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22 Jan


CGLR and WIN form a strategic partnership to advance and strengthen cross-border and cross-sector partnerships

January 22, 2019 | By |

January 22, 2019 – Windsor (ON)

The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) and the World Health Innovation Network (WIN), at the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business form a strategic partnership to strengthen cross-border and cross-sector collaboration in Canada and the United States.

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20 Dec


Pollution Probe and the Council of the Great Lakes Region receive funding from RBC for an innovative project to support improved watershed management in the Great Lakes

December 20, 2018 | By |

TORONTO, 20 December 2018 – Pollution Probe and the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) are pleased to be partnering with the Royal Bank of Canada on an innovative project that will support an improved approach to Read More

08 Nov


Current: Fall / Winter 2018

November 8, 2018 | By |

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06 Nov


Cleveland, Ohio announced as location of the fifth Great Lakes Economic Forum

November 6, 2018 | By |

November 6, 2018

Cleveland, Ohio and Toronto, Ontario – Today, the Council of the Great Lakes Region announced that Cleveland, Ohio will host the Great Lakes Economic Forum from May 6-8, 2019. The event engages business, governmental, political, academic and non-profit leaders from the eight Great Lakes states and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec in strategic discussions about finding new ways of harnessing the Region’s economic strengths and assets, improving the well-being and prosperity of the Region’s citizens, and protecting the Great Lakes for future generations.

“Cleveland plays a vital role in the revitalization and economic recovery of the Great Lakes Region,” Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelly said. “We are pleased the City of Cleveland will host the fifth Great Lakes Economic Forum, and look forward to engaging with our regional partners on issues that will impact Cleveland’s and the Great Lakes Region’s success, such as trade and investment, innovation, infrastructure renewal, manufacturing, job creation, and smart and sustainable cities.”

Cleveland and Ohio have long recognized the value of inter-state partnerships and cross border collaboration with Canada, especially the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, in 2017, Ohio exported $50.1 billion of Made-in-America goods to the world. In 2016, exports from the state supported an estimated 249,000 jobs. The state’s largest market was Canada. Ohio exported $19.0 billion in goods to Canada in 2017, representing 38 percent of the state’s total goods exports. Further, Canada is a significant source of investment for Ohio. The 291 Canadian-owned companies operating in the state provide over 25,000 jobs, with an average annual wage of US$45,930.

“The size and significance of the Great Lakes economy rivals almost all of the world’s leading nations,” said William D. Friedman, President & CEO, Port of Cleveland and member of the Council’s board of directors. “But as global commerce expands, investment flows quicken, and the mobility of talent and ideas accelerates, we must work regionally to reimagine how we are going to compete in a global climate of interconnected markets and supply chains, from growing more food for the world’s hungry and creating the industries and innovations of the future, to fighting climate change. I’m pleased the Council’s economic Forum is coming to Ohio, as this public-private sector event allows us to tackle these issues head-on.”

The Forum’s theme, From Partnership Flows Sustainable Prosperity, signifies that in today’s global economy, the two countries, along with regional governments, industry and academia, must work together like never before to create a stronger and more dynamic culture of collaboration in building the most prosperous, innovative, sustainable, and welcoming cross-border region in the world. More information about the Forum can be found at

Mark Fisher, President and CEO of the Council of the Great Lakes Region adds, “The Council is committed to positioning the Great Lakes Region to lead the new economy and understands that when our workers, families and sectors succeed in era of rapid and constant change, the entire Region succeeds in inter-connected global economy. By working together, we can make the Great Lakes ‘the’ place to live, work, learn, do business, invest, and innovate.”

About the Council of the Great Lakes Region

The Council is a binational non-profit organization that is dedicated to deepening the United States-Canada relationship in the Great Lakes Region. Its focus is on creating a stronger, more dynamic culture of collaboration in harnessing the Region’s economic strengths and assets, improving the well-being and prosperity of the Region’s citizens, and protecting the Great Lakes for future generations. It achieves this mandate through policy research and programs, connecting leaders from all levels of government, industry, academia and the non-profit sector, and acting as a strong voice for the Region’s varied economic, social and environmental interests.

Media Contacts:

Mark Fisher
President and CEO
Council of the Great Lakes Region
(613) 668-2044 /

26 Oct


Panel of Experts to Investigate Protection of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River

October 26, 2018 | By |

Panel of Experts to Investigate Protection of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River

Stakeholder-Led Collaborative Strategy receives federal funding

Toronto, ON, Friday, October 26, 2018 – Today, an independent panel with experts from across the Canadian portion of the Great Lakes and along the St. Lawrence River held its first meeting, launching an 18-month process to develop recommendations for all governments to safeguard Canada’s greatest reserve of freshwater and the St. Lawrence River estuary.

The Expert Panel will be co-chaired by two former provincial environmental commissioners of Ontario and Quebec respectively, Mr. Gord Miller and M. Jean Cinq-Mars. The independent panel will be advised by Indigenous organisations, stakeholders representing a cross section of industrial, agricultural, maritime, municipal, recreational, fishery and environmental interests, and other academic and scientific experts.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is providing $400,000 to fund the initiative. The outcome of the process will be a Collaborative Strategy for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, proposing new and innovative approaches to protection efforts and better alignment of government science, programs and investments. The recommendations will be submitted to
the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and shared with provincial counterparts, indigenous and municipal leaders, and the broader community in the Region.

The Collaborative Strategy, which has been championed and organized by the Council of the Great Lakes Region, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Freshwater Future Canada, Strategies Saint Laurent and Great Lakes Fishery Commission, will focus on four key challenges:

1) Climate Change
2) Toxics and other harmful pollutants
3) Nutrients
4) Beaches and bacteriological contaminants

The Strategy will proceed in two phases, beginning first with the Great Lakes and then concluding with the St. Lawrence River.

For more information on the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Collaborative, including a full list of Expert Panel members and Issue Table co-chairs, please go to:


“Protecting our water, air and nature is a priority for our government. Millions of people depend on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence to sustain the economy, their livelihoods, their health and their wellbeing. This work is essential to protect the environment and grow the economy, and ensure a healthy and prosperous future for our kids and grandkids.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“The Great Lakes, though grand in scale, are sensitive inland aquatic ecosystems. We will work with all those who depend on the lakes to find ways to better care for them.”
Gord Miller, Expert Panel Co-chair

“The St. Lawrence is part of the heritage and fabric of Quebec society. By finding solutions to the most pressing threats to this vital artery we will be better prepared for the future.”
Jean Cinq-Mars, Expert Panel Co-chair

“We hope many voices around the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence regions will join this effort to identify restoration challenges and needs, increase investment, and strengthen protection of the inland waters on which so many of us, and so many species, depend.”
Bob Lambe, Executive Secretary of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission

“The Great Lakes Regional Collaborative and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in the United States has shown what can be achieved when all levels of government work alongside industry, academia and the nonprofit sector to advance common environmental goals in the Great Lakes by leveraging programs and investments. It’s time Canadian governments and stakeholders come together like never before to find new ways of tackling a range of complex issues, especially the impacts of unabated climate change.”
Mark Fisher, CEO of the Council of the Great Lakes Region

“The Mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative are pleased to be part of this Collaboration. We look forward to discussing new innovative approaches to protect these vital freshwater treasures, now and in the future.”
John Dickert, President and CEO, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

“This initiative presents a unique opportunity to mobilize diverse expertise to protect and restore the health of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. It holds great potential for new partnerships among governments, environmental organizations and business and industry, and for increased investments to address the increasingly complex challenges we are facing across the region.”
Tony Maas, Manager of Strategy, Freshwater Future Canada

“The Collaborative will allow us to establish priorities to address transboundary challenges, to propose new initiatives that build on existing measures, as well as to identify additional financial resources to support essential programs like the Areas of Prime Concern (ZIP) Program along the St. Lawrence.”
Jacques Durocher, President, Stratégies Saint-Laurent

Media contact:

Nicola Crawhall, GLSL Collaborative Strategy Secretariat
Tel: 416-407-5880