Our speakers are leaders and models of success. They are recognized, respected professional leaders and innovators within the rendering community, their industry, or in their area of expertise who are willing to impart their knowledge, insights, and personal stories to inspire and educate our audiences.


Tim Juzefowicz

CSF Proteins Melbourne

Tim Juzefowicz is the Quality and Technical Manager for CSF Proteins Melbourne.

He recently passed his 20th year of service in rendering and has been involved in investigating, developing, implementing and managing quality, safety and environmental systems for the rendering operations.

He is a former president of the World Renderers Association and Vice president and director for the Australian Renderers Association.

Tim has a Degree in Applied Chemistry and a Masters Degree in engineering majoring in quality management. His former roles in industry were in the food and chemical industries managing quality control and quality assurance functions.


William Wattie

Astrea Farinhas E Oleos S.A.

William is managing director of Astrea Farinhas e Oleos S.A., a Brazilian poultry renderer processing over 300 tonnes per day of material from two large poultry processors in the state of Paraná.

A New Zealander by birth, William graduated from the University of Otago in Economics and Political Science in 1991 and began his career in the business intelligence industry in London followed by postings to Santiago, Chile, and then São Paulo, Brazil. In Brazil he completed a post graduate specialisation in knowledge management through the FGV in Sao Paulo.

William returned to New Zealand in 2001 to take up a role with the NZ government in a trade development capacity with Latin America. Then in 2002 William returned to São Paulo to work in the NZ Consulate as trade commissioner and subsequently Consul General. Much of William’s work in South America has been with the meat industry, specifically finding opportunities for leveraging off NZ technology and know-how in animal protein processing.

When it became clear that Brazil’s outdated rendering industry could capitalise from improved technologies and processes from New Zealand, William resolved to remain in Brazil after the completion of his tenure in the Consulate to become an entrepreneur in the rendering field.

Astrea was established by William in 2012 and sought to transform the relationship between meat processor and independent renderer by locating the rendering plant on site and utilising a simple toll processing model. A next-generation plant was built, far in advance of any other in the region with heavy investment in automation and environmental compliance.Astrea’s plant in the Brazilian state of Paraná has been in operation now for over four years and has delivered excellent results for all stakeholders. The operation has become a benchmark for best practice in rendering in Brazil.

William is an active member in the Brazilian College for Animal Nutrition (CBNZ) and the Brazilian Institute for Corporate Governance (IBGC). Beyond rendering, William is a partner in Juno Business Partners, a small private equity firm with holdings in diverse animal protein businesses in Brazil.

Mark Pope

Rendering ByProducts Australia

After completing his apprenticeship as a vehicle technician in central NSW in early 1984, Mark headed to the Northern Territory where he started work at Point Stuart Abattoirs on their four-wheel drive buffalo catchers. With the domestication of the territory buffalo herd and industrial action, this unique top end business folded where he found himself falling back on his trade and working out of Darwin.

As his four-year love affair with the top end came to a close in 1988, Mark found his way to Fletcher International Exports facility in Dubbo NSW. Tasked with operating the new rendering facility his first engagement began with hands on experience at the old Mudgee Abattoirs.

The experience he has today in the rendering industry can be best attributed to Roger Fletcher's guidance, mentoring and philosophies; one that resonates well is – ‘son, no old ideas here!, I’ll give you all the help you need in house, but NO outside old ideas, we teach ourselves’.

With the Fletcher Group expansion into WA in 1998, Mark was thrilled to be asked to be part of the new green field site incorporating a new state of the art abattoir and rendering plant. His excitement with the incorporation of PLC control to streamline the rendering process and help with operator time management still drives him for perfection in our industry today.

After a long seventeen year association with the Fletcher Group, an opportunity presented itself to team up with Keith Engineering Australia. Over ten years in this role, which saw him as the operations adviser, focusing on equipment sales, plant design, equipment commissioning, operator training and plant audits, he now shares this knowledge through his own private company Rendering By-Products Australia.

Mark Player

Flottweg / Stord

Mark began his career as a cadet Mechanical Engineer with the NSW Electricity Commission and he completed his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Technology, Sydney. After graduation he worked for 6 years a machinery diagnostics Engineer in both Australia and New Zealand - as a contractor to a wide variety of industries, specialising in rotating machinery.

Mark then moved to Tranter Heat Exchangers in a Sales & Engineering role for nearly 3 years, before joining PALL Corporation to work in the filtration business, leading a team of Sales Engineers and servicing predominantly the heavy industrial and mining sector. After nearly 10 years with PALL, Mark then had a sabbatical year before joining Flottweg Australia, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Flottweg SE – a reputable German OEM of centrifugal separation equipment for over 70 years. In his current role Mark is officially the Sales Manager for Australia & New Zealand, however he also directs the technical implementation of Flottweg equipment and manages a fleet of rental equipment.

Calvin Ruddiman


Having had a lifelong passion for engineering and a background in fluid and powder flow dynamics, Calvin is equipped with a broad knowledge in stainless steel manufacturing and has expertise in meeting sensitive food requirements to meet more challenging products for intrinsically safe applications. 

Calvin also has experience in how to capitalize on conformance to HACCP International and global ISO standards to help protect producers that are facing real challenges in the field of magnetic fragment contamination risks.

The reduction of the physical hazard risks for rendering processors has been recognised and appreciated due to Calvin’s understanding of this environment, as well as keeping up with advances in global food safety standards.  

He will be sharing some insights in understanding your finished product security needs, roles of metal detection and magnets, and the current status of technology for controlling metal and plastic contamination.

Mark Henderson

Mr Hendersonwater

Mark is the managing director of Mr Hendersonwater P/L, a 100% Australian owned and operated national business dedicated to providing the highest quality water treatment assistance available to Australian manufacturers and processors.

Following in the steps of his father in Melbourne, Mark serviced his first cooling towers and boilers in 1987, Graduated from Monash (B.Sc Biochemistry) in 1997, and never veered from the toughest challenges in the onerous environmental workspace to become known as a pragmatic solution provider in the waste water field.

Mark joined the ARA in 2014, and has helped with waste water challenges at most of the largest meat & rendering facilities in Australia over the last decade.

Mark started his own business in 2017 and has continued applying innovations and fresh ideas to provide money saving solutions to clients in the rendering and meat processing family leading to strong early growth and team expansion.

Mr. Henderson’s mission today aligns with the Rendering Industry as a whole:

  • to turn everyone else’s unwanted problems into positive economic solutions,
  • serving the environment in meaningful ways,
  • contributing to our children’s futures,
  • all while making a little profit along the way…..

Phil Amor

Johnson Screens

Phil leads business development activities across SE Australia, Central and Western Australia focussing on establishing alliances

and partnerships while engaging in business transformation for industrial organisations. He is expanding Aqseptence Group presence in existing and new markets with plans to cater for product development to meet customers expanding environmental requirements.

Prior to Aqseptence Group, Phil served in senior management roles managing initiatives for customers within manufacturing covering engineering, mining, agriculture, water and industrial water treatment. His experience spans various industry sectors focussing on providing technological solutions focussing on engineering and Industrial markets.

Warren McLean

MBL Proteins

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Christian Luxhoj


Christian Luxhøj recently joined Haarslev as Global Innovation and Marketing Director.

Christian has a background in the brewing and food processing industry, working in production and R&D, and also as a consultant to the Food, Dairy and Brewing industry.

Christian will speak on the recently established Innovation function in the Haarslev group, perspectives and challenges, and recent Haarslev developments.

Dr Mike Johns

Johns Environmental

Mike is the Director of Johns Environmental and has 30 years experience consulting on water and wastewater issues of concern to Australian meat processing and rendering facilities. He has overseen the design and construction of 16 Covered Anaerobic Lagoons with biogas recovery and several biological nutrient removal plants. Recent work includes a review of struvite precipitation for phosphorus recovery and a demonstration Anaerobic Nitrogen Removal (AAR) or Anammox system at an Australian meat plant.

From 1993 until 2011 Mike was technical adviser to the red meat industry’s environmental R&D program. Among projects he assisted were the meat processing environmental benchmarking projects and technical support for industry submissions on the carbon pricing mechanism (carbon tax) – which is again rearing its head.

Mike’s formal qualifications include a BTech and PhD in biochemical engineering from Massey University, New Zealand. He was Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland until 2000 and conducted research into biological nitrogen removal from wastewater and industrial crystallisation technologies including struvite.

Andy Bennett OAM


Andy came to the rendering industry after having been involved for many years in the beef and sheepmeat processing industry. He quickly became involved in assisting on committees beginning in 1993 and has been a member of the symposium organising committee since the very first event in 1991. He chaired that committee from 1995 until 2007. His significant network of international contacts has been of great benefit to the Australian industry in sourcing expert speakers to present at our symposia.

He served as president of the Association from 1997 to 2001, then from August 2010 to July 2014 and again since November 2016 until the present and was instrumental in the forming of the World Renderers organisation in 1999 and served as President of WRO from 2003  to 2005.


Fabien Hillairet


Fabien set up GREENEA in 2007. Prior to that he was the Project Manager on Clean Technologies at CEZ, the largest power company in Central Europe in charge of the e-mobility project in the CEE region. 

Having worked for The Boston Consulting Group on several key missions in the renewable energy and biofuels sectors, he has gained practical experience in carrying out analysis and research related to second generation biofuels, biomass markets, plantation business maps as well as solar and wind energies. 

He holds a Master’s degree in Business and Associate Degree in Plant Technology with a specialization in Seed Production

Kent Swisher

National Renderers Association

Kent Swisher is the Vice President, International Marketing Division at the National Renderers Association (NRA). NRA represents the North American rendering industry.

In his position, Mr. Swisher, by direction of the NRA International Market Development Committee, implements marketing and market access programs for rendered products throughout the world. He also represents the US rendering industry in negotiations regarding barriers to trade and is a member of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee. He oversees offices in Hong Kong, Mexico City, and several consultants worldwide.

Kent was raised on a grain and livestock farm in Central Indiana where his family still farms. Prior to the NRA, he worked for the Continental Grain Company, U.S. Grains Council, and the American Seed Trade Association.

He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in agricultural economics.

Anne Watling

Graincorp Oils

Anyone who’s in the ANZ tallow industry will most likely have heard of Anne Watling.  Anne’s first exposure to fats and oils was testing tallow for pesticides during the many pesticide crises in the mid ‘90’s. She began her current role in 1998 under the Gardner Smith banner and has since held the position of Quality Control Chemist for what we know today as Graincorp – Oils division. 

Anne’s role has been varied consisting of quality testing, vessel planning, and an involvement in ARA and NZRG workshops.  Anne has always had a passion for supplier training and education and effecting quality improvements through these avenues. 

One of her most instrumental achievements has been playing a large part in polyethylene reduction amongst Australian tallow suppliers.  Due to Anne’s extensive length of service she has also been a part of the tallow market transition from the former days of soap manufacturers right through to the current market of biofuel producers.  Her passion in the industry has been focused on quality improvements as well as internal and external training.

When Anne is not up to her eyeballs in tallow testing she enjoys yoga, music, and is an avid animal lover.  She also enjoys travel to New Zealand for both work and pleasure.

Amy Parker

Elmira Pet Products

Amy currently works in Procurement & Supply Chain, and Ingredient Sales for Elmira Pet Products & Elmira Ingredients Group, located in Elmira, Ontario Canada.  EPP is a private label dry dog and cat food manufacturing plant, alongside EIG who imports and supplies ingredients to other manufacturers in Canada and the USA. 

Amy’s focus is animal proteins from around the world. Amy started her career working for bi-pro Marketing, a third party ingredient trading company, and managed the imports of novel ingredients from Australia, New Zealand and Europe.  The company was bought by a family owned rendering company called Sanimax, and she stayed on for another 5 years before moving over to Elmira Pet Products.    

Amy has experienced many challenges that surround importing from around the world.  Regulatory and disease, quality, and foreign material contamination.

Dr Gareth Forde

All Energy Pty Ltd

Gareth works in process optimization, cost reduction, engineering and business strategy for the food, energy, mining and waste management  industries.
In his role as Principal Engineer at All Energy Pty Ltd, Gareth provides strategic direction on complex problems whilst bringing business acumen to solve technical industrial challenges. Having received a BE(Chem) from the University of Queensland, Gareth completed his PhD at Cambridge University in what is now the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.  Gareth is a Chartered Engineer, a Registered Energy and GHG Auditor with the Clean Energy Regulator and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where he gives guest lectures on process design and HAZOPs. 
A recent project for the red meat industry supply chain supported by MLA was the creation of an on-line energy cost reduction tool which is free to use and can be found here: www.myenergy.tech

Dr Helen Crabb

University of Melbourne

Dr Helen Crabb is a research fellow at the National Centre of Antimicrobial Stewardship and her current research focus is on the appropriate use of antimicrobials in food animals. She is a veterinary epidemiologist with a keen interest in the transmission of pathogens between humans, animals and the environment.
Her current research projects investigate the transmission of antimicrobial resistant bacterial pathogens (Salmonella and E. Coli) from feed to food and back. In her spare time she loves to travel, and if she can do so while she works, so much the better.

Dr Kate Griffiths

National Measurement Institute

Kate Griffiths is a member of the Bioanalysis Group at the Australian Government’s National Measurement Institute (NMI). The NMI works with Measurement Institutes around the world to ensure consistent measurement standards and capabilities are maintained for Australia, underpinning industry competitiveness and facilitating access to global supply chains.

Kate provides many roles within the Bioanalysis Group, including technical training, method development and consultancy work. More recently her focus has been on DNA reference material production.

The Bioanalysis Group has been offering DNA-based stockfeed testing for the presence of ruminant material for over eighteen years. Kate is currently developing a DNA method to measure the ratio of beef, pork, lamb and chicken in meat and bonemeal, co-funded by the ARA.

Ridley Bestwick

National Renderers Association

Ridley Bestwick was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada where he and his wife Kathy reside today. Kathy and Ridley raised three children all of whom are now “off the payroll” -a Professional Engineer, a Chartered Public Accountant (“CPA”) and a Human Resources Practitioner.

Ridley is a CPA and was first introduced to the rendering industry in 1979 when he articled with KPMG and worked on the external audit of West Coast Reduction Ltd. In 1996 he joined West Coast Reduction Ltd. as Chief Information Officer and then in 2008 he assumed the role of Director of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

From 2000 through 2006 he was actively involved in the development of Canada’s biodiesel industry and was a Director and on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association.

He is the current Chairman of the National Renderers Association, a Director of the Pacific Coast Rendering Association and the current Chairman of the Canadian Renderers Association.


Sjors Beerendonk


Sjors holds a law degree from Tilburg University and post university education in marketing and sustainability from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. With 20 years of experience in the rendering industry, he is a seasoned manager in various aspects of the business.

He is a member of the management committee of the Darling Ingredients International Division. He serves on several industry boards and since 2018 is the acting chairman of the European Renderers’ Association (EFPRA) which is based in Brussels.