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Board of Directors

Akin Alaga

CGLR

Director

Akin O. Alaga is a public sector executive who leads the Government of Ontario's approach to enhance the global competitiveness of its $720B economy through industry cluster and regional economic strategies. Read More

Brian J.M. Ames

CGLR Brian J.M. Ames is retired from more than 32 years with Dow Chemical. Brian resides in Midland Michigan, and spends summers at his cottage on Elk Lake near the shores of Lake Michigan. Having grown up along Lake Huron, attending summer camp in Georgian Bay and residing in Toronto and Kingston, his passion for the Great Lakes runs deep. Read More

John Dickert

CGLR Mr. Dickert currently serves as the President and CEO of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative). His responsibilities include working with over 130 U.S. and Canadian mayors from across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin to advance the protection and restoration of the resource. Read More

Brenda Drinkwalter

CGLR

Director

Brenda Drinkwalter is a retired senior executive who has served on for profit and not for profit boards for many years. Read More

William D. Friedman

CGLR

Director

William D. Friedman became president and CEO of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority in June, 2010. Read More

Ted Gruetzner

CGLR

Chair

Ted Gruetzner is Vice-President, Corporate Relations and Communications at Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Ontario’s publicly-owned electricity generating company. Read More

Lieutenant Colonel Donald P. Lauzon

CGLR

Director

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Donald P. Lauzon, USA has joined the Board of the Council of the Great Lakes Region and will serve as the Director and main point of contact for Army Corps of Engineers matters. Read More

Rakesh Naidu

CGLR

Director

Rakesh Naidu is the Chief Operating Officer at the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation. Read More

Stephen J. Petras Jr.

CGLR

Secretary

Stephen J.  Petras Jr. is an  international business lawyer involved in international business transactions, corporate structuring and commercial agreements. Read More

Blair Severn

CGLR

Director

Blair Severn is Co-founder and Chairman of the enabling ideas® Community of experts, a membership Community of best-in-class specialty professional service providers from Canada and the United States. Read More

Christopher Smillie

CGLR

Director

Christopher Smillie’s current role is Senior Advisor – Government Relations and Public Affairs for the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, Canadian Office, also known as the Canada’s Building Trades Unions. Read More

Geoffrey Wilson

CGLR

Director

Geoffrey Wilson is an international business leader with more than 25 years in the multimodal transportation, shipping, infrastructure and aviation businesses. Read More

Patrick Whalen

CGLR

Director

Patrick Whalen is Director of the Niagara Global Tourism Institute (NGTI). He has been a serial entrepreneur who has started over 20 businesses in a variety of industries. Read More