Reconciliation Week


2021 marks Reconciliation Australia’s 20th anniversary. This free national webinar for Engineers Australia members will be hosted by the Chair of the Indigenous Engineers Group, Grant Maher.



Grant Maher 
Founding Director, Jabin Group

Grant is a director of Jabin Group, a 100% Indigenous-owned engineering & construction services company. He is the inaugural Chair of the Indigenous Engineers Group, a Chartered Professional Engineer (Structural/Leadership & Management) and Fellow within Engineers Australia. He is a proud descendant of the Gumbaynggirr and Biripi nations of Northern NSW.

Working across a wide range of projects and disciplines within the engineering field with extensive experience in Façades, ESD, Design Management, Procurement and Fabrication, gaining experience in both contracting and consulting roles whilst working on local and international projects within government, aviation, defence, residential and commercial sectors.

Further to his professional work he helps to mentor young indigenous engineers and hopes to develop the Indigenous Engineers Group into a group that provides support, networking and developmental opportunities for current and future Indigenous Engineers.


Russell Reid

Russell is a Gamillaraay (Kamilaroi) man with an extensive history of working across multidisciplinary teams, especially in relation to Cultural Heritage and liaison with Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities. He brings strong and valuable experience building partnerships between Aboriginal organisations, businesses, people and projects. Most recently, Russell undertook the role of being the Aboriginal Affairs Manager on Pacific Completes’ Woolgoolga to Ballina project. This project is the single largest project that WSP Australia Pty Limited has been involved in nationally. His role in successfully creating a high rate of Aboriginal participation on this project has been instrumental. This was in part his ability to develop strong cultural competency across the Pacific Complete team and in part his ability to develop strong stakeholder and community relationships with Aboriginal organisations, businesses and people along the project line.


Eamonn Kelly
General Manager, Melbourne Water

Eamonn is an Executive Manager with 35 years’ international experience in the water, transport and general construction industries having fulfilled leadership roles as a Client, Contractor and Design Consultant. Eamonn is a Chartered Electrical Engineer a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Soyun Punyadasa

Aqua Metro Services, Social Procurement Manager
CMP Consulting Group, Director

Soyun is an experienced Chartered Civil Engineer with over 27 years focusing on the Water Industry in Australia and internationally. Soyun is extremely client service focussed and is passionate about the development of future water professionals and improving education and employment opportunities for all people of Australia. Soyun is passionate about creating a generational change for the better with our Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander communities in Australia, with real employment opportunities and ventures. Soyun is also a leader in STEM promotion for secondary school students. 


Ruby Heard
Director, Alinga Energy Consulting

Ruby Heard is a versatile and ambitious entrepreneur and electrical engineer with global experience and a penchant for sustainability. Ruby worked in building services design for a large firm in Melbourne before relocating to San Francisco to pursue an energy-focused role. She spent 6 months of 2018 volunteering in refugee camps in Ethiopia, and returned to Melbourne in December to launch Alinga Energy Consulting and apply her skills to help more vulnerable communities with affordable energy access.



Leon Egan

Leon EGAN is a proud Aboriginal man with strong cultural ties to his family ancestry which consists of connection to – Wiradjuri, Yorta Yorta/Bangerang, Gunditjmara and Wemba Wemba country.

Leon was born in Wagga Wagga, NSW which sits on the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri Peoples & moved to Melbourne when was 13 and now sees himself as a true Melbournian.

With over 34 years of ongoing employment with varied positions which has enabled many great opportunities and has enabled a broad skillset. As a result of his journey to date, Leon has become a well-respected and proficient Indigenous Cultural Awareness Education facilitator in the best interest of true reconciliation. A real passion came alive to share his culture and Aboriginal identity through his own lived experiences. A passion that still burns today.

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28 / 05 / 2021 12:15 pm
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