Resilience NSW & WSU - Keynote by Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons

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Western Sydney University is proud to announce Resilience Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons as our keynote speaker for WSU Research Week 2020

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The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Enterprise and International at Western Sydney University welcomes you to Research Week at Western. For further events during this week, please visit the website at

Western Sydney University is proud to announce Resilience Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons as our keynote speaker for Western Sydney Research Week 2020 – Connect Today for Resilience Tomorrow. Western’s research is driven by impact – it is research determined to make a difference beyond the University’s gates. There has never been a more vital time for our research, for Australia and for the globe.

Commissioner Fitzsimmons has been at the front line of some of Australia’s most recent challenges, his role as NSW Fire Commissioner saw him lead NSW in its response to the most catastrophic fire event ever experienced in this country.

Joining the Volunteer Bushfire Brigade as a teenager, by 19 Commissioner Fitzsimmons was the youngest ever member elected captain of his brigade. His leadership in the face of bushfire and other disasters is informed by 35 years of experience facing the challenges and witnessing the devastation they present. Named as Resilience Commissioner in April 2020, Commissioner Fitzsimmons is focusing on helping the people of New South Wales rebuild and recover, not just from the bushfires and the drought, but importantly, the extraordinary implications of fighting COVID-19.

Western Sydney University’s Research Week 2020 is also focused on recovery and resilience and we can think of no better voice to represent these issues than Commissioner Fitzsimmons.

We invite you to be part of this live streamed event on Wednesday the 21st October from 1-3pm to be part of the conversation and contribution to the State’s and the Nation’s recovery and resilience.

Organiser: Dr Annette MacLaren & Mrs Amy Hill, Office of the DVC, Research, Enterprise & International

Please note: A Zoom link will be sent to you the day prior to the event

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