Charlie Jia, Murray Saylor, Leesa Watego, Rochelle Cote, Karen Seage, Nancy Bamaga

Yesterday at our monthly management committee meeting, the board were joined by Dr Rochelle Cote. Rochelle has been a friend of the SEQICC over the past three years, as she engaged in a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Queensland. Having spent the past three years interviewing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business people from all over South East Queensland, and combined with her research into Indigenous business in both Canada and the United States, Rochelle has provided us with guidance and support.

Yesterday we discussed her initial thoughts about her research findings, the different segments that go into making up the Indigenous business sector in South East Queensland, and proposed a number of strategies that we can initiate to support our community. It was great to have an opportunity to talk through a range of ideas. We look forward to engaging further with her work after it’s been thoroughly analysed and written up.

Rochelle departs Australia this week to take up an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Newfoundland. We wish Rochelle our best wishes and look forward to hopefully catching up with her in the north in the near future.