About us

With more than 25 years’ experience in the industry, The Conference Company is one of Australasia’s most well-established and reputable conference management companies. Today we have offices in Auckland, Sydney, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

The Conference Company was founded by Jan Tonkin in 1990. Initially specialising in the organisation of national and international conferences, the company has since transferred its considerable skills to the management of standalone exhibitions,  awards programmes and corporate events.

In 2005 our sister company, The Awards Company,  was formed to meet the growing demand for a specialist awards management service.

Today we have an outstanding team of conference and event managers with an extraordinary depth of experience in the industry. Many of our 35 team members have been working in the industry for upwards of 10 years; all have brought rare levels of skill, talent, energy and dedication to the company.

Twenty-seven years in the business has also given us long-standing relationships with the best suppliers in the industry, and extensive networks of contacts both locally and internationally.

Connecting you to the world

The Conference Company is the only New Zealand member of IAPCO, the London-based International Association of Professional Congress Organisers, dedicated to raising standards of service throughout the meetings industry. We passed IAPCO's rigorous membership audit process in 2002 and must pass annual quality checks to maintain membership.

Our managing director, Jan Tonkin, is the President of IAPCO and the Vice-Chair of the association’s International Training Faculty. 

The Conference Company is a Gold Member of Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and one of CINZ’s officially endorsed professional conference organisers (PCOs). Jan Tonkin was a long-serving member of the CINZ Board.

In addition, we have close working relationships with the convention bureaux of regional tourism organisations throughout New Zealand, including Tourism Auckland, Positively Wellington Tourism and Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism, and with Adelaide Convention Bureau in Australia.

New Zealand and Australian operations

The Conference Company has offices in Auckland, Sydney, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin

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