Carmel School runs events for the public throughout the year and also hosts events for community organisations linked to the School. Our upcoming events can be found below. If you would like more information about Carmel School events or would like to run an event at the School, please contact us.

Carmel Business Breakfast


Carmel School’s Foundation is pleased to welcome the esteemed and distinguished Senator The Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance, Special Minister of State and Leader of the Government in the Senate as our keynote speaker. He will be speaking at our Perth Business Breakfast on Friday 8 November at the Pan Pacific Hotel. 

This event will be chaired by The Hon Chief Justice Peter Quinlan, with the Welcome to Country delivered by Ms Carol Innes, Co-Chair of Reconciliation WA.

Ticket prices are $100 (individual), $900 (table of ten) and $35 (student/recent grad). Click here to purchase. Please note that registration for this event closes at noon on Thursday 31st October.

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann has served as the Minister for Finance since September 2013, having represented the State of Western Australia in the Senate since June 2007. Mathias also holds the responsibilities of Special Minister of State, a role he has previously served in on a number of occasions between 2015 and 2018. He was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate on 20 December 2017, having previously served as the Deputy Leader in the Senate since 20 September 2015. Between 28 August 2018 and 28 May 2019, Mathias also served as the Minister for the Public Service.

In Opposition, he held the positions of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health Administration (2008-09), Shadow Minister for Employment Participation, Apprenticeships and Training (2009-10) and Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation (2010-13). He also chaired the Senate Select Committees on Fuel and Energy (2008-10) and the Scrutiny of New Taxes (2010-11).

Mathias was born in Belgium and decided to migrate to Australia permanently after first visiting Perth in 1994, attracted by the great lifestyle and opportunities on offer in Western Australia. Before migrating to Perth, Mathias had graduated in law at the Flemish university of Louvain (Leuven).

He has worked as a Ministerial Chief of Staff to WA State government Ministers, as Senior Adviser to then Western Australian Premier Richard Court and as an Adviser to then Justice and Customs Minister Chris Ellison. Between 2003 and 2007 Mathias worked for major Western Australian health insurer HBF in a range of senior management roles, including as General Manager HealthGuard and as General Manager of HBF Health Insurance.

Our Chair for the event, The Hon Chief Justice Peter Quinlan, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Western Australia on the 13th of August 2018. He was appointed as a Judge of the Court, a Judge of the Court of Appeal and as the Chief Justice of Western Australia.

Justice Quinlan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1992 and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 1995 from the University of Western Australia. From 1996 to 2001, he was a Legal Officer (and ultimately Assistant Crown Counsel) at the WA Crown Solicitor’s Office before joining the Independent Bar in 2001. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010.

The Chief Justice was appointed Solicitor General for Western Australia on 1 July 2016 and served in this role until his appointment to the Bench. He served as President, WA Bar Association from 2012 to 2015, Board of Governors at the University of Notre Dame from 2008 and Director of the Law Council of Australia from 2012 to 2014.

If you would like further information about this event, please contact our Head of Marketing and Communications, Ms Susanna Wills-Johnson.

We are grateful to our sponsors who are supporting this event: Jackson McDonald; NAB; Primewest; Schaffer Group of Companies; Threat Protect Ltd and Wingate.