Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert and shadow minister for financial services Clare O’Neil will present key awards at the upcoming Conexus Financial Superannuation Awards. While renowned Australian philosopher Peter Singer will address the annual event, which honours excellence in the $2.8 trillion sector.

Both O’Neil and Robert appeared at Investment Magazine’s Chair Forum earlier this month in Victoria, addressing the need for reform in the super sector.

Robert has been confirmed as the presenter of the prestigious Fund of the Year Award, which recognises a commitment to providing the best possible offering across all areas, including investment performance, insurance, fees, member services and financial advice.

Merger partners Kinetic Super and Sunsuper were jointly awarded the prize for Fund of the Year in 2018.

The seventh-annual black-tie awards night is an opportunity to network, and to celebrate the contribution of these super funds to members’ financial wellbeing. Tickets are on sale now. The black-tie event will also include fundraising activity for The Hunger Project, which facilitates programs in education, microfinance, agriculture and health, with the aim of ending world hunger by 2030.

Singer has been described as the “world’s most influential living philosopher” and is often credited with starting the modern animal rights movement. His book Animal Liberation has received worldwide acclaim, as have his writings about global poverty.

The Conexus Financial Superannuation Awards night is taking place at a time when the sector itself is considering its culture and ethics, and readying for reform after the release of the final report from the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

The Productivity Commission has issued its final report as well, which controversially stuck by its recommendation that a “best in show” short list of super funds be instated. Meanwhile a range of regulatory reforms that have implications for group insurance were introduced in the federal budget.

At this incendiary moment, the Conexus Financial Superannuation Awards aim to recognise excellence in the industry and encourage super funds to raise the bar in all aspects of their operations. The awards focus on honouring funds that offer products and services that lead to better retirement outcomes for members.

The 2019 awards received a record number of entries in the innovation and technology categories, confirming the sector’s commitment to digital change. Click here for a list of all finalists.

The 2019 Conexus Financial Superannuation Awards are sponsored by event partner AIA Australia. All the winners will be announced at a black-tie event on February 28, 2019, at the Ivy Ballroom, Sydney. Tickets are now available. Visit conexussuperawards.com.au